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FEATURES 39


Tex Earnhardt, founder of Earnhardt Auto Centers, celebrates 62 years in business


Tex Earnhardt, founder of Earnhardt Auto


Centers, celebrated 62 years in business on September 4. Tex, 82, who is still active in the family business, is the oldest living fi rst generation car dealer in Arizona. He started his fi rst Ford dealership in Chandler, Arizona on September 4, 1951. From its humble beginnings of selling a few Fords a month, today Earnhardt Auto Centers is among the oldest and largest auto groups in the southwest. Over the years, Tex Earnhardt became widely known as the cowboy car dealer who rode a bull. Tex’s trademark slogan “that ain’t no bull” was the ultimate truth in advertising. The “bull” he rode in the commercials was really a steer. Tex and his present steer, Chisholm, still perform in the Earnhardt television commercials


widely aired on Valley television stations. Tex’s sons, Hal and Jim Babe, joined him


in the business and eventually so did his grandchildren, Dodge, Derby, Bull, Nature, Ace and Wyn. The Earnhardt family, including Tex, are at their dealerships daily and provide the vision and leadership to continue their “no bull” philosophy of superior customer service and great deals. Earnhardt Auto Centers has experienced phenomenal growth over the past 62 years. It now has 17 dealerships offering 15 different franchises and employing nearly 2,000. Tex points to his family values as the source of his success. “We may sell a lot of vehicles, but you still have to sell them one at a time,” Tex says. “That’s why I’m here every day and so is my family.” 


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Biblers celebrate 65 years


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Joe and Pat Bibler and family. Joe and Pat Bibler celebrated their 65th


wedding anniversary with a family reunion in Hiawassee, Georgia at Serenity Cove on Lake Chatuge. They were married in Valparaiso, Indiana on August 21, 1948, in Immanuel Lutheran


Church. They have been blessed with three children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren; 33 family members attended and came from California, Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Georgia. The food, fun and family made for a fabulous time together. 


Vogelsangs celebrate 60 years together


Gerhard and Eva Vogelsang Our 60th wedding anniversary was


celebrated with family and friends in Calgary at the Lions Village on August 5. I was born February 5, 1932, in Cologne,


Germany. Eva was born March 7, 1929, in Danzig. Eva escaped under great risk to her life from East Germany across the fortifi ed border to West Germany. In 1952, I met Eva in Wiedenbrueck,


Westphalia, Germany when she came to the table tennis venue where we played. We met, fell in love and decided to go to Canada and did so in March 1953, as an engaged couple. We got married as soon as we had


saved enough money for a new suit for myself, an outfi t for Eva, enough money to pay for the marriage license, fl owers and a photographer. It all came together 60 years ago today, on August 5, 1953. We were married by a justice of the


peace in Ottawa. The witnesses were the two clerks in the offi ce and after having our picture taken, we splurged on a lunch. We lived frugally for three years, saving as much as we could and were able to qualify for a mortgage for our fi rst house in January 1956.


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offered me a job as offi ce and credit manager in Ottawa and in 1967, promoted me to Regional Operating and Credit Manager Western Canada, based in Calgary. I applied for and worked as a controller


for Holt Renfrew, a high-end fashion store with three branches at the time. I resigned that position and worked for Atco Structures as credit manager. After a short time, I was promoted to credit manager North America and Australia. Atco is a major company with many branches around the world.


I


worked as an investment adviser and stock broker for Richardson Greenshields, now Royal Bank of Canada. At dog and pony shows (presentations


of mutual fund companies and other companies promoting IPOs (Initial Public Offerings of shares) I met many captains of industries, politicians and interesting people. This included Alberta Premier Lougheed and Trudeau, a former Prime Minister of Canada. In 1993 I received an award for one of stock brokers in the


the most successful


company. This included a free trip for Eva and myself to Vienna. It included a trip in


— VOGELSANG cont. on page 84


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