Useless Knowledge to Share

In 1999, a man from Tennessee applied for a marriage license, listing Mustang Ford as the bride’s name. Yes, he was marrying his Ford Mustang. He listed the bride’s father as Henry Ford, her place of birth as Detroit, MI and blood type as 10W40. While the clerk could relate to the man’s love of his mustang, the marriage license was rejected.

Bonanza's Lorne Greene preferred chairs to horses

Bonanza’s Lorne Greene preferred chairs to horses

Did you know that in the 1966 version of the movie, “Stagecoach” with Bing Crosby, Ann Margaret and Slim Pickens, all of the actors riding in the stagecoach had to wear seatbelts to hold them in place? The seatbelts were hidden by clothing and camera angles.

Lorne Greene, best known as “Ben Cartwright” or “Pa” on the Bonanza TV series in the 60’s, was not a horseman.  He was afraid of horses. In scenes where he was on horseback, he was usually tied to the saddle.  In most scenes involving horses, you would see “Pa” driving the Cartwright horse and buggy.

Route 66Did you know that the TV show “Route 66” was filmed all over the country and many times nowhere near the real Route 66? One of those off-route locations was Golden, Colorado, where I grew up. Route 66 is a long way from Golden because the route doesn’t even go through Colorado.

Speaking of Colorado, do you remember what U.S. President had his Western White House in Denver? And why did he have it there?  See answer “a” below.

We Boomers have been the restless generation, probably thanks to transportation. We could get out on the road and we could fly around the world. “Turn on. Tune in. Drop out.” Who said that?  See answer “b” below.

These answers and questions may not make it to “Jeopardy!” They are just a few random thoughts that are part of my vast accumulation of useless knowledge.

Have a great day!


a)      President Dwight D. Eisenhower loved the fishing in Colorado and his sister lived in Denver, so he made it his family’s home away from the White House after his election.

b)      Timothy Leary of LSD fame.

Gary Ingram

Gary Ingram

I grew up in Golden, CO in the 50’s, the child of a middle class housewife and a lifelong employee of the U.S. Post Office. My professional career spanned 25 years with the U.S. Government and I retired early. Today I am an Aging-in-Place Specialist (which does not mean I just sit in a recliner and watch football), a devoted “Papa” to my grandchildren and partner to my lovely wife. I’m a crusty old fart who appreciates a good cigar, an old car, an occasional game of golf, Blue Collar Radio, NASCAR and my Denver Broncos. At, I hold the title, “Chief of Questions.” Let’s see what you think about my questions and answers. Chime in!

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