It is normal to receive feedback and comments from readers who enjoy, as I do, cars and movie trivia and the anecdotes from those who have been on the scene. The other day, I received one that resonated for me. A bit of his own story is told in it and it is the letter I wish I had written to David E Davis before his recent passing. I present it here as a "Letter to the Editor" with the blessing of the writer:
I discovered "The Great Putdown" video while frequenting a muscle car forum several months back. And I can honestly say that within a matter of minutes I had devoured every bit of video, photographs and stories that had to do with you and 3987. I felt it was important that I contact you in order to thank you for posting all of the great information with respect to your time with the car. Additionally I enjoy just hearing the random stories from that time period from your perspective.
I myself grew up into a "car" family. My father enjoyed restoring Model As. While that was his passion he certainly managed to have an array of more current cars on hand to play with. Therefore, a full driveway of cars was typical for my house in the early 70's. Having 3 older brothers I was fortunate to see them bring home all kinds of different cars. We had VWs, customized vans, several Austin Healy's and muscle cars. I witnessed more car dismantling than at the local service shop. A weekend driveway paint job or trans rebuild was commonplace back then. Being that I was many years from being able to drive during this time I could only enjoy the cars from the passenger seat. I took a particular liking to muscle cars which has stayed with me to date as I have a couple of my own now. Now when I drive them I think of those days when I was a kid. The cars are my time machine. I now have a son who is 11 years old. When we drive together I look over at him in the passenger seat and picture myself (him being at almost the same age as I was) back in the 70's and remembering how much I enjoyed those times and their significance in my lifetime.
So in a long drawn out way which I hope wasn't too boring I'd like to thank you for your stories. Stories told so well that I feel like I am in the passenger seat with you. I anxiously await your GTO documentary and look forward to new stories on your blog. In my mind, 3987 will always be the "Stephen Mitchell GTO".
Best regards, Darren Costello St. Charles, Illinois
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Ray D. Shosay's Journal (excerpt)
"Saturday, January 27, 2007
They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through."
Ignorance is Bliss by Stephen Mitchell
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"Out of the corner of his eye, Martin saw Martha shift in her seat. She leaned forward, as though something was about to be decided. This caused her breasts to push up against the neckline of her dress in a way that couldn't be fully appreciated out of the corner of one’s eye. So, Martin turned his head to look directly into the abyss of her cleavage. He was vaguely aware that Murray was talking again."
Carrera Panamericana (1950-54)
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Ferrari GTO 3987
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Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso
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Meeting Enzo Ferrari
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I bought Bentleys in England and Ferraris & Maseratis in Italy to re-sell in Los Angeles as a teenager. I met Enzo Ferrari, Juan Fangio and Steve McQueen. I 'grew up' on the set of Mission: Impossible and other episodic TV series of the era. For a few years, I owned a Ferrari GTO that is owned by Ralph Lauren today and valued at approximately $52M. I began my film career by writing, producing and directing Montmartre in Paris in French. I founded and ran a repertory company for film & TV for 20 years in Los Angeles. I created a TV series which had fans that included Marlon Brando. I authored the first new acting technique--Action/ReAction--that was not based on Stanislavski's Method. I am currently writing my third novel and shooting my spy thriller Exigence. If you can't make movies, live your life as though you were in one...