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Do you remember fender skirts?

Published 3:52pm Friday, April 17, 2009

Do you remember fender skirts?

This question was posed to me via e-mail last week. My response — how well do I remember! The year was 1968 and it was the first time (actually the only time) that I have ordered a new car according to my own specifications. My choice was a beautiful two-door hardtop Pontiac Executive — white with a black vinyl top, whitewalls and, of course, fender skirts.

I’ll never forget my excitement when it arrived and I drove it home. But so much for my reminiscing.

Next Thursday, at 11:15 a.m., we celebrate birthdays of our members born in April. If they all come, there should be about 40. Margie Eerdmans will provide special cello music for the occasion so come to the party, wish the birthday guys and gals a happy day and then, if you make an advance reservation, stay for the ham dinner.

Community Education is offering the 4-hour Driver Improvement Refresher course on April 24 at the Public Library from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please register and pay the $18 fee in the Community Ed office. Call 998-0544 for more information.

A reminder of the timely educational financial seminar: “Outlook & Opportunities — Don’t Fear the Bear” with Edward Jones financial advisor, Mike Alt, Jr., on April 22 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center.

Volunteers are a very valuable asset at the Senior Center and to honor and thank them, a Volunteer Recognition program is planned for Monday, April 27, at 1 p.m. There will be entertainment by Jim Larsen, gifts of appreciation for the volunteers and also refreshments. All Senior Center volunteers are invited to attend. Be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss this special event.

Back to those fender skirts — it just occurred to me that perhaps I assumed too much, thinking everyone was familiar with them. By way of explanation, they are pieces of bodywork that cover the upper portions of the rear tires of an automobile. I always thought they were strictly for aesthetic purposes, but after a little research, I find there were also aerodynamic reasons.

Rather than air flowing into and being trapped in the rear wheel well, it flows smoothly over the bodywork. Fender skirts were most popular in the 1950s and 1960s but they seem to have lost favor somewhere in the 1970s.

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