A Model T Based Quote by John Steinbeck

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 11:04 am:

A friend sent me this. You may find it amusing...

“Someone should write an erudite essay on the moral, physical, and esthetic effect of the Model T Ford on the American nation. Two generations of Americans knew more about the Ford coil than the clitoris, about the planetary system of gears than the solar system of stars. With the Model T, part of the concept of private property disappeared. Pliers ceased to be privately owned and a tire pump belonged to the last man who had picked it up. Most of the babies of the period were conceived in Model T Fords and not a few were born in them. The theory of the Anglo Saxon home became so warped that it never quite recovered.”

John Steinbeck

(Sorry for the reference to "lady parts" if that offends.)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Charlie B actually in Toms River N.J. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 11:20 am:

Read Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" and it'll be quite obvious the guy had T knowledge. There's a chapter where the hobo's borrow a T that's been sitting a while and all the things they do to get it running will sound very familiar. Checking the coils & bands, pumping up tires, ect. They even get stuck when the carb adjustment needle tip breaks off and they also back up a hill because the low band is out of adjustment.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 11:29 am:

Who says Ford coils never give problems?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Matthew David Maiers on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 11:41 am:

at least the first half of it is good, not exactly sure about the rest.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Semprez-Templeton, CA on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:27 pm:

That was Lee Chongs truck (a cut off car with a wooden bed) Mack and The boys found a "new" carburetor in a junk pile and after a slight delay were off to catch frogs.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Bohlen, Severn MD on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:33 pm:

Steinbeck wrote a great Model T essay titled "IT".


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Chaffin on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 01:39 pm:

I'll stick with the Ford coil. The other, when touched at an inopportune time, can result in severe damage both mentally and physically:D


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Charlie B actually in Toms River N.J. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 02:21 pm:

Finally. Somebody else besides me that reads the classics. Thanks John. You've renewed my faith. Lee Chong it is and Doc's frogs were the objective.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Garrison_Rice Minnesota on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 04:35 pm:

The last great book I read was by Mr Steinbeck. It was about his travels with a little dog named Charlie. I was in my teens and I truly enjoyed it. Perhaps it's time to put this screwy hypnotic electronic box away and find a life again.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Fred Wicker on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 05:20 pm:

I just did a search on him,he was born in 1902 4 months before my Grandfather. I Was looking for something to read this winter and I just hit the Jackpot! Thanks Guys!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Page on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 05:38 pm:

Another famous American Author who had a Model T connection was Ernest Hemingway. Some interesting reading regarding this can be found on this link . No doubt there will be some comments regarding the first page of the article!! Sorry for the drift from the John Steinbeck theme. Regards John

http://www.saugatuck.com/emailhtm/MUSI_NEWSRELEASE/hemmingway.pdf


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Semprez-Templeton, CA on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 09:07 pm:

Charlie B., Doc Rickets was a real guy... And Western Biological was not. But if you like beer milk shakes, and the Bear Flag Inn, Your my kinda guy. Just don't let me find you sleeping in a boiler!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Charlie B actually in Toms River N.J. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 09:59 pm:

Oh Lord. I forgot about those shakes. No. No. I don't think so. Some how he manages to put a charm on all this depressing stuff. I guess "not being there" is the key. It's surprising no genius ever made a movie from it. I'm not shocked that Doc was real. He's the only anchor in that whole bag of loose nits.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Smith on Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 11:37 am:

Don't forget the book Farewell To Model T by Lee Strout White, which wasn't really his real name. I can't think of his real name, but it is one good read. You have to get an original copy to fully appreciate the book, because of all the great illustrations. When they reprinted the book they left them out. What a shame.


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