What do you remember about your first car?

September 29, 2013 

"I maried in '47. I didn't learn to drive till I was 23. It was a two-door Ford. My husband (Earl Bollman) told me to take it down the road, and it turned over in a ditch. I was pregnant at the time. I climbed out the side door. Now, I drive a 1995 Olds Supreme. It's nice, but it's a two-door and my friends, who are old like I am, have a hard time climbing in back. "

LaVerne Moll, 89

Swansea

retired nurse, worked at St. Elizabeth's, then Memorial for 28 years

"My first car was a Ford Explorer. It was a surprise. I came around the corner and it had balloons on it sitting on the driveway. I thought it was so cool. It was country green with tan trim. It had a sunroof and four-wheel drive. I'd go off the road and play in the snow."

Ken Yancy II, 27

Belleville

SLU student majoring in public administration

"I had a 1955 Chevrolet Impala. I bought it for $45 and had to rebuild the engine and get it road-worthy. I think I was 16 at the time. I found it in a neighboring backyard. Now, I drive a 2008 Lincoln MKZ. I like the MKZ better. The Impala didn't have air conditioning and had rust all over it, but it held a lot of good memories."

John Miller, 65

Collinsville

mayor

"It was a 1966 Mustang. It used more oil than it did gas. I had it about 21/2 years. Then it started using too much oil. I got rid of it and got a 1964 Pontiac Catalina."

Chester Townzen, 58

Collinsville

taped drywall in new homes before retiring because of a disability.

"I had a 1961 Chevrolet Impala. I liked that it ran real good and it was cheap on gas. I drove it for over three years. I blew the engine and had to get another car. I got a '64 Ford pick-up truck."

James Conn Sr., 59

Collinsville

aircraft mechanic for Boeing and commander for Post 5691 Veterans of Foreign Wars

"It was a '65 Opal GT. It was white, small and had a stick shift. I paid $500 for it. I had it about a year. I sold it to my sister when she got her driver's license. Then, I got a 1971 Javelin."

Mark Lankford, 56

Collinsville

foreman for housing and grounds at SIUE

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