The year is 1978. We're at the Pa. State Time Trial Championships where my brother Frank just took 2nd place. We were looking for a place on his bike where we could pop off a bottle cap from his favorite celebratory beverage. I made the observation that if the front dropouts on his forks (the part where the wheel attaches) had a notch in it, it would do the deed. Upon returning to the frame shop I got a front dropout, put a notch in it, drilled it, stamped it, polished it and sent it out for flawless show quality chrome. I put a key ring through it and put it in a gift quality jewelry box. In short order we were making and selling hundreds of them every week. By 1982 we made over 10,000 of them. We bought so many dropouts that a well-known bike company in Wisconsin that will go unnamed... all right it was Trek, couldn't get dropouts because we bought the entire production.
So who has one? The list reads like a who's who of cycling and includes Eddy Merckx and Shozo Shimano. Even Ed Schwinn bought some. Tulio Campagnolo bought 400 of them to give out as Christmas gifts one year. Now you may not have gotten one from Tulio but here's your chance to buy one and tell your friends that you did.