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Whey 船 Nuts Man Gone?
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:35:56 PM »
Whey 船 Nuts Man Gone?
By Shaneika Jeffrey (T&T Guardian)


Keith Martin, known worldwide as 遷umbo, began selling freshly roasted peanuts to the people of Trinidad and Tobago in 1974熔ver 40 years ago. He earned his nickname two years later, in 1976, when the country acquired a Boeing 747, the 遷umbo Jet, and Hasely Crawford struck gold in the 100 metre sprint, becoming T&T痴 first Olympic champion. Martin started selling larger bags of nuts and needed a company name. From there, 遷umbo stuck for both himself and his now famous nuts.

He is a man of firsts. Jumbo was one of the first vendors to sell corn soup on the streets of New York and Toronto. He was also a part of the organisation behind the first Trinidad and Tobago Independence celebration in Canada. And he has rightfully earned his title as 禅he Original Nuts Man of the twin isles.

As a young boy, Jumbo watched his mother sell snow cones, bake and shark, sandwiches and corn soup in the Queen痴 Park Oval during games and events. From that, his own passion sparked. One day, after pushing a snow cone cart from Cocorite to Independence Square, rain began to fall and the shaved ice in his cart melted. In the early 70s, snow cones were sold for about 6 cents each; his entire box was worth $10. A man of Indian descent found young Jumbo crying. He enquired about the loss of income, gave him enough money to cover the costs (a considerable amount in those days) and walked away. Shortly after, he returned and offered a suggestion: Why not sell nuts instead? The man explained that nuts sold in sun and rain and during the day and night, unlike snow cones. Call it divine intervention; Jumbo says he might have been entertaining an angel. His stepfather granted him $38 to buy and sell nuts as a trial. Jumbo found his calling.

For the past 47 years, Jumbo has been selling nuts at the Oval and the Hasely Crawford Stadium during cricket matches, football games and more. Sports spectators, locally and internationally, know him for his signature move. Jumbo has the ability to pitch a pack of nuts directly to you, no matter where you池e sitting in the stands. His pitching power is so impressive, some fans might even argue that he, himself, should be on the West Indies cricket team. He blushes when I express Trinidad and Tobago痴 admiration for him, 的 give all praises to God. I am nothing宥od gave everybody a talent.

Jumbo has a long and storied history of selling nuts to the country and solidified the tradition of snacking on nuts while watching sports. He has won the hearts of fans from all around the world and has met countless celebrities and athletes, from Lionel Ritchie to Michael Jackson. For the 1989 World Cup, Canon, the American camera and imaging company, featured Jumbo in a commercial and he was most recently interviewed by Anthony Bourdain for the show 撤arts Unknown.

Fame and tradition was not enough to save Jumbo from a ban to sell his nuts at the CPL 2017 matches in Trinidad. Like many other major international tournaments, CPL strikes exclusive sponsorship and supply deals and Jumbo fell foul of the rules. According to Jumbo, Sunshine Snacks banned vendors from selling nuts during the CPL matches unless the products pitched into the crowd were manufactured by Sunshine Snacks themselves. Unsurprisingly, Jumbo, as a vending veteran, was visibly upset. 的t is so damaging to the culture, he says. 鄭ll they池e doing right now is saying, 選t痴 the biggest party in sports, but you can稚 have a party without bread and shark. You can稚 have a party without corn soup. And cricket just isn稚 the same without Jumbo痴 nuts.

It is a difficult situation. From one side, sponsors and suppliers spend big money securing selling rights for their products and, understandably, they want exclusivity and need to create rules to avoid 疎mbush marketing by competitors. On the other hand, even sellers like Jumbo can become an attraction themselves at sporting events. For Jumbo, this wasn稚 just about the money. The ban took away what became an integral part of his life: 的 can稚 even go and watch a game; I received free tickets and I said 創ah.

He remembers the stadium before it was built into what it is now today謡hen a local farmer痴 cows were used to keep the grass on the pitch low and rushed off before the start of the game. He recalls the galvanized roof of the stadium and the test matches that are ingrained in his memory. One of them is the 1971-72 series when India痴 Sunil Gavaskar made a double century in a match against the West Indies.

Jumbo currently sells corn soup in St. James, on the corner of Vidale St. and the Western Main Road, and has done so for the past four years. While this venture isn稚 as profitable as selling nuts, he loves what he does and says he does it the best. Through his trials and tribulations, Jumbo found the key to success: find your gift and be the best at it. 的f you sweep road, be the best road sweeper, he says. 的f you want to be a dishwasher, be the best dishwasher.

Although smarting a bit, Jumbo has high hopes for the future of the country and for its people. 鏑et痴 love again. Let痴 build Trinidad again. Let痴 go back to the old-time days. Let痴 say good morning again. Let痴 smile with one another again, he says. 展e lost values. When you lose cultural values, you lose your country.
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Re: Whey 船 Nuts Man Gone?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 05:18:21 PM »
Lash dem Jumbo.  ;D
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Re: Whey 船 Nuts Man Gone?
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 06:00:37 PM »
JUUUUUMBOOOO......... Should receive a national award. He was the best at what he did and brought joy to many locally and internationally.

 
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Re: Whey 船 Nuts Man Gone?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2017, 01:36:20 AM »
Why not sell nuts instead? Who knew?

There should be more content with this sort of local history. Having explained de nuts man to people who doh know T&T, I had to share the article with them.  :beermug:

Kudos to Shaneika Jeffrey for ah read as appetising as the corn soup. Unfortunately, in some ways it harkens back to a T&T that will never return.

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Re: Whey 船 Nuts Man Gone?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 05:30:51 AM »
Jumbo is also a very respectful human being. His talent for throwing nuts is only matched with his great heart and Love for Trinidad & Tobago. We need more of those salt of the Earth and Light of the world people. Be the best you can- Thank you Jumbo.

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Re: Whey 船 Nuts Man Gone?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017, 07:48:52 AM »
This was formative for me growing up.  The likes of jumbo; Mr "saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt AND Fresh" and "Mr Binglongwing" were characters I enjoyed seeing at HS regularly.  There was another who told stories and related it to TV culture, remember an excerpt from one story to this day "I am so bold and beautiful that I am a wise guy and know how to keep away from prisoners.  Anyway, this is business world, someday say nuts?"

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Re: Whey 船 Nuts Man Gone?
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2017, 08:03:06 AM »
Why not sell nuts instead? Who knew?


Indeed a life-altering encounter if ever there was one!  Although, I can't help but feel deprived of the opportunity to see a snow-cone go flying 10 rows back! "yuh wah condense milk wid dat?!"

Big up de nuts man! Legend! :beermug:

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