Re: [messengers] 2015 MCA Recipient Steve “Porno” Fröhlich

Date: 19 Mar 2016 13:12:34 -0000
From: "j.e.n.z." <suicycle1@xxxxxxx>


WORD!
Thanks Strom. Couldnt find any better words...

Congrats my friend!
Jenz


> Am 19.03.2016 um 13:41 schrieb Messville <messville@xxxxxxxxx>:
> 
> The International Federation of Bike Messenger Associations (IFBMA) is
> pleased to announce that Zurich bike messenger  Steve “Porno” Fröhlich
> has been awarded the 2015 “Markus Cook Memorial Award” (MCA) for Services
> to the International Messenger Community. The IFBMA has awarded the Markus
> Cook Award (MCA) since 1998 to the person who has inspired and empowered
> the wider messenger community, and who puts all messengers before
> themselves.
> 
> Some much deserved praise for Steve by Maurice Thiriet:
> 
> 
> 
> When I first met Steve “Porno” Fröhlich in 2001, he was sitting behind his
> dispatcher desk at Flash Courier Services in Zurich wearing the
> Goldsprint-branded hat as he always did and organizing the registration for
> an alleycat and speaking his loud and somewhat strong and peculiar
> estern-swissgerman accent.
> 
> 
> 
> During the next ten years that’s what Steve mostly did, when he was not
> working on his bike or at his dispatcher’s desk: Organizing races and
> events for messengers or going to races and events organized by fellow
> messengers all over the world.
> 
> 
> 
> The messenger community has seen a lot of fast and successful racers and a
> lot of popular party animals. What made Steve’s appearances at both
> national and international championships special was that he was always
> both. Never was the applause more frenetic and the cheering from the
> messenger family louder, than when Steve passed the line first - as he
> often did. People did not just respect him for the mere athletic
> performance, but love him for what he was: A big brother and a reliable
> drinking buddy who would always look after his fellow messengers - the
> rookies equally as the veterans -  and as such he was an integration figure
> within the community.
> 
> 
> 
> Not only did Steve contribute to the IFMBA’s council for many years, he
> also organized a number of much remembered and outstanding messenger events
> such as the X-Days, the XX-Days, the Side-Show and countless
> SUICMC-Pre-Events and other Alleycats. Still legendary is the
> Messenguerilla, also put up mostly by Steve, who almost ruined his
> existence by smuggling the Messenguerilla-container with the fondue-supply
> for Helsinki 2006 illegally through Germany.
> 
> 
> 
> Even during a period of severe illness and chemo-therapy Steve attended and
> organized events with his messenger family and went to work whenever
> possible, and he would always help any messenger coming to his hometown
> Zurich with housing, bike-supply and lots of local beer and he would never
> turn down anyone, who asked him for help or assistance in organizing events
> for the messenger family.
> 
> 
> 
> His dedication was inspiring, motivating and driving the international
> messenger community to excellence in events. If there was ever an event to
> be held, and no one volunteering to organize it, Steve would always say: “I
> did that. It was good. Now it’s your turn. Do it and do it better.”
> 
> 
> 
> How could you say “No”?
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