RLY CARS CONTINUED

1956 DODGE
AFTER SCOTT ALAN WAS BORN IN EARLY 1958, WE REALIZED THAT PHYLLIS NEEDED TO LEARN HOW TO DRIVE AND TO HAVE A CAR. I FOUND A TWO-TONE WHITE AND CHARCOAL 1956 USED DODGE AT THE LOCAL CHRYSLER DEALER. IT HAD A BIG V8 ENGINE AND A PUSHBOTTON AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. IT WAS A FOUR DOOR SEDAN WITH LOW MILES AND WAS OWNED BY AN AEDC EMPLOYEE WHO COULD NOT AFFORD THE PAYMENTS FOR IT. I REMEMBER TAKING PHYLLIS, RONNIE AND BABY SCOTT ALAN FOR A TEST DRIVE DOWN 41A TO ESTILL SPRINGS. WE ALL AGREED THAT IT WAS A FINE CAR AND I BOUGHT IT AND SET ABOUT TEACHING PHYLLIS HOW TO DRIVE IT. AT THAT TIME, WESTWOOD SUBDIVISION WAS ALL LAID OUT WITH PAVING BUT NO HOUSES SO I TAUGHT PHYLLIS HOW TO DRIVE IT THERE. ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON, WE WERE IN SHELBYVILLE AND I HAD PHYLLIS DRIVE ALL THE WAY BACK TO TULLAHOMA ON THE OLD SHELBYVILLE HIGHWAY. SHE DID FINE BUT I NOW REALIAZE THAT THAT ROAD IS QUITE A CHALLENGE FOR A BEGINNING DRIVER.
when we arrived at our rental house in tullahoma in september 1957, my supervisor professor joel bailey had helped move us in the house. he noted that i had so much athletic equipment that he felt he was hiring a coach instead of an engineer. in view of phyllis's condition,we did little driving around the tullahoma area. i remember that i drove down the lynchburg highway as far as the drop off overlooking lynchburg,i was amazed and drove no further.
IN 1959 WE DROVE THE DODGE BACK TO EVANSTON FOR A VISIT WITH THE CURRYS. I VISITED THE TECH INSTITUTE AGAIN AND SAW PROFESSOR OBERT. HE NOTED THAT THE MONSTROUS DODGE FIT MY CONSERVATIVE PERSONALITY WELL." i was an associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering in the mechanical engineering department at utk and director of the ut-aedc graduate study program. i reported to dean armour granger, a texas civil engineer and bridge designer. dean granger was a wonderful person and so conscientious that he typed the departmental annual budget at home rather than have his secretary know about it. in late summer of 1960 i received a business letter from him addressing me as "professor robert young." in jest, i wrote him noting that i was an associate professor not a professor. he called me up somewhat concerned and said "we shall see what we can do about that". later that week i got notification that i had been promoted to professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. what a difference from today when it takes much paperwork, many meetings and much time to accomplish such a promotion. are we better off?? 1960 PLYMOUTH VALIANT
PHYLLIS DROVE THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION DODGE AND I DROVE THE MANUAL TRANSMISSION STUDEBAKER TO WORK. THE 1960 PLYMOUTH VALIANT WAS A VERY ATTRACTIVE CAR MODELLED SOMEWHAT AFTER EUROPEAN CARS. SO I TRADED IN THE STUDEBAKER FOR A
1960 BRIGHT RED WITH BLACK INTERIOR FOUR DOOR SEDAN VALIANT. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL CAR WITH PUSHBUTTON TRANSMISSION AND SMALL SLANT 6 CYLINDER ENGINE. ON OUR FIRST TRIAL DRIVE OUT IN THE COUNTRY WE BARELY GOT HOME BECAUSE OF AN INCORRECTLY SET FLOAT IN THE CARBUREATOR. I DROVE THE CAR TO KNOXVILLE ON BUSINESS AND FOUND THAT THE DRIVERS SEAT WAS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AND GAVE ME A BACK ACHE. SO AT ABOUT 10,000 MILES, I WAS READY TO TRADE.
shortly after we moved to tullahoma, ronnie at age 3 had a stuttering problem probably due to the stress of the move and missing his evanston home. fortunately he came out of it before he started school at just barely 6 years old. but he had a problem learning to read. with his teacher mrs. clem house we worked carefully with him and he got along fine. scott alan was an extremely happy baby and easy to care for. he learned to walk on a beautiful easter spring day and both he and ronnie leaned to swim when we took a brief vacation to a gatlinburg motel in 1964.
1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA
I HAD ADMIRED THE 1961 CHEVROLET SO I WENT TO JOE SHAPARD'S CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP IN TULLAHOMA TO TALK TRADE. IRONICALLY RONNIE BECAME MANAGER OF THE SUCCESSOR DEALERSHIP. A GOOD DEAL ON A 10,000 MILE CAR IS NOT TO BE HAD BUT PHYLLIS AND I LOOKED AT A GRAY FOUR DOOR CHEVROLET BELAIR AND AGREED ON A PRICE WITH THE SALESMAN DON BURDEN. AFTER THAT DEAL, I WENT BACK TO DON AND FOUND THAT FOR JUST A LITTLE MORE I COULD TRADE FOR A VERY FANCY CHEVROLET IMPALA FOUR DOOR HARDTOP WHICH WAS DARK BLUE ON THE BOTTOM AND LIGHT BLUE ON TOP. PHYLLIS WAS DELIGHTED WHEN I DROVE THIS MUCH BETTER LOOKING CAR HOME. IT WAS A FINE CAR WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND LATER DEALER ADDED AIR CONDITIONING. THIS IMPALA WAS ABOUT THE NICEST CAR I EVER HAD. IT DROVE WONDERFULLY AND WE FOUND THAT AIR CONDITIONING WAS A GREAT AND NECESSARY ADDITION IN THE HOT SOUTHERN CLIMATE. WE DROVE IT TO AN ASEE MEETING IN PHILADELPHIA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA AND DROVE THROUGH GETTYSBURG IN IT. RONNIE AND SCOTT HAD A BIG FIGHT IN THE BACK SEAT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE BATTLEGROUND. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA I HAD A LONG TALK WITH CHARLEY WEAVER'S WIFE, ANN. CHARLEY WAS SO BUSY I DID NOT EVEN SEE HIM BUT I HAD LATER A LOT OF FINE TIMES WITH HIM WHEN HE BECAME VP AND DEAN OF UTSI.
in 1961, dr. goethert advanced the idea of a space institute in cooperation with aedc. he asked me to assist and he had jack shea draw up some brochures to describe the idea. i was not initially convinced of the feasibility of the idea and i knew that a full blown graduate school on a separate campus was quite different from the simple little program we had going at aedc. but i decided that i much enjoyed the work with aedc and ut and that i had some obligation to the many
graduate students enrolled in the current program, so i was to stick around, i surely should support the idea and i did. dr. goethert gave the proposed program great publicity and got a lot of political support for it. at that time the university of tennessee was going through a big expansion in knoxville and taking on a role over all of the state with memphis, martin, chattanooga, nashville etc. graduate dean hilton smith to whom i reported thought that the university had too much to tend to and warned dr. newman and me that ut was much in favor of the ut-aedc graduate study program but was not ready to take on the space institute with a separate campus. he underestimated the political pressure that dr. goethert had generated and the desire of president dr andy holt to expand ut into middle tennessee and his understanding of the political situation. dr. goethert had dr. spivey, ut vice president for academic affairs down, to aedc to see the possibilities and we had lunch in the executive dining room with general boushey, aedc commander. after dr goethert made an elequont presentation to them concerning the space institute, general boushey noted that "he had no plans to turn aedc into a dammed educational institute." dr. goethert sniffed and whispered to dr spivey that the general needed more information about the proposal. what boushey did not know or did not want to know was that general schreiver, afsc commander and boushey's boss, had already enthusiastically endorsed the space institute concept. general boushey finished his aedc tour shortly.
1959 SAAB
IT WAS OUR GOOD FORTUNE THAT BILL SNYDER JOINED THE UTSI FACULTY IN 1963. BILL DROVE TO TULLAHOMA FROM NEW YORK IN A 1959 SAAB. THE SAAB HAD THREE ON THE TREE, FREE WHEELING AND A THREE CYLINDER 2-CYCLE ENGINE THAT BURNED A MIXTURE OF OIL AND GASOLINE. HIS WAS A BLACK TWO DOOR SEDAN WITH A GOOD ENGINE BUT QUITE A BIT OF RUST. BILL SOON BOUGHT ANOTHER CAR AND HE TRADED ME THE SAAB IN 1961 FOR A BIG HIFI SPEAKER. THE SAAB RAN GREAT BUT SOON ABOUT FELL APART BECAUSE OF RUST ABOUT THE REAR WHEEL ASSEMBLY. I HAD THE DEFECT WELDED UP AND DROVE THE SAAB A FEW MORE MILES BUT THE WELD REPAIR CONCERNED ME FOR I WAS NO SURE IT WAS SAFE. SO I SOLD THE CAR TO A MOTOCYCLE MECHANIC FOR $100.
1961 SAAB
AFTER SELLING THE 1959 SAAB, I NOTED ON A NASHVILLE USED CAR LOT A BLUE 1961 SAAB. IT WAS IN GOOD SHAPE WITH LITTLE RUST BUT IT WOULD NOT RUN, I THOUGHT THAT IT MIGHT NOT BE TIMED RIGHT FOR UNLIKE MOST CARS, THE NUMBER 1 CYLINDER WAS AT THE REAR OF THE ENGINE NOT THE FRONT. SO I BOUGHT THE CAR FOR 100 DOLLARS, ALL OF THE SALESMEN IN THE PLACE CHEERED AND I GOT DEWEY VINCENT TO TOW IT HOME. WHEN I GOT IT HOME, IT TURNED OUT THAT THE ENGINE WAS SERIOUSLY DEFECTIVE. AT THAT TIME J.C. WHITNEY WAS ADVERTISING "AS IS" IMPORT CAR ENGINES
FOR $200 SO I ORDERED ONE FOR THE SAAB. IT CAME IN A BIG BOX AND WITH THE HELP OF JOHN RALPH, I EXCHANGED ENGINES. JUST FOR FUN, I TOOK THE DEFECTIVE ENGINE APART AND FOUND THAT THE ROLLER BEARINGS IN IT WERE VERY WELL OILED FROM THE OIL GAS MIXTURE. THE NEW ENGINE RAN BUT NEVER AS WELL AS THE ONE IN BILL SNYDER'S CAR. I DROVE THIS CAR QUITE A BIT AND FINALLY SOLD IT TO HAROLD MODRALL FOR HIS SON ALFRED TO DRIVE TO HIGHSCHOOL. IT SERVED ALFRED WELL AND ONCE IN A WHILE HE WOULD BRING IT OVER TO ME TO TUNE UP. ONE FRIDAY MORNING IN THE SPRING DR. GOETHERT AND I WERE TO FLY TO UTK FOR A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT HOLT ABOUT THE PROPOSED SPACE INSTITUTE WITH AEDC COMMANDER GENERAL LOWE IN HIS C46 USAF AIRPLANE. WHEELS UP AT 0800 AT THE AEDC AIRPORT. FOR SOME REASON I GOT OFF IN THE SAAB A LITTLE LATE FROM HOME AND DID NOT GET TO THE AIRPORT UNTIL 0805. IT WAS A WONDER I WAS NOT LEFT FOR I WAS HARSHLY REMINDED BY DR. GOETHERT AND OTHERS THAT WHEELS UP MEANT LEAVE GROUND AT 0800 NOT AFTER 0805. DURING A VISIT BY DAD AND MOM ABOUT THAT TIME I TOOK HIM FOR A LONG DRIVE IN THE SAAB OUT AROUND TIMS FORD LAKE. HE WAS AMAZED THAT I WOULD DRIVE SUCH A CAR THAT FAR FROM TOWN. ANOTHER TIME WE WERE OUT IN OUR CARPORT WORKING ON THE SAAB, I DISCONNECTED TWO WIRES, ASKED HIM TO HOLD THEM BUT TO NOT TOUCH ONE TO THE OTHER. AS I TURNED BACK TO THE CAR, HE TOUCHED THEM WITH A BIG FLASH OF LIGHT. HE LATER CLAIMED THAT HE DID NOT DO THAT ON PURPOSE.
in 1963, the tennessee legislature voted at the last minute of the session 1.5 million dollars for utsi construction plus 100,000 dollars for hiring of new faculty and staff to get the project underway. the utk faculty were very unhappy because of the many needs of utk. andy holt assured them that the utsi money could not have been voted for utk but most of them were not convinced and i lost at least temporarily many of my good friends in knoxville. much to the disgust of dr. goethert, although we had the money, not much happened in the first half of 1964. dr. goethert was appointed as utsi director with me as deputy director and dr. goethert left for washington to serve as chief scientist for general schreriver. in july 1964, i met with ed dougherty and harvey cook. to get things underway, they had proposed to andy holt that utsi be opened in aedc in september 1964. that meant we needed a separate budget, more faculty and some full time students including 3 afit students sent by general schreiver. i was very pressed that summer, had no time for a vacation except a few days in gatlinburg with phyllis, ronald and scott.


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