A pair of anniversaries…

note: If you’ve come directly to this post, please be sure to read the follow-up, which contains all the latest details. – https://bluemoonkites.net/moonie-mamba/

2019 is the 20th anniversary of the inception of Blue Moon Kites. The beginning was longer and messier than I would have preferred, and there was that “vacation” a few years ago, but overall it’s been a good ride. It never would have happened without the friendship and support of a lot of fine folks along the way.

Mike Gillard and I first talked about it on the patio of the hotel we were staying at while attending the KTA show in Clearwater, FL in 1999. It became “Blue Moon” at least in part because there were two blue moons early that year.

In September of that year, I brought a handful of new kites to the festival at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. They were well received, and I was encouraged to move forward. After the festival, Holly (my wife) and I spent some time at Mike’s home in Columbus, OH and started dreaming and scheming in earnest.  

I was still at a loss for a name, so we got on the internet and looked for inspiration. The new kite became the Mojo, the name “borrowed” from a mountain bike. That session also was the birth of the “Moonie” logo, which was a visual play on blue moon, making him a “blues” moon.

By the time we got back to North Carolina, unbeknownst to me, Mike had registered the bluemoonkites(.com) domain and set up the beginnings of a website! A few weeks later, Holly and I were sitting in a booth at the AKA convention in Muncie with a dozen fresh Mojos. We also had a computer set up to let people design their own custom kites. It was starting to look like this was going to happen!

All of this was going on while I was working a full-time job at a composites manufacturer here in NC. Between the job and a new house, BMK was part-time or inactive for the first couple of years. I left my job and took Blue Moon Kites live and full-time in June of 2001.

It also occurs to me that 2019 is the 15th anniversary of the first of the Moonie logo kites. That first one was on the Mamba platform. At this 20/15 year mark, would anyone be interested in a fresh run of Moonie Mambas? I’m thinking along the lines of the classic version from 2004, white with purple and sky blue accents, std. or UL. At this point, it’s just an idea. What do you think?

(If this does happen, the first announcement will be via my email list so you might consider signing up, either through this website or the BMK FB page. I send emails very infrequently, and you can always easily unsubscribe.)

Assuming we move forward, the order for all new stuff notifications is –

1) email list – https://bluemoonkites.net/email-list-signup/
2) The BMK Facebook group – at least an hour later – https://www.facebook.com/groups/bluemoonkites/
3) everybody else – at least an hour after that

From there, if you’re part of the first two groups, you’ll get a link to a hidden shop listing for a deposit and frame choice.

11 thoughts on “A pair of anniversaries…

    1. Norbert! Long time! Thank you. 🙂
      That is your picture, yes? Please take a minute and sign up for my email list, as my memory is shot.

      1. Done. Yes, I believe, it was my kite. The picture was shot by a friend of mine. Too bad, that I sold this kite many years ago. The good thing was, that I sold it to someone, who treats it with care. The bad thing, that it was the sale, that I still regret the most. So, if I can have this kite back in any way, it would be simply perfect! Kind of a miracle. 😉

  1. Put me down for one if this happens, Ken. Seems like I “pulled away” from kiting during those formative years!!!


    1. Thanks Bob. I’ll try to remember, but I can’t tell you what I had for lunch yesterday. 😉 I know you’re on the email list, so keep an eye out for that.

      Good to have you back in the fold my friend.

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