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Wild Bill gets his wish: a ride in a muscle car
St. Petersburg Times (FL) ^ | 12/13/10 | Demorris A. Lee

Posted on 12/13/2010 7:57:06 AM PST by ruralvoter

When the bright red muscle car rumbled up, Bill Morey's eyes twinkled.

He had waited weeks for the chance to ride shotgun in such a car. The throaty sound of the 1970 Pontiac LeMans arriving outside his assisted living facility got his attention.

"Listen at that," Morey said Sunday morning with a smile.

Nearly deafened three decades ago by the roar of artillery fire in World War II, and more recently laid up by a blood clot that initially paralyzed him, Morey, 87, had a wish come true Sunday, thanks to an enterprising counselor and a willing volunteer.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: automobile; car; military; veteran

1 posted on 12/13/2010 7:57:08 AM PST by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter
"Nearly deafened three decades ago by the roar of artillery fire in World War II,..."{

Wasn't that more like six decades ago?

2 posted on 12/13/2010 8:00:31 AM PST by circlecity
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To: ruralvoter

2010 - 1945 = almost 3 decades?
This reporter is a hoser.


3 posted on 12/13/2010 8:02:13 AM PST by american_ranger
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To: circlecity

Somebody forgot to wind their calendar.


4 posted on 12/13/2010 8:02:13 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ruralvoter

Good for him. Hope he had the time of his life.


5 posted on 12/13/2010 8:02:40 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

hopefully they did some burnouts.


6 posted on 12/13/2010 8:05:08 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: american_ranger
I suspect that what they mean is that he lost his hearing about 30 years ago, but the underlying cause was his experience with artillery fire back in WWII.

I had a neighbor who lost his legs due to injuries sustained in combat in Vietnam. But they weren't finally amputated until just a couple years ago, after many years of complications and struggle to retain them and their function.

7 posted on 12/13/2010 8:05:44 AM PST by Liberty1970 (Thanking God for many blessings :-))
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To: circlecity

Apparently million man math works both ways...who knew?


8 posted on 12/13/2010 8:09:20 AM PST by Nekman (Barack Obama : The Anti-Gravitas.)
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To: ruralvoter

I think it is things like this that show the GREATNESS OF AMERICA.


9 posted on 12/13/2010 8:10:41 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: ruralvoter

it sure looks like the lady did a fantastic job of restoring the car . there is nothing like the rumble of a big block v-8 to make your heart speed up. i have a 1961 studebaker v-8 convertible that makes my heart speed up and chills up my back especially when i shut my eyes . oh well there aren’t any do-overs but this gets as close as you can get


10 posted on 12/13/2010 8:12:27 AM PST by mt tom
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To: circlecity

Yep this reporter couldn’t keep score......


11 posted on 12/13/2010 8:14:42 AM PST by deport
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To: mt tom

Tell me about it? Nothing sounds as good or feels as good as an American muscle car. I have drivern/ridden in some of the European sportscars and they are nice, they just don’t give you the feel. The rumble is music to my ears. I just don’t get these little asian cars dolled up as muscle cars!

We used to go every Thanksgiving to the Turkey Run in Daytona Beach. Happy crowds of people wallowing in muscle cars, the whole town stuffed with beautiful metal.


12 posted on 12/13/2010 8:25:23 AM PST by Roses0508
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To: Roses0508
I just don’t get these little asian cars dolled up as muscle cars!

The angry bumblebee sound isn't quite the thing.

The muscle cars started a true second generation in 2005. This sedan has 425 all American V8 horsepower, with the proper attitude.

"The 5.7L engine was designed to be a balance of cost, weight, and power. The SRT 6.1L engine was designed to kick ass." - Team SRT Burnin' the Weenies

13 posted on 12/13/2010 9:02:09 AM PST by jimt
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To: ruralvoter

This was the time to “Burn it down” for this Veteran. Hopefully the Lemons needs new bak tires.


14 posted on 12/13/2010 9:27:47 AM PST by certrtwngnut
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To: mt tom

I have a ‘71 Chevelle that is all muscle car, it was built up for my grandson and it turned out great. Only problem, I had to pay someone else to do the work, the grandson was to young and I could’nt do it. He drives it occassionally now, he is in college and can’t afford the gas. lol. Its a 383 stroker and it loves gasoline. lol


15 posted on 12/13/2010 10:55:40 AM PST by depenzz (Its what you learn after you know it all that counts.)
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To: Liberty1970
A former neighbor of mine had been seriously injured in Korea when the jeep he was riding in hit a land mine. He lost a leg and scorched his heart and lungs when he inhaled the fireball.

He died a few years ago from heart problems directly related to his wounds, and the VA listed his cause of death as "died of wounds sustained in combat".

16 posted on 12/13/2010 11:03:39 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: depenzz

For those 60’s and 70’s muscle cars; it’s not gasoline, it’s guzzeline. :))

Used to have a 1970 Formual 400 (Goat Motor) and you could watch the gas gauge move.

I miss that car.


17 posted on 12/13/2010 11:03:50 AM PST by AFreeBird
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