What is this strange looking machine? It is a one of a kind special eight-seat bike built by me and commissioned by the National Enquirer for a photo shoot in 1979.
The photo shoot was of the Rosenkowitz sextuplets, three boys, and three girls born January 11, 1974. They were the worlds first surviving sextuplets. I wrote the story of how I came to build this bike, in an article here in November 2005. As a result of the original article, a member of the family contacted me and was kind enough to send pictures.
The Enquirer told me they didn’t care if the machine was “un-ridable,” they just wanted a picture. Of course I wasn’t going to build something that couldn’t be ridden, even something as bizarre as this.
The proof is here in the picture of the whole family, (From left to right.) Mother Susan, the children Elizabeth, Nicci, Emma, Jason, Grant, and David. Father Colin Rosenkowitz is steering the rig. The children were five years old at the time.
Above is a later picture (Probably mid to late 1990s.) with the same bike, and the six now adults. Note that my name is now painted over with a coat of blue paint.
Below left is a picture of me taken in 1978 at my shop in Worcester, England, with the project under construction.
I have no regrets at being involved in this venture, even though I was never paid. It was and interesting project, one I can tell my grandkids about, and of course readers here.
It was an enjoyable experience to make contact with a member of the Rosenkowitz family.
Out of respect for their privacy I am not about to reveal anymore.
It is now over thirty years, and I’m still waiting for a story from the Enquirer, or a check would be nice.