William Clyde

William Clyde (HM1HI5)

Location: Hollister, CA 95023 San Benito County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 51.061', W 121° 24.142'

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July 11, 1920 - June 23, 1997

Fueled with a zest largely unknown outside of WW II combat vets, Wino Willie Forkner and other early members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club partied with other clubs and the citizens of Hollister at its famous 1947 Gypsy Tour. Prominent at the party, Wino Willie was used later to teach the cast of "The Wild One", a movie inspired vaguely by that event, how to dress and act as bikers. Although the movie in general did not depict Wino Willie's values, its impact enshrined Hollister as the birthplace of the American Biker, and Wino Willie Forkner as its model. As befits a social catalyst, Wino Willie remained unchanged amidst the changes he helped provoke.

His parting words to the Biker community:
"As we now go together on this last phase of our journey on Earth, we must remind you, the destination was never in question - but the trip getting here we will cherish in our hearts forever. Our memories, our friends and family, well it doesn't get any better than that! So Ride free, be loved and God Bless."
HM NumberHM1HI5
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Historical Period20th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Year Placed2009
Placed ByMonterey Viejo Chapter 1846, E Clampus Vitus
Marker Condition
10 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 9:46pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees36.85101667, -121.40236667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 51.061', W 121° 24.142'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 51' 3.66" N, 121° 24' 8.52" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)408, 831
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 526 San Benito St, Hollister CA 95023, US
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