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Vintage cars the envy of the neighborhood

Monday, November 30th, 2009


Photos By Bob Otto / Freelance Writer & Photographer

CALIMESA, CA – When Dan Healy backs either one of his cars out of his garage, some of his neighbors turn a bit green with envy. For one of those cars is a 1961 Chevrolet Impala convertible, while the other is a 1924 Ford Model T. Two vintage automobiles that turn heads wherever Healy drives them.

But what’s even more impressive is the history behind Healy’s collection. They’ve been in the family for a combined 133 years. Since they first rolled off the car dealers’ showroom floors.

Healy’s late wife, Beverly, bought the Impala from her father, who owned a Chevrolet dealership in Toluca, Illinois. When Beverly saw the white Impala with black convertible top and wide, white-stripped tires, she wanted it.

“I was single at the time and with her when she bought it new in the fall of 1960,” Healy said. “It was parked in the showroom and she said, ‘I like the looks of that car.’”

And so it seems, do others. Healy says he will never sell the car, but one potential buyer made a strong pitch. “This guy said he would give me $100,000,” he said. “I told him no, but he said, ‘name your price.’”

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Yucaipa and Calimesa honors veterans

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

YUCAIPA, CA – About a half dozen veterans, many in wheel chairs, took their rightful place of honor near the amphitheater stage at Yucaipa Community Park for Veteran’s Day ceremonies on Wednesday.

They served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. A ceremony could have been held in the comfort of Braswell’s Yucaipa Valley Convalescent Home, which is home for all of them now in their elderly years.

But they insisted upon coming to the Yucaipa Veteran’s Day Ceremony instead.

“This is big, an important occasion for them,” said Linda Nagai, Activities Director at Braswell’s.

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When commanding officers speak, I follow orders

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Bob Otto / Freelance Reporter-Photographer
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YUCAIPA, CA – The weather has been cloudy and drizzly the past week in Southern California. The kind of weather where one puts off washing the family car until the sun reasserts its warm, dominant self, right?

Wrong. My mother-in-law Angie is leaving Thursday on a vacation to Minnesota and both she and my wife decided the van needed a washing.

No problem. I’ll do it, I offered.

“Can you wash it Sunday?” my wife asked me on Saturday.

“But it’s cloudy and looks like rain. It’s supposed to clear up later in the week, I’ll wash it then before she leaves,” I countered.

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