1967 CORVETTE –JUST DISCOVERED!!! ONE OWNER ORIGINAL WITH ONLY 2,996 MILES!!!–THE ULTIMATE TIME CAPSULE!!!

CORVETTE ALL PICS1967 CORVETTE –JUST DISCOVERED!!!  ONE OWNER ORIGINAL WITH ONLY 2,996 MILES!!!–THE ULTIMATE TIME CAPSULE!!!

LAST DRIVEN REGULARLY IN OCTOBER 1967!!!

DISPLAYED IN THE ENTRANCE TO THE “GREAT HALL”AT THE 2012 BLOOMINGTON GOLD

EXTRAORDINARY AND THE ULTIMATE “TIME CAPSULE” 1967 CORVETTE!!!  PURCHASED APRIL 2012 FROM THE ESTATE OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER!!!  UNVEILED TO THE WORLD AND DISPLAYED IN THE ENTRANCE OF THE 2012 BLOOMINGTON GOLD “GREAT HALL”.  AN AMAZINGLY ALL ORIGINAL 1967 427/390 4-SPEED CORVETTE COUPE IN RARE ERMINE WHITE WITH RED VINYL INTERIOR AND RED STINGER HOOD.  ALL NUMBERS ARE CORRECT AND MATCH.  THIS CORVETTE WAS LAST DRIVEN REGULARLY IN THE FALL OF  1967!!!  IT HAS BEEN DRIVEN ONLY 2,996 MILES FROM NEW AND IS THE ULTIMATE DEFINITION OF A “TIME CAPSULE”.  THIS CORVETTE HAS BEEN STORED FROM THE TIME IT WAS PURCHASED NEW ON MAY 20, 1967 UNTIL APRIL 2012, IN THE TOTAL DARKNESS OF A ONE CAR, CLIMATE CONTROLLED GARAGE IN THE LOW HUMIDITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.  AS A RESULT, IT HAS BEEN UNBELEIVABLY PRESERVED WITH NO FADING OF ANY SURFACES AND NO DETERIORATION OF ANY MATERIAL.  THE PAINT, CHROME, STAINLESS, CARPET AND INTERIOR ARE ALL IN AMAZING “AS NEW” CONDITION.  IT IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS WHEN NEW!!!  INCREDIBLY IT STILL SMELLS NEW!!!  THIS CORVETTE WAS BUILT ON MAY 10, 1967 AND IS EQUIPPED WITH ITS ORIGINAL L-36, 427/390 WITH 4-SPEED, TINTED GLASS, ORIGINAL BOLT ON WHEELS, SIDE DUAL EXHAUST, TELESCOPIC STEERING WHEEL, AM/FM RADIO, ORIGINAL FLOOR MATS, AND 3:36 POSITRAC REAR AXLE.  THIS CAR HAS NEVER BEEN DISASSEMBLED AND HAS NEVER BEEN TOUCHED BY ANYONE OTHER THAN THE ORIGINAL OWNER AND MAY BE THE FINEST, MOST WELL PRESERVED, LOWEST MILE, ORIGINAL 1967- 427 CORVETTE STINGRAY ON THE PLANET!

THIS CORVETTE WAS BOUGHT NEW ON MAY 20, 1967 BY DONNIE MCNAMARA OF COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. HE OWNED THE CAR UNTIL HE DIED IN JULY 2011. DONNIE WAS NEVER MARRIED NOR HAD CHILDREN.  IN THE LAST 2O YEARS OR SO OF HIS LIFE, HE BEFREINDED A COUPLE WHO LIVED NEAR HIM IN COLORADO SPRINGS.  WHEN HE DIED, DONNIE LEFT EVERYTHING HE OWNED TO THIS COUPLE.  VIDEO TAPED INTERVIEWS WITH THE COUPLE REVEALED THE STORY OF DONNIE MCNAMARA’S 1967 – 427 CORVETTE.  ACCORDING TO THE INTERVIEWS, DONNIE WAS AN AMERICAN MARINE VETERAN. HE WAS VERY PATRIOTIC.  WHEN HE DIED, THERE WERE 13 AMERICAN FLAGS IN HIS ONE CAR GARAGE. HE WAS ALSO A VERY PECULIAR AND PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL. IN HIS LIFE, HE NEVER OWNED A CHECKING ACCOUNT OR CREDIT CARD.  HE ALWAYS WANTED EVERYONE TO THINK THAT HE WAS POOR AND DESOLATE.  HE DID NOT HAVE MUCH EDUCATION AND VERY RARELY WOULD LEAVE COLORADO SPRINGS.  IN THE FALL OF 1966 AFTER LEAVING THE MILITARY, HE TRAVELED TO LAS VEGAS.  THIS WAS THE ONLY TIME IN HIS LIFE THAT HE EVER WENT TO LAS VEGAS AND HE WON $5,000.00 IN A SLOT MACHINE.  THAT WAS A LOT OF MONEY IN 1966!  HE RETURNED TO HIS PARENTS HO– USE WHO HE LIVED WITH. WHEN HE RETURNED HE TOLD HIS DAD, WHO WAS A — USED CAR SALEMAN, TO TAKE THE MONEY AND BUY HIM A NEW CORVETTE.  AT THAT TIME A NEW 427 CORVETTE COST MORE THAN $5,000.00.  ACCORDING TO THE INTERVEIWS, HIS FATHER FOUND A DEALERSHIP IN LAMAR, CO, ABOUT 125 MILES AWAY, WHO WOULD SELL DONNIE A 427 CORVETTE FOR UNDER $5,000.00.  SO HE ORDERED THE CAR JUST HOW DONNIE WANTED IT.  AS A RESULT OF HIS PATRIOTISM, HE ORDERED IT IN ERMINE WHITE WITH RED STINGER AND INTERIOR.  HE ORDERED IT WITH BLACK WALL TIRES INTENTIONALLY AND AS SOON AS THE CAR ARRIVED, HE REMOVED THE BLACK WALLS AND PUT THE FANCY TIRE OF THE DAY ON THE CAR WHICH WAS A DOUBLE WHITE WALL WITH A BLUE STRIPE.  HENCE THE PATRIOTIC AMERICAN RED, WHITE AND BLUE THEME.  HE TOOK DELIVERY OF THE CAR FROM RAY MOTOR COMPANY IN LAMAR, CO, ON MAY 20, 1967 AND DROVE IT HOME.  HE DROVE IT SPARINGLY OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS OR SO.  THEN KNOWING THAT THE LICENSE, PROPERTY TAX AND INSURANCE FEES WERE COMING DUE, HE STOPPED DRIVING THE CORVETTE DURING THE DAYLIGHT.  FROM THAT POINT ON HE DENIED OWNING THE CAR ANY LONGER AND ONLY DROVE IT AT NIGHT WHEN NO ONE WOULD SEE HIM.  ONCE THE CAR HIT 2,996 MILES, HE NEVER DROVE IT AGAIN BECA– USE HE DID NOT WANT THE ODOMETER TO TURN OVER 3,000 MILES.  ALSO FROM THAT POINT ON, HE WOULD NEVER CLAIM THAT HE OWNED A CORVETTE, ONCE AGAIN CLAIMING TO BE POOR.  WHEN THE CAR WAS REMOVED FROM DONNIE’S GARAGE IN 2012 AFTER HIS DEATH, HIS NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR WHO LIVED LESS THAN 10 YARDS AWAY WATCHED.  HE SAID THAT HE HAD LIVED THERE FOR 22 YEARS AND ALWAYS HEARD THAT THERE WAS A CORVETTE IN THAT GARAGE, BUT NEVER, EVER SAW IT AND DONNIE ALWAYS DENIED IT WAS IN THERE.  ALSO ACCORDING TO THE INTERVIEWS HERE ARE SOME OTHER VERY INTERESTING FACTS:

  • EXISTANCE OF A 2K MILE CORVETTE WAS AN URBAN LEGEND IN THE COLORADO SPRINGS AREA

  • NO ONE EVER DROVE IT BUT DONNIE MCNAMARA

  • ONLY THREE PEOPLE HAVE EVER SAT IN THE DRIVERS SEAT OF THE CAR

  • NO ONE HAS EVER SAT IN THE PASSENGER SEAT

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES OF ALL PARTS OF CORVETTE IN NEAR MINT CONDITION!

 

Stan the Man Musial Gave His Salary Back One Year

Stan_Musial_Day_05182008_cropped..and speaking of baseball, it’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Stan The Man Musial the consumate professional baseball player from the Golden Era, who passed 1-20-13 .  He was the first player to make $100,000 but he also returned part of the money one year when he didn’t feel his performance lived up to his pay. How many players today would do that? Musial was known as ‘the gentleman’ who played for the same Saint Louis Cardinals his entire 22-year career, circa 1940s-60s.! He was married to the same woman, who passed last year, after 71 years of marriage! He made the Hall way back in 1969 on the first ballot and a statue of him can be seen in front of the Cardinals ballpark   Because he was such a gentleman and never  complained he probably never got the credit he deserved as one of the top players of all time.  . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Musial

 

CARDINALS STAN MUSIAL HOF 69 SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO PSA/DNA #Q11532

MLB Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 1967-97 Short Sleeve Synthetic Replica Jersey

Musial: From Stash to Stan the Man (Missouri Biography Series)

ELVIS POPULAR AS EVER ON BIRTHDAY 78

OLDIES COUNTRY LOGO - SIGNExcellent rarity to kick off Birthday Tribute , Face and Fortune
followed by Burnin Love and winding up with a real obscurity with ‘Fortune Teller’

ELVIS POPULAR AS EVER ON BIRTHDAY 78     

Sirius Satellite Radio, as is the custom, has been devoting 24-7  Elvis birthday coverage including interviews with Pricilla and Lisa Marie from Graceland.

Meanwhile the women are not sititng still in Elvis shadow. Lisa Marie is out with an album and Pricilla  is co-starring in a play in  Europe dealing with Elvis.

 

A couple more beauties in a medley to wind things down, Girls Girls Girls and the flenmenco-Chalypso ‘we’ll Be Together’, ‘Plantation rock’  ( 2 takes) enjoy!

Huell Howser – One of Last Links to Another Era Passes

Huell Howser – One More Golden

Era Icon is Gone

 http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-huell-howser-20130108,0,1021100.story

 

‘California’s Gold’ was a Secret Pleasure I enjoyed watching whenever I could.   Not a program the average American today would watch, or even pay attention to I found it perhaps my favorite program on TV.  It was not only because of the subject matter which dealt with exploring the unusual, often overlooked or forgotten backroads of California, but the host was such a genial , enthusiasm throwback to another era.

 

How could you help gut enjoy Howell , for example, watching his disbelief that a dog would eat avocados or the huge, amazing flies at Mono Lake. There were so many episodes where Howell seemed perhaps more intrigued that his own viewers.   Howell was once questioned, in 2009, whether he really was so in awe of many of the people and places he would visit. He said he thought it ‘sad’ that today people would even question that.  And I agree. We’ve become a nation of conformists with fewer and fewer people like Howser left with everyone else trying to be ‘cooler’ than the next guy. So, it was with great sadness yet another icon, for me,  passed away, January 7 in Palm Springs, CA.  Howser , 67, born in Tenessee was an ex-Marine seemed in such good shape, yet he had just retired, perhaps knowing  of a serious illness; not mentioning what it was s, news reports said that he had been in hospice care.

However, they said, Howser was a very private person, never married, who lived in his ‘dream home in  Palm Springs ; he also had an apartment in Los Angeles, where he was based at KCET, local PBS anchor for the network that broadcast his shows that have been shown weekly and even daily of late.  I had had six epiosdes recorded and only just noticed that they were  filmed earlier. Howser apparently stopped broadcasting in November.  Howser seemed to espcially like the rural and offbeat folks, people who would have an usual profession or business. And they seemed to like him, too, with his friendly, enthusiastic way. I sure did.  He is said to be the only one who was allowed in Frank Sinatra’s estate to offer coverage. Hopefully, his hundreds or thousands of old programs will be aired indeifnitely, since he donated them all to a film library for just that purpose.

Here is one bit of the many memorable shows, one which I remember with Hoswer in the remote, Eastern California Mono Lake area , learning about the unusual flies on the lake.

Huell Howser Truly Relished California’s Gold

We’re not talking about real gold as in the 49ers but the ‘gold’ that Howswer would discover in the many unique backroads, people and places of California. The show may not have gone back to the Golden Era 50s and early 60s but it’s host certainly did and visited mostly places that seemed to have  that richness of an earlier era.

SWAMI X LIVES – Now 83, World’s Best Sidewalk Comedian Brings Memories

 

From, 2006 Swami makes one last stand…A little bit of Mort Saul, Dennis Miller, Professor Irwin Corey  but mostly himself, Swami is one of a  kind. Unfortunately,  home videos weren’t around in the ’70s  like they are now…so we have only this    at least and a tribute from the mayor of Los Angeles,  below… It’s not vintage Swami – and hard to hear – but at least one gets a glimpse of the man they call the ‘wrold’s best sidewalk comedian’ with which we agree.

SWAMI X Lives

from Wikapedia:

Swami X is an American boardwalk performer and stand-up comedian. Active from the 1970s to 1985, he performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, and New York. He was known for bawdy sexual humor and political invective.[1][2]

Swami X’s act was a monologue mixing pithy sociopolitical observations with poetry, sarcasm and humor, which typically included blasphemy, profanity, and attacking “sacred cows”—producing “pleased shock and delighted outrage” in observers.[2] His notable lines include:

  • “Sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. ‘Yes’ is the answer.”[3]
  • “How do we know Jesus Christ was Jewish? Because he went into His Father’s business.”[2]
  • “If I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself”.

He was known for appearing on the Venice Boardwalk, at the UCLA and U.C. Berkeley campuses, in San Francisco, and at Washington Park in New York City. He retired in 1985.[1] In 2009 the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, presented him with an official proclamation.[4]

Swami X appears as a character in Roger L. Simon‘s mystery novel, The Straight Man[5] and is referenced in Pat Hartman’s volume of Venice vignettes, Call Someplace Paradise.[6]

While attending UCLA I was lucky enough to see the Swami dozens of times between 1971-1975 at Meyerhoff Park at UCLA. No, it wasn’t a formal thing.  He didn’t get paid and we never knew when he was ‘performing.’ But, if you were lucky you’d catch him a couple times a week, at least. He’d usually show up in his unique apparel –  tie die one day,  tshirt another, his long beard , sunglasses all adding to a mystique.  After five or ten minutes of ‘getting settled in the batters box’  (which was a little lecturn right in the park) , Swami X would take off.

A lot of the material was  somewhat juvenile and sexist but most of the stuff was just so funny you had to overlook the garbage. Compared to Howard Stern he was an angel – and a heck of a lot funnier – AND FREE!  You’d hear a lot of the same lines repeated time and again -afterall, if you see the same guy 2-3 times a week you can’t expect him to have new material every time- but it didn’t matter.  With Swami it was just as funny, or moreso, the second or thrid or fourth time around.

He’d usually open with something like,

“I could be living in the lap of luxury at any mental institution in the country and I’m here working for peanuts in Meyerhoff Park.’  Then he might make a sexist reference about Patty Hearst, who was in the news at the time, having been kidnapped by the SLA.  Or maybe he’d tell us for the umteenth time why people become Jesus Freaks (‘Because they can’t get laid and  their semen backs up to their penial gland in their brain, causing a mental fog and worse.)

He would go after the cops, ‘You can tell the captains from the sergeants because the captains have a quarter inch neck. The sergeants have no necks.’  One of his most popular lines was , while introducing himself, ‘ I come from Uranus (pronounced ‘Your Anus,’ where women’s heads only move one way, up and down (as in ‘Yes”)  and their asses move sideways.’ He then demonstrates the movements, as he does a little hop-skip; Swami was in good shape and his physicality is an essentiall part of the show.   One could actually hearn history and current events form Swami. He was well read and would drop names at the drop of his hat…from Patty Hearst to Henry Kissinger.

After a couple years Swami became so popular  he did appear in a couple  commercial shows, but it wasn’t him and the next thing you know he’s back at Meyerhoff UCLA.  He  lives in Venice but would occassionally go north to UC Berkeley, where his politics were , of course, a big hit. I remember seeing him there a time or two, but UCLA and Venice Beach were his home where he is beloved to this day. SEE BELOW HONOR

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July 17, 2009

The Beachhead and Mayor Villaraigosa Honor Swami X at Beyond Baroque

By Karl Abrams
In an emotional ceremony at Venice’s Beyond Baroque on Sunday June 21, 83-year old Swami X, famed 1970’s and 80’s boardwalk comic, writer and muse, was presented with a Los Angeles City Council Resolution by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa “proclaiming” the city-wide recognition of his life’s work. The award followed a rare public appearance of Swami X, produced by the Free Venice Beachhead, to a large crowd of fans who seemed to delight in every one of his words, insights, jokes and observations. At times, Swami was a little choked-up.
Suzy Williams, “Venice Songbird,” sang a great song dedicated to Swami with beautifully appropriate lyrics like, “Swami X left us what is true” and “Swami X examines life with awe”. Swami transformed from choked-up to soak-it-up.
An informal Q and A followed as raised hands showed how much Swami’s fans wanted to know delicious details of his life. Yes, he was a merchant seamen, he actually did spend 20 years in an east-coast Ashram and he really did perform on the Venice Boardwalk, at UCLA and Berkeley campuses, and Hyde Park in London, Greenwich Village in New York and anywhere else Swami’s dharma took him.
The Mayor explained to the audience how he first met the iconoclastic comic while studying at UCLA. When Villaraigosa was searching for words to describe Swami’s early influence on him, a distinguished member of the audience, donning a dress as well as a beard caught the mayor temporarily off guard. Some remember the Mayor exclaiming “Jesus Christ! What is that?” Others say the Mayor simply shouted “Whoa.” You’re in Venice now Mr. Mayor, lighten up.
After the awards ceremony and before heading home, Swami probably posed for pictures with almost everybody. It was an unforgettable afternoon for the audience as well as for the performing genius himself. Swami, once called the “world’s greatest sidewalk comic”, was on again like a vintage firecracker who had caught the audience in the palm of his hand.
Swami X continues to write for the Free Venice Beachhead. His articles are not to be missed. Check your Beachhead Calendar for more Beachhead-sponsored events at Beyond Baroque.

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Swami X is  hard to put into words .   Maybe he is an acquired taste. Most of his audience were men , to be expected.  But,  there was nobody like him – and never will be. Perhaps  MICHAEL SAVAGE,  on the right side of the dial, would be sort of akin to Swami with his wordsmanship, stories and offbeat humour.  Professor Irwin Corey would be another great one in the same vein, now 97 and now panhandling in New York(see his story elsewhere int hese pages.) So, politics aside, funny can be funny. And I was lucky to be going to school at UCLA just about the time when Swami got started on his independent , off the cuff ‘comedy tours.’  There were guys like Holy Hubert,  s religous nut, who was funny only because of the way he delivered his Jesus sermons, of which people made fun. But Swami was  and is loved and it’s so good to find he is still with us.  I’m sure if Swami went commercial it wouldn’t be the same. But he seemed happy to just make enough money to get by and  live his free lifestyle.  Ah the memories. Would love to hear from any others who were lucky enough to see and hear Swami during his prime.  And, now, for a rare, YouTube glimse of the Swami in action (not like being there but a sample nonetheless)…

SWAMI X LIVES

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Coming Soon. Let us know who you’re looking for.  eg Professor Irwin Corey? He’s still around, 97 years old and panhandling in the streets of NewYork…we already did a story on him , searchable  in these pages