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Yep! Now in the interest of peace and love...I found a video with a bit of Hot Rod history. Including Norm's "kookie car" and Tommy's T bucket running a nailhead. Narrated by a guy who was there. Sort of a reflection of a time when we had more freedom, including with cars. Could you imagine either of these cars being allowed on the streets of today? Yet, there they were..cruising the drive-ins of their era...

(edit) These guys were kind of heroes....as I would read about them in the pages of HOT Rod, while in study hall..

Brings back memories by the ton! The very first book I ever read from cover to cover, "Street Rod!" by Henry Gregor Felsen. That book got me hooked on " souping up" cars, plus cemented a neverending love for those very special cars.
 

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Yep! Now in the interest of peace and love...I found a video with a bit of Hot Rod history. Including Norm's "kookie car" and Tommy's T bucket running a nailhead. Narrated by a guy who was there. Sort of a reflection of a time when we had more freedom, including with cars. Could you imagine either of these cars being allowed on the streets of today? Yet, there they were..cruising the drive-ins of their era...

(edit) These guys were kind of heroes....as I would read about them in the pages of HOT Rod, while in study hall..

Brings back memories by the ton! The very first book I ever read from cover to cover, "Street Rod!" by Henry Gregor Felsen. That book got me hooked on " souping up" cars, plus cemented a neverending love for those very special cars.
 
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Yeah, I read him too.

Ahhh, but remember those books always had a moral and a sad ending...the moral to never street race. Wasn't it in "Street Rod" that he hero died? Off the road, into the water with another guy chasing the car that was no longer moving...other than it's wheels slowly turning in the current?

Of course, as teens, we knew it wouldn't happen to us, right?
 

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Yeah, I read him too.

Ahhh, but remember those books always had a moral and a sad ending...the moral to never street race. Wasn't it in "Street Rod" that he hero died? Off the road, into the water with another guy chasing the car that was no longer moving...other than it's wheels slowly turning in the current?

Of course, as teens, we knew it wouldn't happen to us, right?
Yeah, it did. Main character bought the farm. I just sloughed it off as him being "stupid" (which he was) and vowed to use my head (which I didn't). And yeah, the "it would never happen to ME" thing was a factor.
 

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A moral to every one of his books...indeed. Sort of like the moral in all the old Gunsmoke re-runs...
 

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A moral to every one of his books...indeed. Sort of like the moral in all the old Gunsmoke re-runs...
Do you realize that, during the nearly 6-year run (Dec. 1951- June 1957) of "The Roy Rogers Show," there were 396,453 shots fired, but not a single fatality? Talk about poor marksmanship. But, most of Roy's confrontations with bad guys ended in fist fights... :oops: 🤪 :unsure:

Well, it's possible that one bad guy (shot from his horse) bit the dust in this episode. The jury's still out on that one...
 

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LOL! Damn, good memories of Saturday 25 cents entry to the local movie house. All those serials, Roy & Dale among 'em.

Jimbob, forget looking for that old Arvin transistor radio...you really need one of these:
 

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LOL! Damn, good memories of Saturday 25 cents entry to the local movie house. All those serials, Roy & Dale among 'em.

Jimbob, forget looking for that old Arvin transistor radio...you really need one of these:
Nope. Gotta be an Arvin 60R63. Nothing else would create the gigawatts I need to break the space-time continuum and travel back to 1308 Fields-Ertel Road. Great Scott! :oops:








And, since Christmas is right around the corner, here's a handy link to help you become Santa Claus and make this the best Christmas I have known in many, many years! (I shall now activate the sugar plum generator)...

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NOTE: Pay no mind to info about the radio ad being "Ended" or having lapsed. The owner has re-listed it on eBay. Thank you and happy shopping!
 

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I decided to comment here as a like would be a vote in favor. It IS the world today , but we DO NOT have to subscribe to such a Devil.
Thanks for the eye opener.
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I decided to comment here as a like would be a vote in favor. It IS the world today , but we DO NOT have to subscribe to such a Devil.
Thanks for the eye opener.
Mike
I miss Paul EVERY DAY !!!
Ha! A "like" would be 15 votes in favor in Detroit and probably 115 in favor in Philadelphia. :oops:
 

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Ha! A "like" would be 15 votes in favor in Detroit and probably 115 in favor in Philadelphia. :oops:
That is OK , RUDY is on them !!!
 
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Jimbob...not us, put your lovely bride on the Arvin...or do it yourself. Life is too short...I don't ebay for a couple of reasons.
One is no paypal here...

Yeah...kinda depressing times but still some hope...considering all the evidence out there.
 

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Jimbob, hope you are visiting sites more open to some discussions than here...

(edit) And there's nothing like listening to music played through a 60 years old tiny transistor radio speaker.. ;)
 

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Jimbob, hope you are visiting sites more open to some discussions than here...

(edit) And there's nothing like listening to music played through a 60 years old tiny transistor radio speaker.. ;)
No "sites," other than the news, where I give the misguided ones holy living hell! 😠:ROFLMAO: Around here we just tiptoe through reality. Kind of like talking to a POW in the next cell by tapping out a secret code.

I held onto the old Cromwell record player Sis and I spun the old 45s on, but she didn't know it. She probably thought it had found its way to the land fill ages ago. So, one Christmastime several years ago, I got the idea to have it restored and surprise her with it for Christmas. She completely flipped out! And get this! Unknown to me, she had hung onto all those old 45s! The two were reunited again after 60-some years at her house in Fla.!

She said she couldn't believe that we sat for hours on end, listening to that and thinking it was "good." Audio has come a long way since those ancient days. Anyway, I'd probably have the same reaction with the old Arvin.
 
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Topic change here...surfing a bit, found a Brit air museum site. There, discovered the name of my Uncle's B-17. He was in the pilot's seat of "Captn' and his kids". Amazingly, even a pic of him on a bombing run, one engine out, flak all about...but according to another account I read, completed the run. Then hit by fighters again, lost his tail gunner..made it back to England to crash land. Gordon was among the lucky ones to make it back to the states...then married, had 3 daughters. Died during heart surgery back in the 1980's. We kids never heard him speak of the war. All I know came from my cousin and the net.

42-38093 | American Air Museum in Britain
 

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Topic change here...surfing a bit, found a Brit air museum site. There, discovered the name of my Uncle's B-17. He was in the pilot's seat of "Captn' and his kids". Amazingly, even a pic of him on a bombing run, one engine out, flak all about...but according to another account I read, completed the run. Then hit by fighters again, lost his tail gunner..made it back to England to crash land. Gordon was among the lucky ones to make it back to the states...then married, had 3 daughters. Died during heart surgery back in the 1980's. We kids never heard him speak of the war. All I know came from my cousin and the net.

42-38093 | American Air Museum in Britain


When I think of all that generation did to protect us and maintain our freedom, then of all the Bizzaro World donkey dung we have now, I seethe and fume and want to scream! My uncle (who fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a medic), was, according to my Dad, a happy-go-lucky fun guy when he shipped over there. But, when he came back, they said he was a completely changed man. No doubt, the blood, gore, guts and death he encountered had a profound effect. Today it would be called PTSD. Back then it was "Shell Shock." That's cool that you found this. All I ever found was the black switchblade knife that my uncle "borrowed" from a dead Nazi. It was something to behold. Had the swastika right in the middle of that long, black handle.

 

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Yeah, reading of the 8th bomber group...your medic uncle saw lots of bad stuff. Hope you have that switchblade as a memento. My Uncle witnessed death via missing planes and crew. %age of deaths, the b-17's saw more than any other group...sounds crazy, but the infantry, even the marines, had a much higher survival rate than the Army Air corps. That website has a list of names of all who served in the air effort...I had to quit reading them..so many KIA's and MIA's...all in their late teens and 20's...just kids.

And, having known Sgt. Don Malarkey of "Band of Brothers" fame through the cue ball...I have a pretty damned good idea of what the WWII vets would think of what's going on today.
 

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Hopefully a cut & paste of that bomber run...

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-38093. 367th Bombardment Squadron, 306th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force, US Army Air Force, based at Thurleigh Bedfordshire.
Pilot Lt Gordon L Donkin.

On the 12th September 1944 the 306th BG took part in a raid on the Ruhland oil refineries south of Berlin, part of a concentrated effort by the USAAF to destroy German fuel supplies.
367th BS sent nine aircraft, with Lt Donkin's 42-38093 as the lead aircraft of the lower group. North of Berlin the group came under heavy flak and fighter attack, 367 squadron losing four aircraft to fighters and 42-38093 badly shot up. In 42-38093 the tail gunner was killed, the radio operator and top turret gunner wounded and one of the engines shot up. The aircraft continued to the target and on the return flight came under renewed fighter attack with another engine and the intercom put out of action.

Escorted part of the way by P-51 Mustangs 42-38093, now with just a single engine, crossed the English Channel rapidly loosing height. As soon as the English coast was crossed Donkin ordered the crew to bail out but only four had time to do so. On the final approach to Manston the last engine quit and the aircraft crash landed on a smooth area, crossed a ditch and knocked down a search light tower before coming to a halt, then catching fire, the bombardier being killed in the crash.

The crew.

Lt Gordon L Donkin: pilot. Injured in crash.
Captain Donald C MacDonald: Co-pilot. Injured in crash.
2nd Lt Gerald A Weiler: Navigator. Injured in crash.
Technical Sgt Clarence B Tuers: Flight engineer/top turret gunner. Wounded in action.
T Sgt Willard M Colvin: Radio operator. Wia.
Staff Sgt Norman Morrow: Ball turret gunner. Injured in jump.
Sgt Lawrence G Joslin: Waist gunner.
Capt Arthur S Hostettler: Bombardier. Killed in crash.
S Sgt Jack B Eppler: Tail gunner. Killed in action.

7 crew returned to duty.

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=19856.0

(edit) He must have received a promotion sometime after that, because I have a pic of him in uniform, squinting into the sun...in the pic he wore captain's bars...just a kid..barely old enough to grow that moustache he sported.
 
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