Tuesday, January 23, 2007

You're Doing Fine Oklahoma

Mills of the gods

The good people of Tulsa are getting ready to dig up a 1957 Plymouth that was buried under their court house lawn in 1957. 1957 was the 50th anniversary of the admission of Oklahoma to the union. Oklahomans, back then, thought that when they celebrated the hundreth anniversary, this year, it would be nice for someone to win a shiny new car. So they buried a Plymouth. They took some precautions to try to keep the car in pristine condition, but no one is sure if they will be digging up a pile of rust or not. The winner is the person who came closest to predicting Tulsa's 2007 population back in 1957. The entries are on microfilm, in a steel cannister, in the Plymouth.

I imagine that a lot of people back then thought that the future would be very different. Movies of the era seemed to predict flying cars, people living in the sky and food from pills. I am sure that many people thought that most of the drudgery work would be done by robots now.

There have been a lot of changes. But anyone from 1957 would easily recognize the problems in the middle east today. So a lot has stayed the same.What else do you think those crazy 1950s Tulsans put in that car ?Maybe some products of the era. Those would be cool to see. As of now, the only place I know of to see goods purchased in the 1950s is my mother's pantry.

If this were a TV show, the car would be dug up with a skeleton at the steering wheel and the town would be enveloped in a real mystery. a fifty year old cold case. I guess that is too much to hope for, but you never know. The car will probably have old bumber stickers on it. Maybe "I like Ike" from the previous election or "Visit Beautiful Tulsa".

The most likely thing to happen will be that someone has locked the keys in the car. I can just about guaraantee you that. If the keys not buried, someone would have stolen the car by now.Likewise if the car were unlocked. So my guess is that the keys were locked in the car. Of course, if there is a skeleton at the sterring wheel, that will prove that locking the keys in the car did not deeter all crime, merely theft.

What would you do with a 1957 Plymouth ? It would not run on today's gas. It would not have seat belts . It might have airconditioning, but it probably does not. I bet it has white wall tires.I think that the best thing to do with it would be to bury it for the bicentennial of Oklahoma in 2107. Let them figure out how to deal with it.

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