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Interior of the 1959 Buick Texan concept wagon.

 

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I was there the day Jackie Gleason toured the Linden, NJ B-O-P (Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac) assembly plant on US-1. My Dad, a Linden Firefighter, had been assigned as driver for Fire Chief Miller. He and Mayor Hurst greeted Gleason at the plant. Chief Miller, knowing I was born a "Car-Nut", invited Dad to bring me along. There were several photo-ops throughout the plant all during that day, and somewhere I have the newspaper article detailing the event.

 

When much younger, I used to hang on the plant fence to see the new cars rolling out of the plant. Many years later (fall/winter 1968-1969) while working for IBM in mid-town Manhattan during the day, I also worked nights for Anchor Motor Freight, driving new cars off the assembly line (the gate), into the receiving lot at the plant. Later in the shift we drove groups of cars from the plant lot around the complex, across US-1, and to another lot behind Linden Airport to be loaded onto the transport 18-wheelers, hopefully not running out of gas along the way. Some drivers took shelter from the frigid nights by sitting in the cars with engines and heaters running until the transport van would come to pick us up for the return trip to the plant.

 

Here is the text of the article from the local weekly newspaper, The Linden Observer:

 

 

The Linden Observer  May 26, 1955

 

Jackie Gleason In Visit To Linden GM Division

 

 

Jackie Gleason, who will be the star of the Buick Motor Division’s television show starting in October, and his manager Mr. “Bullets Durgen”, visits with employees of the General Motors assembly plant in Linden, last week and met hundreds of the employees who are currently producing automobiles in record numbers.

 

Mr. Gleason was very much interested in how Buicks were built and was photo-graphed numerous times as he observed first-hand the cars being assembled.

 

The employees answered his many ques-tions as he toured one end of the plant to the other. On several occasions, Jackie took over a tool from one of the men and tried his hand at actual manufacturing.

 

Miss Barbara Proudfoot, of the Accounting Department, who had her picture taken with Jackie remarked, “He is really quite shy and quiet off the TV stage.”

 

Company officials including Marshall H. Boden, Manager; E.T. Azar, personnel director; Carl W. Dobos, production

manager, and H.T. Anderson, resident comptroller, escorted Mr. Gleason

through the plant.

 

The plant tour was preceded by a luncheon where Mr. Gleason was informed that the Linden plant’s present employment figure is 5,336. The payroll for the plant for the year 1954 amounted to $23,316,718.

 

The Linden plant’s production for the month of April was 790 cars, which was a record month in the history of the Linden plant which dates back to March, 1937.

 

Other guests included Frank Hartung of the Kudner Advertising Agency of New York, which handles the Buick account,

and A.V. O’Keefe of the General Motors public relations department, in New York.

 

Following the Linden visit, Mr. Gleason drove his new Buick convertible to the G.M. Training center at Union, where he was greeted by Ray Fisher, manager, and shown the facilities there that are used by the dealer groups throughout  New Jersey for training purposes.

 

 

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7 hours ago, RivNut said:

Interior of the 1959 Buick Texan concept wagon.

 

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The cowgirl outfit looks like a carryover from the 1958 Limited convertible made for Dale Roberts TV show Tales of Wells Fargo.

 

 

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19 hours ago, RivNut said:

Interior of the 1959 Buick Texan concept wagon.

 

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Think that console was designed with taking your carbines with you?  In the Wells Fargo convertible, they were in plain sight.  No provisions in the wagon for the six-shooters though (that we can see.)

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4 hours ago, RivNut said:

Think that console was designed with taking your carbines with you?  In the Wells Fargo convertible, they were in plain sight.  No provisions in the wagon for the six-shooters though (that we can see.)

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There is one on the drivers door panel! Nacar handle, No cup holders though 

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I was saying that there are no provisions in the Texan wagon for a six-shooter; unlike the holsters in the Wells Fargo convertible - for those pearl handled .38 Colt revolvers.  That's also predicated that the long console in the Texan wagon has accommodations for a couple of those lever action Winchesters.  

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Posted (edited)

I can hear him now.

Easy on the paint, easy.

Where did you say your Mother was?

 

 

 

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On 1/7/2020 at 2:07 PM, 91vert said:

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One of my all-time favorite Buicks - 1956 , and in my favorite color combination.

If I didn't have the '54 Cadillac in the garage, I'd be looking for one exactly like this one !

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5 minutes ago, Matt Harwood said:

Small, medium, and large...

 

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Reminds me of the time

a "Little Person",

running a scam as a Fortune Teller,

escaped Police Custody-

 

The radio broadcast was:

"Small Medium At Large"

 

Nice Buicks, Matt-

Variety is the Spice of Life

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