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Posted by Jim Botticelli October 7, 2013 12:31 PM
A motorist pushes his empty car on Hyde Park Av, 1973
"Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperately? I say what we really need is a car that can be shot when it breaks down." ... Russell Baker
It was a shock to the system. Suddenly gasoline prices that long held steady at 32.9 a gallon regular began to take off. Boomers, used to the relative economic stability of 60's American fuel prices, experienced a crisis of confidence. Call it a first world problem, and it mos' def is, but this writer remembers his then girlfriend getting up at 5am to get in line early to feed her Firebird. Car-free me? I just pressed the snooze button. Frequently she'd return dejected. The stations, she'd report, were already out of fuel. Time for the C-line, a virtual cattle car.
"Oil prices have fallen lately. We include this for the benefit of gas stations which otherwise wouldn't have learned about it for six months." ... Bill Tammeus/Toronto's National Newspaper
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About the authorJim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »
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