Banana George Dies At 98

Banana George Dies At 98

A long time icon and part time resident of Steamboat Springs, "Banana George" Blair has died at 98. Many long time residents of Steamboat remember George for his attraction to the color yellow and his indomitable spirit.  He is best known for bringing the sport of barefoot water skiing to the forefront, travelling as far and wide as China to do "expos" into his 80's
Here in Steamboat we remember Banana George for all things yellow. He drove a bright yellow car, wore bright yellow clothes and even rode a bright yellow snowboard.  Despite being born with scoliosis, and having a severely damaged fifth lumbar vertebrae he never let them stop him from doing the things he loved most which included blessing us in Steamboat with his presence and inspiration. Banana George loved adventure and once attended a three day bull riding camp, learning on a mechanical bull.  Blair was not happy just riding the mechanical bull however and asked to be put on a real bull.  The story goes that the pros let him mount up in the shoot on the biggest and baddest bull they had.  As the story goes, George was ready but better judgement got to the cowboys and they dragged him off the bull at the moment before the gate slammed open, infuriating George but probably saving his life.

As Tom Ross writes in the Steamboat and Today newspaper, "Wherever he is today, he has a can of yellow spray paint in his hand, and he is still playing with a different crowd"

We will miss your sunny smile and zest for life Mr. Blair. We can only hope to live life with as much zest and fervor as you have!

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Dated: October 25th 2013
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1 Response

  1. William Mcginn

    Only met George once, but it was delightful. Everyone that came in contact with him was happier. God Bless You George.


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