CHAPTER 10 ~ (Part 1)
MEMORY LANE ~ 1949
When I and a friend was in JHS 126 in Astoria, Queens  this friend of mine and I would send away for live radio show tickets as T.V. was not yet that popular. The most amazing thing about these radio shows was the sound effects that had to be accomplished by the sound experts and were great to watch as they would use all kinds of strategies and techniques to accomplish the sound effects for the particular radio scene that the audience was viewing and also hearing on the radio. Sometimes we would see one radio show and than have to run to the next theatre to see another one all in the same day. Anyway, one day I went with my cousin [also named Nick] to go and see one of these radio shows. Nick had contracted polio back at that time and later would move to California but before he moved he would become the President of the Student Body in JHS 126.
Also in the late '40s me and a couple of friends played hooky one day and went to Manhattan in NYC and guess what ? A photographer just happened to be on a corner taking pictures of a new Walk Sign Invention and coincidentally took our picture (see photo) for all the world to see ~ That's me with the eyeglasses on between the two men with the hats and my two friends behind me named Rocky and Manny ~ lol
Getting back to this story about my Dad's Chevy when we got to the theatre in Manhattan the public was to go up to the balcony to watch the radio show while any performing entertainers were to go to the orchestra as they would be called to go onstage and do their entertaining.
When the radio show was over, Nick and I were about to leave and were outside of the theatre when one of the ushers called to us and asked if we wanted to go back in to view a live news TV show........of course we said "yes". The usher being a nice guy saw that my cousin was disabled allowed us to sit in the orchestra rather than drag ourselves back up to the balcony. The usher put us in the front row right next to this young entertainer with the silly name Eddie Fisher.
While Eddie Fisher was waiting to be called up to be interviewed and than sing some songs on the live TV news show, my cousin and I became pretty friendly with this young entertainer. As I was 14 years old and Eddie was 7 years older than me that would make him about 21 years old at that time, still unknown and waiting to become the famous guy that we all knew him to become.
Later on in life  while listening to Eddie's singing on my dad's garage radio with his great hit songs, he gave me great inspiration to convert my fathers 1949 Chevrolet into the picture as shown above. The car became a small version of a Cadillac designed with 19 coats of paint, completely by me in my dad's home garage in Astoria Queens. The tires too were painted with a silicone rubberized type paint and resembled a normal "White Wall" tire...
The wonderful part of this story was that after I completed the changing of this car to a mini Cadillac, a few friends and I took it to Times Square in New York City and parked it on 42nd street [in those days there was plenty of parking there] to go see a movie. When we came out of the theatre we were amazed to see about a hundred people surrounding the car, I guess wondering what it was.
Continued in Chapter 19 (Part 2)....To see more photo's of this car and to read more of this story click on the following link....... http://www.americantorque.com/page/0/2395/
Nick........... May 22, 2011
DickW on Feb 15, 2012 said:
So cool, old car custom on an old photo. I only see one exhaust pipe, no split manifold?[Reply to this comment]