--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---
June 16, 2001
The mysterious man with the yellow sash
By Sarah Jordan and Katie Jordan
During all the chaos of the X Trials, we happened tonotice one man as he sprinted by.
The strange thing was, he wore a white lab coat and asash made of yellow caution tape.
Naturally, this left us wondering if we were seeingthings.
If so, we weren't the only ones.
One spectator, C.J. Colapietro, said he, too, saw thisman wearing caution tape run past, apparently to retrieve a vitally important backpack.
"I think he's a skater," said John Longo, alsowatching the competition.
His brother, Jimmy Longo, said, "He almost ran meover."
Members of the staff also reported sightings of themysterious person we began to call "Caution Tape Man."
Security guard Brandon Cruz said he'd seen him but,like everyone else, had no idea of his identity.
Bob Soda, working at the V Foundation booth, sawCaution Tape Man go by around 10 a.m., carrying his backpack.
A frozen lemonade vender, William Leveille, said healso caught a glimpse of this interesting character.
Having discovered Caution Tape Man was not simply aheat-induced hallucination, we continued our search.
We roamed the pavement and gravel for at least anhour, hoping to encounter the elusive Caution Tape Man. Alas, he was nowhere in sight. Disheartened, we returned to our starting point.
And who should walk by but Caution Tape Man himself,this time disguised as a mere mortal. He had shed his lab coat and his caution tape in favor of a pink T-shirt and some shorts.
Momentarily confused because of the disguise, we lostvaluable time debating whether he really was Caution Tape Man. But soon we were in hot pursuit again.
Though we squinted into the distance, trying in vainto spot a pink T-shirt, we lost him again. He melted into the crowd, or maybe even disappeared completely.
But our questions remained.
In our quest for truth, we finally found someone withanswers: Scott Calway from Bristol Hospital.
Why the tape?
"I'd say he was just being a silly comedian," he said.
Calway also told us he suspected that Caution Tape Manwas a photojournalist whom he'd seen earlier interviewing athletes and snapping pictures.
But maybe that was only his secret identity.