Repost from Illinois Times
Repost from A Drink with a Stranger
“The Top Five Things Joe Told Me” by Phillip McClusky (May 2006)
I have a fairly consistent Saturday morning routine. It involves coffee and… well, coffee. I drink coffee.
It is not an elaborate routine.
So I was just doing what I would normally do a few Saturdays ago, with one exception: I was talking on the phone to Joe, a man in his early 70s from Powell County, Kentucky.
Joe is affable and avuncular: I could feel the southern charm seeping through the phone as we talked, and I felt at ease right away. Talking to him reminded me of how great this project can be—the small connections it can help me make.
He said so many things that I liked. But five stuck with me. (read more here)
(repost from Kentucky Living)
“Ride Joe Ride” by Karen Combs (March 2006)
Kentucky’s two-wheeled ambassador, Joe Bowen, is a lifelong adventure seeker currently completing a 14,000-mile bike trek called Rediscover Bicycle America Project
|Joe Bowen is officially an “Unbridled Spirit,” but “determined spirit” may be a better description. The retired grandfather has left his Powell County farm to re-create a bicycle trip that took him through 14,000 miles of America’s back roads in 1967.In the 38 years between journeys, Bowen walked on stilts from California to Kentucky to raise money for muscular dystrophy, walked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon three times, and worked in construction.Those years were also devoted to family and learning. Bowen earned a college degree in humanities at age 35 while working full time, raised three children, and now enjoys nine grandchildren.Students across the country have been following his current adventure through a Web site, www.ridejoeride.org (click on the bicycle icon), that links his trip to educational material and information about eastern Kentucky. This month, at age 62, he begins the final leg of the sequel. (read more here)|
“A Bird’s-Eye History Of Walking On Stilts” (December 2011)
A couple of years ago, NPR’s Robert Siegel had a 5-year-old kid moment.
He was in the new wing of a hospital watching a workman put up drywall and, as drywall installers are wont to do, the workman reached the top of the wall by walking on stilts.
The 5-year-old inside the radio host was suddenly enchanted by the thought of stilts, so Siegel set out to learn more; first through Google, then from Joe Bowen, who walked more than 3,000 miles across the country on stilts in 1980. (read more here)