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Posted in Denville Car Show, Denville TV with tags on May 19, 2010 by denvilletv

Walking through a Vintage Car Show is walking through memories  and by gone times.

I have had the lovely experience of walking through a number of such car shows, among them the Denville Car Show at Wendy’s.  The show continues every Wednesday eve from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  I have had the wonderful opportunity to interview a number of participants at this  car  show.  Each and every one conveyed to me the many hours of love and labor they invested in their car.

May 19, 2010, Wednesday,  The Denville Car Show will air on Cablevision Public Access Channel, (21 in Morris County)                from 7:00 7:30 PM) And it should air for the next 3 Wednesdays

The  show includes  three   car owners I had the pleasure of interviewing at the Denville Car Show at Wendys:

Ted Hovliaras, who owns a beautiful 1960 red Corvette

Joe Grant, who owns a beautiful maroon 1930 Model Ford    and

Carl Tomasello, who owns a beautiful sea green 1958  Buick RoadMaster.

Following each interview I included photos of some of the events that occurred during  the model year of these cars, accompanied by a hit  song of that year.

For 1960 I used the music, “Route 66” actually written in 1946 by Bobby Troup and popularized by the singing of  Nat KingCole, in the 40’s. The song was once more popularized by Chuck Berry’s rendition in 1960. That year saw the premiere of the CBS TV show,  Route 66, starring Martin Milner and George Maharis.  President Kennedy, our youngest US president was elected in November 1960. And the cold war raged  on, along with  the space race between the USSR and US. We see President Kennedy sitting with Russian Premier Khrushchev. December 20, 1960 the US launched into orbit the Discoverer XIX. Early in the year, Feb 1960, the American Civil Rights Movement proceeded with The Greensboro Sit-in staged in Woolworth, in Greensboro, North Carolina, by four African American College Students; Ezell A. Blair, David Richmond, Joseph McNeil and Franklin McCain in protest to the segregation enforced at the Woolworth lunch counter. But what was happening in Denville in 1960?   So  I included a 1960 front page from the Denville Citizen.

For 1930 I used the music “Puttin on the Ritz”  a musical composition written by Irving Berlin and actually published in 1929.   (Irving Berlin was an American Composer born of Jewish Russian Immigrants, in 1888, who wrote over 1,500 songs in his 60 years career including White Christmas and Easter Parade.)  Harry Richman introduced the song in his musical film, Puttin’ on the Ritz in 1930.  “ Puttin on the Ritz” was a slang expression meaning to dress fashionably.  Of course 1930 was the year of gangsters among them the   Italian Mafioso Al Capone  and  Lucky Luciano and  then Jewish Mobster  Bugsy Siegel, who, in 1930, built ties with Lucky  Luciano.   (More than two decades later the the starting of Las Vegas, with the building of the Flamingo in 1946, could be attributed to Bugsy Siegel.)  In August of 1930, Betty Boop premiers in the animated film, Dizzy Dishes.   Earlier in the year, January 1930, Mickey Mouse comic strip makes it’s  first appearance.   (I am sorry I left out Mickey Mouse) And what’s happening in Denville in 1930? All you needed to find out was to get yourself the Denville Herald, which came out in 1930 and lasted until 1931.   Actually the Denville Herald was the predecessor of the Denville Citizen.

For 1958 I used the song  “Chantilly Lace”  sang by the Big Bopper.  The year, 1958 saw the continuation of the cold war and space race between USSR and the US. Nikita Khrushchev came into power as Russian Premier, in 1958.   The US launched the satellite, Explorer 1, America’s first satellite,  in response to the USSR launching of the Sputnik into space, earlier in  1957.    I was impressed to see the origins of two very impressionable developments I knew of later.   The Muppets, Inc.  was launched by Jim Henson, in 1958, predecessor  to The  Jim Henson Company and Sesame Street.  Kermit the Frog was actually introduced in 1955.   The Peace symbol, originally the symbol of the Campaign Nuclear Disarmament, was created  in 1958,   I became acquainted with the peace sign during the Peace Movement during the Vietnam War.   The Movie,  “The Bridge Over the River Kwai”,  starring Alec Guinness won the Oscars at the 1958 Academy Awards. In Denville, in 1958, Gardner Field was dedicated, in name, to William “Doc” Gardner,who dedicated his lifetime  to creating sports activities for the youth of Denville.   William “Doc” Gardner started the Denville Blue Angels and the Denville Little League among many  such accomplishments.  How befitting it is to name a field after this man, where today games of all sorts (baseball and football among many sports) are held among the many youth sports teams sponsored through different parties, under the auspices of Denville Little League, Denville Blue Angel Football and  Denville Pal.