Seamed Stockings In A Cream Packard

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The separate lives of Maryanne Dahl and Alexander Throckmorton become entwined in the late spring of 1954. The tumultuous decade of the 1940s dramatically influenced their young lives. During adolescence, their fathers left to fight World War II on opposite sides of the globe never to return. Time goes on, the fabulous fifties begin, and they enter adulthood a world apart. Their story unfolds in the Fox River Valley of the Upper Midwest. Alex is a Navy veteran of the Korean War and Annie a young woman embarking on a life on her own. The sudden passing of Alex's mother results in their chance meeting inside a roadside diner in Appleton, Wisconsin. Alex and Annie fall deeply in love and set out on an intimate honeymoon adventure of elusive mystery and unforeseen misfortunes. Seamed Stockings in a Cream Packardis an enigmatic adventure and nostalgic romance presented as a road trip through time. Alex and Annie's travels along two-lane blacktop uncover the forces and events that steer their lives. It drives a tale of two young people living and learning about life, love, and each other. During their journey, they meet colorful characters, witness varied life-styles, and strengthen the bond between them. Told in the contemporary context of 1954, it is a real-time, retro ride on the Hillbilly Highway, US Route 23. Edward R Hackemer, Seamed Stockings in a Cream Packard - 2011 "Life doesn't happen along the interstates. It's against the law." William Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways - 1978 "Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything. From the Interstate, America is all steel guardrails and plastic signs, and every place looks and feels and sounds and smells like every other place." Charles Kuralt, On the Road with Charles Kuralt - 1985

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This is a story of love, commitment, dreams, and resolve.
I mix together 1950's rock n roll, rhythm and blues, classic cars, old movies, television, life styles, and characters.
I am not just pounding my chest like a Silverback.
I honestly believe this is a good read.
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The way they were.
Things that are unintentionally exposed can shed light on the strong forces that effect change past and present. Lake Lanier lies about forty miles north of Atlanta, Georgia.It serves as a reservoir for the cities of Atlanta, Gainesville, Buford, Cumming and several other communities.Lanier is fed primarily by the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers. During the drought of 2007 - 2009 the lake level fell so far below normal levels that many of the concrete foundations of homes and the parking lots of businesses flooded during the filling of the lake in 1956 were laid bare. Parts of the exposed lake bottom displayed the varied spectrum of a lost way of life. Small family-run service stations, food stores, automobile repair shops, and hundreds of small homes were flooded and washed from the American landscape forever. While not a direct result of the construction of the Interstate Highway system, it was endemic of a drastic change taking place in rural America. Indeed, 1954 marked the beginning of the end for many small roadside businesses. Here are a few words taken from the context of a speech by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Cadillac Square, Downtown Detroit, Michigan, on October 29, 1954:

"We are pushing ahead with a great road program, a road program that will take this Nation out of its antiquated shackles of secondary roads all over this country and give us the types of highways that we need for this great mass of motor vehicles." 
 

The following story is about a road trip taken in the late Spring of 1954 driving down US Route 23, the fabled two-lane highway that runs from Michigan to Florida. It's a road trip through time started by two people that met by chance and completed by two people who  grow their love together. The sights, sounds, and elements of a way of life that drove America's love life with the automobile and two-lane highway are presented for you here as my modest attempt at nostalgic history.
It's a ride on The Hillbilly Highway.


Edward R. Hackemer

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