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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, April 5, 2012 RAMBLING from 22 The history of Froggy


the Gremlin is a swamp of mystery. Nobody paid much attention to kiddie shows, so there aren’t any newspaper clippings about Froggy. By the time people realized how warped Froggy was, the program was over, the damage was done and the perpetrators long dead.”


I guess that my own


lifetime inability to hold things in reverence, just because I was told that I should, had its roots in Froggy the Gremlin. From what I’ve learned from my emails, Froggy had a similar influence on many of my readers. It makes me realize that as long as our country’s enemies fail to understand Froggy the Gremlin’s spirit, they will never conquer us! Then in the following fortnight, I decided to get serious and write some- thing that lived up to this column’s foundations. When I started my adven- tures in the Weirs Times, I came on board as an automotive journalist who wrote about the history of American car companies. I took myself seriously, probably too seriously. I labored through these histories one car company at a time. The column was well received I guess, and so I stuck to the same formula week in and week out. Eventually, I painted myself into a corner and realized I had told the his- tory almost every domes- tic car. I even wrote about the Dagmar, a car that was made by the M. P. Möller Motor Car Compa- ny, which was also a pipe organ builder that was located in Hagerstown, Maryland. A friend, the late John Mann of San- bornville, New Hampshire,


Here’s a screenshot of a scene from a rare Chrysler movie that was filmed at the assembly line where the Chrysler Turbo Cars were assembled. In this shot, Chrysler’s CEO Lynn Townsend has just gotten behind the wheel to drive the car off of the line. While Townsend drove this car off the line he also drove the whole Chrysler Corporation to its first near death experience.


was kind enough to have given me some material on that obscure car com- pany. Faced with a shortage


of new material, I decided to change both the focus and title of this column to Rambling Through His- tory, thinking that that new title expanded the boundaries to wherever I might want to go in future columns. Some readers have never forgiven me for straying away from cars as my primary topic. But my friends Bob and David Lawton, who own and publish the Weirs Times, never did anything but encourage my every change in direction. That was very helpful. So, when it occurred to


me that I had overlooked the interesting Chrysler Turbine Car, I did my research, created my ac- companying photos from screenshots I took from Jay Leno’s interesting vid- eo on the car and wrote my Turbine Car article. Then I sat back and waited to


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okay, I’m sure more than two people enjoyed that article, but I could easily conclude that I should have been writing about Froggy the Gremlin all these years! However, my father always warned me not to draw broad conclu- sions from limited facts! I guess this all proves that my father knew what he was talking about. I went shopping today


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missing items. She said that she would get them and you know what? She did! That’s okay, I’m sure I can find something else to complain about. Stop and see if I have, when we next go Rambling Through History!


Note: The author, Mal


Fuller, hopes to recover his health sufficiently to once again be available to provide the electrical resto- ration of your vintage tube- type radio. Mal’s phone number is (603) 569-1946. Mal’s E-mail address is: radiodoc@metrocast.net.


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