I actually met Joe at the annual bike show in San Francisco in 1990. It was shortly after his column where he had made some less than aadulatory comments about Ducatis. I didn't own one but had a friend who did. Joe acknowledged not having been appreciated for it but didn't seem too worried about letter bombs in the mail. Some years later he made a passing remark in another column about the homeliness (or words to that effect) of BMW's R850R - which I happened to own at the time. So I wrote a little note to CityBike where I pointed out the good points of the model but agreed that it wasn't exactly pretty. They published my letter - the first time any publication did! I'll miss his column, it was my favorite part of the paper.
I remember having seen Glydon around while I was an undergrad at Berkeley. Unfortunately I didn't know who he was until a few years after I had left, and the motorcycling bug had finally bit me. I remember scouring the internet for articles on my new found obsession, finding the CityBike site (same night I found MO), and quite serendipitously gaining a bit of enlightenment.
Johnny B has best expressed what I felt in reading Glydon's articles. I only wish that someone from my generation can keep his spirit, wit, and analytical poignancy alive.
I feel a profound sense of loss. Joe Glydon will be missed.
Another member of our extended family gone. Even here in the sometimes sunny subtropical southeast, many of us knew of Joe Glydon - at least as often as CITYBIKE could remember to send me a cc, which was never often enough.
Joe, you will be missed and Godspeed.
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