Mar 052012

If you are on this site, you have probably figured out that I have something of a fascination with cars. What probably doesn’t come through, though, is an interest in history that is more than passing. Indeed, my collection of nonfiction books dwarfs the two small shelves of novels at the back of my office. History has always fascinated me for one simple reason: it is why we are where we are.

If you were to assume, then, that cars that have a history are especially fascinating to me, you would be correct.

Strangely enough, it was by way of a very modern device that I found out about Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure by Matthew Algeo. It was a warm April morning and I had just arrived at work and began to check the Twitter feeds I manage for my job. Close to the top of my personal feed was a tweet from @Jalopnik that read “The secret of Harry Truman’s lost 1953 Chrysler” and included a link to this article.

I love stories like that. Someone finds a car in a barn that has sat disused for decades, only to find that it has some serious history behind it. This was one of the coolest things I had read in a while.

But I had work to do. So, I retweeted the original post and went back to my workday. Continue reading »