Here is the current list of cars we drove. Check it over and see if any changes or additions are needed. Is your car here? Also, we are going to add what you drive now, too. So let me know, if you haven’t already.
Kevin – Green Volkswagen bug; Nova, 4-door, early 60’s
Linda D – ’59 Chevy (copper colored)
Rick H – ’61 2-door Chevy
Cathy G – ’68 Firebird (cool car!)
John F – ’68, 442 Oldsmobile, ‘62 Chevy Impala 2Dr HT (later purchased by Dan J) A few other cars that John drove were, a black ‘61 Plymouth police car, ‘56 Chevy 2 door sedan, Green 55 Chev 2drHT and a dark purple/maroon ‘58 Chevy Belair 4 door. (Dale Hill Class of 64 had a twin to this car). ‘68 Olds 442 he had at graduation.
Terry B – ’64 Chevy wagon
Neil P – ’56 Olds, light green, and a bike
Jan S – Camaro, late 60’s ??
Jerry C had a White 58 Impala (In 1958 all Impala’s were 2 door HTs) that he later traded for a Black and White 56 Chevy Belair 2Dr HT.
Mary Lou – ’60 Chevy, white, 3-speed on column
John U – ’59 Olds, red w/gray primer fender
Greg S – ’64 Chevy, blue
Mary T – ’65 Chevy, light blue, 3-speed on column
Mary W – Studebaker (not sure of the year), red or maroon
Becky A – ’67 Chrysler, blue
Brad G – ’59 Chevy?
Jerry S – ’55 Green Chevy 2 door HT.
Deb P – White Covair 4dr but only one backdoor worked. Floorboards rusted out and holey. No defroster. It sounded like a lawn mower and had a top speed of just slightly above a fast walk.
Mike H – Didn’t have a car in school. I now drive a 2007 Jeep Liberty Mike Goeden – Black ‘60 Chevy 2 door (I started out with a gray 64 Corvair until I blew a rod trying to drag race a Mustang one night. My second car was the 59 Black Chevy two-door. My Dad never let me use more than a 6 cylinder driven car, fearing I would kill myself in it, and he was probably right).
Nick D -White/off red 1964 4 door Pontiac Tempest
Dave K – 2 tone Green ’58 4-door Pontiac
Jim H – Grey and later brown ‘55 Cadillac
Dan J – ‘61 Chevy Belair, ‘62 Impala 2dr HT
I loved going out and smoking cigars on country roads with Jim H. in the Cadillac and my favorite was the old pea green 40/41 Ford especially when Hob would let me drive
Dan L – White ‘65 2 door red interior Ford sedan
Frank G – ’62 Mint Green Comet – Nicknamed by friends as “Vomit the Comet” – w/built-in beer cooler
Mark D – White Comet with a red interior
Doug F – White ‘55 Ford 2 door coupe; Red Covair
Susan G – White Rambler 3 speed on the column station wagon (Now Red 2007 Saturn Vue)
Shelly S – White ‘58 Oldsmobile 4 door
Tom C – White 4 door Rambler sedan
Scott F– ‘53 two tone green Mercury coupe
Jan – Black ‘59 Ford (now 2007 Lincoln Navigator)
Bill P – ’66 Pontiac Tempest 2/dr/ Coupe
Darwin H – ’64 Chevy Impala Super Sport, black
Craig L– ’64 Chevy Impala, Beige, 4 door HT
The Car Conversation has also elicited comments about cars with “character.” Many feel that kids today are missing out because they don’t have old junkers like we did. Will they remember their cars fondly like we do? Here are a few emails from classmates:
Susan, Jimmy Don was correct on my car, 64 Pontiac Tempest, but I only had it as a senior, it was my mom’s before that. Red corvair was Ferg’s as in Doug. By the way he and I had the race of the century on the airport road quarter mile. He beat me, but I don’t think either one of went over the speed limit. Nick
Mike G says: I started out with a gray 64 corvair until I blew a rod trying to drag race a Mustang one night. My second car was the 59 Black Chevy two door. My Dad never let me use more than a 6 cylinder driven car, fearing I would kill myself in it, (and he was probably right). Mike G
Linda May H expanded on the music we listened to. As we were cruisin’ we were listening to KOMA which was about the only station with “rock” music. Here is an email from Linda with music links:
Linda also sent me a webpage about Kem Luther’s current book. Kem graduated in 1965 and lived west of the country club. The big barn from the old Luther place was moved recently to the east side of town. It will serve as a visitors center, if I remember right, for the Byways. ?? Those of you in BBow know better than I do. Anyway, I remember commenting on the barn a few months ago when its move through town made the national news. Back to Kem, though…He has written a book called “The Next Generation Gap.” It sounds very interesting! Here is the link to his site. http://nextgenerationgap.com/
Kem describes his book as “The Next Generation Gap is a personal, historical, and sociological reflection on what it meant to come of age in the United States during the rebellious 1960s. The events of that period led the American media to coin the phrase “generation gap” to describe the expanding gulf between the values of young people and the values of those in positions of power. The more I explored the historical reach of the topic, the clearer it became to me that we weren’t the first Americans to experience a generation gap. Since 1776 five American generations have gone through the convulsions of a generational revolution.”
“Once I had the larger picture in my head, it became obvious to me, as I think it will become obvious to readers of The Next Generation Gap, that we stand at the edge a new transition, a momentous sixth generation gap. At the end of the book I predict that another generation revolution will occur in the 2010s, bringing with it the kinds of civil unrest that transformed America in the 1960s.”
Check it out!