I saw an interesting segment on a news show the other day. Thankfully, it was non-controversial and not political. It was about cars… very first cars! The producer of the segment had really done his homework. He had contacted many famous people and some who were famous only to their family, but successful. MOST of these people were currently forty to eighty years old which makes the study very interesting. 95% of these people reported that their first vehicle was at least five years old when they bought it or received it from a family member….most were older than that. Each subject had a delightful story to go along with that car or truck. It wasn’t just a mode of transportation to these people. It was a sign of responsibility and trust. It helped them be independent and be very cool! It was obviously a step toward their success.
This started me thinking about my first car. I was eighteen years old and it was 1965. My car was a 1958 red Nash Rambler. I was delighted! I could keep this baby running on $2.00 a week. Because it had bench seats in front and back, I could cram seven people (no seat belts) in this chariot and cruise the streets of Heflin. The radio was great…it was always on WVOK (Joe Rumore). It wasn’t that I was a low maintenance teen. It was that I appreciated what I had. I never thought about getting a brand new vehicle. I had to buy my own gas and pay part of my car insurance with my baby sitting money. This was the beginning of my lessons on taking responsibility for my actions. I did run it in a ditch one time and that resulted in a flat tire. New tires were not cheap, but I still had pay for it myself.
Here is where I am going with this. I would love to hear from you about your first vehicle. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your story to PO Box 924. This will be interesting to the readers of Heflin Highlights. Give a description and a few sentences about your experiences with this car or truck. No phone calls, please. I need it in writing. Look for more stories in the future!
Now I don’t know if these people will get a new car for their birthday this week, but I do know that they will get some great gifts. Happy birthday, friends.
Oct. 23-Josh Bright. Oct.24-Gina Howle, Wayne Smith, Lane Smith and Catherine Howle. Oct.25-Kathy Wysner, Evelyn Griffin and Kristy Bonner. Oct.26-Macey Carlile, Salee Kennedy and the best sister in the world…Kathryn Owens Harlan. Oct.27-Thomas Bennett, Marie Robinson, Meredith Howle, Nathan Cobb, Mark Howle, Tony Johnson, Marla Nolen, Wilma Wheeler, Emily Wigington and AdryAnna Bray. Oct.28-Alex Gaines, Helen McElroy, Brandon Morris and Jane Aulier. Oct. 29-Roger Hiett, Greg Hill, Merlyn Brown, Doug Bragg, Shelby Skinner, Wendi Buchannan and Scottie Jarrell. Oct.30-Shirley Turner and Greg Moore.
There were only three couples names turned into me for anniversaries this week. Three is a good number and I hope they have a good celebration.
October 26-Allen and Shirley Turner. October 27-Wes and Stacy Littleton. October 29-Jerry Ross and Sarah Harlan.
Neal Mulkey, Mayfield Robertson, Mary Alvarado, Jessica Wade, Jimmy Burrows, Sherry Brown, Terry Benefield, Andrea Smith, Ed Cleveland, Kerry Smith, Jimmie Nell Vise, Sara Noland, Rider Bearden, Merrill Hayes, Ken Sanders and Malene Bowen.
Until next week…remember…Did you ever wonder what the Ten Commandments would look like if Moses had run them through congress?