How Did This Happen?
by Bob Wannall #3069, President, Board of Trustees
It’s a story many of us can tell. You’re perfectly normal, a
well-adjusted taxpayer, driving sedans and minivans, wearing sneakers but
never a white belt, when a Buick Riviera catches your eye. Without question,
it is one of the most beautiful automobiles you’ve ever seen. Oh, rapture!
You know you want to have one someday. And that day finally comes.
You move a lot of junk out of the way and put a Riviera in your garage.
Now, the problem: driving a Buick Riviera is like eating a potato chip. It’s
hard to have just one. Rivieras come in nine different generations, a myriad
of colors and multiple trim levels. They range from gentlemen’s hot rods to
smooth, velour-swathed cruisers. How could we not love them all?
Here’s a question: how many Rivieras constitute a collection? It may be that
single Riviera that you have collected, carefully selected, artfully curated,
perhaps lovingly coaxed back to life. Or you may have a half dozen or more
stashed in your garage, yard, pole barn, or climate-controlled storage. One
Riviera or many, it’s your collection.
Many communities are opening up a bit as the pandemic eases, spring is
upon us and the sun is shining. Grab your mask, social distance at the stop
light, and take your collection – one Riviera or many — out for a spin on the
road. We all need some exercise, and so does your collection, however many
Rivieras that may be.
U.S. Postal Service
By Ray Knott #1, Director/Editor
We were horrified with the extremely erratic delivery of
our Jan./Feb. 2021 Riview. The deadline for those scheduled
to renew is the 15th of the month, after which the membership list is
sent to our printer. When possible, we wait several days to allow for late payments.
Since it was the holiday season, we sent the list earlier than usual and
it was mailed a day later. Our goal is to have all members in the U.S. receive
the issue the first week of the month and outside of the country seven to ten
days later. I was pleased to hear that a member in Oregon received the issue
on December 31. Many others in Florida, California, and Illinois reported
their copies arrived the first week in January.
But by the second week, several members started to ask if the issue had
been mailed. Upon checking, I learned that delivery varied greatly even
within a state. A member in central Pennsylvania received the issue on the
6th, while a member in suburban Philadelphia and another in Maryland
did not receive theirs until the 20th. Members in Europe received theirs the
second week as did others in Michigan and Ohio.
The March/April Riview was mailed soon after the renewal deadline, and
I am happy to report that many received their issues before the first of
March. Over 20 members I’ve contacted, including those in Canada and
Australia, received their issue by the 11th. As we know, delivery is depended
on local service.