Marcia "Curiouser and curiouser" Ruklic <[log in to unmask]> asks: > So, what is the real story behind Boston Bob anyway? I've read his >name on this list before, and actually met him on my way up the quad >at Stowe in February (I was taking a lesson and my instructor >introduced him to me). What are the stories (and truths) about this >guy? > Stories from The Boston Bob Archives: I cannot reveal my sources. I claim not to have written any of the following, nor do I even remember where I found these stories. Names changed to protect the innocent, all of whom will deny any knowledge of the following words: Someone saw him once at the Quad, putting his skis on in the line. They noticed the bottoms and said there were huge gaps where the bottoms were gouged out. The tails on top were really a mess, either from the way he skis or people stepping on them to keep him in check in the lines. Someone notice him coming down Liftline one weekend and he seemed to almost be turning!!!! He has slowed down quite a bit and he's been taking breaks in the bitter cold because of the problems he has from so much frostbite. But he still scares people when they hear him coming. "Bob alert" is a cry to be taken seriously. "MABB" - that's Mothers against Boston Bob - Some of the local moms had bumper stickers made. "Amy" is not the only one in Stowe that thinks the guy is dangerous. BB used to like to be on the last chair on the last day and he especially wanted to be on the last mtn double chair before it was taken out. The lift attendants and patrol knew this, of course. So, rumor has it, they had a plan. Patrol made snowballs all day long at the top of the double/single. When BB wanted to get on, the lift guys told him he had to wait , but they'd make sure he got the last chair. The signal to the top was all the empty chairs before BB came up. The guys at the top stopped the chair just before he got to the top, and patrol pelted him with snowballs. And BB's reaction, you ask. Well, true to BB ego, he told everyone they did it because they like him!!!!! "Madge" got on the quad one warm Feb day in 94 & BB got on from the singles line, sans shirt. "Madge" yelled OOOOOOOH!!!! Cover that uuuupp!!! I guess she wasn't impressed. A recent article in SKI magazine closes with something about the author asking Bob -- if he had to -- would he choose a record run number 47 or a pretty girl. Bob thought about it for several long seconds, and replied, "I THINK I would choose the girl." He wasn't too sure. "We" doubt he'll be faced with that dilemma anytime soon. A skivittler recently wrote: >THE TOP 7 REASONS WHY BOSTON BOB SHOULD SKI YAWGOO (yawgoo is a tiny ski hill in Rhode Islan) >7 - Much more convenient to Boston than far away Stowe >6 - At Yawgoo, he'd be considered an expert skier >5 - Can never reach dangerous speeds on narrow and flat Rhode Island ski >trails >4 - Meet new challenges, like: how many backwards runs in one day? >3 - Certain of getting the absolute most vertical in the state >2 - Achieve ski god status with locals by skiing over 100 runs in one day >1 - Never, EVER have to turn. > >Gee. Maybe some ski shop at Stowe could start up a "Send Boston Bob to >Yawgoo" collection. It's bound to be cheaper than Sugarbush. "Don" bumped into Boston at Action Outfitters. He told "Don" how much he loved the SKI article (surprise), and when shop rat "Jim" mentioned that he hadn't heard about it, Bob proudly whipped out a tattered copy for all to see on a moment's notice. Boston Bob was seen back in November by "Tom" with a woman and child in tow. "Tom" saw him stopped in the middle of the trail, waiting for woman and child to catch up. Boston Bob told "Tom" not to tell anyone he had actually stopped in the middle of a trail. In December, Boston Bob almost skied into "Mike" at the Starr-Lookout intersection. "Mike" Couldn't believe Bob had skied Starr. Bob actually stopped for a fraction of a second, looked at "Mike", grunted, and seemed as if he couldn't believe someone was standing in his way. He looked "Mike" in the eye long enough to regisiter recognition that he had seen "Mike" on the hill before and "Mike" better not try such a wacky stunt as stand still again. Dislaimer: I am not now nor will I ever be Boston Bob, nor do I speak for him or against him. I simply channel rumors that have come across the SkiVt-L administration desk. Coming soon to the SkiVt-L site: the Boston Bob FAQ ?