The things you find when you move!
Here is a newspaper article so faded it’s hard to read, but it announces that I have just won a baby blue 1960 Rambler station wagon in an “I like (some product) because ………. in 25 words or less contest. Those were the days!
This was a big national contest, and several weeks after the closing date I was notified that my entry was in the top five. A Pinkerton detective was sent to interview me in my home, to ascertain that I or none of my family was employed by Quaker Oats and that I had personally written the entry, etc. Top prize was something like $10,000, which in those days was quite a bit of money.
Weeks went by. Finally, one morning I received a call from the local car dealer asking if I would be home that morning and said he was coming out, along with a representative of the Quaker Oats company. So then I knew I had won the car (second prize) and not the money. Still, it was a nice surprise and very exciting.
Problem was I had just washed my hair and they said they were bringing a photographer. Time to swallow pride. I tied a silk scarf over my head, and after the hand shaking we planted Sara and John on top of the car for a picture. . . and we were front page of the newspaper that night. Embarrassing, but I had to let Quaker get their advertising.
We drove the Rambler around town one day, then put it up for sale. With the money our family took a wonderful trip by train to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Amazing to see so much of our country in comfortable seats in a glass dome car, and the dining room was an experience!