Ronnie Biggs was best known for his infamous British train heist in 1963, where he and his gang made off with about $50 million in today’s currency. He was caught, but managed to escape prison, and lived out his days as a Brazilian playboy. He was featured in the Sex Pistols’ quasi-documentary “The Great Rock and Roll Swindle”. The Sex Pistols compared their band to a Rock and Roll Heist where, they too, made off with millions.
Thus, my namesake, (Ronny)Biggs, is an obscure reference dating back to my 90s So-Cal punk days.
For more information on Ronnie Biggs, the Guardian has a good obit here: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/18/ronnie-biggs-great-train-robber-dies-84
And I expect all of you to be familiar with The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, especially if you’re at all into music or pop culture. Truly a work of genius: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eizQ9l9Qu0A
Ronnie Biggs, you will be missed. I doff my fedora to you, with outstretched index and middle fingers.