Originally Posted by pvangel
recieved this email today, pretty good!
Who was Stanley Woods?
In 1923, Who Was:
1. President of the largest steel company?
2.. President of the largest gas company?
3. President of the New York stock Exchange?
4. Greatest wheat speculator?
5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?
6. Great Bear of Wall Street?
These men were considered some of the world’s most successful of their days..
Now, 88 years later, the history book asks us, if we know what ultimately became of them..
1. The president of the largest steel company.
Charles Schwab, died a pauper.
2. The president of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson, went insane.
3. The president of the NYSE, Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home.
4. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cooger, died abroad penniless.
5. The president of the Bank of International Settlement, shot himself.
6 The Great Bear of Wall Street, Cosabee Livermore, also committed suicide
However, In that same year, 1923, the winner of the world’s most important road race, the Isle of Man T.T., was Stanley Woods.
What became of him?
He won 10 T.T. races between 1923 and 1939, He lived on the Isle of Man and rode motorcycles all his life. He lapped the island circuit at 82 mph in 1957 (The Golden Jubilee) aged 54. He was a wealthy man when he died aged 90.
Dammmm,I am a full believer in the reality of this post,Ive got friends who have bought into the whole work-a-day high tech field and are working themselves to nubs,sometimes sleeping next to their desks and working 6 or 7 days a week.
They assure me of their stock options and good $ they're making.
Life is simply too short and can be too much fun to burn it off at a desk or doing paperwork and stressing full time about "keeping up"
Im with you on the 2 stroke thing,I raced flattrack back in the 70's along with some MX and scrambles,about 10 years worth.
We have some great ultra technical singletrack here in nor cal and my KTM200 is the bomb,Ive tried clunky 4 strokes and have been disapointed each time.
2 stroke is lighter quicker turns better easier to work on and cheaper to work on,and I like the sound and the snap of them.Ive always trail ridden,55 now and no way to give it up,it keeps me going.
I look at the money guys spend to race a 4 stroke and its ridiculous,what kid can come up with 1000.00 or 2000.00 for a rebuild?
Then its the worry about putting too many hours on the "special" race engine,and usually not racing for money,just fun.
Id like to get out on a good 1/4 mile cushion track again,I love sliding!