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Sat Jul 13, 2019, 12:50 AM

50th anniversary of a significent event coming up next week

Friday, July 19. The golden anniversary.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 01:18 AM

1. The last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off an assembly line last week. ...

I damned nearly got killed in one when the driver fell asleep and rear ended a stopped car (a glancing blow) and then hit a telephone pole. This model Volkswagen didn’t even have seat belts so I took the front windshield out with my face. Luck was with me so my only injuries were facial cuts. The driver bent the hell out of the steering wheel but outside of some sore ribs was fine. The frame was bent on the Volkswagen so it ended up in a junk yard.

I also remember seeing a Volkswagen Beetle hitting a cow that had gotten lose and wandered onto the highway. The cow was fine but the Beetle was wrecked.

I never owned one but I drove a couple back in the 1960s. They were a lot if fun but you didn’t want to get in an accident with one of the enormous cars that were common back then.

The Beetle, 81, is no more
https://qz.com/1664068/volkswagens-beetle-81-is-no-more/

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 05:14 AM

2. That, and the first manned landing on the Moon.

I remember both events very well indeed. Kennedy was lucky that the greatest engineering feat in history was taking place at the same time as his fiasco.

ETA there was also a mysterious apparently random murder in the town if Indio, California at the time of the Moon landing. A man who was watching his TV on the evening of July 20, 1969 was shot by someone who was outside of his home. The crime has not been solved AFAIK.

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