Ho - A bit behind on the mail.
I've always wanted a hearse ... well, "always?" Kathy McIntosh
had one. Margaret Fabrizio [sp?] had one. And, yes, Phil Belt
had one when I met him, in '76 at Stonington, roving the coast
dressed up like Ben Franklin, whom he greatly resembled. I
missed my best chance a few years ago, at a _red_ Mercury hearse,
advertised as having been used as a prop in some movie called
"sisters" or some such; "Blood red interior. Back seat never
sat in." 'tis not so easy to come by a nice one as one might
think, but the space, the rollers, the cachet, the ease in
I have before me a copy of an [unpublished, I think] paper
by Patrick, Susan B, and L.Donald Partridge, _A case for the
18th Century Harpsichord Case,_ which deals with the coincidence
of fit of a "Taskin" harpsichord to a 1965 Oldsmobile hearse,
complete with illustrations showing a Kingston instrument
being fitted into, or removed from, the vehicle by the costumed
I'd forgot the names of the writers when, in Albuquerque some
years back, the subject came up - and I learned that I was
visiting with the authors! How on earth did I get hold of the
paper? Memory fails.
I make do with a series of big station wagons; the latest is
an '86 Buick Electra, in which I lately took a nearly 9' box
to Berkeley. In this beast I've no need to flip things over.
But on other occasions I've done so with no untoward effects,
save the time with a Zuckermann Italian when I forgot that
the name board slides out, and I managed to dump the keys in
John Barnes in Edinburgh pointed out that his small right-drive
wagon was a perfect size for the portapianos which he found
while driving around the north country. I used to see folk
driving right-drive cars around the 'Mericun northwest; I
suspect that it's now illegal except maybe for collectors'
I still await a chance to get a vanity plate for a hearse;