Anil George was 9 years old when he trapped his first commie. It was the late 1970s, and the creature was lurking in the shadows of the Burlington Train Station downtown. It was just a common pigeon, or “commie,” as pigeon fanciers refer to them. But this commie changed his life.
Decades later, nestled deep inside an expanse of single-story offices and storefronts near 132nd and L Streets, sits an enclosed shed housing George's prized team of racing pigeons, birds that will compete with hundreds if not thousands of others in contests hinging on an incredible ability to find their way home from places they've never been before. A lifelong passion for pigeons that began at age 9 leads right here.