MrEarl

Tom Gibson, you really outdid yoursef this time!!!

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Kudos to all who put together the June Bugle, that in my opinion, is one of if not the most interesting and well written Bugle of all time. I have long appreciated Tom Gibsons well written and always interesting threads and posts here on the forum but his creatively written articles in the June Bugle containing some of the most amazing photographs I've ever seen on the subject of Buicks in Cuba were in my opinion pieces of literary art. I was also happy to see my friend Cindy Livingston put pen to paper and help explain the circumstances or phenomenon of "Old Cars in Cuba".  If any such thing as a National Magazine Award exists I sure hope the June Bugle receives the highest of honors. I always love to read the Bugle and this one will for sure stay on top of the stack for some time.

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When I read the Cuban articles, I was struck with the thought "What if people in this country took the same amount of effort to keep older cars running and on the road?"  Now, I know the situation in Cuba is quite different than the US, but you have to give the Cubans enormous credit for doing whatever it takes to keep these cars on the road.  They are not restoring them for show, but keeping them alive for driving.  We are spoiled with the easy availability of parts (in most cases) and the income to afford them.

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Lamar,

 

My friend, I am humbled by your kind comments on the June issue of the BUGLE. Credit Editor Pete Phillps for running with the idea, and Graphic Designer Cindy Livingston for making the raw material leap off the pages. Months ago, around the time I sent Pete some of my Havana Buick pictures, Rose Titus had sent Pete her fine "Impressions" story, unsolicited content that every news-starved editor appreciates. David Landow's impressive BHA article on Harold's Casino with the "Silver Dollar Buick" was a serendipitous and timely topic for the Cuba issue, given the island's gambling notoriety in the Batista era. Coupled with Cindy's informative "Old Cars" intro piece, they are wonderful bookends to the presentation of my work.

 

Rarely is a writer/photographer given the opportunity to offer up so much material in one place at one time, and hat's off to Pete and Cindy for allowing me to contribute so beautifully to the June BUGLE. Remember, they do this 12 times annually for the membership, year-in, year-out, and often don't get the praise they so richly deserve.

 

Thanks again, MrEarl!

 

TG

 

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and yet another great photo, love the composition of it, blending in the entire height of the building, the blue sky and light pole with the gleaming '54. What a class act. Glad you are able take and enjoy the adventure Tom  @TG57Roadmaster

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I know that '54 was especially pleasing to Mr. Earl.  In fact, I am sure he would have liked to drive it to Denver.  And the issue is really spectacular.  Thanks to all.

 

John

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I’d be happy to be be  chauffeured around Cuba in it.?

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Mr. Earl,

 

You should make the trip. Bet you could sell a "boatload" of parts.

 

John

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6 minutes ago, jscheib said:

Mr. Earl,

 

You should make the trip. Bet you could sell a "boatload" of parts.

 

John

 

Ha, I just sold my 24,000 mile Special to a young man in Miami who had to leave his '56 Buick behind when he came to the US. I am pretty  sure he will appreciate it.

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