Goodyear honors free blimp ride voucher awarded 17 years ago

CANTON (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. honored a man’s voucher for a free blimp ride 17 years after it was awarded to him.

The Repository in Canton reports Keith Beckley won a special MVP award in 2011 during his senior season at Carrollton High School in northeast Ohio and Goodyear gifted the football player with a free blimp ride for him and a friend.

Weather problems and scheduling conflicts kept Beckley and his then-girlfriend Amanda from taking their ride. Beckley forgot about the blimp and moved on. However, his mother, Lori Burnside, kept the voucher and called Akron-based Goodyear.

The company arranged a ride over Akron in its Wingfoot Three blimp in October for Beckley and his then-girlfriend Amanda, who’s now his wife.

Beckley described the ride as “pretty neat.”

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