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Dear Friends..

 
Greetings once again...
 
Since this is
The 40th Anniversary
of....

 
 
"The Moon Landing"
though it would be
"The Perfect Opportunity"
to discuss
"Some Recent Findings"
concerning
"Electric Vehicles!!"
 
That being the case,
"You Have To Wonder"
"What The Auto Industry Has Been Doing All These Years"
because
"It Only Took 66 Years"
to go from..

 
 
"The First Flight"
to..

 
 
"The Moon!!"
 
And...
 
Here it is,
"Over 110 Years"
from...

 
 
"The First Baker Electric"
and..

 
 
"They Still Don't Have It Figured Out!!"
 
"Hard To Believe"
but
"It's True!!"
 
And get this..
 
"All My New Finds"
came while researching...
 
 
 John Neil Patterson
"Originator & Leader"
of..
 
 
"The First Trip Across The Lincoln Highway In 1913!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Tripped Across"
 
 
"This Little Nugget"
concerning...
 
 
"The Argo Electric"
in
The Washington Star
which was...
 
 
"Published"
 
 
"The Same Day"
as...
 
 

"The Neil Patterson Story!!"
 
And get this...
 
"In The Same Section"
"Over 50% Of The Ads"
were for...
 
 
"Electric Vehicles!!"
 
"Hard To Believe!!"
 
I mean...
"Talk About Main Stream!!"
 
So...
 
Needless to say,
"Neil's 1913 Lincoln Highway Trip"
has been...

 
"A Huge Catalyst"
for...
 

 
"A Host Of New Information"
including...
 
 
"This 43 Page Section"
concerning
"The Evolution Of The Electric Car!!"

http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/EV/Reviews/1913-Electric_Vehicles.pdf
 
And speaking of which,
"You Won't Believe This"
but
"That's The Title"
of...

 
 
"This MSNBC Story!!"
 
However,
"As You Can See"
Mr. Carney
"Doesn't Know What He's Talking About"
because
"As We Now Know"
Electric Vehicles
were
"Totally Mainstream"
and
"Didn't Have Anything To Do With"
"The Lunatic Fringe!!"
 
But...
 
"Let's Indulge"
and
"See What He Has To Say!!"
 
Accordingly,
"The First Panel"
concerns...

 
 
"The Detroit Electric"
which is
"All Well And Good!!"
 
But...
 
Interestingly enough,
"He Failed To Mention"

 
 "Ford & Edison Had Teamed Up To Go Electric!!"
 
"Oh Well.."
 
And then...
 
"In Panel Three"
we find...
 

 
"The CitiCar"
which
"Could Only Go 50 Miles"
at
"A Top Speed Of 28mph!!"
 
And...
 
"With A Plastic Body!!"
 
Talk about
"A Piece Of Junk!!"
 
 
"They Should Be Ashamed"
because
"If You Do The Math"
"The Argo"
was doing
"26.6 mph"
with
"A Steel Body"
and
"Had Over Double The Range!!"
 
Talk about...
 
 
"A Step Backwards!!"
 
But...
 
We must go on...
 
Which leads us to
"Panel Number Four"
and...

 
 
"The GM EV!"
which
"Isn't Much Better!!"
 
And all this...
"After Billions Of Dollars!!"
 
I mean...
 
 
"What's Wrong With This Picture!!"
 
"Another Plastic Matchbox"
with
"Only A 50 Range!!"
 
And...
 
"Then It Gets Worse"
as...
 
 
"We Enter The Golf Cart Era!!"
 
I mean...
"Can You Believe It!!"
 
 
"99 Year Later"
and...
 
 
"This Is What They Come Up With!!" 
 
Talk about..
"The Lunatic Fringe!!"
and
"The Chrome Emblems"
are
"Extra!!"
 
"What The Hell Were They Thinking!!"
 
I mean...
"Does Anyone Have A Brain!!"
 
Because,
"Last But Not Least"
we have...
 
 

"The Chevy Volt"
which
"Even By 1909 Standards"
is still on
"The Dark Side Of The Moon!!"
 
Warmest Regards,
 
 
 
PS...
 
"Click Here"
http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/EV/Review/1913-Electric_Vehicles.pdf
to download...
 
 
"The 1913 Electric Vehicle Issue"
(6.7 mb)
and
"Here"
http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/EV/Review/1914-Electric_Vehicles.pdf
for...
 
 
"The 1914 Electric Vehicle Issue"
and
http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/EV/Review/1915-Electric_Vehicles.pdf
"Here"
for...
 
 
"The 1915 Issue!"
 
I guarantee...
"They Will Blow Your Mind!!"
 
"Feel Free"
to
"Print Them Out"
and
"Pass Them Around!!"
 
In closing,
thought you might like to know
"A Little About"
 
 
John Neil Patterson
and..
 
 
"The Sunshine Crew!!"
 
Well...
 
Hard to Believe,
but
"Neil Was Also"

 
"An Olympic Athlete"
who placed...
 

 
"7th"
in...

 
 
"The High Jump"
at...
 
 
"The 1908 London Games!!"
 
And...
 
"That's Only Half The Story"
because...
 
 

"He Usually Came In First"
and...
 
 
"Has A Who Slew Of Medals"
and...
 
                    
 
"Ribbons To Prove I"
while
"A Star"
on
"The Detroit University Track Team"
aka
"Liggett University School!!"
 
Talk about
"A Small World!!"
 
And then it gets better...
 
Because,
"During The War"
he was incharge of...
 
 
"Aircraft Production"
all the while being
"Founder & Vice President"
of...

 
 
"Los Angeles Trailer Company"
aka
"Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company"
who was
"The Largest Trailer Manufacturer West of Chicago!!"
 
http://www.utilitytrailer.com/
 
Pretty Cool!!
 
But get this...
 
"Neil & Los Angeles Trailer"
"Has Been Recognized"
as...

 
 
"The First"
to make...
 
 
"Automobile Trailors From Scratch!!"
 
But then it gets better..
 
Because,
"After The War"
he started making trucks under the name of...
 
 
"The Patterson Motor Truck Company!!"
 
And get this...
 
 
"This Similar Article"
was
"Right Next To"
 
 
"This Story"
about
The Knights Of Columbus
providing
"Aid & Comfort"
for...
 
 
"The 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy!!"

So..
 
Like I said,
"It's A Small World!!"
 


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