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By Larry Edsall
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A Mother's Love and the '57 Chevy
By Larry Edsall

Before I tell you what Paul Harvey would call "the rest of the story," I suppose I need to tell you, well, the story:

A couple of years ago, while attending a car show that celebrated, among other things, the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1957 Chevrolet, I met Kevin Mueller, who was there showing his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. But what caught my attention, and that of many others there that weekend, was not Mueller's gorgeous red-and-white car; it was the red-and-white boat on the trailer behind that car. The boat was a 1958 Glaston Seaflite, and what was so striking was that the boat had tail fins just like those on car.

In talking with Mueller, I learned that in the late 1950s and early 1960s, fiberglass boat manufacturers often copied automobile tailfin designs and applied them to their watercraft. I found this fascinating. Fortunately, so did an editor at the New York Times, who accepted my overture to write a story about the boats and those who built them and those, like Mueller, who now collect them

O.K., so that's the story. Here's the rest of the story, and it also involves a 1957 Chevrolet, though not a convertible nor even a Bel Air. It was a 210 series four-door sedan with a 235-cubic-inch, inline Blue Flame six-cylinder engine, originally purchased by his fraternal grandmother, Meryl Mueller, on September 11, 1957. Frugal woman, Mrs. Mueller bought the car after the 1958 models had been released.

Kevin told me his grandmother timed her purchase to take advantage of the dealer's close-out pricing. The car had two-tone paint - Larkspur blue and white (a $25 option), as well as a Powerglide transmission (a $90 option) and a Deluxe heater (another $90 option).

Eventually, the car would become Kevin's, a high school graduation present from his mother. By the way, an incessant collector, Kevin still has the car.

That, however, is not the rest of the story. This is:

The money that Kevin's mother used to buy the car from her mother came from a contest staged by the local newspaper. There was a series of weekly contests that paid $50, as well as a grand prize of $500. One week, Kevin's mother won, and her entry was so amazing that she also claimed the grand prize (and my eyes tear up every time I re-read the email Kevin sent me with the details).

You see, the contest involved writing the rest of this sentence: "Love is…"

You need to know that Kevin has a brother, Paul, who was adopted.

Kevin's mother's sentence read: "Love is forgetting which child is the adopted one."

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A good article, A good statement and great truth about love. 1 Corinthians 13 - DJ

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