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Calling All Cars !

Calling All Cars ! ”

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Remember, the old television days of “M Squad” with Lee Marvin and Broderick Crawford of “Highway Patrol” – these television law enforcement officers would issue a “nationwide dragnet” and the police dispatcher’s voice would crackle through the radio static, “Calling All Cars ! Calling All Cars !”

Suddenly, the TV cameras would reveal black and white 1956 Fords, screeching their tires and the flashing red light – “the cherry on top” – would come alive and black and white 1957 Plymouth Fury “squad cars” would rocket off a side road slinging gravel and clouds of dust as the vehicles screamed on to the main highway with their silver sirens on the front fender singing the banshee wail of justice in pursuit of the bad guys.

By the end of “M Squad” or “Highway Patrol” both television lawmen always had the bad guy in custody because the “nationwide dragnet” always worked.

In the best tradition of “M Squad,” and “Highway Patrol” it is time to put out the call for another “nationwide dragnet” to call for volunteers, “Calling All Cars ! Calling All Cars !”

Be on the lookout for anyone in a classic, vintage, antique or American muscle car. Ask them to contact The Stone County Historical and Genealogical Society. The society needs their assistance to provide transportation around the parade route for Stone County’s 90 year old and older citizens in Stone County, Missouri‘s 160th Anniversary Celebration, September 24, in Galena, Missouri around the Stone County Courthouse Square. For more information, call 417-357 -6137.”

Yes, The Stone County Historical and Genealogical Society is burning the midnight oil to turn out the citizens of the county and The Show-Me State to celebrate the Missouri Mule devotion of this rural southwest Missouri county’s existence and progress in the continuing saga of the Ozarks and the United States of America.

The itinerary of the day’s events is coming together for the organizations, floats, booths, and concessions. Vendors and people are getting together for the celebration. Stone County Military Veterans are signing up for the parade, but some of Stone County’s military veteran daughters still need to call and sign up.

Stone County’s 90 year old citizens and older have also signed up to be in the celebration. The society would like to be able to allow these older Stone County citizens to relax in the back seat of a convertible and leisurely ride along the parade route smiling and waving at their fellow citizens. Face it, Americans, waking up each morning to meet the day’s challenges and living each day to the age of 90 or older is a major accomplishment.

" Calling All Cars ! Calling All Cars !" Jim Eutsler sits behind the wheel of the vintage 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air. Eutsler drives Grand Marshals Willis and Mary Langley Wolf along the parade route for Stone County's 150th Anniversary Celebration, June 2, 2001, in Galena, Missouri. Gearing up for Stone County's 160th Anniversary in Galena, September 24, The Stone County Historical and Genealogical Society is looking for volunteer chauffeurs with classic convertible cars, who would be willing to chauffeur Stone County's 90 year old and older citizens, For more information call 417-357-6317. Vendors should call 417-357- 0112. Photo by Junior Warren, Galena, MO.

It would be nice and appreciated if people, who own classic, vintage, antique, and American muscle cars would contact the society and offer to chauffeur these citizens along the parade route. The society may not have the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade organized for Stone County, Missouri, yet, but they are going at the organization of the event with all the enthusiasm and initiative of people planning the annual New York City New Year’s Eve Times Square Celebration.

If you happen to own a classic automobile, especially a convertible, and would be willing to help out – it would be appreciated. Please, call 417-357-6173.

Sam

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September 1, 2011 at 9:11 PM

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