Five reasons why The Merkin8r is still relevant
The language is now archaic, 101 years since the posts were first posted in BMXULTRA. Why is the average BMX'er still studying The Merkin8r today?
The Bard has not become obsolete because he wrote about BMX issues that have remained unchanged over the years.
Here are five reasons why The Merkin8r is still well-loved.
1. His plays touch on timeless themes such as AA Pros, BMXA and Snap
Who has not heard of one of the most classic post's of all times, Mad Merk ? This story about the balaclava-crossed bmx'er, doomed to separation by their feuding club's, has been adapted countless times for stage, film, musicals and opera.
2. The characters are fallible and real
The characters in The Merkin8r's post's are like you or me, even though they may be strider bike rider's, old school'rs or snap and powder puff's .
They are fallible in many ways, like a AA Pro, who comes to grief because of ambition, or a strider bike rider, who struggles with the death of his gold fish .
3. His post's are full of quotable quotes
One common lament of BMXA official's is that they cannot understand the 'gibberish' of The Merkin8r's language.
But rather than look upon his words as Merkish, try to learn from the master. Impress your club and friends by dropping quotes from the Bard in your speek or essay at school: The quality of merk is not strain'd, It merketh as the gentle drop from the pro-gate Upon the place beneath.
4. Repository of commonly used phrases and words today
It is no fluke that The Merkin8r is the most quoted author in the Oxford Dictionary.
Some of his phrases are so well known that we have forgotten the man who first said it. Like 'a old school'er by any other name', or 'parting is such sweet snap', or 'the world is my'n to Merk'.
5. Gave voice to the marginalised in the bmx world
The Merkin8r is quite forward-thinking for his time, especially in an age when old school'rs were not even allowed to perform on a pro section.
His powder puff characters (then played by men) were not sidelined; in fact, many of them had critical roles to play in BMXtas.
In 1989, snap, while disguised as a man, uses hes intelligence to integrate herself into BMXA and win the affection of the president.