I was born in Flint, Michigan, moving to Orlando, Florida for a short time during my childhood, then back to the Flint area. Model A’s have been in my family my entire life. My grandfather had a 29 Model A fire truck converted into a pickup and I used to ride around with him when I was young. I bought my first Model A (a 31 Tudor) when I was 17 years old. After graduating from high school, I hired into General Motors, then took a leave of absence and enlisted in the Army. I served in Vietnam during the 1968 TET offensive. Upon returning home and returning to work at General Motors, I enrolled in college and received a Criminal Justice degree. I held various jobs at General Motors including both hourly and salary.
Rita and I have been married 48 years and have 3 children and eight grandchildren. Two of our grandsons (ages 11 and 12) enjoy the Model A’s very much and usually join us at the National Meets. They participate in many activities and can’t wait to go again.
I have a 30 Model A Coupe, that I did a frame off restoration in 1975, and have repainted it several times throughout the years. I received an Award of Excellence for it at the Oshkosh National Meet. I have also restored a 1953 Chevy step side pickup and a 1977 MG Midget. Rita has a 29 Tudor that we use mostly for touring.
I suggested at the 2013 Charlotte Membership Meet to lower the MARC dues to half price the second half of the year to encourage new members. This has worked out well for Script A, and other regions. I have set up a table at large car shows, and put out a sign reading, “join a Model A club”. I give potential new members, a copy of our Script A newsletter, and older copy of the Model A news, a parts catalog, an application for MARC, and an application for Script A or the Region that is closest to them. This has been quite affective. Script A has received MARC awards for recruiting new members for the last three years.
I was president of Script A for 2 years, and past president for the past 4 years. My wife Rita was also President of Script A Region. We are also members of the Livingston A Region, Model A Ford Foundation Inc, Henry Ford Heritage Association, the MARC mileage program. I was content manager for the Touring Class part of the MARC website and was Co-Chairman of the 2016 MARC Membership Meet. I have been a member of the MARC Touring Class Committee for 4 years, serving as chairman for 2 years. Rita and I currently serve on our local Library Board, she for 16 years, I for 6 years.
I feel we (MARC) need to focus on new memberships, and work harder to get more youth involved.