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For one night in 1982, our 1981 Ford Escort was a celebratory party machine.
For one night in 1982, our 1981 Ford Escort was a celebratory party machine.

More memories of '82

On Monday, OnMilwaukee.com Publisher Andy Tarnoff posted a blog asking, "Where were you in ‘82?" The simple question brought back a vivid childhood memory.

I clearly remember watching the game with my mom -- who wasn’t usually a baseball fan -- and my sister, in our cozy Shorewood bungalow. My dad was at the game with a friend.

When Robin Yount made the final out, my mom jumped up and said, "Let’s go!" I wasn’t sure what she meant, but I liked her enthusiasm, and before I knew it, the three of us piled into our Ford Escort.

My mother zipped down Oakland Avenue -- driving well over the speed limit -- and honked the horn until it was a continuous drone. My sister and I cheered and giggled in the back seat. We wouldn’t act this reckless in a vehicle again for another seven or eight years.

My mom drove Downtown, only to lodge our Escort in a major traffic jam with scads of other honking and screaming fans. After a few minutes of Wisconsin Avenue mayhem, the horn went from an obnoxiously loud blaring sound to a sick goat bleat to absolute silence.

It took a good six months for my dad to have the horn fixed. Normally, my dad is the type of person who would have been right on it, but like a lot of baseball fans, he has a nostalgic side. My theory is that he left the broken horn just so he could relive the glory every time someone cut him off.

Talkbacks

brunocarlson | Sept. 30, 2008 at 11:34 p.m. (report)

35104 That was a very cute story.

I actually knew a girl in high school who had a '81 Escort with a horn that varied on it's ability to work on demand but work when it wasn't required. Neither did the emergency brake though either.

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schubert65 | Sept. 30, 2008 at 3:05 p.m. (report)

34688 Wow, I was in my mid-twenties. And I still got the 1982 East Division Champs Mug!!!

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