the assistant manager of Sipe Chevrolet, my father (second from
left) presents the keys to a big 1948 Chevrolet to Denver Wood, a
coach at Cambridge High School. Denver was the instructor for
the school's new Drivers Training Course.
on are L.E. Nugent and Bob Turner of the Guernsey County Automobile
Club. This picture appeared in a half-page ad in the Daily Jeffersonian
on April 24, 1948.
to the ad, Coach Wood had gone to Dayton in January to attend the
AAA school for teachers of driving. The auto club had promised
to provide a car for Cambridge students to use, but it wouldn't
arrive for a couple of months. In the meantime, Sipe Chevrolet
equipped this car with dual controls, loaned it to the school without
charge and took out a newspaper ad to let everyone know about
their public-spirited generosity.
my father later became a Chevrolet dealer himself, he continued to
loan cars to area school districts. He wrote, High school
driver education was always high on my priority list. For many
years, dual-control equipped cars were furnished to local and
adjoining high schools without charge. As many as eight cars
per year were furnished for many years to such schools (before
consolidation) as Richwood, Magnetic Springs, Northwestern, East
Liberty, Waldo, LaRue, West Mansfield, Green Camp, Ridgedale,
Byhalia, and Prospect. I learned to drive in one of those
cars, a green '63 Chevy with a three-speed manual transmission.
was probably also in 1948 that a man who ran a plumbing business in
the small town of New Concord, Ohio, traveled eight miles east to
Sipe Chevrolet. My father sold him a car for his son, a Marine
fighter pilot who was returning from overseas.
plumber was John Glenn Sr., and his son was John Glenn Jr.
Hes seen below in earlier days with his childhood sweetheart
Annie, his wife for 76 years.
John Glenn Archives, Ohio State University
my 15th birthday in 1962, the Marine would become the first American
astronaut to orbit the Earth. After that, he served four terms
as a United States Senator.