BRYAN FULLER IN ARC MAGAZINE
Posted: Oct 01 2015
ARC MAGAZINE | BOY MEETS WELDBy Jeff Herrington
Photo | Andrew Thomas Lee
When we think of teaching, we usually think of school buildings, classrooms packed with dozens of students and 50-minute lessons punctuated by a long-awaited bell. But some of the most famous teachers in history have passed along knowledge in a much more personal way, one protégé at a time. Socrates guided Plato on his exploration of what it meant to lead a virtuous life. Annie Sullivan showed Helen Keller how Braille could help her read and write. And University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith counseled John Thompson, Jr., his counterpart at Georgetown University, on the fine art of winning a national championship.
Bryan Fuller, the force behind Fuller Moto in Atlanta and the host of Naked Speed on the Velocity Channel, has taken the same approach with 12-year-old Zeke DeZeeuw. Since their first meeting at a motorsports festival two years ago, the master builder of custom cars and motorcycles has become the unofficial mentor of the young Texas boy who’s gaining recognition as a whiz kid with a welding torch.
“It’s really gratifying to show someone how to do a weld right,” Fuller says, “and then hear them say, ‘Wow, I did that! I didn’t know I could do that, but I can!’”