by Bob Doran
Word comes from the Kinetic world that longtime Kinetic Racer Dale "Grandpa" Olsen has passed away.
Kinetic Mother Christine writes saying:
Our Most Infamous Kinetic Family Member is in his Flying Machine...
Joining Hobart in Finishing The Race Before Us...
he will Live On In Infamy...
as One Of The Most Colorful Characters In Life.
There will be a celebration in his Beloved Ferndale...
where he was born
and lived all his life
more information as it becomes known [Services will be held at the Ferndale Veterans Building on Main Street, Ferndale on Saturday February 28, 2009, at 1:00 P.M.]
See T-S obit for more on Grandpa.
Grandpa aka Dale Olsen has been a dear friend for as many years as I have known him...
He, like Our Glorious Founder... is not Gone... just Passed On...
and... well.. Different...
as only he
You all know how much he Loved The Race
and I hope we can share some of the many stories
to share in The Kinetic Hall Of Fame place
I send Lot of Love
and a huge Kinetic Hug
Kinetic Mother - C
Rutabaga Queen Foxy Biloxi (aka Harmony Groves) writes:
Oh Grandpa! He will be remembered this year in our historic 40th Anniversary Race. Perhaps a tribute to Grandpa during Crab Park and our awards ceremony is in order? How many years did Grandpa Race?
Racer Duane Flatmo adds:
I was just thinking about Grandpa a few days ago and thought, "I should find out how he's doing." I knew he was not well. It's very sad to see him go. He was a big part of this Kinetic Family. I sure loved that guy. Always a good spirit. A natural honest rough and tumble guy. I've been racing 28 years and I know he must have been doing it for at least 34 years.
I remember the first time I was in the middle of the bay and seeing him standing in knee deep water on top of a sandbar. It was like we were in some dream out walking on the water in the middle of Humboldt Bay, his machine all twisted up with silver duct tape and a kite that wasn't working for him -- I wondered "Who's that crazy old guy?"
When we finally got across the bay and we were standing in the MASH tent to get warm, I asked him who he was.....with a big smile, and a gravely voice he said, "I'm Grandpa." I don't even think I knew he had the name Dale for the first few years I knew him — He was Grandpa!
He will be missed....I know that all the people who raced on his team and that he touched on this earth are very lucky to have known and loved him.
Let's keep him in our thoughts this year and dedicate this year's race in his memory......