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More on correcting the history quiz: This is from Grass Valley Gary. “Just finished reading your column on the old age test thing. I was disappointed after reading the questions to find the answers. It would’ve been nice to have people send in their answers instead of dispute them. IMHO (in my humble opinion in e-mail speak) the mimeograph ink smelled disgusting and never saw anyone deliberately sniff it. One got a whiff just walking by the machine and that was enough. Probably 1947 or ’48 Studebaker was correct. I remember my first glimpse of that car and thought it was going backwards! Here’s a little write-up:

1950 ‘Bullet Nose’ Land Cruiser: New styling marked Studebaker’s return to automobile production after WWII. While all prewar manufacturers resumed production with warmed-over prewar models, Studebaker introduced new styling for the 1947 model year, highlighted by the wraparound rear-windowed Starlight Coupe. The 1950 models introduced the famous ‘bullet nose’ styling, while 1951 marked the introduction of the Studebaker V8.”

Then Jack Cramer weighed in, by phone. “It was a 1950 Studebaker; it had two headlights and a propeller-looking thing in the middle of the hood … my father was a Pontiac/Studebaker dealer.”

Now we’re on the mimeograph machine purple paper. Reader Bev Cooper says, “The purple ink was produced by a ‘Ditto’machine, widely used by schools way back then. It actually came in other colors but for some reason teachers used purple. Mimeograph does not produce a smell and is a completely different process.”

Bumpersnicker: Submitted by Cheryl Maxwell, advertising rep for The Union. “Be nice to America or we’ll bring democracy to your country.”

Snacks on Mardi Gras Parade Sunday: Bob and Konnie Warburton of Realty Executives sent this in. “It is time once again for the wonderful Friendship Club Snack Shack! The Friendship Club girls will be at the top of Broad Street, sponsored by Realty Executives, during the Mardi Gras Parade … selling HOT pretzels, grilled hot dogs, popcorn, shaved ice and drinks. These girls run this program and man the “Shack” by themselves. ALL proceeds to the Friendship Club to provide great programs to these wonderful girls. Everyone come by and have a treat!”


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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