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BOONE LIFE: Divided drivers

Sunday, November 4, 2007 | 7:24 p.m. CST; updated 9:48 p.m. CST, Monday, February 9, 2009
Brothers Mike Reichert, left, and Larry Reichert visit with one another at the Hallsville Primary School's Nike sports equipment sale on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Hallsville.

A sale of Nike sports gear at Hallsville Primary School in Hallsville brought together two brothers: Mike Reichert, 66, of O’Fallon, and his older brother, Larry Reichert, 73, of Centralia. As they took time to sit and catch up with each other’s lives — not common for these brothers — they occupied the far wall of the gymnasium, sitting in maroon plastic chairs and greeting visitors who passed by to examine the bright sweat shirts and T-shirts.

Born in St. Louis, the Reichert brothers are two of 10 brothers and sisters. Over the years, their family has grown to include 35 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. The family still gets together around Christmas wherever they can find a community center or hall big enough to accommodate their crowd.

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Larry Reichert arrived at the sale on his white chrome Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which was purchased in January and that now has more than 9,000 miles on its odometer.

“The last time I rode a bike was 52 years ago, before I met my wife,” said Larry Reichert. “I’d be on the golf course, and I’d hear the thunder and see the bike go by. I thought, ‘I want to do it one more time.’ I don’t think you get too old. There’s a man from Paris, Mo., who’s 91 years old, who rides a Honda Trike.”

Mike Reichert, a retired regional vice president for Hanes Hosiery, says he would never get on a bike and spends his free time on the golf course.

Larry Reichert leans in to explain the feeling of being on the motorcycle — the wind, the speed and the freedom to travel.

“Try to explain to someone who has never been on a bike; it’s an impossibility.”

Mike Reichert concurs.

“Some things are unexplainable.”


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