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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

bud hangs out the window, 1903

Say you are a well-off young doctor visiting San Francisco from your native Vermont in May of 1903.  You're looking for a thrill, and you rather like these newfangled automobiles, even though most people think they're a passing fad.  You don't own one, you've hardly ever driven one, and there's no AAA to help you, young man. What of it?  You buy a car, you hire a mechanic to come along, and you head up the Sacramento Valley and the Oregon Trail, destination back home to Vermont.
You know what this is missing?  A dog.  Luckily for us, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson felt the same way, and picked up a white pitbull outside Caldwell, Idaho.  It seems he paid $15 for him, which in 1903 bucks was some sizable investment.  Dr. Jackson named him Bud Nelson, got him a pair of doggy goggles (don't forget, the whole car was open in 1903), and the rest is history.  History that I never knew till this morning, but Ken Burns has gotten there and made the movie ahead of me.  Have a look!
Spoiler:  Bud lived with the Jackson family happily ever after; Dr. Jackson got busted once for speeding - over the 6 mph limit.

1 comment:

parlance said...

Looks like an interesting film. I'll try to find out where I can see it.