May 30, 2016

Saturday Ramblings: May 28, 2016 – Race Version

Ain’t no ramblin’ Rambler today, friends. This is Race Weekend here in Indy, and a special one at that. This Memorial Day Sunday will mark the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500. Your chaplain won’t be going anywhere near 16th and Georgetown tomorrow, however. Officials announced the first sellout in […]

Saturday Ramblings, May 21, 2016

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready to Ramble? It’s graduation season, and you can tell something about a school by who it brings in for commencement speaker. Even small, non-distinguished schools can bring in important thinkers and speakers if they try. Carthage College nabbed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. High Point University […]

Saturday Ramblings, May 14, 2016

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend? Ready to Ramble? Well, Chaplain Mike should be happy. His beloved Cubs suck much less than usual this year. At least, that’s what I’m told. I don’t watch baseball. Life is waaay too short to watch baseball. A Giant Tortoise’s life is too short to watch baseball. This […]

Saturday Ramblings: May 7, 2016

This 1962 Rambler advertisement promised mothers that their two-year-olds would be in kindergarten before their car needed its first chassis lubrication. However, given the primitive understanding of “child safety” that this picture indicates, he would have been lucky if he made it to age three! We’ve come a long way in that regard, haven’t we? I remember climbing all over […]

Saturday Ramblings, April 30th, 2016

Hello friends. We are letting the good Chaplain have a Saturday off this week (he’s traveling to Texas to see if Joel Osteen will give a blurb for his book). So you are stuck with me. Ready to Ramble? Speaking of our good friend Joel, did you know that Morgan Freeman recently popped in to […]

Saturday Ramblings: April 23, 2016

Spotted this week in and around Indianapolis: a lot of folks driving convertibles with the tops down! Yes, we finally cracked the 80 degree mark and made a move toward summer. How I wish I had one of these impressive Nash Ambassadors to tool around town in! And what a sweet paint job! That is one gorgeous […]

Saturday Ramblings: April 16, 2016

Happy Saturday! This week some friends of ours are at the Grand Canyon, enjoying the magnificent views. When I was kid back in the day our family made the prototypical vacation trip west to visit relatives in Arizona and I’ll never forget how impressed I was with the western landscapes. So here’s an old ad encouraging […]

Saturday Ramblings: April 9, 2016

The world where I live is greening up, though as usual, spring can’t make up its mind about whether to revert to winter or sprint toward summer. But the grass is green and diaphanous sage-colored leaves are forming on the trees. So I thought I’d post this pretty little Rambler wagon today in two-tone green as a […]

Saturday Ramblings: April 2, 2016 – Opening Day Edition

Today’s vintage Rambler advertisement came from 1960, a year or two before your intrepid Chaplain started his Little League career. So the boys piling into the pink station wagon would have been the “big boys” that I looked up to back then, especially if they were wearing baseball uniforms. And this is the weekend! Tomorrow, […]

Saturday Ramblings: March 19, 2016

Today, we look at the origins of the Rambler automobile. The Thomas B. Jeffery Company (he of Rambler bicycle manufacturing) began building one-cylinder Ramblers in a converted 19th-century bicycle plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin. By the late 1890s Jeffery, along with his son Charles, was smitten with the notion of building automobiles so he sold his interest in G&J […]