Throwback Thursday 39

Reader Michael T is not a fan of Cristy Lee. He sent me a note through the Contact page in which he wrote the following regarding her contributions to the Barrett-Jackson telecasts, “Basically she only recited the obvious with no depth or great knowledge of the classic car hobby. Really just a self-promoter using the pretty face to weave her way through job after job and make appearances based on a really shallow resume. It will run out soon.”

Everyone is entitled to his/her view. I think Cristy Lee is/was a great addition to the telecasts. She has much experience working on vehicles and covering motorsports. Besides, no one should ever forget that TV is a visual medium. Is she an expert on automotive history? That’s why Steve Magnante and Mike Joy are (were) there.

As I have written here before, although I like (liked?) watching the Barrett-Jackson telecasts I enjoy watching the Mecum broadcasts more and that’s not just because I’m friends with Scott Hoke and John Kraman. The Mecum crew respect the cars and the auctions, but they don’t take any of it so seriously that they forget to have some fun. Frankly, the Barrett-Jackson telecasts are, at times, stiff. The Mecum telecasts feature conversations among the crew whereas the B-J broadcasts often consist of Person A saying X and then Person B saying Y with no real interaction.

Anyway, just wanted to make sure I’m not accused of being a shill for Cristy Lee. By the way, since the comments for any post close after 36 days, if you want to add to the conversation after that you can write to me here, like Michael T did.

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How many of you remember this cartoon?

 

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From a Wiki site devoted to the Cartoon Network a fuzzy photo of an image from “The Herculoids.” When I was a kid I LOVED this cartoon. Although I haven’t seen an episode in decades, I have to admit that I still get chills of joy and awe just looking at the picture and thinking about the show.

The show was broadcast on CBS from September, 1967 to September, 1969. In the life of someone whose age is in single digits, two years is a long time. From Wikipedia, “In the show, the space barbarian family Zandor, Tara and son Dorno fight alongside their giant pet Herculoids — dragon Zok, rhinoceros Tundro, rock ape Igoo and the shape-shifting Gloop and Gleep — to keep their planet safe from invading robots, mad scientists and mutants.”

Do I remember specific episodes and plots? No, I just remember the effect the show had on me. Once again, sometimes I long for my childhood, which was a time when almost anything seemed possible.

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I also long for something else that will never happen, the ability to buy and to store cars at will. I look at car listings on Hemmings, Classic Cars, AutoTrader and Bring a Trailer virtually every day. I have never needed a rationale like finding a Corvette companion/grocery car for our life in the desert. Sometimes I think that such a reason is just an excuse to keep ogling at cars, cars like this:

 

2013 Ferrari 458 Spider

 

From Bring a Trailer a picture of a 2013 Ferrari 458 spider currently available. With one day left in the auction the high bid is $70,000. I believe the MSRP on these cars when new was around a quarter-million dollars, or $250,000 for those of you who are word-problem challenged.

I mean, c’mon…a Ferrari convertible that’s less than ten years old, I don’t even care that it’s Black on Black. (Black is very hard to keep clean and is absolutely unforgiving for even the slightest body imperfections.) No, we will not buy a car like this unless we win the lottery. For the nth plus nth time from the movie Diner, if you don’t have dreams you have nightmares.

 

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Throwback Thursday And Other Things

I guess I could have used the post title to talk about this song:

 

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From 45cat.com a picture of the label for “The Rain, The Park & Other Things” by The Cowsills. I believe the original title of the song was “The Flower Girl,” but I think the title was changed to avoid confusion with Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair).” The Cowsills, a “family” singing group, were the inspiration for the popular TV show “The Partridge Family.” This song peaked at #2 in 1967 on the Billboard Top 40/Hot 100.

Speaking of BillBoard:

 

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On this day in 1966 this song ascended to the #1 position on the Billboard chart. (Picture from muskmellon.) Don’t ask me why I picked 1966, maybe it has to do with the Orioles winning their first world championship that year led by my friend and colleague (which was in the future then), Frank Robinson.

Both of these songs predate the practice, but as I have written before Dr. Zal and I both made our own Top 40 charts. He did it far longer than I did, but he started by re-arranging the existing Top 40 to better suit his preference. When I began after he had been doing his charts for more than a year, I devised mine from scratch, including many songs that were never anywhere near the Billboard charts, and he soon followed suit.

Music has always been a very important part of my life, but for reasons I don’t fully understand I am listening to music less frequently now than at any other time. Remember this photo from this post?

 

 

I will once again offer my strongly held opinion that the phrase “current American music” is an oxymoron. The crap (a carefully chosen word) that passes for music today is an abomination.

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If the pandemic lasts until after the move to the desert I might not be around to buy the Corvette companion/grocery car and my demise will probably have been caused by a mental breakdown. In any event…this article from the Classic Cars Journal by Andy Reid discusses buying a car without seeing it in person first. The subhead for the piece reads, in part, “Buying sight unseen is commonplace for many collectors…”

As regular readers of Disaffected Musings know I bought my current car, a 2016 Corvette Z06, without seeing it in person. By the way, some “experts” still think one should never buy a car sight unseen, but in my opinion the world is changing, like it always does. Anyway…I am going to list Reid’s rules for buying a car online, but let you read the article for full exposition of those rules:

 

Rule 1. Is the car real?

Rule 2. Pictures

Rule 3: Find an expert

Rule 4. Ask the owner why they are selling the car

Rule 5. Ask the seller to tell you everything about the car and then shut up and let them talk

Rule 6. Don’t be afraid to walk away

 

For example, below is a picture of a car listed on Hemmings that is an example of the make/model that is currently a strong contender for purchase:

 

 

The odometer reading more than 98,000 miles on this 1994 Jaguar XJS convertible is a huge red flag for me, anyway, but how could we know what the car is really like, especially since it is being sold by a private seller and not a dealer? I’m not sure which online marketplace does this, but somewhere amidst my countless searches one of the sites I use promotes a professional inspection service, pre-purchase. Of course, how do we know how qualified any specific individual is or whether or not these services are just shills to get you to buy cars?

If/when the time comes that we are serious about buying a car, I don’t know how we will proceed. I guess first things first and we need to get back to normal or new normal or whatever.

 

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Given the record-breaking month for views, the fact that Disaffected Musings will surpass a monthly level I thought it would never reach, given I have posted every day for more than a month and that I have to make a nerve-wracking trip to the supermarket tomorrow, I seriously doubt I will post on Friday the 1st. Happy May!

 

 

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In my second year in college two of my dorm mates were Whale and Cutch. (Why I called it my second year and not my sophomore year is explained here.) We got along very well, one reason being we were all rabid sports fans.

Fast forward to today where Cutch and I have lunch once a month and have been doing so for years. Unfortunately, Whale passed away in his sleep last week. When Cutch told me the news I was shocked even though Whale had suffered from numerous health issues, many of which were the result of his weight. Why do you think his nickname was Whale?

Please take care of yourself and Carpe Diem!

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Remember this?

 

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From Etsy a picture of Spirograph. From the Wikipedia article:

 

Spirograph is a geometric drawing device that produces mathematical roulette curves of the variety technically known as hypotrochoids and epitrochoids. The well known toy version was developed by British engineer Denys Fisher and first sold in 1965. The name has been a registered trademark of Hasbro Inc. since 1998 following purchase of the company that had acquired the Denys Fisher company.”

 

I really enjoyed using this when I was in elementary school. Innately I possess no artistic talent, but with Spirograph I could create interesting drawings. How many of you used Spirograph?

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In 1965, the year Spirograph was introduced, the US auto industry set a new production record at 8.8 million units. Ironically, that was also the year that Ralph Nader’s Unsafe At Any Speed was published.

Chrysler produced the last “letter series” car with the 300-L. The first, the C-300, was built in 1955 and is considered by some automotive historians to be an ancestor to the muscle car. From classiccars.com a picture of a 1965 300-L convertible:

 

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For 1965 these cars were powered by a 413 cubic-inch V-8 engine that produced 360 HP/470 LB-FT of torque. The legendary Torqueflite automatic was the transmission.

Chrysler produced 2,405 300-L hardtops and just 440 convertibles. The hardtop sold for $4,153 and the convertible, as one would expect, stickered for more at $4,618. The total of 2,845 cars was the second highest among letter series cars; 1964 production (the 300-K) was 3,647. In the 11 years the cars were sold, total production was 16,981 units.

 

What do you remember about 1965? I remember that was the year I very reluctantly started kindergarten, but that’s another story for another day.

 

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One hundred years ago was, of course, a US Presidential election year just like this year. Well, maybe not like this year.

Warren Harding, long considered by most historians to be among the worst Presidents in US history, easily defeated James Cox capturing about 60% of the popular vote and 404 electoral votes to Cox’s 127. Who was James Cox’s running mate? Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Harding’s was, of course, Calvin Coolidge who succeeded Harding as Chief Executive after the latter’s death in 1923.

Harding actually “campaigned” against two-term incumbent Woodrow Wilson who, supposedly, wanted to run again but Democratic Party leaders did not want him to run given his poor health and lack of popularity. Harding’s most well-known campaign “slogan” was “Return To Normalcy,” but the slogan “America First” was also used. Everything old is new again…

On the first ballot at the 1920 Republican convention, Harding was just sixth among candidates in delegate votes. No candidate received a majority, obviously. He was not nominated until the tenth ballot. From Wikipedia:

 

“Harding’s nomination, said to have been secured in negotiations among party bosses in a ‘smoke-filled room,’ was engineered by Harry M. Daugherty, Harding’s political manager, who became United States Attorney General after his election. Prior to the convention, Daugherty was quoted as saying, ‘I don’t expect Senator Harding to be nominated on the first, second, or third ballots, but I think we can afford to take chances that about 11 minutes after two, Friday morning of the convention, when 15 or 12 weary men are sitting around a table, someone will say: ‘Who will we nominate?’ At that decisive time, the friends of Harding will suggest him and we can well afford to abide by the result.’ Daugherty’s prediction described essentially what occurred…”

 

From rarenewspapers.com (not a secure site, which is why I didn’t include the hyperlink):

 

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The 1920 election was the first in which women were allowed to vote. It was also the first election after the ratification of the 18th Amendment, the “Prohibition Amendment.” Socialist Eugene Debs, running for President for the fifth and last time, received almost 1,000,000 popular votes or 3.4 percent of the total. He ran while in jail for advocating non-compliance with the draft during World War I.

While mass media and “social media” have changed the way messages are propagated, human nature hasn’t changed much, if at all, since 1920. Most people are still motivated by self-interest most of the time. The new means of communication have simply exacerbated the differences in society.

As I have written before, I do not vote because I disagree with most of the policy prescriptions of both parties. I cannot and will not support a candidate with whom I disagree on 65% or 75% of policy even if I disagree with the other candidate on 70% or 80% of policy. However, many of my previous posts reveal that I am not a believer in government as panacea. I am not a believer in monolithic business as panacea, either, which is why I believe that Guck Foogle and Fack Fucebook should be broken up. I DO NOT agree that Apple and Amazon are in the same situation, though, but that’s another discussion for another day.

 

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On this day 50 years ago this song was in its last day as the #1 single on the Billboard Top 40/Hot 100:

 

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(The picture is from a blog hosted by the Evil Empire.)

By the way, despite the identical title this song is completely different from Frankie Avalon’s #1 song from 1959 with the same name. The Shocking Blue was a Dutch group and had no other songs reach the Top 40 in the US. They were more successful in their native Holland/Netherlands.

Although I don’t remember the product I know I’ve heard this song used in at least one commercial. Do you remember any of the lyrics?

 

A goddess on a mountain top
Burning like a silver flame
A summit of beauty and love
And Venus was her name.

She’s got it,
Yeah baby, she’s got it.
I’m your Venus,
I’m your fire at your desire.

 

Like a lot of pre-teens during that time I grew up listening to Top 40 radio. I loved listening to Casey Kasem and the American Top 40. As I have written before, Dr. Zal and I used to make our own Top 40 charts. I have an innate need to make order out of chaos. When I worked in major league baseball, my favorite task was my season-end analysis of minor league performance. I took huge amounts of raw data and turned it into tables and charts of players ranked by various metrics, many of my own invention. I miss that kind of project very much. That’s why I include charts and tables in this blog.

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yeah, I hear you…little minds, alright. No reason the Throwback Thursday car has to be related to any other topics in the post.

MarkCars2014 has become a regular reader and commenter here. (Please check out his blog, which is linked in his name.) In a comment he mentioned his affinity for Buicks. Regular readers of Disaffected Musings know I also have an affinity for Buicks. My interest in these cars has moved beyond my attachment to the ’56 Century, the first car I ever drove, and the “First Generation” Riviera, one of my absolute favorite cars ever. How about this car?

 

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From a Pinterest page, this is supposed to be a picture of a 1950 Buick Roadmaster Riviera hardtop coupe. In the context of this era, a hardtop was not just a car with a fixed metal roof, but one without a visible B pillar. Those who think the “Riviera” began in 1963 should note that this car, and others, were given the name Riviera, although not as a separate model, but as a sub-model designation.

The swooping body line is a portend of the sweep spear that would appear on Buicks soon enough. The waterfall grill had its origin in the famous Y-Job concept car of 1938.

In model year 1950 Buick built 10,732 Roadmaster Riviera hardtop coupes, 2,300 in “base” trim and 8,432 in “DeLuxe” trim. The DeLuxe model cost $2,854, $30,431 in 2020 dollars. I don’t think a 2020 model-year car like this would actually cost that little. Remember that the average “transaction price” for a new vehicle in the US is about $40,000. Buicks were only behind Cadillac in prestige in the GM lineup.

The 1950 Model 70 Roadmaster was powered by a 320 cubic-inch version of the long-running Fireball inline 8-cylinder engine. Buick used the Fireball inline-8 from 1931 to 1953. The 320 cubic-inch variant produced 152 HP, but 280 LB-FT of torque. As these cars weighed about 4,200 pounds, they needed some torque to get moving.

In my OCD-addled/ADD-addled brain my thoughts move from car to car and then fixate on a few. One car that has been in my consciousness, if you can call it that, is a Buick from this period. However, my thoughts move immediately to resto-modding the car, especially if the original drivetrain no longer exists.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

 

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From 45cat.com a picture of the sleeve, I presume, of the only record to reach the Number One position on the Billboard charts, fall off and then return later and reach Number One again, “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, real name Ernest Evans. The song was actually written and originally released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters as the B-Side to “Teardrops on Your Letter” in 1959.

Checker’s version first reached Number One in September, 1960 and then again in January, 1962. When both chart runs are added together the song was on the Hot 100 for 39 weeks.

If it seems as though I am obsessed with chart performance of 45s that is just an extension of my personality and my intense interest in such things when I was 12-13 years old. My best friend, Dr. Zal, began creating his own Top 40 way before I started although, at first, he simply rearranged the existing Billboard Top 40 to suit his preferences. I began creating my own Top 40s from scratch and he soon followed that practice.

Many of the songs to which I listened were not “Pop” but “Soul Music” and would never appear on the Billboard Hot 100 or Top 40. At the end of the first calendar year in which I compiled my Top 40 charts I used a point system to create a Top 40 for the year. My Number One song for that year was a very obscure piece called “Sweet Sweet Tootie” by Lonnie Youngblood. “Outa Space” by Billy Preston was #2, presaging, no doubt, my eventual interest in jazz and instrumental music.

Although as I age I grow more impatient and, therefore, don’t listen to music as much as I used to, music has always been a very important part of my life. Remember this photo?

 

 

I would very much like to read what type of music you like(d) and how important music is to you.

 

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Last Throwback Thursday Of 2019

Random stuff first…

 

 

Not sure why the streaks appear in the photo, the window was open, but yet another sunrise near our house. Yes, the picture is crooked. So sue me…Here’s a sunset from a place far away, but only for now:

 

 

“Arizona, take off your rainbow shades
Arizona, have another look at the world…”

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December 26, 1947 was the second and last day of the “forgotten” blizzard, a storm that dumped more than 26 inches of snow on Central Park. Don’t think this storm was just a major inconvenience; the death toll was 77.

The Blizzard of 1888 and the Superstorm of 1993 are much discussed by “weather geeks.” The 1947 storm, not so much. I used to love snow because it meant I might get out of school. Into my mid-50s I loved the snow because of the beauty of freshly-fallen snow on the ground and in the trees. Now, not so much.

“Arizona, take off your rainbow shades
Arizona, have another look at the world…”

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By conventional reckoning the last Number #1 single of the 1960s was “Someday We’ll Be Together” by Diana Ross and the Supremes. It was the group’s 12th number one single and their final release before Ross left the group to pursue a solo career. From 45cat.com:

 

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In terms of chart performance, Diana Ross and the Supremes were the most successful American group of the 1960s. Are “singles” even a thing in this day of digital music and streaming? Is music even a thing anymore? I will re-iterate my strong belief that the phrase “modern American music” is an oxymoron.

Not that anyone asked, but my favorite song by Diana Ross and the Supremes is “Come See About Me.” That might also be my favorite Motown song from the 1960s, period.

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Speaking of the 60s…the best-selling American car for any year of the decade was the 1965 Chevrolet Impala, of which more than a million were sold. From Bring a Trailer a picture of a 1965 Impala:

 

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As for Ford, the model year 1965 Mustang sold about 681,000 units, but that includes 121,000-ish “1964 1/2 cars” built from April through September of 1964. According to Encyclopedia of American Cars by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide®, Galaxie sales for 1963 totaled almost 593,000; the Wikipedia article claims a figure of about 648,000 for the same year. I wonder if exports are the difference. Anyway, from gaaclassiccars.com a picture of a 1963 Ford Galaxie:

 

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The best-selling Mopar of the 1960s? Hell if I know…not as easy to find this info on the Internet as one might think and the aforementioned encyclopedia breaks down sales of specific models into great detail, sometimes into painfully great detail. Between six- and eight-cylinder variants, more than 323,000 Dodge Darts were sold for model year 1960. Adding all variants of the Plymouth Fury “by hand” from 1966 through 1968 (in 1966, 18 different models existed including the Sport Fury and the VIP), about 318,000 were produced in 1966, slightly more than the 317,000 for 1967 and the 293,000 for 1968. From classiccars.com a picture of a 1966 Plymouth Fury since Dodges are still being produced, at least for now:

 

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As best as I can figure, total US passenger car production for 1960-1969 was a shade over 75 million units with a peak of nearly 9 million in 1965. I don’t have the patience to compile these figures, but I would like to see one free source with production aggregated by company, make, model and year. Does such a source already exist and I am simply unaware of it? Please enlighten me.

 

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Throwback Thursday, It’s Cold Edition

I used to be able to tolerate cold weather. In fact, I much preferred it to hot weather. I guess with less “efficient” circulation due to aging and the fact that I have run most of the fat off my body I don’t like the cold, anymore. (My hands are freezing as I type this.) I certainly don’t like the temperature I’m about to show you two weeks before Thanksgiving.

 

 

It was warmer at 6:30 this morning; it was 22 degrees. Yes, a feeble attempt at sarcasm.

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Inspired by photobyjohnbo here is a picture of our Japanese Maple tree almost in full fall color:

 

 

This tree has survived a traumatic injury and annual assault by rats in fur coats, also known as squirrels. We live in a nice neighborhood and we will miss it after we move, but move we will. The desert beckons.

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From stampnewsonline.net a picture of a stamp featuring a very famous person:

 

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This is a picture of the 1983 Babe Ruth stamp. I believe another stamp in honor of Ruth was issued later. Note the cost of first-class postage, 20¢.

To honor Ruth, who was born in Baltimore as was I, and the 1983 Orioles’ World Series championship I mailed myself an empty envelope with this stamp in late 1983. I wrote some notes on the envelope about Ruth and the Orioles. That was a long time ago and qualifies as a genuine throwback. Although I don’t follow baseball I understand the Orioles are going through a rough patch.

Of course, I worked for my home-town team for six years in a full-time capacity and before that as a consultant for about a year and a half. It’s amazing how poor human beings are at predicting the future. For five years before I was hired full-time all I wanted was to work for the Orioles for the rest of my life. It’s a good thing the rest of my life has lasted longer than six years.

Like my change in attitude towards cold weather I never could have predicted that I would be completely divorced from baseball and not miss it. Once again, the only constant in the world is change. Those who cannot or will not deal with change will be unhappy and/or left behind.

 

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Throwback Thursday, Cereal Edition

I ate a lot of breakfast cereal, often not for breakfast, until I was in my late 30s. After a long period of little cereal consumption I have resumed eating a fair amount. I find myself waxing nostalgic for a cereal from my childhood. Does anyone remember these?

 

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A picture from someone’s Flickr account of the front and back of a box of Post Rice Krinkles. They were really just a sweeter version of that more famous crispy rice cereal made by a different cereal company.

Rice Krinkles were my favorite cereal when I was 7 or 8. Apparently, 1969 was the last year they were produced although that doesn’t jibe with my admittedly imperfect memory. If Rice Krinkles are remembered today at all, it’s because their advertising featured an Asian character that would be considered inappropriate today. I don’t remember the mascot, just that I loved the cereal.

For those of you who were/are cereal eaters, what are some of your favorites?

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It’s a sickness, I tell you, a sickness! That big, blue book under the two Corvette books is the classic Packard: A History of the Motor Car and Company edited by the late, great Beverly Rae Kimes. What you can’t see is the collection of automobile books and encyclopediae on the bottom shelf of this table. The book on top, The American Auto, is an updated version of the book that always sits on the desk where I write blog posts. I don’t really know how many automobile books I own, but I still have car books I purchased in the 1960s and 1970s.

Some of my friends and former colleagues don’t understand my disinterest in sports and my obsession with cars. Remember, the cars were first. My paper for History class in my senior year of high school was called The Development of the Automobile and its Effect on 20th-Century American Society. Yes, I attended high school in the 20th century and not in the 19th.

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A recent photo by yours truly of a Factory Five “kit” car. What do you think about cars like this? As I have stated before, I am not a fan of large wings on automobiles, but this car is not ugly.

Factory Five is a well-known company and that might make it easier for me to buy a kit car. I just doubt I have the chops to finish the assembly no matter how minor.

 

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Halloween? My thoughts on the so-called holiday have been expressed before.

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On this day in 1959 a song that had been originally composed in 1928 was the Number One song on the Billboard Hot 100. “Mack the Knife” as recorded by Walden Robert Cassoto, better known as Bobby Darin, reached the top position on the charts in early October and stayed there for a total of nine weeks.

 

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From MusicStack a picture of the “Mack the Knife” recording. Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s I had quite a collection of 45s. “Mack the Knife” was not part of that collection. It did, however, sell more than two million copies and was awarded the Grammy as “Record Of The Year.”

Supposedly, Darin did not want the song released as a single. Darin, sadly, had a short life. Having been afflicted with rheumatic fever as a child he had a severely weakened heart and died in 1973 at age 37. Darin had success not only as a singer, but also as an actor and was even nominated for an Academy Award in 1963.

“Mack the Knife” was actually composed for a musical drama called “The Threepenny Opera.” The song’s lyrics were originally in German, but somehow the song became a favorite for American pop and jazz singers to record. For example, Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars released a version that reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1956.

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Making rich people poorer will not make poor people richer.

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

– Winston Churchill

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No rule says that the Throwback Thursday car has to be from the same year as any other subject of the post. As I do from time to time, here is a chart:

 

Top Ten Selling US Makes, 1950
Chevrolet 1,498,590
Ford 1,208,912
Plymouth 610,954
Buick 588,439
Pontiac 446,429
Oldsmobile 408,060
Dodge 341,797
Studebaker 320,884
Mercury 293,658
Chrysler 179,299

 

Note Studebaker’s position as the only non Big-Three make in the Top Ten. Also note that Studebaker is one of five companies that no longer exists. Although not shown here, the #11, #12, and #13 positions were also held by now-defunct makes. (Nash, DeSoto and Hudson)

 

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From smclassiccars.com a picture of the best-selling vehicle for the best-selling make in 1950. This is a Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe four-door sedan. By the way, I think the word “Styleline” is awkward to pronounce, but what do I know?

Chevrolet produced more than 316,000 of these in 1950. Note that number would have ranked in the top ten among makes in 1950. Chevrolet produced 14 different offerings across four model lines in 1950. At $1,529 the Styleline DeLuxe four-door was in the middle of the Chevrolet price range.

Chevy offered only two engines in all of those cars: a 216 cubic-inch inline six with an output of 92 HP/176 LB-FT of torque for cars equipped with a manual transmission and a 235 cubic-inch inline six with 105 HP/193 LB-FT for cars equipped with the Powerglide automatic.

This car doesn’t really do anything for me, but for much of the automobile era four-door sedans were the bread and butter for American car companies. Those days are over, probably for good, as SUVs and pickup trucks have become the most popular vehicles.

 

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