View Full Version : Building A Buzz

03-06-2006, 11:30 AM
Here is an example of building a buzz. A buzz helps word of mouth spread about your product/service.

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This bike is a pipe bomb? Not quite.

A 28-year-old graduate student was charged with inducing panic in a bomb scare at Ohio University on Thursday, March 2. His alleged crime? The student, Patrick K. Hanlin, had a This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb band sticker attached to his bicycle.

Four buildings on the Ohio campus were closed and a bomb squad was summoned to see if the bike was, in fact, a pipe bomb. Nothing explosive was found.

Of course, Pensacola's music scene is collectively laughing out loud as the weird news story is breaking nationally. This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb is a local punk-folk band that's been around since the late '90s.

Talk about irony.

Terry Johnson, bassist/vocalist for the respected group and co-owner of Sluggo's on Cervantes, says she sees the humor in the story but feels bad because Hanlin's bike was completely destroyed during the police raid.

"I think I'm stating the obvious," she says, "but if you're going to blow up a campus with your bike, you're not going to put on a sticker advertising it."

Johnson says she's interested in helping Hanlin, who is possibly facing a penalty of six months in jail for "inducing panic." The Sluggo's co-owner says her band may raise money for Hanlin to purchase a new bike and help with potential legal fees.

"That bike may be the only way he's able to get to work," Johnson says. "If we can find a way to help this kid, we will."

Pipe Bomb guitarist/vocalist, Rymodee, says a similar incident happened in Washington D.C. back in '99.

What's your view of this situation?

03-06-2006, 11:31 AM
Another picture with a similar sticker on a bike.