Lee Iacocca The Baby Boomer And My Mustang '64

Lee Iacocca The Baby Boomer And My Mustang '64

by Robert Chapin

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In 1964, I attended The New York World's Fair where Ford Motor Company and Lee Iacocca were about to release the newest driving sensation: The 1964-1/2 Mustang.

Like most teens, I was drawn to the car like a magnet, and seeing it at The World's Fair for the first time was one of the most exciting events ever.

I was driving a 1957 Ford Fairlane Convertible Retractable Hardtop. I was not in a positon to consider a new car. My dad passed away several months previous and while awaiting benefits from The Veterans Administraton and Social Security for my mother and young sisters, I worked a 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM shift at one of the most prestigious Country Inns in America: The Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Relief came when The Veterans Administration and Social Security Department provided survivor benefits for mother and my siblings. Now, I could possibly consider a new car.

My mom wanted me to have a new car and suggested we visit the Ford dealer and pick out a new Mustang. After selecting a Dynasty green three speed, we paid a visit to the bank where our family had conducted business for years and the banker - with mother as a co-signer agreed to the $2200 loan. Payments were $69.00/month for 36 months.

Two years later I was drafted. With the manufacture of Mustangs backlogged 6-8 weeks, the dealer sold my car before I returned it. He paid off my loan and even gave me $50.00 cash.

In 1979 I was in a position to purchase a 1964 Mustang from a friend who collected vintage cars but before I was able to take possesion juveniles burned the barn where my car was in storage. They were apprehended, convicted and their parents in an effort to keep them from spending time in a juvenile home each had to repay a total of $54,000. Each hard working family was obllgated to pay $13,000 in restitution.

Now that I am retired I would like to acquire "my dream car", a 1964-1/2 Dynasty green Ford Mustang.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011483318
Publisher: Robert Chapin
Publication date: 08/29/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 890,928
File size: 61 KB

About the Author

No stranger to writing, acting and singing, in 2006, Bob was chosen to play Charles Ryan in the Kent Brown Summer Love series “ARE WE THERE YET?” A summer theatre production by The Falls Run Players of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This was Bob’s first acting role and his performance earned him the best actor’s award for 2006. A hidden talent also become apparent when Bob was selected to sing John Travolta’s Summer Nights from the smash hit “Grease”. He is also a member of The First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs, FL where he has been actively involved in the choir for the past 6 years - and his tenor voice has allowed him to produce over a half dozen Christian songs by Randy Travis Following an impressive career with U.S. Airways, Bob retired in 2000 and has devoted much of his time to producing ORPHANS OF THE MOURNING, his first novel about a soldier in Vietnam who eventually becomes the first Vietnam veteran President of The United States. This book is currently available in the e-book format from Barnes & Noble. Bob was thrust into the nationwide scene in 1983 with his nationally acclaimed Vietnam poster poem The Wall, a statement about the emotional pain and anger of Vietnam - frrlings and sentiments he was not permitted to express while in uniform, but once discharged, a trip to The Wall evoked his deep personal feelings. The Wall was displayed in The White House in 1983 and as a result received instant success when President Ronald Reagan personally honored Bob for his contribution to all Vietnam Veterans. To date, tens of thousands of copies have been sold. Bob has also recently finished his second novel, MURDER IN OGUNQUIT a mystery which takes place in the small New England coastal town of Ogunquit, Maine known as “A Beautiful Place By The Sea”. In addition to his full length novels, Bob is offering a series of his “folksy” down to earth short stories at no charge for your enjoyment here on Smashwords, and it is the author’s desire that you will consider purchasing his novels after a brief sampling. Prior to his assignment in Vietnam in 1967, Bob served 16 months in Frankfurt Germany as a civilian with the U.S. Army’s prestigious unit; The 513th Military Intelligence Group as a Top Secret Cryptographer In Vietnam he was assigned to the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile), 13th Signal Battalion and was awarded The Purple Heart for wounds received in action in addition to The Bronze Star Medal and other awards. Bob and his wife Maureen reside in Fredericksburg, VA in the summer months and winter in Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs, FL.

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Lee Iacocca The Baby Boomer And My Mustang '64 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. Good luck getting your mustang.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great memories...I too have been in love with the Mustang and have been lucky enough to own three of them thru the years. Like you, I am also retired, and hope to own one more ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting remembrance of one's first car.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are a fantastic writer! Just with some spelling errors fixed and some new covers, you are on your way! Good Job!
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Another good memory!
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Haven't read the book yet.