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Where we're always on the road, and it's always 1962! TM
by Donald Dale Milne
National Police Week was first celebrated May 15, 1962. That year, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that so designated the week, and that day as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, "...in recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, protect us through enforcement of our laws." Grand Junction, Colorado, on US-6, was one of hundreds of cities that held memorial vigils and other events. Did your local city celebrate?
public domain photo from MorgueFile
My Roadtrip-’62 TM journeys are virtual journeys, happening only on your computer. But a bunch of guys from the Wichita, Kansas area are off on the real thing. Taking their classic cars down classic roads. A fun read about what should be a fun ride.
1962 Plymouth ad from magazine
OK, I have to admit that I’ve never heard of non-wing supermodified racing…until now. It turns out that this somewhat obscure auto racing format has roots back to 1962. The home and heart of the sport appears to be at Oswego Speedway, Oswego, New York. The 1962 winner was Art Bennett, who would go on to win Oswego’s track championship that season. Art repeated a season opening win in 1965.
photo from Michael Joseph Johnson , Pinners Bar & Grille, used by permission
scan from Grand Comics Database
If you're new here, discover what Roadtrip-'62 TM is all about and why it's always 1962 here.
Brand new post up! We're on the 11th day of our cross-country trip on US-6. Today we enter Ohio, hike some sandstone ridges, stop at a temple, and more. Come ride with me!
Reader Edward Green, who writes for The Truckers Report, has a nice little list of some of the major historic US-numbered highways, with links to yet more information. Edward is a second generation trucker, familiar with many of these roads. He wanted to share his research with all of you; I hope you enjoy it.
I was thinking of old-fashioned candy and my mind wandered to Stuckey’s. They’re almost gone today but were a chain of candy stores that also sold gasoline, snacks, and lots of souvenirs in the early 1960s. I think I first stopped at a Stuckey’s in Taccoa or Tallulah Falls, Georgia. It was back in the mid-1970s just before the near-demise of the chain.
public domain photo, by Bravo Six Niner Delta, from Flickr
If your racing interests are a bit slower than the supermodified cars, you might want to stop in to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. It’s located on US-6 in Goshen, New York. Goshen is the historic home to the American-born sport of harness racing, and also has the oldest track in the world, dating from 1838.
photo from the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, used by permission
Edward’s piece mentioned above reminded me that I also have a discussion of the US-numbered highways. See how US-6 and US-23 fit into the system that includes the more famous roads like The Lincoln Highway and Route 66, and even the Interstate system.
Watch businessman Warren Buffett’s first television interview, filmed KMTV of Omaha, Nebraska in early June of 1962. It was discovered in the Nebraska State Historical Society archives in March of 2013. According to an independent analysis by retired videographers and producers, the clip likely never aired on local television.
Remember, you can find ALL the ROADTRIP-'62 TM articles listed conveniently on the Archives page. That will take you to all the great roadtrip destinations. And you can send me a Comment if you want: I'd love to hear from you.
We're on the 11th day of our cross-country trip on US-6. Today we enter Ohio, hike some sandstone ridges, stop at a temple, and more.
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- June 2, 2013. Sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Nature & History Association and held at the park’s Cottonwood Campground, Medora, North Dakota.
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Music of the week from 1962. Enjoy while you read, and then buy some to take home!
Smokey Bear is the longest running public service ad campaign in Ad Council history, running since 1944. At the beginning, Walt Disney loaned Bambi for use on a poster for one year, but that image proved so popular that it is still being used. The original message was slightly different, as "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires." I hope you enjoy this ad, similar to what you might have seen in 1962, and heed Smokey's message.