One year up in Massillon, Ohio, where Jim grew up, I guess they got very bored with all the snow and ice.
So, Jim and some buds wanted to make an ice fort in the parking lot of a church.
Now there happened to also be a backhoe in the parking lot as well. And Jim, at about 8 or 9 years (yes, a lot happened in the 8-11 year old life of Jim Radcliffe) old started the backhoe! He had no fear! and actually figured it out.
I guess they hoped they could use it to help them make their ice fort. Long story short, they had to do it by hand, but that was quite the story for a young child.