Earl Scheib, The Magic 8 Ball and other deep US stuff foreigners don't understand... LOL

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@Michael Russo , you have to be somewhat of an intellectual to understand this series of posts. The Magic 8 Ball was a children's toy from years gone by. @Gary Moore and I remember. It was black and about the size of a large grapefruit. You would ask a question, turn the ball over, and an answer would magically appear in the window. So if someone would ask, for example, "will the Showrooms have half meter square color samples you can take home?" The Magic 8 Ball might answer, "yes", "no" or "you won't care." I'm sorry if this was too deep for you. You do have to be be a certain age group and have grown up in the US to understand.
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May I suggest and humbly recommend that this series of posts be relocated to the "Magic 8 Ball" or "Earl Scheib" thread in off topic. You do that and I will voluntarily delete this response. Deal? Thank you.
@ModFather , my goal in life, I realize this now, is actually to create special new threads in offtopic to accommodate conversations between wisemen I could never understand.

I would add, for the record, that I knew about the Magic 8 Ball, though the ones I saw were nowhere near the size of a large grapefruit... yet then again, this was in Europe so we probably got the short end of the stick... :D

Now Earl Scheib?? I admit it, never heard of the guy... o_O ;)
 

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Wow. And this was just after you had learned how to walk? Wasn't that red shirt a tad too big on you though? :p
RED SHIRT! I will NEVER forget my first ride on a train! I traveled from Fresno to Topeka Kansas on the Santa Fe Chief with my parents to visit my maternal grandparents. My mother bought me a new solid bright red shirt for the trip (I am an Aries and red is my favorite color). I never took off that shirt and I didn't sleep once during that 3 day trip. I spent all my time in wide eyed amazement up in the "Dome Car" watching the marvels of the world pass by in front of me. I never did see any wild Indians, now known as "first nation, host country, indigenous peoples." and that was my only disappointment.

I was 8 years old.
 

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first ride on a train
My first ride on a train was at eight years old as well. My mother's father was the treasurer of the New York Central Mutual Association, in the railway insurance business. My grandparents took my brother and I to see Niagara Falls. On the way back to Ohio, our train hit a car which trying to beat the train over the crossing. The train was stopped for a half hour. My grandfather went out to see what the hold up was. I remember the look he had on his face when he returned.

Back in the days when there were steam trains, my grandmother would take us to the tracks in Cleveland and have us put pennies upon them. We'd get back and watch the train go by. Then, my grandmother would fetch the pennies, cool them off by tossing them in her handkerchief and blowing on them, to show them to us in their flattened condition, and tell us that we're even not made of metal. Stay away from trains!

Those Cal's car commercials are great. We built Firebirds and Vegas at the Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio. I spot welded rocker panel reinforcement sub-assemblies for Firebird convertibles there during the 1967 model year. Every time I came across one that was wrecked, I looked to see if my welds had held. They did. You can tell a Lordstown-built vehicle by the code "U" in the VIN number.

It means a lot to me to see Tesla going for five-star safety ratings. The Ohio Highway Patrol made a safety film called Signal Thirty to be show to traffic offenders. "Signal Thirty" is the call code for a traffic fatality. It's hard stuff to watch, but it delivers the message of what highway safety is all about.
 

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Back in the days when there were steam trains, my grandmother would take us to the tracks in Cleveland and have us put pennies upon them.
Yep, we did that too, but no gramma around! It is was four of us, my brother and I and friends, a brother/brother combo too. Now that was fun - no video games, no TV, no cel phones, no drug dealers - just kids doing kid stuff. Then we would go swimming in the irrigation ditch. But you had to be careful because there was often broken glass bottles in the mud at the bottom of the ditch.

We built Firebirds and Vegas at the Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio.
I owned a Vega once and once was enough. Aluminum engine block.........oh dear, what a piece of detritus!

The Ohio Highway Patrol made a safety film called Signal Thirty to be show to traffic offenders
Yeah, they made us sit through those films in high school. GROSS! But that didn't stop Joe Lowden from borrowing Ken what's his name's car for a Saturday night beer run. Joe was DUI and crashed the car into a telephone pole at high speed. He was DOA at the scene. The PD hauled the smashed car to the front of the high school and left it there for a week. BRUTAL!
 

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Aluminum engine block.
I had a metallurgy professor at GMI. The guy totally despised aluminium. You'd dared not mention the element's name in his classroom.

Sadly, I had a Vega too. It was obviously a bad idea to bolt iron heads onto aluminum blocks.

When we had built the pre-production pilot Vegas at Lordstown, John DeLorean, who was then head of Chevrolet, came to see them. They had to explain to him, after he had asked about where the radiator petcock was, that the cost engineers had deleted it from the design and had put that crazy stuff into the owner's manual about changing your antifreeze using a turkey baster. (The look on his face was priceless.)

Our knock-off of the Fiat 124 did not outshine the original.
 

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Our knock-off of the Fiat 124 did not outshine the original.
This is hilarious! When I returned to the US I bought a brand new Fiat 124 Sport Coupe in bright red from Kitchen Motors in Visalia with my severance pay. Loved the looks of that car but did not love the annual valve jobs that were required and the red paint that totally crapped out after one year. So I got rid of that and purchased the Vega in green. Strike Two! I was unlucky in cars but lucky in love, so I feel fortunate, same wonderful wife after all these years. Her paint job is holding up well, her block is top notch but does require periodic servicing.
 

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I have a history of not coloring between the lines. At college, I was the cartoonist for the school newspaper, The Administration forced me into early retirement due to my depiction of the dean of students.

In other gender news, I tried to keep from having the steering linkage fall off my first installment for as long as I could (28 years). I know I should stop typing now for countless reasons. As Frost said, I took the road less traveled. Curses and blessings are like the two sides of the reversible silk dragon jacket which I once wore as a young child.

My burgundy Vega was superseded by a black Chevy Monza Spyder. I had to reorder it because the paint job of the original one that I ordered is notorious in Lordstown history. The Old Man made it the focus of the weekly quality control meeting. Then, someone at the meeting said that it was an employe order. The Old Man responded that we don't do favors for ourselves, so the misbegotten thing then sat in no-man's land for days. I indeed had to call in the favor of a friend to get the ugly thing shipped out, so I could decline it at the dealership. Due to the Old Man's comment, everyone in paint repair thought the red spider decal on its hood was fatally radioactive. :(

I forget whether I told you before, @Badback , but the father-in-law of my EE brother in Minnesota used to live in Prior Lake. That brother is a chip designer for IBM, but of course as you know, in Rochester, if you don't work for Blue, the other winning bet is Mayo.
 

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I have a history of not coloring between the lines. At college, I was the cartoonist for the school newspaper, The Administration forced me into early retirement due to my depiction of the dean of students.

In other gender news, I tried to keep from having the steering linkage fall off my first installment for as long as I could (28 years). I know I should stop typing now for countless reasons. As Frost said, I took the road less traveled. Curses and blessings are like the two sides of the reversible silk dragon jacket which I once wore as a young child.

My burgundy Vega was superseded by a black Chevy Monza Spyder. I had to reorder it because the paint job of the original one that I ordered is notorious in Lordstown history. The Old Man made it the focus of the weekly quality control meeting. Then, someone at the meeting said that it was an employe order. The Old Man responded that we don't do favors for ourselves, so the misbegotten thing then sat in no-man's land for days. I indeed had to call in the favor of a friend to get the ugly thing shipped out, so I could decline it at the dealership. Due to the Old Man's comment, everyone in paint repair thought the red spider decal on its hood was fatally radioactive. :(

I forget whether I told you before, @Badback , but the father-in-law of my EE brother in Minnesota used to live in Prior Lake. That brother is a chip designer for IBM, but of course as you know, in Rochester, if you don't work for Blue, the other winning bet is Mayo.
Unfortunately, Prior Lake is a very big place, especially if you have to walk. There isn't much for social interaction, so the only people that I meet are merchants and such. Maybe we should start a Prior Lake EE club, we could get together on weekends and make schematics.
 
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Those Earl Schibe and Cal commercials - remind me how much I hate going to Dealers to buy a car. What can you trust? Where the petcock is? I so much like the Tesla forum, and can see why the "establishment" want to continue to have sufficient cash flow to buy these ads for idiots. Will a monkey/elephant really persuade you to buy a car? Must have worked, or they would not have repeated.