This is a picture of tremendous interest and attention Canada’s famous Ray Bethell generated with his video at the kite museum.
Ray honored us by being one of the earliest believers in our kite museum vision - a testament to Ray always looking out for the little guy. If you haven’t already, do yourself a great favor and check out Ray’s site http://www.raybethell.com/ and YouTube.
Here is what I wrote on Ray’s web-site after witnessing his magic in Italy…
On the second last night of the Cervia 2010 International Kite festival in Italy, something very special happened.
Some of the World's top kite flyers and kite makers and designers were being recognized by the organizers, in the audience were the famous Peter Lynn NZ , Robert Trepanier Canada , Kisa Germany, George Peters USA , Claudio Capelli, Italy , Nick James UK, Jon Trennepohi USA, Malcolm Goodman UK , Bas Igbal Switzerland , John Burkhardt USA, Team No Limit from Germany and so many others.
But there was one, and only one, that when his name was called, caused the whole room to erupt in a spontaneous loving and joyous standing ovation that did not want to end. And the one and only person was Ray Bethell.
The outpouring of respect, appreciation and love for Ray was contagious, and there can be no greater tribute than to receive the recognition of your pears especially from some of the very best in the world.
When you see the Italian people coming up all day long every day of the ten day kite festival to have Ray autograph their kites, Tee shirts and to have their pictures taken with Ray, You think it is amazing to also witness his peers applauding him.
It was a magical moment I shall always remember.
Thank you for the memories Ray, Cervia will always be synonymous with you for me,
You could move there and be a Governor of that region, you are so very popular.
Good Stuff Ray.
This is my favourite picture of Ray Bethell and Dolores Taylor.