Kissin’ Kuzzins: Cruising in my Muscle Car

Published 7:47 am Wednesday, July 11, 2018

By Dickie Dixon

For Posterity’s Eyes July birthdays:  12th:  Claire Hermes 13th:  John Crook, Jennifer Appleman 14th:  Grace Sharp 16th:  Dan Elliott 17th:  Susan Ball, Sebina Minor 18th:  Wendy Nobles 19th:  Sheryl Dickerson 20th:  Vivian (Mitchon) Plemons

Milestones:  Bertie (Dixon) Finley was born on July 15th  in 1902 with her twin Girlie (Dixon) Evans.  Mary Rogerson, whose line is descended from the Tuckers in Angelina County was born on July 20th.

Save the Date! (1))Jasper County Genealogy Conference  The Jasper County Historical Commission is pleased to announce the inaugural Jasper County Genealogy Conference on July 19-20, 2018.  From 1-4 p,m. the Conference will help those attending the Conference with their genealogy at the Jasper County Historical Commission Library in the old jail.  The next day, on Friday, July 20th, area speakers will discuss various topics at hourly intervals.  For more information, please contact the Jasper County Historical Commission or Dickie Dixon. The public can contact the Jasper County Historical Commission Library at (409) 384-6441 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.  The public can e-mail the Jasper County Historical Commission at or Dickie at

(2) Dickie Dixon will speak on “History:  The Back Door to Genealogy,” when he speaks to the Angelina County Genealogical Society at 4 pm on Monday, July 16, 2018 in the Railroad Depot Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library on 702 South Raguet Lufkin, Texas (75904).  Coffee and cookies begin at 3:30 p.m.  At 6 pm Dickie will speak on “Some Usual Genealogical Finds in Some Unusual Places” at 6 pm in the Fellowhip Hall of Keltys United Methodist Church on 1867 Old Mill Road in Lufkin, Texas (75904).  For more information, please call Rev. Cindy Doran at (936) 852-4123 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.  The public can email Cindy at keltysumc@hotmail.comor Dickie at

Cruising in My Muscle Car   In the spring of 1970 my sister and her husband moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he would serve as a salesman for Corningware.  After I left Mountain Pine, Arkansas, where I worked for Brown & Root, I came back to my hometown Lufkin, Texas, and, some time after that, my mother decided to take a road trip to see her.

Now the year before—one month after I graduated from high school—my father approached me and suggested I sell my lavender ’65 Chevy Impala Sport Coupe and buy a different car.  So, since my uncle B. D. was selling cars for Ralph New Motor Company, I went over to look for a car there.  The one I picked out was a ’69 cherry red Oldsmobile 442 with a 350 cubic inch, 300 horsepower motor, a muscle car from that era.

When my mother and I left, I was not feeling well; when I get run down and my bilirhubin goes up, sometimes the glands in my neck swell up.  On the way, I made the mistake of letting my mother drive.  She wasn’t not muscling with the muscle car on I20.  So, I decided I needed to drive or we weren’t going to get there. Unfortunately for us, I put the pedal to the metal, and east of Anniston, Alabama, an Alabama state trooper stopped us.  I walked out to meet him barefooted; when I got back in the car, my mother asked:  “How fast were you going?,” to which I replied:  100 miles an hour.  She said:  “I was in a car going a hundred miles an hour!”

The next turn of events dismayed her even more:  we had to go back to Anniston to pay the ticket or go to jail.  As we were doing that, she said:  “If my Sunday School class could only see me now!”

Now in my defense, that car cruised at 100—effortlessly.  We got there, finally, with some bruised pride and emptier pockets, but we made it that day cruising in my muscle car.

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