May 28, 2009

Sam and The Flying Saucer Pirates 3


Sam plants an H-time bomb at the flying saucer factory.

The aliens look like the Tar Baby form the "Song of the South" movie and do you think they enlarge the ships after the build them?
I wonder why we don't have adventures like this today?

Maybe we need to get some adventure pants like Sam has. All your adventure people wear them.

Bumper Cars

This looks to me like cousin Rhonda in the Flintstone bumper car with a Scooby-Doo shirt on.

Is that Brett behind her? Is that me on the right?

Is this the county fair or Kings Island?


May 27, 2009

Sam and The Flying Saucer Pirates 2


"Atomic dischargers blow up the saucer from outer space."

Sam is pretty aggressive. No contact just blow them up.

I like the Roswell reference from yesterdays post too. How Sam used technology from the crashed saucers found here on Earth to track these down.

Sam doesn't use computers either he uses "Calculating machines" to predict the saucers path.

We can't think of a world with out computers and they hadn't the foggiest idea what they were.
Things do change in a hurry.

Dive In To Summer

1976 and it looks like Chad is not afraid to dive in head first into the backyard pool while I look on.
It appears that Mom forgot to put a string in these homemade trunks of his.

I am guessing that it is Chad diving again while we are on vacation in 1977.
The spectator with the afro seems appreciate his diving skills.

What do you do when you want to dive but there is not a diving board and all the warnings signs say "No Diving off the side"? You use the slide. 1978

May 26, 2009

Adventures of Sam Sawyer-View Master


"Sam's radar-telescope tracks a flying saucer."

This is another one from my Uncle Ed's View Master collection.

This is entitled "Sam and the Flying Saucer Pirates".

I can not find out much about these except that the View-Master Company, Sawyer's, invented their own character to increase the sale of their reels. Thus the Adventures of Sam Sawyer were born.

This is from 1951.

Here is the booklet that came with it.

May 22, 2009

Indy 500 1973: Salt Walters

I can't find much on him EXCEPT his crash in 73.

I know my brother and I had his button that we had made into necklaces. I mention it HERE.

Here is the wreck.

Indy 500 1973: Infield

Part of the infield at the track. The 500 museum is the white building in the background.


The drivers and the race are a big draw at the track but they aren't the only draw, there is also the infield.

It is its own world.

The Snake Pit isn't a term I have heard bandied about much in recent years but it used to be on the news as much as the race itself.

All kinds of rowdiness went on here.

People would go to the track and never see a car and go home happy because they had watched all the craziness that had gone on.

The local news always does a story about everything that they find left here after the race. Cars, couches, and t.v.'s. You name it and it is brought here and then left.

Nice "leg" spacers on the tow truck.

Indy 500 1973: Mike Hiss

From Wikipedia

Mike Hiss
raced in the 1972-1976 seasons, with 28 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1972-1975. He finished in the top ten 13 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1972 at Ontario. His 7th place finish at Indy in 1972 earned him the title of Rookie of the Year.

Indy 500 1973: David Hobbs

From Wikipedia:

David Hobbs
has a vast, 30-year history of international driving experience at all levels of motor sports, including sports cars, touring cars, Indy cars, IMSA and Formula One. He has participated in the Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1976, including leading two laps at the 1976 Daytona 500 and drove a race in the 1979 International Race of Champions.

He finished 11th in 1973.

Indy 500 1973: Bobby Allison

From Wikipedia:
Robert Arthur Allison a former NASCAR Winston Cup driver and was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers.

He only made it into the 500 field twice, 1973 and 1975.

Indy 500 1973: Mel Kenyon

From Wikipedia:

Mel Kenyon From Lebanon, Indiana is a former midget car driver. He is known as the "King of the Midgets", "Miraculous Mel", and "Champion of Midget Auto Racing." The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America says "Many consider him to be midget car racing's greatest driver ever."

He finished fourth in 1973.

Roy Rogers 7


"And all the time it had been inside the rag doll!"

May 21, 2009


It is an extra busy week here for me so sorry for the sporadic posts this week.

Here is the main reason why. Levi's graduation.

This is Levi and his girlfriend Hope at last night Baccalaureate ceremony.

Graduation is tonight.

Love you son. You can go HERE to read a story he wrote for his last Senior project entitled "My Life".

May 19, 2009

Roy Rogers 6


"They wanted Ginger to tell where the money was."

Roy is giving him the old "Evil Eye" while he knocks him out with a open hand punch.

Roy's sidekick, Pat Brady, pummels his foe with the rag doll while Bullet lends a had.

Little Ginger just loves to watch a good fight.

Indy 500 1973: Peter Revson

From Wikipedia:

The nephew of Revlon Cosmetics industry magnate Charles Revson, he was an heir to his father Martin's fortune (reportedly worth over $1 billion).
Described as a "free spirit" that passed up an easy life for one of speed and danger. Off the track, he led his life at the same accelerated pace. Revson piloted a 32-foot (9.8 m) ChrisCraft and courted some of the most beautiful women in the world, including fashion model and 1973 Miss World, Marjorie Wallace. He had met Wallace at the Indianapolis 500; she was an Indianapolis native who was referred to as the "Hoosier Hotshot."
In 1971 and became the first American to win the Can-Am Championship. That same season he finished second in the Indianapolis 500 after posting the fastest qualifying time. He competed in the Indy 500 each year from 1969-1973. He won the British Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix in 1973, before moving to Shadow in 1974. He is the last American born driver to win a Formula One race (Mario Andretti, who won in later years, is a naturalized American).

During a practice run for the 1974 South African Grand Prix in Kyalami, he was killed as a result of suspension failure on his Shadow Ford DN3.

Indy 500 1973: Joe Leonard

From Wikipedia:
Joe Leonard is the "Only Racer in the World" to have won multiple National Championships in both automobile and motorcycle racing back to back. Leonard raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1964-1974 seasons, with 98 career starts, including the 1965-1973 Indianapolis 500, sitting on the pole in 1968 in the Granatelli turbine car. He finished in the top ten 60 times.

He is seen standing with Al Unser in a previous post. Link HERE

May 14, 2009

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"Trailing the kidnapped girl they found her doll."

Indy 500 1973: Drivers

I don't know who this is but his jacket says "Rodger".
Cousin Karen says this is Roger Mccluskey.

This guys suit has "Wally" for a first name on it and I can't make out his last name.
Cousin Karen says this is Wally Dalenback.
Thanks Karen!!

Brett thinks this is Roger Penske. Does anybody know for sure?
I am not sure who he is but he has Gilligan's hat on.

May 13, 2009

Roy Rogers 4


"Stay there and play with your rag doll," Dale said.

Indy 500 1973: Swede Savage

David Earl "Swede" Savage, Jr. (August 26, 1946 - July 2, 1973)

From Wikipedia
In the 1973 Indianapolis 500, Savage was entered in an STP-sponsored Eagle-Offenhauser. He had been the fastest driver for much of practice. On the first day of qualifying, gusting winds slowed Savage from matching his best practice speeds, but he still shattered the track record with a four-lap qualifying average of 196.582 mph (316.368 km/h).
During the race, Savage held the lead from laps 43-55, and then made his first pit stop. He rejoined in second place, closely followed by Al Unser. Savage emerged from his stop with 70 gallons (nearly 500 lb.) of fuel and a new right rear tire. On lap 58 Savage, just ahead of Unser and pushing hard in anticipation of a coming rainstorm, lost control as he exited turn four. His car twitched back and forth, and then slid across to the inside of the track at nearly top speed, hitting the angled inside wall nearly head-on. The force of the impact, with the car carrying a full load of fuel, caused the car to explode in a plume of flame. The engine and transaxle tumbled end-over-end to the pit lane entrance while Savage, still strapped in his seat, was thrown back across the circuit. Savage came to rest adjacent to the outer retaining wall, fully conscious and completely exposed while he lay in a pool of flaming methanol fuel.
A young crew member for Savage's Patrick Racing teammate Graham McRae, Armando Teran, ran out across the pit lane and was struck by a fire truck rushing up pit road (opposite the normal direction of travel) to the crash. Teran was killed instantly.
Swede Savage joked with medical personnel after the wreck, and was expected to live when taken to the hospital and for some time thereafter. However, he died in the hospital thirty-three days after the accident. It is widely reported that Savage died of kidney failure from infection

May 12, 2009

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"I'll get those killers," Roy told Pat.

May 11, 2009

Indy 500 1973: Dick Simon

From Wikipedia:
Dick Simon is one of the oldest men to ever have raced in the Indianapolis 500. He was 55 years old during his final Indy 500 start in 1988. A multiple starter and top-ten finisher in the 500.

Roy Rogers 2


"Bullet led them to the girl and a dead robber."

May 8, 2009

Indy 500 1973: Al Unser

From Wikipedia
Al is the second of three men to have won the 500 four times, the fourth of five to have won the race in consecutive years, and is the only person to have both a sibling (Bobby) and child (Al Jr.) as fellow winners

Al is the one that looks like Elvis and the other driver is Joe leonard.

I am not sure who the other drivers are in this one.
Does anyone else know?

May 7, 2009

Indy 500 1973: Mario Andretti

From Wikipedia.
Mario Gabriele Andretti (born February 28, 1940) is a retired Italian-born American automobile racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport. He is one of only two drivers to win races in the four major motor racing categories: Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR, the other being Dan Gurney. He also won races in midget cars, sprint cars and drag racing.
To date, he remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship.

May 6, 2009

Indy 500 1975: James Garner

The infield at the track as it usually is throughout the month of May, full of puddles.

Track opened this week and it rained here today.
These pictures are from 1975.

I told this story about a year ago and posted the last picture in this set then but I recently found these slides and they verify my post from then. So here is the story now with photo support.

You can see the original post HERE.


My brother Brett and I had made a couple of cool necklaces from pull tabs off of aluminum cans we found laying every where and a couple of free Salt Walter buttons. (The buttons were free. Salt Walters was not in jail or anything.)

We were setting on top of a couple of 55 gallon drums outside of the pit exit when some guy on the t
rack side of the fence comes by and says "Cool necklaces fellas."

We say "Thanks" and try to look past him to see the cars on the track.


Brett on a barrel. It was the 70's so it is probably full of racing fuel.

Me leaning on the telephone pole and Mom with the halter top pointing.
I am looking past Mr. Garner and Mom is explaining to track officials
why there is damage to their fence.


About this time we notice our Mom slamming into the fence at full speed.

We don't know what is going on but our Mom is now trying to climb the fence.

She settles down and poses for this picture with a man we do not know.


You can see the pull tab necklace around Brett's neck.

You can see here that I am twice as cool as Brett.
I have a necklace and a wristband made from pull tabs.
I also have some nice stripped shorts and my mud boots on.

For those of you who think a pull tab is a gambling ticket of some kind it is but not what I am talking about here.
It was what was on Coke cans before they invented tabs that stayed stuck on the can.
These old type would be pulled off of the can and people would throw them on the ground everywhere.
They would slice your feet open when you stepped on them at the beach and in the grass.
The cool thing you could do with them was to loop them together to make nice jewelry.
You can see another example HERE.


After he left we asked who he was and Mom told us he is on "The Rockford Files" T.V. show.

I knew "The Rockford Files" was on T.V. but I always turned the channel when I saw it on.

Dad said he was a cowboy on an older show called "Maverick" but we hadn't ever seen that show either.

Years later. After having this slide blown up to an 8x10 and hanging prominently on the wall of our home I know who he is.

He is a guy who appreciates homemade jewelry and is kind enough to pose with a crazy woman.