Well, it's not exactly a chair, as the accompanying photo demonstrates, but rather an enclosed bench seat at the front of a special Bakfiets brand Dutch-made bicycle. Fisher, whose enthusiasms have lately encompassed urban as well as wilderness cycling, used the $3,000 bike to tote his kids around, then gave it to Woehl for his daughters -- but only on the condition Woehl would eventually hand it down free to yet another family.
"My girls named the bike 'Gary' after two great characters -- Mr. Fisher and Spongebob's pet snail," says Woehl, proprietor of American Cyclery at Frederick and Stanyan Streets.
Fisher says giving away a bike whose price is as high as a used automobile was a no-brainer.
We believe Fisher's idea to be perfectly laudable. But we're nonetheless concerned about the message his endowment sends to families such as that of your correspondent, whose children have been compelled to look at their father's backside: