In 1979, National Lampoon magazine published the future director’s fictitious tale of a family trip gone horribly awry. THR reprints the tale that launched an iconic movie series. If Dad hadn’t shot Walt Disney in the leg, it would have been our best vacation ever. We were going to Disneyland. It was a dream come true. The thrills. The Mouseketeers. I was so excited that I spent the whole month of May feeling like I had to go to the bathroom. When school finally let out on a Tuesday, I sprinted home as fast as I could, even though we weren’t leaving until Friday. Dad picked up our brand-new 1958 Plymouth Sport Suburban Six station wagon on Thursday morning. The speedometer had only six and three-tenths miles on it. Dad said that it would be a pleasure to travel for six days in a car that smelled as good as our new Plymouth. It was nice to see Dad excited about our trip. For months Mom had to act moody and beg to get him to drive out to California. “What good will it do the kids to see their country from an airplane seat. ” she wanted to know. Finally, Dad gave in and said we would get a station wagon and drive the 2,448 miles from 74 Rivard Boulevard, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to 1313 Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, California. It took almost all day Friday to pack the car. Dad loaded and unloaded it again and again to save a square foot here, a square inch there. Then he simonized the car and hung litter bags in the front and back seats, attached a compass to the dashboard, and put a first aid kit in the glove compartment. Then he called everyone outside to take one item apiece out of the car so he could close the back. After dinner, Dad ran the Plymouth up to Richie’s Marathon Service to gas up and have Richie check under the hood and see if everything was A-O. K. When Dad backed out of the driveway the car scraped bottom. Not a little scrape but a sccccccrrrrraaaape. Dad got back at 8:00. We heard the scccrrrraaaaape. and knew it was him. Richie had said that everything was beautiful under the hood. The car was gassed up, there was plenty of oil, the tire pressure was perfect, the AAA maps were organized in the glove compartment, and the speedometer read exactly 20. 00 miles. “Okay, all you Indians. Time for bed. ” Mom said. “But it’s only 8:30. ” I protested. “We have to get up at 4:00 in the morning. I want to make Chicago by lunch. ” Dad said, shooing us upstairs. Source: www.hollywoodreporter.com
Sister Sharon Altendorf waits for hours in the bare lobby. A television blares Muzak and flashes photos of employees of the month. Nearby, a guard keeps watch next to a metal detector. The nun sits in a plastic chair, a diminutive figure beneath the harsh fluorescent lights. She is instantly recognizable with her cross earrings, short gray hair, mint green pantsuit and sensible black shoes. Fellow volunteers — drawn by the plight of immigrant mothers to this rural outpost amid the oil fields — make their way across the gleaming linoleum to greet her. Workers call this place a residential center for immigrant families. "The kids really have a hard time here," the nun once told a staffer. " the staffer asked. "They have everything they want. "It's a prison," she said. The center is run by the nation's second-largest corrections company. Today, Sister Sharon is here for Karen, a 25-year-old Salvadoran mother who illegally crossed the border 11 months ago with her daughter, Joanna, now 8, to work and pay for her mother's breast cancer treatment. Karen, who asked to be identified only by her first name because her immigration case is pending, is being freed from the Karnes County Residential Center on $1,500 bond, although there is no sign yet of her or Joanna. "There's nothing you can do but wait," the nun says. "That's what we do and what they make us do all the time. Waiting is woven into life here at one of the nation's largest immigrant family detention centers. The center and another about 95 miles west in Dilley opened last year to house an influx of immigrant families from Central America that overwhelmed the Texas border. went from one 95-bed center in Pennsylvania to three and by year's end will have 3,700 beds. But even as the Obama administration has expanded family detention, Sister Sharon and other opponents have scored victories. Last month, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced plans to speed the release of immigrant families who pass initial asylum screenings. Last week, a federal judge in Los Angeles sided with immigrant children's attorneys and ordered the administration to show by Monday why she should not end family detention. On the day Sister Sharon visits the center to pick up Karen, 2,172 mothers and children remained locked up, 122 of them at the Karnes detention center. Some have been. Source: www.latimes.com
The 2015 Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival will be held from 10:30 a. m. to 7 p. m. Saturday, Aug. The festival will offer more than 280 crafter/vendor booth spaces, more than 30 food trucks and food vendors, the Ducky Dash race, Motor Head’s Cruise-In car show, kids fun zone, two stages of live entertainment and more. For festival information, visit www. plymouthwaterfrontfestival. Contact Bob Nolet for a listing of 2015 Plymouth Waterfront Festival sponsorship opportunities. Many different options and levels are available. Call 508-830-1620 or send email to bob@plymouthchamber. The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Classic golf tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 21, at Crosswinds Golf Club, 424 Long Pond Road, Plymouth. Registration will be at 11:30 a. m. , boxed lunch at noon, shotgun start at 1:15 p. m. and dinner at 6 p. m. The cost is $125 per player, $450 per foursome, $25 for dinner-only and $350 for table of eight for dinner-only. Per player and foursome fee includes entry into all contests, 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, boxed lunch, dinner and prizes. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 508-830-1620 or visit www. plymouthchamber. com for details. First Saturday takes place from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. the first Saturday of the month in downtown Plymouth. Businesses on Court and Main streets and Main Street Extension stay open a little later and offer special deals. You can shop, dine, visit museums, listen to live music and grab a deal. Look for the First Saturday flag displayed outside all participating merchants. firstsaturdayplymouth. com or the Facebook page for a list of all participating businesses. and Rebecca J. Matejek, owners of SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham, who can be reached at 508-746-9500 or office@servproplymouth. com, received the Millionaire’s bronze award. and William J. Russell, owners of SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands, who can be reached at 508-888-5985 or beth@servprouppercapeandislands. com, received the Millionaire’s gold award. - SERVPRO provides disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services. Its convention program this year featured 54 workshop sessions covering 29 different topics along with a motivational keynote address by Jon Gordon. The focus of the program was to bring SERVPRO owners and key staff up-to-date on the most advanced disaster mitigation solutions available and to provide them with insights on building and maintaining successful. Source: plymouth.wickedlocal.com
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“What good will it do the kids to see their country from an airplane seat? Then he simonized the car and hung litter bags in the front and back seats, attached a compass to the dashboard, and put a first aid kit in the glove compartment
Fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, with Riding Shotgun to perform 7 to 11 p.m. On Saturday, the 2-mile run/walk starts at 8 a.m. (for information, contact Mark Peterson, 920-960-5353); all-day carnival; Kids Pedal Tractor Pull at 4:30 p.m.; Open 24-team
Sister Sharon Altendorf waits for hours in the bare lobby. A television blares Muzak and flashes photos of employees of the month. Nearby, a guard keeps watch next to a metal detector. The nun sits in a plastic chair, a diminutive figure beneath the
The festival will offer more than 280 crafter/vendor booth spaces, more than 30 food trucks and food vendors, the Ducky Dash race, Motor Head's Cruise-In car show, kids fun zone, two stages of live entertainment and more. For festival information
Bean Bag chairs, tennis balls, pipe cleaners, hand sanitizer, and a multitude of other much needed items were given by the congregation as an on-going partnership with the Exceptional Children’s Department. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church donates ...
2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after 2 children die About 2.2 million bean bag chairs have been recalled for a possible choking hazard after the death of two children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday. The chairs were made by ...
Following the suffocation deaths of two children, Ace Bayou Corp. is recalling 2.2 million of its bean bag chairs. The zippers on the chairs are not locked, allowing children to climb inside, where they can suffocate or choke on the foam beads, the U.S ...