I got another dog at PawsChicago on Clybourn Avenue in Chicago. His color reminded me of Rusty and so does his temperament. He is house trained, vaccinated, neutered, micro-chipped and house trained. The donation fee for the adoption included the first vet visit and dog training. His name is Chuck and he is an 11 month old Labrador retriever mix.
Visit to cemetery on 1st Mother’s Day without her. Headstone reads “Best in the World” – the same as dad’s to the left of her.
The crosstown series between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox is now history with both teams sweeping the three games at their home. The White Sox won the last 3 and that is what feels better! Will they meet again in the World Series. Unlikely but you never know!
by Frank Ochal
The American MGB Association held its 31st annual Meet on June 20 – 21, 2008 at Armagh near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The event was held in conjunction with the annual Roadster Factory Summer Party. This event has been going on for many years and this was purported to be the last one. I will be sad to see it go but there were hints that it may be resurrected in a different format and not every year.
On Friday, there was a barbecue picnic for the participants which consisted of hamburgers and hot dogs. They were then treated to music by Roadster Factory employee. The traditional Summer Party bonfire and a bedsheet drive-in movie showing “Animal House” followed the barbecue.
On Saturday, many of the cars participated in a “poker rallye” consisting of 86 miles of scenic driving. Participants received a playing card at stops along the way. The winning poker won a cash prize. Technical and information seminars were given at the Roadster Factory headquarters in Armagh during the afternoon.
Late Saturday afternoon, a downtown Indiana, Pennsylvania street near the Coventry Inn was closed off for the car show. The Coventry Inn is a British restaurant owned by Charles Runyan and he also serves at its chief chef. The cars lined up on the street in various classes awaiting popular vote balloting.
A fine meal was prepared for each of the participants at staggered times so that a quality meal could be served. This also allowed for a three hour voting and display while dinner was being served.
Secretary Margie Springer and myself handled the AMGBA awards presentation.
It was great to meet many of our long time members in the this area of the country.
Margie Springer and myself were kept busy all day signing up new members and providing other member services at the AMGBA table.
The AMGBA wishes to thank Charles Runyan an John Swauger at the entire staff of the Roadster Factory and Coventry Inn for hosting the event.
Winners of the American MGB Association popular vote were as follows:
RUBBER BUMPER MGBs
1. ’77, white – James Young, Canton, OH
2. ’79, black – Jeff Lee, Belle Vernon, PA
3. ’79, black – Howard & Joan Henry, Indiana,PA
CHROME BUMPER MGBs
1. ’65, white – Jim Royal, Warren, OH
MGB – GTs
1. ’72, green – Marilyn Phillippi, Homer City, PA
2. ’74, white – Scott Reinhardt, Spencer, OH
1. ’72, red – Bud Osborne, McDonald, PA
For information on next year’s event or on the American MGB Association, please contact the AMGBA, P. O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611; phone: (773) 878-5055; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: mgclub.org .
1st place chrome bumper B – ’65 of Jim Royal
1st place rubber bumper B – ’77 B of James Young
1st place B-GT – ’72 V-8 of Marilyn Phillippi
1st place Midget – ’72 of Bud Osborne
2nd place B-GT – ’74 of Scott Reinhardt
2nd place rubber bumper B – ’79 of Jeff Lee
3rd place rubber B – ’79 of Howard and Joan Henry
Charles Runyan saying farewell to his Summer Party attendees
|Margie Springer announcing the winners||The Roadster Factory – site of AMGBA Meet 2008|
With the Bulls and Blackhawks not in the playoffs, everyone is excited about the upcoming baseball season. As I write this both the White Sox and Cubs are in first place. Not a surprising start for the Cubs by the start of the White Sox is a pleasant surprise.
I went to the White Sox opener and tailgated in the parking lot. They won the game on Joe Crede’s grand slam. I also went to the Yankees game in Chicago with an ardent Yankees fan.
The White Sox erected a monument outside the front gate to the 2005 World Series Champions. My mother bought me a brick for Christmas that will be part of it with the inscription “2005 White Sox, Dreams Come True, Frank Ochal”. Look for it when you go to the park.
With the real estate slump, my business has been down a little. I have doing more criminal and family law cases. Prices are still holding up in Chicago but most of my work seem to involve the seller having problems making payments. It is a good time for buyers and there are many good deals out there on property!
Not much good in Chicago sports right now, with the Bears and Bulls struggling. The only bright spot seems to be the Blackhawks and their decision to place home games on TV. Go Hawks and it is about time.
With the White Sox season over, the Cubs heading for the playoff, the Bears open the season disappointingly. Let’s hope they get well playing the Lions.
The bats continue to struggle while the pitching has been OK. Hopefully the bats will come around before they get too far out of 1st place.
The White Sox open the season playing OK baseball. The pitiching staff has looked strong including the 5th starter, John Danks. We now need to get the hitter to start hitting and we can be a legitimate contender in the tough AL central