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Papillon nominated for Marcus Cook Award
5.10.10 by Buffalo Bill

The Marcus Cook Memorial Award pic: E Blanchet

Following on from Emily’s piece about the National Courier Awards, in which she said she was bloody disgusted at the lack of recognition from the UK courier ‘industry’ for its pedal bikes, I have the happy news that Papillon, aka Stephanie, has been nominated for the Marcus Cook Award for Service to the Internation Messenger Community.

What is the Markus Cook Award?
The MCA was conceived as a way for the international messenger community to thank it’s most tireless workers. Nominations are sought from the messenger community for those individuals who have done most for us, for those who have consistently put the rest of us before themselves. The principle means of nomination is the IFBMA electronic mailing list, aka the messengers list. The decision is taken by committee of former recipients, and the award is now presented on Messenger Appreciation Day, which is October 9th.

The MCA was inaugurated in 1998 to honour the memory of Markus Cook, aka Fur, a key figure in the San Francisco messenger scene, and one of the leaders of the international messenger community. His great dream was to bring the Cycle Messenger World Championships to SF in 1996, but never lived to see his dream realised. He died Jan 3 1996, aged 35, of an accidental heroin overdose.

Markus himself was very much in love with the international messenger community, and in many ways he was the unlikeliest bike racer imaginable, despite being a veteran messenger. He was several other things, of course. Editor of Mercury Rising messenger zine, unofficial spokesperson of the SFBMA, leader of L Sid, and a friend to all. The enthusiasm of Markus brought CMWC and the international messenger community to San Francisco, and it saddens many people to this day that he did not live to see it. You can read my personal recollection of Markus and how he came to inspire me to create the award here.

Papillon’s citation for the award is below:

I’ve seen what an impact one person can have on a local community. I mean a lot. but this one is exceptional. and I second Buffalo Bill’s rant at the bar in the haphazard squat in london, at the three day locals event called London’s Calling.

I am talking about someone who has been a messenger for many years in London, she had a dream to set up a local bike messenger emergency fund. She realized that dream, gave the orders to possibly the most wanted caps in europe, left London shattered and came back to where she belongs, and went straight back to her real love. That is raising money for the injured messengers who have to work under extremely unfair circumstances for european standards.

She has found a great team to make all this happen, and the fundraisers they organize are worth making a trip to London. London’s calling is one of them fundraisers. It’s an event that longs to be international! Only in the last month they managed to raise over, i dont know, a LOT of money and this does not only come from generous gifts from, and beer drinking messengers.

I think she deserves at least a big mention in the Marcus Cook list.

This quiet, remarkable, unstoppable, passionate and i know for a fact, sweet person would be ‘papillon, papillon’. (Stephanie Bartczak).


I know I am clearly biased, being a Londoner, and I know that Papillon’s contribution hasn’t neccessarily been to the whole international messenger community, but I would like to endorse and support Fish’s nomination.

Stephanie isn’t a ‘star’, but she is a leading light & quiet inspiration.

Anyway, the other nominees are:

Nadir Olivet (Toronto)
Sinya, Lacko, Buppa and Nicos (Budapest)

Previous recipients are:

2009 – Luk Keller
2008 – Banana
2007 – Andy Zalan
2006 – ‘Squid’ & Amy Bolger
2005 – Jean Andre Vallery
2004 – Buffalo Bill
2003 – Wayne Scott
2002 – Derek Chadbourne
2001 – Joel Metz
2000 – John Kenda & the Philadelphia BMA – Boston/Philadelphia, US
1999 – Rebecca Reilly
1998 – Joe Hendry

Rebecca Reilly: Nerves of Steel, Heart of Gold
A message from the organisers of London's Calling 2012
London bicycle messenger Papillon receives 2011 Markus Cook Award for services to the messenger community
Nadir Olivet awarded the Markus Cook Memorial Award
Luk awarded Markus Cook Award for services to international messenger community
2008 Markus 'Fur' Cook Award to Banana
Marcus Cook Award nominations
My favourite Andy Zalan quote
Selimski at Joy Ride exhibition opening Weds 17th October
Marcus Cook Award 2007 goes to Andy Zalan

  1. Papillon surely deserves the Markus
    Cook award for her work
    setting up and running the LCEF
    big up Steph.

    — adam    5 October 2010, 09:29    #
  2. I can’t think of anyone else from London who might deserve this more.
    Allez Papillion!!!

    — overdrive    5 October 2010, 09:51    #
  3. Hell Yeah. Go Steph..

    — eggpie    5 October 2010, 10:31    #
  4. Echoing Overdrive..
    All hail Papillon!

    — petra    5 October 2010, 17:47    #
  5. Go on Steph! Well done x

    — sideshow    5 October 2010, 22:50    #
  6. I’ve already voiced my vote for Nadir on the mailing list.I should have done my homework. Your doing an amazing thing Steph. It should inspire people around the world to do the same. We think you’re awesome!

    — prettyboy    7 October 2010, 13:10    #
  7. Thanx Fish..thanx guys…Nadir is a very worthy recipient after the event he put on in Guatemala for the CMWC,in spite of all adversities..making the courier community and the local community come together..but it’s good to be recognized for the work the LCEF crew is doing here..

    — papillon    9 October 2010, 11:41    #
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