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“Dirt bikes were my epiphany. They were my life focus.” readers, an hour every day, and really inspired me beyond the books I’d been reading. I was the kid with the torn jeans and scabbed elbows, all from my bicycle exploits and active lifestyle. Doing What You Say Team Honda press photo. 1978. This was taken at Dave McCoy’s back yard track in Bishop, CA. Dave owned Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort and was a hard core MX enthusiast and instrumental in the Mammoth Mountain MX. Jim Pomeroy introduced him to Team Honda. It was cool when Dave congratulated me after I won Mammoth Mountain 250cc and 500cc in ‘79 with Honda and all three Pro classes in 1980 with Kawi. Free lift tickets for life! away people they can’t under- stand, relate to, or influence. By fifth grade, my teacher Mrs. Mansperger (Now Mrs. Cowen) learned from manda- tory state testing (CA’s version of No Child Left Behind in the 1960’s) that I had a high school reading level and segregated me out of the bottom group. She taught advanced read- ing to all the gifted 5th grade DIRT ILLustrated \\\\\\ Vol. 1 + Issue 2 + Page 56 I went back to visit Mrs. Cowen in my mid-twenties, where she was still teaching and she was so happy to see me it was a great feeling. She told me she’d seen me on TV racing and was so excited. She then said something that has stuck with me to this day. She said, “You were the first 5th grader to say what they were going to do when they grew up and actually did it.” From 5th grade forward, and amid the turmoil of di- vorce, I spent most of my time