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October 15, 2012
Tom, There are more memories of you than I can list without writing a book. So I will list two: Cars and Motorcycles. I remember watching you drag race your 57' Chevy at the drag strip. The pale yellow 69' Chevelle that you had repainted dark metalic green. The Ford Bronco you took us out 4 wheeling in after a deep snow and going through a ditch and hitting a bump sending me to the roof hitting my head "ok put your seat belt on". The Corvette you had we were going over Cedar Street Bridge about 100 mph and I thought we were ging to go air born going over the top of it. Last I remember coming back from Minnesota. You, Galen and I in his Dodge Demon. It was late at night and Galen was sleeping when we stopped to relieve ourselves. When we took of again you asked me if I wanted to drive (I was 14). Sure, I said, and we took off down the highway. When Galen woke up and looked between the seats and realized you were'nt driving he said if we get pulled over you were paying the ticket. Now motorcycles, I remember the BSA you bought new years ago when I was young and you took us up the hill by McCluggage bridge. It was so exciting I couldn't believe it. Years later you bought a old Husqvarna 250 that I rode all summer at the Cat proving grounds. Late that summer we were sitting on the back porch at Mom and Dads one night and you asked me if I wanted to go for a ride on your 76' Sporster. We were on some back roads when you pulled over and asked me if I wanted to drive (I was 15). You said that I've been riding that Husky all summer and that I could handle the Sporster. I remember going with you down to Oakland and looking at your last new Harley through the side of the crate, but lastly I remember the trip you, Ed, and little Tom made back to Illinois. Before you guys arrived I found a nice batch of Morel mushrooms. The day after you arrived we fried them up and they were excellent. After we enjoyed the mushrooms, little Tom was looking around the back yard in wonder when he asked what kind of mushrooms we just ate were. We all busted out laughing because he had never seen lightning bugs. I will miss you!
Love, your brother Matt
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