Rollover story. I was on the very last few miles of my first road trip. Concord NH to Wichita Falls TX in Sep 1961 in a '53 Hudson. It was after midnight when I departed Lawton OK on US 277 South. After a few miles, I came upon an inverted sedan full of drunks. The car was in the ditch parallel to my travel, upside down with the wheels still turning and the headlights streaming southward. They were laughing and no one seemed in need of medical attention so I kept on trucking.
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During the summer, I worked at the Rumford Press in Concord NH in 1961. They published dozens of different magazines including the Atlantic Magazine. In that magazine, I read an article about the Harrah Collection and William Harrah. That article was the genesis of one of my lifelong "bucket items" list: to see that collection in Nevada someday. Between 1961 and 1965, I floundered aimlessly with college, joined the Army Reserves because the draft was breathing down my skinny neck, and then worked various jobs including burying telephone lines, inspecting asphalt paving, finance company collection, retail sales, and finally back to Rumford Press. In 1965, finally landed a job at a company where I aimlessly migrated into computer programming, got married, successfully competed in SCCA TSD rallying, got divorced, changed companies a few times until I landed at Digital Equipment Corporation in 1974. In 1976, I had just sold my house, finished a huge project at work, had six weeks vacation/compensatory time, and had secured a new position at work. I planned a six week solo motorcycle trip that would check off some bucket list items including visiting the Harrah Collection at Sparks and visiting all the lower 48 states. 5/15/1976 I departed on my nearly new Honda 400F and returned tired and fulfilled covering 12,000+ miles my Memorial Day. I have visited more than fifty car/motorcycle museums and the only two that came close in it scale and grandeur were the Barber in Leeds AL and J B Nethercutt Collection in Selma CA.
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