ENID, Okla. — He’s out there
Even though his true identity is only known to the few he reveals it to, The Builder has had some close calls.
One night during a magnet hunt, where stenciled, magnet-backed wooden pieces are hidden across town, The Builder noticed a single person scurrying to each location and snagging them before anyone else could.
On the last piece, he saw the same car pull up.
“So I got out of my car and I ran across the street, and I snatched it up right in front of the person,” he said.
Just then, an elderly couple with two young children arrived — they also were on the hunt and were disappointed that they missed out.
“I said, ‘Here, have this one.’ And I gave it to them,” he said. “It made me chuckle that these people pulled up; they were upset they didn’t get a magnet.
“I gave them the magnet I ‘found,’ but I was The Builder, giving it to a person.”
Now, he asks that families limit their haul to just one magnet.
There also has been criticism of The Builder from those who think he works for the city.
“I’ve been called a figment of (city of) Enid propaganda. It’s kinda hilarious,” he said. “No one’s pushing me. No one’s holding the spray can to my head, telling me to support Enid.”
In fact, the city only recently recognized the impact he’s had. In a mayoral proclamation approved by the city commission a week ago, Enid commended his “remarkable selflessness” in staying anonymous and his efforts to encourage participation in local events and businesses.
Because of that proclamation, May 6, 2013, officially was recognized as Enid Lego Builder Day.