I have just received some messages from "Motorama" author David Temple regarding BCA member and 1959 Buick owner Charles Barnette.
Quote: Hi Brian. I just received some bad news. Charles Barnette passed away a few hours ago from a heart attack at his office. I thought you would want to know. He mowed his yard on Friday - it's been very hot in Texas - and he felt like he may have had a heat stroke. Unfortunately, he didn't go to the doctor - only decided he should moments before the heart attack. Earlier this morning he emailed me in response to my Texan article. What a shock.
Many of you will recognize Charles' name from his efforts to research and preserve the history of the 1954 Buick Landau. Charles helped bring the car to the forefront of our attention here, and took great initiative to contact the family of the car's first private owner (the Blair family). As a result, the Buick community gained priceless photographs and history of this significant Motorama Buick. Charles was also instrumental in re-uniting the Landau with its original silver beverage set and in replicating the original, turbine-style wheelcovers that were stolen decades ago.
I was very grateful to have met Charles at our big 1959 Buick 50th anniversary event in Colorado Springs during 2009. Charles was wildly enthusiastic about our cars and the event, and contributed significantly to making it the special occasion that it was.
As a result of Charles' encouragement and initiative, David Temple has been researching the history of the 1959 Buick "Texan" show car, and we hope that David's article about the Texan will be published in one of the national collector car magazines during the future.
David has promised to keep me posted regarding a memorial service and opportunities for charitable donations.