Sunday Fifties

No, this post is not about collecting $50 dollar bills today. A brief diversion first: I had a dream that I was on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond. Yes, the show ceased production in 2005. Uh, this was a dream.

My wonderful wife and I sometimes watch a few episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond every now and then. Anyway, part of the plot consisted of Ray Barone (played by Ray Romano) trying to get his three children into a sack so they could be shipped to a holiday destination instead of his having to pay for airfare for them.

The longer the gag went on, the less humorous it seemed to me and to everyone else on the set. At some point, the scene lost all humor as it appeared Barone/Romano was really trying to put the children in a sack with no way for them to escape.

Why would I have such a disturbing dream like this, especially since it’s been days, maybe weeks, after the last time I watched the show? Some similarity exists between the plot point in my dream and one in an hysterical episode of I Love Lucy (“The Passports” Season 5, Episode 11) where Lucy gets stuck in a trunk while trying to see if she could be shipped to Europe for a vacation since her passport is nowhere to be found. I haven’t seen that episode of I Love Lucy in months.

Times like this are when I really miss my friend, the late Richard Segal. He was great at interpreting dreams and sometimes would opine that a dream I had probably didn’t have any meaning at all.

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I watched a little of the recently concluded Barrett-Jackson auction from Houston. While, of course, the announcers and Barrett-Jackson head honchos Craig Jackson and Steve Davis praised the crowd and enthusiasm, the auction seemed sparsely attended to me, even on “Super Saturday.” I don’t think the auction had even one vehicle sell for a seven figure hammer price.

The one car that really got my attention was Lot 781.1:

 

1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II - Front 3/4 - 260735

 

This is a 1956 Continental Mark II. Of course, the graphic also showed the word “Lincoln” but this car was, technically, not a Lincoln as FoMoCo broke Continental out as a separate make at this time.

The car sold, all in, for $66,000. Given that only about 3,000 were made in 1956-57 and they were hand built I can’t imagine getting them serviced is easy. Still, if I were in a different situation this would be a car I would consider acquiring.

Anyway, the Mark II got me thinking about some of my other favorite cars from the 1950s. No, a ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air will not be on this list. Call me a heretic, but the Tri-Five Chevys do little for me and, in my opinion, the ’57 is the least desirable of the bunch. GM designer Chuck Jordan–later Vice President for Design for GM from 1986 to 1992–remarked, “As designers we didn’t like the ’57.”

Not in any order and not including a sentimental favorite like the 1956 Buick Century, here are some photos of what is surely an incomplete and idiosyncratic list of my favorite cars from the 1950’s.:

 

1956 Packard 400 | T146 | Indy 2016

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham at Pebble Beach 2014

1955 Chrysler Ghia ST Special Motorclassica 2015 Tour Classica Docklands Melbourne | Автомобиль ...

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé by Pinin Farina VIN: 1555 GT - CLASSIC.COM

1957 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible retro wallpaper | 2048x1536 | 106013 | WallpaperUP

 

Holding my nose to show the one below, but it is–to me–one of the 10 or 12 best exterior designs ever.

 

A BMW 507 owned by the man who designed it is headed to auction

 

OK, the one on the bottom is a BMW 507. From the top down (not counting the Mark II) is a 1956 Packard 400, 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, 1955 Chrysler Ghia ST Special, 1959 Ferrari 250GT Coupe Pininfarina, 1957 Pontiac Bonneville. I figured showing seven cars was enough.

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I will not post tomorrow, not because it’s actually a holiday for me, but because it’s a holiday for so many of my readers. I wish all of you Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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If you have no interest in the Washington Football Team, please feel free to skip this section.

 

How many of you are following the Washington Football Team owners debacle? I am not following it closely, but a feud between minority owners of the team and controlling owner Snan Dyder has gone public with the filing of lawsuits and the revelation that Dyder paid $1.6 million to settle a sexual misconduct lawsuit.

I can tell you that two former Baltimore Orioles colleagues left to work for the then-Redskins under Dyder and both left the Redskins in less than a year. Both said that Dyder was a total assh*le and that it was impossible to work for him.

From time to time I have considered writing a book that I would love to title “The Assh*les That Have Owned The Washington Redskins.” Their first owner, George Preston Marshall, was an egotistical windbag (to put it mildly) and refused to integrate his team until the Federal Government threatened to bar them from playing in the new stadium (circa 1960s), which was built on federally-owned land.

Jack Kent Cooke (whom I call Jack Kent Kook) later owned the team and was a piece of work himself. I was once part of a lunch group at a famous DC restaurant that included him. Let’s just say that he proved to be far worse during lunch than even his less-than-pleasant public image. Cooke’s third marriage, to a woman who was 43 years younger than he was, lasted 73 days. He agreed to marry her only if she agreed to a prenuptial agreement AND had an abortion, which would have been her third in two years. She signed the agreement, but had the baby, anyway. Of course, Cooke filed for divorce and the action played out in public.

Cooke’s fourth wife had previously served three months in jail after being arrested for cocaine trafficking. That marriage ended after the woman made headlines by driving drunk in DC while a man held onto the hood and pounded the windshield. Cooke re-married her two years later.

From this article comes this story, from Andrew Brandt, EVP of Vayner Sports and author of a column about the Business of Football on Sports Illustrated, about Dyder:

 

“A friend of mine has children who plays with the children of Snaniel Dyder, the owner of the Redskins. My buddy picks up his girls, and says, ‘Hey Snan, thanks for having them over, they really enjoyed playing with your girls.’ My buddy tells me, Snaniel Dyder says to my friend, a 50-year-old man, ‘It’s Mr. Dyder.’ And I’m thinking, who does that? Who does that?”

“So, that’s just a story to give some on ownership in Washington.”

 

Some people will just say that most wealthy people are assh*les so the fact that Washington’s football team has been owned by three of them is no big deal. I beg to differ. First, I have known many wealthy people and most of them were very hard-working, conscientious and polite in public. Second, those three men were/are WAY UP on the assh*le scale.

 

Anyway…sorry to go off on a tangent that is decidedly not pleasant holiday material.

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According to 365 Days of Motoring, it was on this day in 1953 that the first Continental Mark II (don’t call it a Lincoln) prototype was completed. From the linked story, a relevant photo:

 

 

As I have written before, the exterior design of the prototype was developed after Ford opened up a design competition to Ford and independent design teams. Contrary to the blathering of socialists and the indolent, competition is not inherently evil.

Regular readers of Disaffected Musings know I am a huge fan of this car. In an era of excess, this car was very tastefully styled with great proportions.

Of course, the car was not a success for Ford with just 3,000 units sold in two model years (1956-57) and Ford lost money on every car, despite its high (for the time) price of $10,000. Even with the “failure” of the car, it is sad that we will probably never see another like it again. I will always believe that a market exists for an American-made ultra-luxury car.

 

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