Saturday, July 29, 2017

Reminiscing – Dad’s 1940 Ford

1940 Ford

1940 Ford, excerpt from ad below. Image courtesy of

[Editor’s note: This “Reminiscing” story, edited by Richard Lentinello, comes to us from Hemmings Classic Car reader Thomas Murphy.]

One memory that I will never forget is about my father’s 1940 Ford Opera Coupe. It had the jump seats in the rear which, when not in use, folded up parallel to the sides of the rear compartment. Back in 1950, those jump seats were usually occupied by my brother and I; I was just five years old at the time.
My father was one of the original hot-rodders. The Ford had a flathead truck V-8 block which was bored out – apparently truck blocks allowed for thicker cylinder walls for purposes of over boring. The engine was equipped with a 3/4 racing camshaft, high compression Granatelli aluminum cylinder heads, a four-barrrel carburetor, exhaust headers and dual exhausts and Lincoln Zephyr gears for the second gear.
That old Ford would wind out to 90 miles per hour in second gear before shifting to third was required due to those Zephyr gears. There was not much on the street in 1950 that would touch it. The Ford looked stock, being a black 1940 Deluxe Coupe. Only two rusty exhaust pipes sticking out the rear belied it was not stock.

One day we were on a touring vacation in Canada in the Fall of 1950. We were stopped on a gravel road which had an overhead stop light hanging from a wire traversing the intersection on a four-lane road. What pulled alongside us at the light was a brand-spanking new Powder Blue Oldsmobile “Rocket 88” fastback coupe. The Olds still had the price and equipment sticker on the rear-side window. When I looked over from my jump seat out the side rear window of the Ford, the driver of the Olds was smiling like a Cheshire cat and glancing at his buddy in the passenger seat, while revving the Oldsmobile’s engine.
When the light changed, my father, who was never one to ignore a challenge for a race, took off. From the light we were side by side with the Oldsmobile. In First gear we were fender to fender, and the Olds owner was looking a bit quizzical at our evenness. Bear in mind that the loser of this gambit would be eating the winner’s dust from the gravel road. In Second gear I remember the Ford winding out to 90 miles per hour, and it ended up two car lengths ahead of the now vanishing Olds when the shift to Third gear occurred.
So much for the much-heralded Rocket 88 Oldsmobile. That ’40 Ford was fast!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Famous Person From Our Little Town

Lamartine Hardman was the governor
Lamartine Hardman served as the governor of Georgia from 1927 to 1931. A native of Harmony Grove (later Commerce), Hardman was a prominent physician and minister in that area before embarking on his political career, which included service in the state legislature from 1902 to 1907. 
Lamartine Hardman
of Georgia from 1927 to 1931. Considered to be one of the wealthiest men in north Georgia at the turn of the twentieth century, Hardman was a successful physician, entrepreneur, and farmer from Jackson County. As governor, Hardman advocated a businesslike administration of the state's government and was best known for his effort to make governmental processes more efficient.
Lamartine Griffin "L.G." Hardman was born in Harmony Grove (later Commerce), in Jackson County, on April 14, 1856. He was the son of Susan Elizabeth Colquitt and William B. J. Hardman, a prominent physician and preacher. Hardman graduated from the Georgia Medical Department of the University of Georgia in Augusta (later Georgia Health Sciences University) in 1877 and later studied in New York, Pennsylvania, and London. In 1890 he returned to Harmony Grove, where he joined his father's medical practice. During this time Hardman experimented in the field of anesthesiology, having been influenced by the work of physician Crawford Long, a medical pioneer from nearby Jefferson. In 1907 Hardman married Emma Wiley Griffin, the daughter of a socially prominent Valdosta family. Together they had a son and three daughters.
Hardman founded and served as president of several financial institutions, textile and manufacturing corporations, and public service organizations, in addition to owning approximately 10,000 acres of peach and apple orchards in seven Georgia counties. Hardman also served as a trustee for several institutions of higher learning, including the Georgia State College of Agriculture
Emma Wiley Griffin, a Valdosta native, married Georgia state representative and future governor Lamartine Hardman in 1907. The couple had four children, three daughters and one son, who are pictured here with their mother in this undated photograph. 
Hardman Family
in Athens (later the Agriculture College at the University of Georgia) and Mercer University in Macon.
Hardman served in the state legislature from 1902 to 1907. There he sponsored the state's prohibition legislation, citing not only religious objections but also evidence from his knowledge of medicine. He also sponsored a bill establishing the State Board of Health and numerous pieces of agricultural legislation. Hardman served as the state fuel administrator during World War I (1917-18). After two unsuccessful attempts in 1914 and 1916, Hardman was elected governor in 1926, becoming the state's oldest elected governor at the age of seventy-one. Two years later he was elected for a second term.
Hardman's most significant accomplishment as governor was the establishment of a study in government efficiency, called the Allen Commission on Simplification and Coordination, headed by the Atlanta businessman Ivan Allen Sr. Although Hardman 
Atlanta businessman and booster Ivan Allen Sr. cofounded the office supply firm later known as the Ivan Allen Company. He also served a brief stint in 1917 as president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and headed a commission on goverment efficiency for Governor Lamartine Hardman during the early 1930s. 
Ivan Allen Sr.
was unable to convince the legislature, with the onset of the Great Depression in the early 1930's, to embrace the dramatic changes proposed by the commission, the findings of the Allen Commission ultimately paved the way for wide reorganizations of state government, which were brought about by Hardman's successor, Richard Russell Jr.
Hardman's term as governor was plagued by illness and fatigue. On February 18, 1937, he died of a heart ailment at Emory University Hospital at the age of eighty. He was buried in the Gray Hill Cemetery in Commerce.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Growing Up In A Small Town

1. You know the population of your town because it's on the sign as you enter.

2. You can name everyone in your high school graduation class.

3. If you said a swear word, your parents knew about it within an hour.

4. It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.

5. You gave directions by people, not street names. (Turn at the Nelson house, go east to Andersons) and it's four houses left of the track field.)

6. You saw at least one friend a week driving his tractor through town.

7. All directions included "the 4 way stop" as a reference.

8. Your teachers mentioned when they had your parents in class.

9. The closest mall, movie theater, and McDonald's was a long drive.

10. You've "parked" with a date behind a barn.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Isn't English the Most Complicated and Absurd Language?

English is a language that both unites and divides us. For some it's the beautiful, mellifluous verses of a Shakespeare or Keats that get their juices flowing, for others it's the strict application of cold, rigid laws of grammatical perfection. In reality, English is neither perfectly beautiful, nor perfectly logical. In fact, it's genuinely absurd. Take a look at these 14 examples of the most ridiculous reasons why English is a decidedly odd tongue.
Oh, You English!
How to Really Annoy People with Just 3 Words
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Some Classic English Tautologies
His Mother Ruined His Life!
Shall We Use American English or English English?
'I' Before 'E' Except...
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And You Know You Should Be Glad
Six Blue Dogs, but Not Blue Six Dogs
Spelling 'B'
Line up, Line up!
I Never Said SHE Stole My Money...
I Don't Know Why You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello.
Aussie English Is Even Odder!
English: No Rhyme or Reason
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Bad Grammar

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Grammar is what holds civilization, as we know it, together. Well, maybe that's something of an exaggeration, but it's still seriously important. I mean, just look at all the problems that accrue when the sacred rules of grammar are not obeyed. These 20 examples will have you holding your face in you hands, rolling your eyes, and laughing your socks off!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Respect Your Parents In Their Old Age

An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The Father asked his Son, “What is this?” The Son replied “It is a crow”. After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, “What is this?” The Son said “Father, I have just now told you “It’s a crow”. After a little while, the old Father again asked his Son the 3rd time, What is this?” At this time some expression of irritation was felt in the Son’s tone when he said to his Father with a rebuff. “It’s a crow, a crow”.A little after, the Father again asked his Son the 4th time, “What is

This time the Son shouted at his Father, “Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times ‘IT IS A CROW’. Are you not able to understand this?

A little later the Father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his Son was born. On opening a page, he asked his Son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary :-

“Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window. My Son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a Crow. I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child”.

While the little child asked him 23 times “What is this”, the Father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the Father asked his Son the same question just 4 times, the Son felt irritated and annoyed.


If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents.From today say this aloud, “I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me.

They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today”. Say a prayer to God, “I will serve my old parents in the BEST way. I will say all good and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they behave.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

1955 Huffy Radiobike

Christmas has come and gone, and some of us may not have gotten exactly what we were wishing for. Many of us receive Christmas money from grandparents, and other relatives, fueling our desires to get that one thing we really wanted for Christmas, like this bicycle. This 1955 Huffy Radiobike is a great survivor that is rare, and complete. The Radiobike was made for 1955 and 1956 making some very lucky kids the coolest kids on their street, being able to have portable music built right into their bicycle. Unfortunately, not long after the Radiobikes release, the transistor radio came out making it very easy to take music with you any, and everywhere. This rare two wheeled mercury vapor tube radio is offered at $1,800. Find it here on ebay out of Ohio.

Within this tank lies a narrow mercury vapor tube radio. There is a volume knob, as well as a tuning knob, and the key is a locking on/off switch to prevent others from draining your batteries when you aren’t with your bike. The white tube coming out of the bottom of the tank is the antenna. Wearing the lovely “Flamboyant Red” color, the Huffy Radiobike was also offered in “Flamboyant Green” and “Flamboyant Blue”. Although the Radiobike was offered for 2 years, it is speculated that there were only 8,500 bikes made. 8,500 doesn’t sound like too low of a number, but the Radio built into the tank was not cut out for the outdoors, and many fell subject to failure. Upon out living their usefulness as a radio with wheels, the transistor radio would become a quick replacement, and the “Muscle” bikes of the 1960s didn’t do the Radiobikes any favors, making them appear old and outdated.

Fortunately, this radio looks to be in fair health, needing to be cleaned and tested. Also fortunately the on/off switch key is with this bike as well. This 3 tube radio was designed, and manufactured by Yellow Springs Instrument Company.

In nice survivor condition, there are areas where some surface rust has developed.  The radio side of the tank has some minor surface rust, but much of the paint, and graphic on the tank is present. There is also some surface rust forming on the chain guard as well as the rear fender. The battery pack compartment is very clean. Thankfully someone removed the batteries preventing corrosion to the battery area.  The 1955 only headlight is nice with no rust, or paint issues. The handle bars and fork crown are beautifully shiny, although the wheels have not aged as well. There is some corrosion, and even minor rust forming on the rims. These wheels are likely suitable to ride, but they are just a bit ugly as far as condition goes. But we aren’t too picky, we would gladly welcome this 2 wheeled find to our collection. How about you?