Most exciting job youve ever done?
I grew up in Kenya.
Age 19 I somehow became the technical director of the Marlboro Safari Rally displays department.
Marlboro had just bought into this exciting amateur event and wanted to turn it into a worldwide professional spectacle.
Back then signs were painted by hand.
I got a couple of Coca-cola sign writers off the street to teach me how to do it, and got some of their mates in, and we set about making a workshop to do this.
The jobs were scaled from the paper design onto the banner, using squares and soft pencils
The letters were outlined by the signwriters, and the average guys filled in the letters.
We knocked out about a hundred very big banners, a thousand crowd control barriers, the start finish ramp, flags, car numbers, checkpoint tents, and we screen printed ten thousand teeshirts. In three months.
At the last minute, my boss realised we had forgotten the START sign!
I raced back to the shop, knocked out a sign on a suitably sized piece of white perspex, two holes, and got out a pair of nails to hang it from.
64 million people saw me walk up the ramp, set up the ladder, and bang two holes into the plywood OMEGA sign over the top. I hung the START sign without bashing my thumb, and people started clapping when I finished! Just in time for the first car.
The first 8 cars went off without a hitch;
Car number 9 was a Dodge Ram charger.
This was a HUGE hummer of a thing, with an enormous fibreglass ariel like a fishing rod, sticking straight up from the middle of the roof.
As it came up the ramp, it swept under the omega sign, but it whipped my temporary sign off one of the nails, and it swung down and hit the roof.
I tapped the ankles of the President’s bodyguard and pointed up at the sign.
He smiled hugely under his aviator sunglasses.
He was nearly seven feet tall. He bent his body over the roof of the dodge.
The President waited while the giant reached out and hung the sign over the nail without even touching the Dodge.
By now the everyone was cheering.
Even the President thought it was funny!
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