The Chevy LUV

November 1979

Based on our research, the Smith family purchased this first generation Chevy LUV truck sometime in the fall of 1979. As with any historical work, discrepancies are bound to show their ugly head from time to time. During the preparation of the post you now see on your screen, such discrepancies came to light. Several of the documents presented are inscribed with a date of May 1979. This date is further confirmed with the inscription of “2 & 1 mon” appearing on the front of two documents. This lead us to believe the documents were created one month after Justin’s birthday since he appears in both of them. However, other documents assured us they were created during a chilly November of the same year. Also, one document is inscribed with “2 & 8 mon”, which would put the date at December. At this point, we knew we had a daunting task before us, however, our team of historians were willing (and perhaps even eager—I know John was) to do whatever it took to solve this conundrum. Each photo was painstakingly analyzed. Leaves were counted, grass color was compared to other documents from the same time period, and snow vs. puddle levels were run through a complex number of tests on a number of computers in our facility. Pencils were broken, fingers were sore, and many hours of much-needed sleep were lost. Some of the team even took photos home to analyze in their spare time (I heard that John kept the photo of the Chevy LUV interior framed on his nightstand for three weeks—no word yet as to the long-term effects this had on his marriage). While we may never know the exact date the silver halide crystals were activated to create these historical documents, we do have a hunch. It is the collective hunch of this team that all but the last two documents in this post were created over the course of a chilly November in 1979. We believe that the last two documents were made the following month (December). Presented here for the first time ever, we hope you enjoy these historical documents of the Chevy LUV as much as we have. Continue reading “The Chevy LUV”


Look! I’m a Tiger! or: Halloween 1979

October 31, 1979

Look at that cute little tiger right there. He looks like he’s ready to get some candy, candy, candy, candy, candy. These photos were taken at Grandma and Grandpa Gleason’s place of residence. They lived in town, whereas we lived among the cornfields, which meant their neighborhood had more candy to offer a hungry young tiger cub like myself. I’m told that my dad made my tiger costume and that I got a lot of compliments from the strangers handing out treats. Continue reading “Look! I’m a Tiger! or: Halloween 1979”

Traversing the Promised Land

September 1979

In this blurry photo my mom (23) and I (2) are checking out our future homeland that we got from Grandpa Smith. On the left is the trailer we would call home. To the right of the trailer and down the hill you can see my parent’s truck. To the right of my mom and I is the dirt lane that would become our driveway. Hidden in the forest across the cornfield is the house where Uncle Mark, Aunt Elsie and my cousin’s Danny, Sheila, and Shelly lived. To the left of the photo—and across the cornfield but not quite in the forest—is where Grandpa and Grandma Smith would build their new home (I don’t remember the exact year their house was built, but it was around this time). Continue reading “Traversing the Promised Land”