American Graffiti Compilation to Johnnie B. Good

This is from one of my favorite movies. It was about high school kids and the car culture during the year I graduated high school.

It’s the proverbial end of summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It’s the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east.

Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is seen as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead-end town. Curt’s beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words “I love you” to him.

As Curt tries to find that blonde while trying to get away from a local gang who have him somewhat hostage, Curt may come to a decision about his immediate future.

Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave his girlfriend, head cheerleader, and Curt’s sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening “negotiating” the state of their relationship.

Carroll Shelby In His Own Words

Many years ago I had the privilege of meeting Caroll Shelby. My next-door neighbor was the VP of Sales and then President of the Budweiser distributor in Orange County California. Consequently, he was well connected in the racing world and could get access to pretty much any event he wanted. Two racing people I was able to meet via his connections were Carrol Shelby and Paul Newman.

Paul Newman was actually a pretty quiet guy and didn’t talk much. Mr. Shelby, on the other hand, would talk your arm off and was the kind of guy you wish you had as a next-door neighbor. Anyway, we went to this chile cook-off in Newport Beach and I got to enjoy some Caroll Shelby chile and chat a bit.

What a great down-home guy he was. So if you take the time to watch this video you will see he was genuine and not phony in any way. This is the type of person whose handshake was as good and any contract a team of lawyers might draw up because he always delivered the goods.