Third, if Randall doesn't know if it was an official #4 cert attempt, and the judge of the attempt doesn't know if it was an official attempt, then who does know? Can you imagine if he did close the #4? What then? The legend of Joe Kinney would pale in comparison.
I think Randy is being a nice guy by not chewing me out and asking me what I was thinking. I "sort of assumed" that Burke and Randy had discussed it in advance. And, Randy not being 100% (and having left) it was a bit confusing. RJS left after the 3rd event. After the Silver Bullet and before the Hub. So, if he closed it, I doubt if it would have flown. Tragically, he injured himself trying.
Let me be perfectly clear about this: if Mike Burke had told me he wanted to try to officially close the Captains of Crush No. 4 gripper, I'd have given him a shot and I'd have probably whistled in Mike Corlett or Odd Haugen to referee it, so Mike C. (sorry, Hubgeezer) should not apologize for anything—although I was a little surprised to hear about this for the first time earlier today.
Same goes for Rich Williams, if he'd made it to the contest: if he'd said he was ready and wanted a shot at it, I'd have let him try it too.
What both of these guys have in common is casually certifying on the Captains of Crush No. 3.5 gripper in a very public setting and both have officially done over 500 lb. on the Apollon's Axle, for starters, so the leap from that zone to saying they are ready to destroy the CoC No. 4 is not huge.
So, don't blame Mike C. for doing what I'd have done too and never believe him if he ever says anything good about me because rumor has it that he's my cousin.
On the travel thing for Paul, I can fully understand that getting to Los Angeles is a bit of a hike from England, but David Horne lives within about a hour, I think, so maybe David would be willing to let Paul attack the CoC Silver Bullet world record under official conditions, as well as make an official attempt on the CoC No. 4 if he's prepared.