I didn’t set out to write a goodbye article, as I am hopeful my column will return soon enough on OffshoreOnly.com, but, if this is it, I figured a look back on the past seven and a half years of weekly commentary might be a fun way to go out. If you didn’t read Matt Trulio’s column on Thursday, my contributions, like his and sometimes other authors, were no longer going to be published given the current economic climate.
One of several stories I’ll never forget is interviewing the late Michael Pierce in 2015 about his full conversion of the unmistakable XXX Outerlimits. Photo courtesy Florida Powerboat Club
Initially I thought I’d pick five of my favorite columns and explain why. A quick look back through my OSO folder on my computer starting with my first one with Lake of the Ozarks Shootout organizer Ron Duggan in August 2012 through almost 400 more, led me to realize that wouldn’t be easy. Instead, just being reminded of the different subjects, ranging from the retirement of legendary Unlimited hydroplane driver and six-time APBA Hall of Champions inductee Steve David to the afternoon last December where Trulio and I enjoyed a barbecue lunch with The King, Reggie Fountain, sparked a range of emotions.
There was the story I did on Louisiana performance boater Michael Pierce’s XXX Outerlimits more than five years ago, which was the first of many interactions with Pierce, who was sadly lost too soon at age 39 following an automobile crash in December. And I clearly remember writing about Christopher Kuster, an offshore racing fan and inspirational artist who is quadriplegic and paints motorsports-related pictures and cartoons with his mouth.