Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Studebaker Dealer Ponders Future
Dale Davis admittedly isn’t a young man anymore, but he isn’t ready to give up yet, even though the Studebaker Corporation did.
Dale now sells just used cars. On the showroom wall hangs large colored photo of the once-proud Studebaker plant in South Bend, Indiana. On a table is a pile of dusty “New Car Buying Guide” booklets. The guide reveals why buying a Studebaker is a better buy than a Ford, Chevy, Dodge and the rest of them.
But that empty showroom bothers Dale Davis. He’s been thinking he’ll turn to selling boats or maybe those foreign cars... or even “those confounded motorcycles.”
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AMONG THE PROUD people in town these days are Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Spence, 123 Cloverport, whose son, Warrant Officer Herbert Spence, Jr., was awarded a certificate of membership in the GREX (Gemini Recovery Experts.) Herb serves aboard the carrier USS Wasp which picked up Astronauts Tom Stafford and Eugene Cernan on June 6. The certificate bears the signatures of both astronauts. Herb graduated from Rochester High in 1951 and enlisted in the Navy at that time.
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I’VE NEVER HAD the chance to catch an act by Paul Lennon, one of the bright young comedians playing Midwest nightclubs. Serving as master of ceremonies of various functions and occasionally on TV, Paul is the son of Carl Lennon, manager of Young’s Men’s Wear. Paul recently reported for his physical exam for the draft and this alone provided enough material for another nightclub act.
When all the potential draftees were lined up waiting for something to happen, a burly sergeant stepped up to Paul and asked him what his occupation was. When Paul replied that he’s a comedian and entertainer, the sarge barked, “Well, say something funny.”
Paul gave it a moment’s thought and finally turned to the other fellows in the room and replied, “All right, you guys can go home now. I’ve got the job!”
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FOR THE MANY local people now heading abroad for vacations or visits to their former homelands, there comes this word of warning: If you look like your passport photograph, you may not be well enough to travel.