March 17th, 2007. St. Patrick's Day? Maybe. The end of the most impressive internship I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of? Definitely. Today all the little duckies in the pond fell silent. The Show with Ze Frank ended. His one year obligation to the League of Awesomeness complete, Ze called it off "at the top of his game," instead of fading out. I have to say though, Ze . . . the internet is now a little less bright.
Dewar's Whiskey has agreed to help build a suitable library for all the old shows. It should debut in the next few weeks. If you missed this experiment, this experience, the chance to be a Sports Racer is still open to you. Ze hosts a site called the ORG where his fans can post their own creative and inspired work and interact with each other. It is free. You can join here. You will find a myriad of pictures, signs, projects, multimedia experiments and fabulous people . . . fabulosos, to be exact.
Until the library is up, watching the back episodes is a slow process of back clicking from a destination episode. If anyone is so inclined, it is well worth the back track. Here is a link to an article I wrote with some of my favorite episodes, other Sports Racers added their favorites in the comments below. And for all of you that knew and loved the show, here is a link to the final episode (ironically, the first Saturday episode). You can leave comments for Ze under the video.
I'd like to take this time to send a personal message to my friends here on the Vine and the online community as a whole, if you haven't seen Ze, check him out. Start with a random episode. I suggest a rtfdd: Ride the Fire Eagle Danger Day, which fall on Friday's. Ze tackled hot news issues during these episodes with poise and insight and Sports Racers did amazing intros. Seriously though, the Show was too good to be relegated to a google cache (or googe cash!), check it out, keep it alive. It will brighten your days, even if it is a ghost. My last year would have been a lot less fun without Ze.
To Ze, if you see this, thank you for everything. You may not be able to see it, but I am doing my Power Move right now. I'll miss you, man. But in your own words, "As I lay this bread on the ground, I know my job ain't done . . ."