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  1. Chuck, It's words like yours that keep me doing what I do. I'm actually a terrible mechanic and not too interested in fixing or restoring cars (without some major help), but I love telling stories about them. And this was a good one. We all help the hobby in different ways. Tell everyone about the podcast, okay? Humble gratitude--------Todd Ruel
  2. I read that thread while doing research for my interview. That's why I asked them both if Oldsmobile gave them cars to drive. I was trying to tease some details out of them. ----Todd Ruel
  3. Hi, Oldsmobile fans. Todd Ruel here. I run an orphan car web site called Gone Autos. This past week, I published a podcast featuring Florence Henderson and Bill Hayes talking about their days as Oldsmobile spokespeople. I'm sure there are many Olds fans who don't know that Henderson and Hayes starred in several expensive Oldsmobile stage musicals as well as TV shows and commercials back in the 1950s and 60s. They did all of that before starring in The Brady Bunch and Days of Our Lives. To read about these shows and to download the podcast for listening, go to my blog entry about Henderson, Hayes, and the Oldsmobile dealer announcement shows. I think you'll really enjoy it. But here's a WARNING: if your masculinity is threatened by Broadway-style show tunes, DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS PODCAST. The podcast is filled with musical samples from vintage Oldsmobile musicals. If that's a problem for you, just climb into your 442, and slowly back away. For the rest of you, I hope you enjoy the podcast. Florence and Bill clearly had fun doing those shows, and you can still hear in their voices how much they enjoyed them 50+ years later. Have fun, Oldsmobile fans! ----Todd Ruel Top Wrench, Gone Autos www.goneautos.com
  4. Nash fans, It looks like Autoweek.com linked to this rare Nash film for their weekly Film Friday column, and my viewership numbers exploded today. Check out their story here: Film Friday: 'Proof by Test' takes Nashes to the limit -- and beyond - Autoweek And if you haven't yet checked out my article about the film, look for it here on the Gone Autos blog: 1951 Nash film Proof by Test: 9 Things NOT to do with your Nash | Nash, Film ----Todd Ruel Gone Autos: Tools for Living the Orphan Car Life
  5. Nash fans, Hi, Todd Ruel here from Gone Autos. A few days ago, I uploaded the only known print of a 1951 Nash film called Proof by Test to YouTube. You can check it out here: The most interesting part of this really cool movie is the extended scene featuring Lucky Lee Lot and His Hell Drivers. Up until now, there has only been a half minute of home movie footage showing Lee Lott and his crew in action. But Nash shows him in all of his wheel-tipping, broad jumping, reverse-skidding glory. If you have an extra minute, check out the blog entry I wrote about the film on the Gone Autos web site. I counted 9 things NOT to do with your Nash. Maybe you could name a few more. Enjoy! ----Todd Ruel Gone Autos: Tools for Living the Orphan Car Life
  6. Rob, Glad you enjoyed the spot! That's the only one I have available right now. ----Todd Ruel
  7. Pontiac fans, My name is Todd Ruel, and I run an orphan car web site called Gone Autos. I just published a new podcast featuring a guy you probably all know or have heard of: Tim Dye. He talks about collecting, writing his book, and starting the Pontiac-Oakland Museum. Check out the podcast either on the Gone Autos web site or through iTunes. (And listen close for the vintage 1935 and 1969 Pontiac radio commercials!) It's free! Enjoy! ----Todd Ruel Gone Autos: Tools for Living the Orphan Car Life
  8. Hey, Plymouth fans! Take a break from buffing fenders and scouring for parts. To honor the late Eydie Gorme, I've just uploaded a vintage 1967 Eydie radio commercial for Plymouth on the Gone Autos blog. Eydie really belts this one out, and she finishes it off with a real orgasmic scream. You have to hear to believe it. Anybody out there remember it? ----Todd Ruel Gone Autos: Tools for Living the Orphan Car Life
  9. Hi, AMC fans. This is Todd Ruel, and I run a web site devoted to the orphans. It's called Gone Autos. Recently, I uploaded a vintage 1975 AMC Pacer TV commercial to YouTube. There are other versions of this spot on YouTube, but I think mine looks the best, because the original film print still had a lot of color in it when I had it digitized. But there's more to this commercial than just the commercial. This 30-second spot also has a text interview with one of the original dancers in the commercial. Her name is Kathy Kroll. She did an interview with me, and I published it in the text right under the commercial. I also published a better-looking version with more pictures on the Gone Autos blog. To see the YouTube spot, go here: To see the spot, the interview, and a few more pictures, go here: Kathy Kroll: upstaged/offstaged by the AMC Pacer | AMC Pacer, Kathy Kroll, TV commercial I specialize in orphan car vintage films, filmstrips, and radio commercials. You don't often get a chance to talk to the people who made this stuff, because it wasn't meant to last very long, but this time we got lucky. Enjoy! -----Todd Ruel
  10. Thanks, Graham Man! I have a copy of the Graham-Paige Legion March as well as some sheet music. Several years ago, Arthur Pryor's personal belongings went up for auction on eBay. One of those items was his personal copy of the Legion March. Some music store owner in Texas won the bidding. The record included a printed commemorative sleeve that denoted the date the record was released or given out for the first time (or something like that). I tried hard to get the new owner to send me a photo of that sleeve, but I was unsuccessful. As you've probably guessed by now, I'm really fascinated by how car companies market, promote, advertise, and communicate. It's a really interesting facet of the hobby for a guy who isn't really mechanically gifted. ----Todd Ruel
  11. What a great list! Thank you! Michael Keller also mentions an early sound film produced for the 2nd Dealers' Convention in January 1929. Does a print of this film survive? ---Todd Ruel
  12. Graham Man, You are the best!! Thank you so much for the detailed information! Is there any way you could post that info in the Comment section on YouTube? (I'd want you to be the expert rather than me. If you don't do it, I'll wait for a few days and post it myself. But I'll give you credit.) Regarding G-P sales and service films, I think it's amazing that a small independent like Graham-Paige put out so many company films. Try finding that much audio-visual material from Hupmobile or Pierce-Arrow, for instance. And I'd like to make a distinction here. What I've put up on YouTube is a motion picture film. Graham-Paige also produced several dealer training filmstrips. The term "film" is often used loosely, but these aren't motion pictures. They're still frames printed on a 35mm filmstrip and were usually accompanied by phonograph records. For Graham-Paige, they were produced by the Jam Handy Organization, the same folks who made that kind of material for GM. Nevertheless, Graham Man: thank you once again. I really appreciate your help. ----Todd Ruel
  13. Jason, I've never heard of such a film. But that doesn't mean much. There are only a few film car film collectors like me, and no one has ever tried to catalogue all of the films made by car companies. (I'd love to see a list like that, though!) Early silent films from the car manufacturers are extremely rare. I've tried to track down anyone who has prints of the other Graham-Paige films. Author Michael Keller has one or two (I think), and another GOCI club member has some film, but that's all that I know of. Personally, I have a 1925 Graham truck film that's part of a larger 1925 Dodge promotional film, but I have never had this film digitized. Someday. I'm sure some eagle-eyed Graham spotter will be able to tell me which Graham car is in Four Speeds Forward. After all, the company didn't have that many different models in 1928 or '29, right? ----Todd Ruel
  14. Hi, Graham fans. My name is Todd Ruel, and I collect films by and about orphan car films. I run a web site called Gone Autos. In his first book on Graham, author Michael Keller mentions a number of movies that Graham-Paige produced in its early years, but how many of us have actually seen one? Now you can. Last night, I uploaded a 1928 G-P training film called . Keller mentions it in The Graham Legacy: Graham-Paige to 1932 on page 162. Click to check it out. I hope you like it.Then tell me one thing: what G-P model is pictured at the beginning and end of the movie? All 1920's cars look alike to me, so it's very difficult for me to figure it out. I'm definitely not a Graham-Paige expert. Enjoy! ----Todd Ruel Owner/Driver, Gone Autos
  15. Hello, Oldsmobile fans. My name is Todd Ruel, and I run a web site devoted to orphan cars. When Patti Page died on New Year's Day, I realized I would never have the opportunity to ask her about her relationship with Olds. However, I realized that I did have one interesting piece of automobilia that I could share with everyone. It's a clever (and expensive-to-produce) publicity kit sent to dealers to promote the 1955 Patti Page Show, I hope you'll take a minute to check out my latest blog entry on the Gone Autos web site. Maybe you've seen this kit before, but have you ever heard it? Now's your chance. Enjoy! -----Todd Ruel, Top Wrench, Gone Autos: Tools for Living the Orphan Car Life