One man Revolutionized the world with his mighty pen. The other is saving the world with bikes.
Of course, we’re talking about Thomas Paine, patriotic pamphleteer, and Marty Epstein, mapper of the Gran Fondo.
These great men crossed paths on Friday, a truly historic occasion in a town known for truly historic occasions.
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It was the last Friday of the month, when cyclists loop through Morristown for their Critical Mass ride. October’s Halloween theme was “Dress Like Marty,” as in, Marty Epstein, the big-haired icon of Marty’s Reliable Cycle.
No prizes were awarded, and frankly, it’s just as well because Marty had the best Marty costume.
Meanwhile, a short ride from town hall, Thomas Paine was holding forth at the Morristown & Township Library.
His costume was pretty authentic, too, considering it came from an Army Navy store.
Tom, channeled convincingly by Bob Gleason, did not miss a beat when Marty and another oddly costumed cyclist staggered into the spellbound library. The patriot told some harrowing tales of close calls in England and Revolutionary France after the American Revolution… it seems that certain rabble should not be roused.
Where would we all be today if Tom had traded his pen for a bike?
In any case, an historic photo opportunity was missed. You’ll just have to take our word for it that Tom and Marty came together for one brief, shining moment which, alas, appears destined to become an urban legend passed among the generations.