Banana George: Do not Anticipate Life to Occur, Make It Occur is the biography of one of the vital inspiring and colourful celebrities of current years. Written by the Blair household (his spouse and daughters) together with Karen Putz, creator and fellow barefoot water skier, this biography chronicles all of George’s life-affirming ninety-eight years.
Readers journey with George from his childhood and faculty years to his first marriage and turning into a father and entrepreneur. We expertise with him his debilitating again issues and present process surgical procedure for them, after which, we’re thrilled when he discovers the great world of barefoot water snowboarding. Finally, George was the world’s oldest barefoot water skier, however he was additionally a pure showman. He at all times busy sporting his signature yellow garments; passing out bananas; showing on main discuss reveals like The Oprah Winfrey Present, Late Night time with David Letterman, and Stay with Regis and Kathy Lee; touring around the globe; and assembly well-known folks. He even turned a real ambassador of goodwill between nations.
After studying this ebook, I got here to like Banana George and his zest for all times. Most of all, I cherished his inventive spirit and his refusal ever to consider he could not do one thing. Most individuals know Banana George for being the world’s oldest barefoot water skier-he was within the Guinness E-book of World Information for that designation, regularly breaking his report with every birthday-but what most individuals might not know is that he was an revolutionary entrepreneur Banana George. As soon as he turned a father himself, George had a wonderful thought to start a enterprise that took images of infants within the hospital so dad and mom might have quick photos of their newborns to treasure for a lifetime. Consequently, Hospital Image Service was born. George grew this enterprise by going across the nation promoting his companies to hospitals. Whereas visiting all these hospitals, George additionally observed what number of infants have been continuously crying and the way the nurses could not attend to all of them on the similar time, so he invented the Blair Movement Bassinet, which had a motor hooked up to the bassinet to make it rock backwards and forwards. After all, he marketed the bassinet to all of the hospitals as nicely.
A big a part of the appeal of the part about George’s early years earlier than he turned well-known was the time he spent as a father. The ebook is stuffed with the reminiscences of his 4 daughters and their experiences rising up with their father, from how he would solely decelerate the automobile and inform the youngsters to leap out when he needed to drop them off as a result of he was at all times in a rush, to how he needed to have a lazy susan on the eating room desk to make every little thing simpler to succeed in for everybody. He even put in bidets in his loos as a result of he thought they have been extra sanitary; his kids had plenty of enjoyable demonstrating how bidets labored for his or her pals who had by no means seen one.
George did not start barefoot water snowboarding till he was about forty and after he’d had main surgical procedure for his again issues. Someday, he was watching some folks water snowboarding and was requested if he wish to strive. He stated he was too outdated, however the man who supplied was insistent, so George tried, and he by no means seemed again. Quickly the entire household was water snowboarding and acting at reveals. George turned an everyday performer at Cypress Gardens, and that was only the start of his showmanship.
There are too many desirable and enjoyable moments in George’s profession as a barefoot water skier after which a media superstar to say on this assessment, and I do not wish to spoil the enjoyable for readers, however I can not assist however point out that he rode in a racecar with Prince Albert of Monaco and did a water snowboarding exhibition for King Hussein of Jordan. However that was simply the tip of the iceberg for George-he cherished to journey and started water snowboarding everywhere in the world. Certainly one of my favourite tales was how, in 1988, George learn an article that stated the Russian editor of Pravada was an avid water skier. This was in the course of the Chilly Struggle, and but, George determined he’d prefer to water ski in Russia. He wrote a letter to the editor and, ultimately, was invited to carry out within the Friendship Cup Event in Sofia, Bulgaria (additionally behind the Iron Curtain). From there, George and his second spouse JoAnne visited Russia, touring all through the nation. George turned often known as “Mr. Banana” in Russia as a result of folks did not perceive his nickname. Later, in 1995, George would welcome a delegation of Russian water skiers to america, thus spreading goodwill between the international locations, and the Russians left with favorable impressions of america.
Earlier than lengthy, George had skied on six continents. Then his brother-in-law reminded him there have been seven so George went snowboarding in Antarctica. He additionally as soon as by happenstance ended up attending the Miss Switzerland magnificence contest and gave the topped winner bananas. Earlier than his lengthy superstar profession was over, George even starred within the film Captiva Island about-what else?-a younger wealthy child who barefoot water skis and will get recommendation from a number of mature males, together with George, Ernest Borgnine, and Arte Johnson from Snort-In.
Banana George Blair proved to the world that you simply’re solely as outdated as you suppose you’re and it is by no means too late to pursue doing the stuff you love. This can be a man who cherished to water ski a lot that when he could not stand anymore, he used a particular chair made to sit down in whereas he water skied.
We must always all have George’s vitality, and we should always all learn this ebook as a result of perhaps just a little of George’s joie de vivre will rub off on us. The ebook features a foreword by Phil Keoghan (host of The Superb Race), Banana George’s Classes for Life, and an inventory of all of the locations Banana George waterskied and the companies and affiliations he was concerned with. Altogether, Banana George is a deal with that can have you ever going bananas simply eager to make your personal life extra adventurous.