In the mid-’50s, Illinois (and maybe
other foolish States) for just a year
or two allowed 15 year olds to pay
a small fee for what was a lawn-mower
engine on two wheels: a motor scooter
built by a guy named Cushman. And for less
than $400 I bought a new
top-of-the-line Eagle. It had two gears,
a clutch, and a weak horn that barely made
the boys on bikes glance at me going by.
Like me, most scooter riders must have paid,
as well, for bones reset–for with a high
speed of 50, many kids of 15
would crash when hormones mixed with gasoline.
– Steve “You-Know-Who” of WILL was lucky. He got a Cushman Eagle as a kid. Here’s a another guy who wasn’t so fortunate, but who had to wait until he was 60. Look in on the family Christmas. It’s enough to make a grown man cry, in the best of all ways..with joy.