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  1. Many of us have appreciated that the trade school, Pennsylvania College of Technology, is furthering the future of car restoration by training new restorers. This well reputed school has given an Associate's Degree in Auto Restoration Technology for the last several years. But now, is that going to continue as intended? A friend alerted me, so I checked the school's website. It said, "Applications for this major are currently not being accepted. This degree is being redesigned and will work in conjunction with the Collision Repair Technology (A.A.S.) degree with an anticipated start date of Fall 2021." Who can tell us more? The program's professors and students have worked with AACA in the past, and there was even a AACA chapter, I understand, composed of students there. Is the program now going to blend Hyundais with Hudsons, plastic with Packards? Will the course of study have less time for true antiques? It sounds so. Training younger people has been considered a big boon to the future of our hobby. Who can tell us more, and why?
  2. I've noticed that too, Dave: Something like, "1975 AMC Pacer, needs work. Only $15,000." If the seller needs to tell the buyer that the price is good, his price is too high. Buyers can judge for themselves if a price is truly a good one.
  3. I look forward to AACA events, especially Hershey. With most of the year's events evidently not to be held, I hope, however, that we're not losing disappointed members or dampening enthusiasm. We may be. One of our local members, who travels around the country to AACA events and serves our region very actively--he's even been a co-chairman of at least one national event--wrote to me: "I couldn't care LESS whatever they want to do about Hershey or ANY of the AACA events. They cancelled the Eastern Spring Nationals after I spent a lot of time getting a good price on a motel, figured out what tours/events I wanted to attend and registered to judge... I am not judging with a Mask on my face !!!!!!!!!... So, I have moved on a long, long, long time ago and I have plenty of things to keep me busy and happy.... I am not going to sit around and wait to see what is going to be cancelled next." Myself, I don't feel that way. These delays are making me MORE eager to get to car events as soon as they resume.
  4. I like understatement. You can tell your friends you just bought a Model A, then drive to the next event in a 1922 Duesenberg.
  5. Here's another misused word in ads: "The car has a few rust and mechanical issues." ISSUES are things you discuss or debate; PROBLEMS are things you solve. A seller might want to make his car sound a little better, so he says it has mere "issues." Do we just want to talk about the rust? No. Large or small, these are problems.
  6. The net effect is a $1000 drop in 10 days. In another 100 days, his price will be good!
  7. "I went to the ATM machine (Automatic Teller Machine machine) to get money to buy a car. Its VIN number is ABC123456. It needs new breaks and I need to replace the duel exhaust."
  8. Really? Would anyone use a 90-year-old Franklin as his everyday car? Have you yourself done something like that, Sunnybaba? That would make an interesting magazine article--even a feature article in your local newspaper! Today, we might marvel at that possibility, but someone who was around in the 1930's, like my 100-year-old friend, might say, "Sure! Of course!"
  9. I agree, George. Here are a couple of illustrations of how choosing good quality makes life better. Say you can buy lower-quality foreign-made shoes for $100. They last 5 years. A top-quality pair, such as Allen Edmonds, may cost $300. They last twice as long, and you can resole them several times. In the long run, you haven't spent more money-- and most importantly, you've been enjoying high quality all those years your friends are constantly replacing their cheaper product. The same can be said for furniture, but this case is even better. If someone can't afford well made furniture, he can always buy some top-quality used furniture from an estate or an antique store. And he can eventually pass it down to his great-grandchildren.
  10. From the internet: Paris, Georgia Paris, Maine Town of Paris, New York Paris, Tennessee Paris, Virginia New Paris, Indiana New Paris, Ohio New Paris, Pennsylvania Paris, Arkansas Paris, Dakota Territory Paris, Idaho Paris, Illinois Paris, Kentucky Paris, Michigan Paris, Missouri Paris, New York Paris, Ohio Paris, Pennsylvania Paris, Tennessee Paris, Texas Paris, Grant County, Wisconsin Paris, Kenosha County, Wisconsin Paris Township, Michigan South Paris, Maine St. Paris, Ohio West Paris, Maine (Not that this has any relevance for our 18-year-old friend's budding interest in old cars--but it's a fun diversion for her supporters!)
  11. Actually, the English language can be interesting and enjoyable. Sometimes, writing can be done so well that the writer's inspired mastery shines forth as clearly as a classical composer's.
  12. Another grammar tip from a past newsletter editor: A name is NEVER made plural with an apostrophe, whether it's the name of a car or the name of a person. Sometimes seen: The Williams' collected Nash's and Hudson's. Corrected: The Williamses collected Nashes and Hudsons.
  13. Carl, I think Willys won the battle: The name is indeed pronounced "Willis," not "Willees." Here's a Willys ad, and the name is pronounced twice just in the first 15 seconds. But anyone who appreciates old cars never loses a battle: You win every day you own one.
  14. That's a nicely styled car, and while it's not in high demand, there is also not a high supply. This particular example I remember seeing on the internet quite some time ago. It therefore has been for sale since last year, or longer.
  15. It's an odd combination: the paint is a yellow-green, and the interior is a blue-green. I can't believe that would be on the list of "recommended" or even "acceptable" combinations in the dealer album. However, it's good that in those days there was clearly permission for more individuality.