By Bob Boze Bell
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Steam engines on the line and I got on the right side and pressed my face against the glass to get a better view. Sure enough, a fast-chugging steam engine came down the line, passing us with the smoke going up over and We came into Las Vegas and glided to a stop. We literally twisting around got off where my grandparents were standing and we the observation car with a violent slipstream hugged and walked to the car, several feet away. created by the two speeding trains. After a long layover in Salt Lake City, we finally headed the heart of the downtown gambling district, so my mother south and I slept.
LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON DREAMS MY FATHER SOLD ME Almost every Sunday my father would take my mother and me for a drive. First to my grandparents’ farm north of Thompson, and then from there to see gas stations, or other businesses for sale. Sometimes they would be combination gas station-cafes, and, even more ideal, one such combo at Leland had a small gas station with a cafe next door behind a white-picket fence and the house was above the cafe. My father would stop the car and let it idle and tell my mother and me how happy we would be with this three-in-one dreamboat property.
Thunderbird. The first time I saw one was in a Wheaties “Hop in,” my dad said brightly. “Let’s take this little baby for box. ” All three of us boys crowded in the small front seat studied it for days. I wondered aloud to my dad if we would area and my dad took off through town and to Highway 9 somehow ever actually see a Thunderbird. toward Armstrong. Normally, when you drive on those old My father had quit the service station because of the backbreaking snow shoveling required to stay open in the winter and Swedish farmers who wouldn’t pay their gas bills.
The 66 Kid by Bob Boze Bell