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Hello everybody. 47 year anniversary of my motorcycle accident

Jul 23, 2021 - 7:19:25 AM
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Mopick

USA

12585 posts since 6/14/2007

Darn it's been a long time. I can't believe how fast time goes by and I don't get a chance to get on here. I see my buddy Figmo is still here. Glad to see it.

It's hard to believe but the anniversary of my motorcycle accident has rolled around again. You know I have to post grandpa's story like I do every year. I've lost count how many times I've posted but it's a lot. Some of you have read this a few times, some this may be your first time but 47 years ago I rode my motorcycle into the path of a speeding car. I was 15 years old riding a 125 Yamaha dirt bike. I've made it 62 in spite of motorcycle accident's, car wrecks, and a world wide pandemic. My grandpa wrote his version of the what happened that day. We found it written in a tablet after grandpa died in 1997.

Here's grandpa's story

I will never forget July 23, 1974
This is the date our precious Grandson was struck by a car on his motorcycle, by a man named Oscar Newby, who was a hit and run driver, or either stopped and went ahead.

On this date the last thing that Randy helped me do was to load an air conditioner in the car, and I thought to myself what a strong boy he was, and always a sweet boy.

This is what happened after we ate supper. Randy went out and got his motorcycle. Lola Mae and I were watching the news on TV. A few minutes after 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday July 23, 1974, Leonard Pigg came up to our house, and it was evident by his actions that something was wrong.

Lola Mae went to the door, I was standing behind when Leonard said Randy is laying up on Butler Hill badly hurt, and he told us we should call an Ambulance. Lola Mae called the Ambulance, and we went up to Butler Hill where Randy was seriously injured. I hope I never have to look at another sight like that, our little Grandson lay on the Highway 158, his left leg completely broke off a few inches above the ankle and badly mangled from above the knee. His left shoulder dislocated, and his left arm broken below the shoulder, and a concussion and badly bruised all over his body.

Leonard had left his house to go put some calves with the cows up at John Gray's. As he was coming toward John Gray's from BB Road and 158, he saw something laying in the road on Butler Hill. He said at first he thought someone had lost something out of a pickup truck, but as he got closer he saw it was a body, and when he got to the scene, he saw it was Randy.


He couldn't leave Randy, so he could come and notify us, so he stayed with Randy until Leroy Murray came along on his tractor.

Leonard left Leroy with Randy, then he came to our house to notify us.

Leroy and Leonard applied a tourniquet on Randy's leg. Leroy also pinched the large vessel in Randy's leg to help stop the bleeding.

Leroy, Leonard and myself done everything we could do including praying, until the Ambulance got there. It seemed like quite a while before the Ambulance got there, but thank God the Ambulance had a registered nurse with it which saved Randy's life.


Mrs. Baker a nurse herself, and the R.N. with the Ambulance, and myself went in the Ambulance with Randy.


The nurse said Randy had good blood pressure and pulse at the scene of the accident, but before we got him to the Doctors Hospital, he had no pulse and his heart stopped beating twice. The R.N. hit him in the chest to start his heart. He had oxygen on but lost so much blood he liked to passed away.

The Ambulance driver Bob Floata, and his wife called ahead to the Hospital, and had everything ready for Randy including fluid and Dr. Reddy.

Dorothy came to the Hospital, and the Dr.and nurses told her Randy's leg would have to be amputated which at first she did not want to do, but looked at Randy's leg and saw that it was necessary to do.


Randy was given 8 pints of blood and later during the operation was given another pint a total of 9 pints. They say that 10 pints is all you have normally.

Randy was unconscious for 24 hours and incoherent for several days after, but he began a rapid recovery being a strong boy, and the desire to want to live.
 


Edited by - Mopick on 07/23/2021 07:21:56

Jul 23, 2021 - 7:42:29 AM

raybob

USA

13544 posts since 12/11/2003

Good to hear from you again, Randy. It’s a heck of a story you have there. Glad you’re doing well. Take care.

Jul 23, 2021 - 7:46:10 AM
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rinemb

USA

13772 posts since 5/24/2005
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Good to hear from you again. Though, I miss your bbq and grilling comments. Drop in more often. Another old timer, Brad

Edited by - rinemb on 07/23/2021 07:46:31

Jul 23, 2021 - 8:12:13 AM

Mopick

USA

12585 posts since 6/14/2007

Brad, I'm going to. I miss you all. Are you still making Cajun triangles?

Jul 23, 2021 - 8:20:13 AM
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rinemb

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quote:
Originally posted by Mopick

Brad, I'm going to. I miss you all. Are you still making Cajun triangles?


I am retired from triangle making.  I got old, or at least my body got old.  The elbow just could not take the hammer and anvil work that much.  Getting older sucks, eh.   Jeez, while I am not a founding BHO member, it has been fifteen years or so that I have enjoyed my BHO brothers and sisters. 

I still have my leather man bag.  Did you make that for me?

Brad

Edited by - rinemb on 07/23/2021 08:21:34

Jul 23, 2021 - 8:43 AM

58051 posts since 12/14/2005

So, when are you going to use the missing leg as a busking asset?

Whittle up a pirate peg, clamp a toy parrot to your shoulder, pop on a tricorn hat, and sing sea chantys on some busy corner.

Jul 23, 2021 - 8:50:29 AM
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Mopick

USA

12585 posts since 6/14/2007

Yep. The old leather pouch. Man I just got my banjo out and picked a little. It felt strange...like I was starting new. I almost couldn't remember how to make a D chord. But in a couple of minutes it was coming back and I played Foggy Mt. Break down and Your Love Is Like A Flower. Man I'm excited again. Life has gotten in the way of my banjo pickin' but I spent too much time and effort to learn that darn thing to let it just go away.

Howdy Fig!

Edited by - Mopick on 07/23/2021 08:50:57

Jul 23, 2021 - 8:56:03 AM

Mopick

USA

12585 posts since 6/14/2007

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

So, when are you going to use the missing leg as a busking asset?

Whittle up a pirate peg, clamp a toy parrot to your shoulder, pop on a tricorn hat, and sing sea chantys on some busy corner.


Mr. Mike!  How you doing sir?  Dang glad to hear from you.  Yeah, I got a friend who picks banjo at Key West dressed like Darth Vader.  I told him I was going to come down there and get me a pirate suit and busk with him on Mallory  Square.

Edited by - Mopick on 07/23/2021 08:59:38

Jul 23, 2021 - 9:45:18 AM
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Hi, Randy.

I’m new here so this is the first time I’ve read your grandpa’s story. I’m so glad you made it and you got good care to pull you through.

I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was 15 or so. I worked as a motorcycle courier in Washington DC when I was in college. I commuted on a bike for most of my working years.

I’ve wrecked one bike and broken one bone in all that time and it was my fault … or at least no other vehicle was involved.

I did have a close encounter with an older guy in a dark red Chevy Caprice a few years ago. He tried to change lanes into me, he knocked my mirror off and my saddlebag left a nice scrape down the side of his car, but I kept the bike upright and made it home.

I still ride. But I keep folks like you in mind and try to keep it safe and sane. Thanks for sharing your story.

Jul 23, 2021 - 10:14:06 AM
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10444 posts since 8/22/2006

Hey Randy nice to hear from a fellow BHO member from the good old days. Just recently Daniel aka Constitutional Peasant dropped in he was building a log cabin with his son if you recall. Maybe Hoosier Gal will say hey if she’s able along with innepie(?) those two were a hoot. Man I’m getting old miss the old crowd but Mike Gregory does a fine job,and Fig also, taking up the slack.

Jul 23, 2021 - 11:51:24 AM

Mopick

USA

12585 posts since 6/14/2007

Some of your new people may not realize that my motorcycle accident happened in Misouri. In a little town along the railroad tracks of the Missouri Pacific railroad, in the foothills of the Ozarks.  My grandparents house.  

Edited by - Mopick on 07/23/2021 11:54:36

Jul 23, 2021 - 12:48:33 PM

61 posts since 6/15/2021

I figured it was somewhere rural from Grandpa’s notes.

 

Are you planning anything momentous for the 50th anniversary?

Edited by - pianojuggler on 07/23/2021 12:49:54

Jul 23, 2021 - 2:50:26 PM

figmo59

USA

34173 posts since 3/5/2008
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Hey Randy...!

Miss me grillin buddy.....

N..fyi...I be lookin fer yer rub resahpie....


Hope you are well n can post a bit too... :0)

Jul 23, 2021 - 3:09:50 PM

banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

11469 posts since 2/22/2007

A very good anniversary to have. Glad that you are still with us, Randy.

Jul 23, 2021 - 3:56:19 PM

740 posts since 10/4/2018

Happy Anniversary.

Jul 23, 2021 - 4:22:06 PM

slammer

USA

3272 posts since 12/30/2008

Glad yer still alive and kickin!!! Was beginning to wonder!!! Hope you and the Mrs. are doing well , and your little tunnel digger too !!!
Slammer!!!

Jul 23, 2021 - 5:48:41 PM

chuckv97

Canada

59015 posts since 10/5/2013
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All the best, Randy. Keep pickin that banjo!

Jul 24, 2021 - 9:04:06 AM

3852 posts since 7/8/2010

Randy, nice to see you posting. I remember the picture you posted at Christmas time; swimming in your pool. I wish you well. Don

Jul 25, 2021 - 9:51:14 AM

bill53

USA

401 posts since 3/26/2004

i had 3 moto accidents finally said I quit laid one down in the rain 35 mile an hour over the handle bars,,a dog came up out of a culver and went between my spokes didnt walk for a month a helmet saved my life all 3 times god I loved being stupid and young

Jul 25, 2021 - 11:07:04 AM
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janolov

Sweden

41177 posts since 3/7/2006

Nice to hear from you again. I remember when you posted a lot about Annie the dog. I also think you posted that she was not longer with you. Do you have a new dog? I am a dog man and I have had own dogs for 45 years, and before that I always have had other's dogs to take care about.

Jul 25, 2021 - 3:17:58 PM

Mopick

USA

12585 posts since 6/14/2007

quote:
Originally posted by bill53

i had 3 moto accidents finally said I quit laid one down in the rain 35 mile an hour over the handle bars,,a dog came up out of a culver and went between my spokes didnt walk for a month a helmet saved my life all 3 times god I loved being stupid and young


Yes.  My helmet really saved my life.  My mom bought me a really good helmet and insisted I wear it.  


Jul 25, 2021 - 8:07:58 PM

3924 posts since 9/9/2010

Hope you are doing well, Randy.

Jul 27, 2021 - 5:29:45 PM

Mopick

USA

12585 posts since 6/14/2007

quote:
Originally posted by janolov

Nice to hear from you again. I remember when you posted a lot about Annie the dog. I also think you posted that she was not longer with you. Do you have a new dog? I am a dog man and I have had own dogs for 45 years, and before that I always have had other's dogs to take care about.


Hello Jan.  Annie is still with us.  She is going to turn 10 in August.  I bet you were thinking about our first dog Koko.  She was 13 years old and started having severe seizures along with other health problems.  I was upset wondering if I should have her put to sleep.  I got lots of good advice and support on this group as usual.  Everybody told me I would know when it was time.  I did and that was one of the hardest days of my life.  We got little Annie the Rat Terrier to fill the empty space in our heart just a couple of weeks after Koko left us.

I always love seeing your greetings from Sweden.

Edited by - Mopick on 07/27/2021 17:35:46

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