I've been keeping a secret from most of Go Retro's readers for a few weeks, but now that a particular episode of a popular show has aired, it's time to spill the beans. Many of you know that I'm a fan of The History Channel's American Pickers series. Well, a few weeks ago I received an email from a guy named Dan who reads the blog and who is also a visual researcher for none other than American Pickers. He found a photo of an Exxon "tiger tail" hanging from a vintage car that I used in an older post about full service gas stations and wanted to use it in the show during a portion where Mike and Frank find buried gas station signs. I would get credit and my name would appear in the closing credits of the show. I was thrilled but unfortunately the image wasn't mine and got posted before I started making the effort to credit images that I use in posts. After some detective work, I discovered the photo had embedded ownership info and I found a website that could have belonged to the photographer who snapped the photo.
Needless to say, I didn't expect to get any recognition since the photo wasn't mine to begin with. But Dan, being the stand-up guy that he is, said that they would include me in the credits for taking the time to track down the origins of the photo. (And yes, I updated the original post with the copyright info for the photo in question, now that the owner was confirmed.)
Earlier this week, the episode aired. It flashed so quickly on the screen that I couldn't see anyone's name, let alone mine. But a very sharp eyed reader, Doug (who writes his own witty blog called Apache Doug's Teepee -- check it out sometime) recorded the episode and managed to snap the above photo of the special thanks section...and not only did they list my name, but more importantly, Go Retro! (Click on it for a larger view.)
So there you have it...not quite the 15 seconds of fame that Andy Warhol said everyone gets, but as my brother-in-law reminded me, I'm due for another 14.9999 more. A special thank you goes out to Doug for taking the photo and sending it to me! And thank you to Dan and the American Pickers crew! Next time, think I could get an autographed photo of Mike Wolfe?
P.S. The top photo isn't real; another special thanks goes out of Greg of UMRK Radio for his stupendous Photoshoppy skills.