President's Message - October 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Permit me to reintroduce myself
While many of you remember me from the last time I sat in the big chair, it occurred to me that it was presumptuous of me to assume you all knew me. So, let me reintroduce myself to those who may not remember me and introduce myself to those who have no idea who I am.
I am a lifelong car nut. As long as anyone can remember, I could name any car that drove past and usually did, whether anyone cared or not to hear me do it or not. I can still do it pretty well, but now have problems with model years.
My earliest car memory is expressing my disappointment in the appearance of 1959 Cadillacs; I thought they had ruined them. I also remember thinking when the ’60s were introduced, that they were funny-looking in comparison to the ’59.
Remember, I was five at the time. I have evolved. I have Cadillac Acquisition Disease (CAD) and go to regular monthly meetings. So far, they haven’t been of much help in curing me, though I suspect my attitude may be affecting any efforts at a cure.
I’m married to Valerie, a very understanding wife, whose only required concession to my obsession is that her car always goes in the garage. I have one son, Mathieu, who is a car guy in his own right, though no Cadillac…yet.
What’s in the garage? Well, for those who remember it, Ms. Ellie, my ’57 Brougham, is still here, on fuel pump number eight and still intermittently frustrating the heck out of me. My ’65 Eldorado and Fleetwood are still here. The ’47 Fleetwood is gone, along with a ’93 de Ville Touring Sedan, a ’94 Fleetwood and a ’97 Catera, which have come and gone since last I confessed as to what was in the garage.
I have acquired a ’72 Fleetwood Brougham, an ’85 Eldorado Convertible and a ’76 Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance in the interim. There are several other non-Cadillacs here as well: two GMs and two German, one Japanese and one Korean import. I had a pretty serious case of Car Acquisition Disease before I started to specialize. I can’t imagine how much damage I could do if I had any money or more space.
Several have asked what I do for a living. Good question, still working on that. When I finally find my new niche, I’ll let you know. I’m a retired government attorney, and, yes, most of the time, I actually was there to help. Most of those who didn’t think so deserved what they had coming to them.
Do I do my own work? Yes and no. As my longtime friend Steve once said, I am a pretty darn good parts installer, but a lousy mechanic. I’ll tackle just about anything I think I can figure out how to put back together, but have trouble diagnosing things I haven’t seen before; plus, being colorblind, electrical issues elude me. I’m also a marginal body man, but have the good sense to “know my limitations.”
Hope that helps.
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If I have timed this right, the CLC Museum & Research Center Cadillac Fall Festival should have just passed. I hope you were able to attend. It was planned to be a different type of affair than the MRC has held in the past, with the intent that it would interest a wider audience. There were special celebrity guests and several very special cars on display that you won’t regularly see and may not see again.
Until next month…