The Lincoln Highway
National Museum & Archives
Washington Office

(202) 536-5329



Dear Friends,
 
Greetings..
 
And..
 
Speaking of..
 
 
"Guiding Stars!!"
 
Hope you had,
"A Merry Christmas!!"
 
That being the case,
THIS YEAR'S 
"Inaugural Presentation"
WAS and or IS
to be
"My Gift To America"
as..
 
 
"The Spirit of The Lincoln Way"
would make it's...
 
 
"First Modern Day Appearance"
in
"Almost 30 Years"
HIGH ATOP
 
 
"The Spirit of the Lincoln Way"
Fire Truck
in what would be
"Our 4th Inaugural Appearance!!"
 
"The First"
being..
 
 
"2001"
 
 
"The Second"
in..
 
 
"2005"
and..
 
 
"The Third"
in..
 
 
"2009"
for
"The Lincoln Bicentennial!!"
 
Accordingly,
"You Might Wonder"
HOW
"Did This Happen!!"
 
Well..
 
It's Really
UNBELIEVABLE
as
"One Day Back In 1999"
CHECKED
 
 
"The White House Millennium Council Web Site"
 
 
(The Museum Was The Largest Sponsor of Millennium Trails In The Nation)
and
"Learned About"
THE BIG CELEBRATION
at..
 
 
"The Lincoln Memorial!!"
 
That being the case,
CALLED
"A Friend & DC Mover & Shaker"
 
 
David Curfman
 
 
(We Grew Up Together In CAR)
to
"See What He Knew!!"
 
Unfortunately,
"He Didn't Know Anything"
about
"The Lincoln"
BUT
"He Said..He Was Hosting"
 
 
"The Bicentennial of George Washington's Funeral"
and..
 
 
"Would I Like To Come..As His Guest!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Mentioned It To Mom"
and
"She Said"
 
 
George Coryell
(She Was A Coryell)
was not only
"One of Washington's Pall Bearers"
BUT..
 
 
"He Played A Critical Role In The Battle Of Trenton!!"
(236 Years Ago Today)
 
Well...
 
"How Could You Say..NO!!"
 
So..
 
 
"Off I Went!!"
 
Now..
 
"This Is Where It Gets Really Interesting"
BECAUSE
"Also Present"
was..
 
 
"The Commanding General"
(General Ivany)
of
"The Military District of Washington!!"
 
Accordingly,
"After The Service"
there was
"A Reception At Gadsby's Tavern"
(A Hangout For General Washington & Others)
 
"One Thing Led To Another"
and
EVENTUALLY
"I Talked With The General & His Wife"
(Just Small Talk)
who
"Shortly Thereafter Left For The Evening!!"
 
At the time,
"Thought To Myself"
BOY..
"That Was A Missed Opportunity"
when
MOMENTS LATER
"He Came Back Into The Room"
and
FOR SOME REASON
"Took Up Position"
RIGHT NEXT TO ME
as
"David Curfman Came Over And Did The Same!!"
 
Then..
 
"What Happened Next"
IS
"Truly Amazing"
as
"David Says..You Know I'm From Galion, Ohio!!"
(I Mean..Where Did That Come From)
and
"The General Says..You Know My Wife's Parents Are From Galion!!"
 
"I Mean..Really!!"
 
"WHAT ARE THE ODDS ON THAT!!"
 
Next thing you know,
"Were Having A Much Different Conversation"
as
"They Get To Meet"
 
 
"President Lincoln!!"
 
Accordingly,
"They Both Showed Genuine Interest In My Work"
so
"The Next Day"
STOPPED BY FORT MCNAIR
to
"Drop Off A Copy"
of..
 
 
"The Lincoln Highway Comes Of Age"
that
"I Made Up"
for
"The Millennium Council!!"
 
Well..
 
"Hard To Believe"
BUT
"Shortly Thereafter"
was
"Having Dinner With The General & His Family!!"
(Not 48 Hours After Arriving In Washington)
 
Accordingly,
"During the Course of The Evening"
there were
"Many Topics Of Interest"
and
GET THIS
"I Even Fixed Their Computer That Was Having Trouble Printing!!"
 
In any event,
"At One Point"
The General Said,
"You Know I've Been Thinking About Galion"
and
"I Seem To Recall My West Point Roommate Was From Galion!!"
 
So..
 
Naturally,
"You Have To Ask"
to which
"I Almost Fell Off The Chair"
when
"He Answered..Terry Strickler"
who
"Just Happened To Be"
"One Of My Best Friend's..Older Brother!!"
 
I mean..
"What Are The Odds!!"
 
And...
 
Get this...
 
"Over The Years..He Lost Touch!!"
 
So..
 
Later that night,
"Called My Friend With The News"
and
"Requested Current Contact Information!!"
 
Next Day..
 
 
"Went To The Millennium Ceremony"
with
"The Info"
since
"He Said He Would Be There!!"
 
Unfortunately,
"Couldn't Find Him"
so
"Asked The Leader Of The Army Band For Help!!"
 
Well..
 
Apparently,
"He Got Tied Up"
so
"He Pointed To A Man Standing Off To The Side"
(In A Beige Overcoat)
and
"Suggested I Give It To Him!!"
 
And..
 
"That Was That!!"
 
Two months later,
was back for..
 
 
"The Lincoln Birthday Celebration"
and
"There He Was Again!!"
 
Not Only
"The General"
(We Were Good Friends By Now)
but
"The Man Standing Off To The Side!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Approached"
(The Man In The Overcoat)
and said
"Remember Me!"
 
And..
 
"That Was That!!"
 
Then..
 
"Shortly Thereafter"
was at
The Lincoln Symposium
at
The Library of Congress
and
"Stopped By Fort McNair"
to..
 
 
"Check On MDW Support"
for..
 
 
 
"The Day Mr. Lincoln Came To Town"
wherein..
 
 
"The Spirit of Mr. Lincoln"
and
Marie Biehl
(Her Father In Law Was At Gettysburg For Lincoln's Speech)
LIT
"The Sacred Fire Of Liberty"
per..
 
 
"The Charge"
from
President Clinton"
 
Unfortunately,
"It Was The End Of The Day"
and
"The Only One In The Office"
(Ceremonies & Special Events)
was
"The Office Manager"
aka
"The Army Band Leader From The Millennium..Now Retired And Working As A Civilian"
and
"My Request Was Above His Pay Grade!!"
 
Accordingly,
he said,
"You'll Have To Ask The Director"
TOMORROW!!
 
Well..
 
Unfortunately,
"I Wasn't Going To Be In Town Tomorrow"
so
"Put My Tail Between My Legs"
and
"Headed For The Door"
with
"The Office Manager"
when
SUDDENLY
"The Director Appeared"
and
"Believe It Or Not"
HE
was..
 
 
"The Man In The Overcoat..Standing Off To The Side!!"
 
Well..
 
Needless to say,
"We Both Smiled"
and
"For The First Time"
we
"Introduced Ourselves!!"
 
Accordingly,
"He Invited Me Into His Office"
and
"For The Two Hours We Talked"
about..
 
 
"The Lincoln Highway Comes Of Age"
A Nationwide Millennium Project
 
"Hard To Believe!!"
 
And..
 
Get This..

"He Was Fairly Knowledgeable On The Subject"
SINCE
"He Grew Up On"
The Lincoln Highway!!
 
"I Mean...Really!!"
 
"What Are The Odds!!"
 
And..
 
Speaking of which,
"Several Months Later"
RECEIVED
this..
 
 
"Invitation"
for..
 
 
"The General's"
 
 
 
"Change Of Command Ceremony"
which was
"The Catalyst"
for..
 
 
 
"These Two Iconic Shots"
as..
 
 
"The Fire Truck & I Were His Guests"
ON BASE
 
Accordingly,
"Tom Was There"
and
"Got The 50 Cent Tour Of The Spirit"
before
"Heading Off"
to..
 
 
"The Zero Milestone"
(Start of the 1919 Army Convoy)
and..
 
 
"Times Square"
on ..
 

"The Long Journey Into History!!"
 
Unfortunately,
"That Didn't Last Long"
as
"The Spirit Broke Down"
and
"Had To Pull Off"
before
COMPLETING
 
 
"The Mission"
to
"Raise The Flag In All 450 Lincoln Highway Towns"
from
"New York To San Francisco"
THEN
"Re-Claim"
 
 
"Lincoln Park As The End Of The Lincoln Highway"
ON
"The Same Spot"
for..
 
 
"The 85th Anniversary"
(Two Years Later)
of..
 
 
 
"The 1915 Film & Flag Tour!!"
 
Accordingly,
"During The Down Time"
CALLED
(Tom)
"To Check In"
and
"During The Course Of The Conversation"
he mentioned
"He Just Got Back From Checking The Inaugural Parade Route!!"
 
Hmmm..
 
Well..
 
"At The Time..Had No Idea"
so
POPPED
"The Logical Question"
i.e.
"What Do You Have To Do With The Inauguration"
to which he replied,
"I'm In Charge!!"
 
REALLY..
 
Well..
 
"One Thing Led To Another"
and
"I Asked What He Thought"
about
"The Spirit of the Lincoln Way!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Since He'd Seen It At The Change Of Command"
he said,
"Get Me Some Info"
and
"I'll Get It To The Right Place!!"
 
And...
 
"That Was That!!"
 
"Never Really Thought It Would Happen"
so
"I'm Sure you Can Imagine My Surprise"
when..
 
 
"I Got The Call"
and..
 
 
Steve Garvey, Mary Lou Retton, Johnny Bench & MS America
were..
 
 
"Assigned As Float Riders!!"
 
Accordingly,
"To This Day"
have no idea
"How It Really Happened"
since
"I Never Really Applied!!"
 
So..
 
"Think It Is Safe To Say"
it was
"A Gift"
from
"The Universe"
based on
ALL
"The Strange Circumstances!!"
 
That being the case,
"Never Really Planned"
on
"A Second"
SO
"Others Might Experience The Thrill As Well!!"
 
But then..
 
"The Strangest Thing Happened"
as
"After Several Years Of Research"
PUT
"The Pieces Together"
for
"The First Time"
in
MODERN HISTORY
indicating
CONTRARY
to..
 
 
 
"The Prevailing View"
The Lincoln Highway
DID
 
 
"In Fact"
 
 
GO THROUGH
 
 
"The Nation's Capitol"
(Note The Date..97 Years Ago Today)
as..
 
 
"The Perfect Roadway"
DOWN
 
 
"Pennsylvania Avenue!!"
 
"Hard To Believe!!"
 
And..
 
"Then It Gets Better"
BECAUSE
 
 
"The Chairman"
aka
"Colonel Robert N. Harper"
of..
 
 
"The Washington Lincoln Highway Committee"
was also..
 
 
"Chairman"
of..
 
 
"President Wilson's 1917 Inauguration!!"
 
Well..
 
"How Could I NOT Apply"
for
"The 2005 Parade"
NOW
"Knowing"
for
"The Parade Route"
was
IN FACT
"The Lincoln Highway"
and..
 
 
"The Inaugural Chairman"
made it
ALL
 
 
"Happen!!"
 
Accordingly,
THIS TIME
wanted to
INCLUDE
"As Many People As Possible"
i.e.
 
 
"The Firemen"
(They Came In From All Across The Continent)
to
HONOR
 
 
"The 343 Fallen"
as well as..
 
 
"Mickey Rooney"
 
 
 
(He Sang The Lincoln Highway Radio Show Theme Song In The 1939 MGM Film Babes In Arms)
http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/Radio/Radio-Index.html
and..
 
 
"A Handful of Special American's"
 
 
 
(As You Can See..Their Teacher Put Together Quite A Welcome On The Way to the 2001 Parade)
that..
 
 
"Helped Make The Journey A Success!!"
 
Then came
"The Lincoln Bicentennial"
and..
 
 
"2009 Parade"
which
HIGHLIGHTED
The 90th Anniversary
of..
 
 
"The 1919 Army Convoy"
http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.org/MTC/MTC-Personnel-Index.html
and
FEATURED
 
 
"An Army Escort"
(The Motor Pool Guys Came Up From Fort Eustis)
wearing
"Authentic WWI Uniforms"
"Made Special"
and..
 
 
"Complete with Medal"
by..
 
 
"Wendy Partridge"
 
 
"The Award Winning Canadian Designer"
(Genie..Canadian Oscar)
for...
 
 
Passchendaele
who
"Worked Night & Day For Two Weeks Over Christmas"
and
"Completely Donated Her Work For The Parade!!"
(Over $35,000)
 
And then..
 
There was..
 
 
"The 1917 Harley"
(The Riders Grandfather Was On The Convoy..She Donated His Medal To Be Copied)
and..
 
 
"The 1917 Model T"
with..
 
 
"The Two Sons"
(Art with Daughter & Enos)
of..
 
 
"The Two Pilots"
(Capt Herrington & Lt Enos)
from
"The 1919 Convoy!!"
 
In addition,
"Also On Board"
was
"Mr. Lincoln"
with..
 
 
"The Sacred Fire Of Liberty"
and
 
 
"The Two Liberty Keys"
(Elements To Fulfill The Mission)
 
 


 
 
(Keys To The Bastille Given To General Washington & The Masons As The Trophy of Liberty's Triumph Over Despotism)
from..
 
 
"The 2005 Parade"
along with..
 
 
"The Editor"
of..
 
 
"The Scottish Rite Journal"
who was
"On Board"
to..
 
 
 
"Write The Article About Tom"
and..
 
 
EXPERIENCE
"The Parade..First Hand!!"
 
So..
 
"There You Have It
HOW
"We Got From Point A To Point B"
 
"Will Follow Up Shortly"
with
"The Vision"
for
"The 2013 Parade"
once
"I Get Some Shut Eye"
 
Until then..
 
Warmest Regards,
 
 
 
Craig Harmon, Director
202-536-5329
 

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