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November 30th, 2005

Wayne Graefen has found this nifty little custom in Junction, Texas, one of the hamlets in Greater Wayne’s World, which comprises much of the central part of the Lone Star State. Built probably in the 1950s, it’s based on a 1941 Ford coupe body and sports a ’53 Studebaker windshield and 1935 Ford wire wheels.….
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November 24th, 2005

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for the good things in our lives. A modern expression of the harvest festivals that have taken place since the beginning of civilization, it recognizes the role of the sun, moon and rain that have brought plenteous crops and raised fatted beasts, as well as the divine providence….
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November 17th, 2005

Eighty-five years ago today, Gertrude Marguerite Bates was born in Morristown, New Jersey. Called “Bunny” by the family, a tradition accorded the youngest child, she was known to kith and kin by that name her entire life, since she never had younger siblings. She didn’t have a particular interest in cars, but she drove them….
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November 9th, 2005

In 1907, Edward and Mary Harkness bought a summer cottage at Waterford, Connecticut, on the shore of Long Island Sound. They named it “ Eolia,” after the Greek god of wind, appropriate since the sea breezes and gales were ever whistling though their porch. Edward S. Harkness was an heir to the Standard Oil fortune,….
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November 2nd, 2005

My neighbor Dale Treadway snapped this Hudson while vacationing at Cape Cod last summer. It’s a 1948 or ’49 Commodore – only the interiors differed between those two years. He spotted it in the parking lot at Rock Harbor in Orleans, and noted that it carries a regular passenger registration, a number issued in November….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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