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Unicyclist, high-wheeled bicyclist draw parade attention

While Saturday’s Logan County Historical Society parade had many unique historical vehicles, some of the most eye-catching were a septuagenarian on a unicycle and three high-wheeled bicycles.

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Eddie Boblitt, who used to deliver copies of the Bellefontaine Examiner from his unicycle, gives the unicycle one last spin before putting it back on display at the Logan County History Center. Mr. Boblitt rode portions of the parade Saturday, but said at age 76, the entire trip was too taxing. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Eddie Boblitt, a Bellefontaine native who now lives in Brentwood, Tenn., took several short trips along the parade route atop his unicycle.

At age 76, he said riding the single-wheeled cycle was not as easy as it was when he used it to deliver his daily Bellefontaine Examiner newspaper route as a teenager in the early 1950s.

“The hard part is getting on it at my age,” Mr. Boblitt said after the parade had concluded.

Mr. Boblitt and his family members custom built two unicycles at the A.J. Miller Co. factory and he rode it to deliver 56 newspapers along Madriver Street to Mary Rutan Hospital where he would sell them room-to-room and spend his daily take at the hospital cafeteria.

 

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