______________________________ FRIDAY, JULY 15TH, 1960 Of the neighborhood families that knew about Clarence Coyote's laptop and drawing tablet, the cubs of those families were at times invited to come over and do drawings with Clarence and the other coyote cubs.The neighborhood cubs (those who knew and were sworn to secrecy) were so fascinated with all the things that can be done with Paint program and a tablet and stylus. On that Friday evening, several of the neighborhood cubs were invited over to make drawings with Jed, Rex, Clarence and Donna. Al had already gotten off from work earlier in the afternoon, thus he and Marge enjoyed watching the cubs draw artwork on the tablet and laptop. Al and Marge had some music playing softly on the radio in the living room, one song being; Gotta Travel On; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCRjC4XKGIE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPSBgDqp_7g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyu2sOM-U1A
Of course, Jed Coyote and Rex Coyote teamed up on a drawing of cars their 1/24th scale slot cars were fashioned after chasing mummies...A blue '57 Chevy driven by Dale Chipmunk, and a red and white '57 Ford driven by Chip Chipmunk, chasing three mummies...one mummy running, another fleeing as fast as he can on a skate board, and the third speeding away from the pursuing cars on a tricycle...Cubs do have good imaginations...And two different mummy songs they heard the most recent times they were at the slot car track was an inspiration;
Clarence Coyote and Cheryl Coyote teamed up on a drawing of a black 1960 Chrysler 300 driven by Thomas Cat with Jerry Mouse riding along, and a green and white '56 Chevy driven by Ready the Dog with Rough the Cat riding along, chasing a mummy on a motorcycle, and another mummy riding on the trunk of the '56 Chevy...Being that Clarence has had experience doing digital drawing in the 21st Century, he was able to do a good job on the scenery that Jed and Rex didn't have the expertise for digitally.
Ryan Lynx and his sister Janice were invited over to do some drawings. Ryan drew a drawing of himself riding his go kart. Ryan Lynx's abilities as an artist were pretty good for a 12 year old lynx cub.
Ryan Lynx's nine year old sister, Janice, made a drawing of the Lynx Family taking a trip in their '59 Chevy wagon. Janice does good with cars and backgrounds for an eight year old cub, but still lacks the ability to draw animals and characters.
Randy Fox's younger siblings, Connie and Alvin, teamed up on a drawing of dinosaurs in prehistoric times. Eight year old Connie and six year old Alvin were not as good with art as the other cubs were, but they still had lots of fun drawing with the expertise they do possess.
However, there was one dilemma. How do the cubs keep copies of the drawings they've done? The cubs were wanting yo have hard copies of their drawings on a tangible form such as photos. Clarence found one of the flashdrives he had with him in his backpack the day he arrived in the time machine. "I can load the drawings on this", Clarence said as he held the flashdrive up. "Then we can find a store that has a kiosk and make the pictures". "But how?", Ryan Lynx asked, thinking what Clarence meant was a local vendor selling promotional merchandise from a small booth. Daddy Al Coyote, sensed that this 'kiosk' thing Clarence was talking about was not exactly a vendor's stand. So Al asked Clarence, "What would a kiosk vendor have that would make a picture from that flashdrive thing you have?". "No, Dad. Not a vendor", Clarence said, then began to explain what a photo kiosk is. Clarence got a feeling of dismay when Al had to tell him, "There are no photo kiosks like what you're talking about, Son. In this day and time, no one's ever heard of such a thing". "Awww, shucks", Ryan Lynx exclaimed. "I guess we can just see them on the screen then", Connie Fox said. "Sorry guys", Al apologized to the cubs, "What Clarence has there, we just don't possess that technology". "I think I have an idea that will work", Mama Marge Coyote offered as she got their Rolleiflex 'T' camera. https://www.flickr.com/photos/lutzschramm/8242321442/in... Marge instructed Jed to pull up the drawing he and Rex had drawn on the laptop screen. "By taking pictures straight off the laptop screen, we can get them developed as camera photos", Marge said as she prepared to take the first picture. "Huh...Why didn't I think of that?", Al said. As Marge got the image of the laptop screen in the viewfinder of the camera, she said to Al, "I'm just getting a blurry image this close up. Have a look". As Al had a look in the camera's viewfinder, he suddenly realized the laptop was also going to be in the picture. "The rest of the laptop will be in the picture", Al said. "Yea, I see that", Marge replied. Al then mentioned, "You do know when we drop off the film to be developed, someone processing it is going see the laptop in the picture. Then they're liable to start asking questions and making phone calls". "Oh my gosh. That's right", Marge said, then suggested, "We could cover the laptop with a piece of cardboard, and cut a wndow in it to let the drawing show through. "That would work", Al said, then went and got a box and a kitchen knife to make the windowed cardboard cover from. It didn't take long for Al to fashion a cover over the laptop with a window opening to see the drawing through. "How's that?", Al asked Marge after he positioned the cardboard cover so only the drawing was revealed to the camera. "Perfect", Marge replied as she attempted to get a good focus. "That way, anyone developing the pictures won't see the laptop", Al mentioned. "I can't get a good focus this close up", Marge said, then asked Al, "You want to give it a try?".
"Sure. I'll see what I can do", Al answered as Marge pawed the camera to him. After Al attempted for a minute to get a good focus, he finally said, "This camera wasn't made for this close up. I'll have to pull back a little". After Al pulled back away with the camera, Marge asked, "Is it any better?" "It's no longer blurry this far back", Al replied. "But the only thing is, the image is now so small you can't make out much of anything".
"I'd like to give it a shot with the Instamatic land camera", Al then said as he went to get the Instamatic. Al then snapped a few pictures with their Instamatic land camera >click - ziiiit - kik< and the camera produced the pictures that were ready to view within a minute. But alas...Each of those were blurry when you got close enough to get all the details...And on top of that, the laptop screen reflected the flash back at the camera, making a glare in the upper left side of each of the pictures.
"Aw, that's all pookey lookin' ", Alvin Fox retorted as he saw the blurred Instamatic photos, and each one bearing a flash glare. Al tried backing the camera away, but like with the Rolleiflex camera, when taken from far enough back not to be blurry, the image was too small to make out everything. "We've also got the same thing with the Instamatic", Al said. "You gotta pick either too small or too blurry". Meanwhile, the radio was playing Blue Moon of Kentucky; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gVgvwP8POw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSRlegwWnoc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37bLLhYkrL4 It looked like the cubs were just going to have to be satisfied not having hard copies of their artwork...But then Al realized something. "At the lab complex", Al said. "Our photo department has cameras that will do it. They get within inches of prototype test results with those cameras". "Do you know anyone in that department well enough to do it?", Marge asked. "Poindexter Fox does", Al replied. "Marvin Woodchuck heads that department. Marvin and Poindexter are working at the lab late tonight, and Poindexter can pull some strings for us". Needless to say, that was something the cubs were so delighted to hear. Al Coyote wasted no time making a phone call to the lab complex to be sure that Poindexter Fox and Marvin Woodchuck were still there (rotary dial, landline phone in those days). It was Greg Otter who answered the phone, "Horizon Innovations. Greg Otter speaking". "Hello, Greg. This is Al", Al replied, then mentioned to Marge, "That radio needs to be turned down". "Oh hi, Al", Greg greeted Al as Marge turned the radio down. "I'd like to ask a favor", Al said, then asked, "Are Poindexter Fox and Marvin Woodchuck still there this evening?". "Yes they are", Greg answered. "May I speak to Poindexter?", Al asked. "Sure. I'll go get him", Greg said. Al could hear in the background over the phone Greg calling for Poindexter. "Hello, Al. What's up?", Poindexter answered the phone. "I was wondering if you and Marvin could do a favor for us", Al replied, then explained the futile attempts he and Marge made to get good close up picture images. "Are you on a secure line?", Al asked. "No, I'm not", Poindexter answered. "I'll explain further what it is after I get to the lab then", Al replied. "Marvin can do those pictures for you", Poindexter assured Al. "We're not real busy at the moment. You can come on down now if you like". "We really appreciate it", Al said. "The cameras we have here will do what you told me you're trying to do", Poindexter mentioned. "I figured they would", Al replied, "We'll be there. See you in a little bit". "We'll be here", Poindexter said. "Poindexter and Marvin are still at the lab right now", Al said upon hanging up the phone. "Okay. Let's go", Marge replied as Al placed Clarence's laptop in a briefcase to conceal it. "Marge then instructed Jed, Rex and Donna, "Stay here at the house with fox cubs and lynx cubs until we get back". "Okay", Jed acknowledged. "The rest of you cubs, don't get into any trouble while you're here", Al said to Randy Fox and his siblings, and to Ryan and Janice Lynx. There was commercial on the radio for Halo shampoo; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gly-rZLhEdc As Marge, Al and Clarence headed out to the car, Al asked Clarence, "You didn't forget that flashdrive, as you call it, did you?" Clarence answered. "I won't need it, Dad. The images are also saved on the laptop's hard drive...in downloads". "That thing's quite a gadget, Son, I must say", Al complimented as they got into the car. Daddy Al Coyote fired up that Chrysler 300, and they were on their way. Upon arriving to the lab, Poindexter greeted Al, Marge and Clarence. "And how's my baby brother today?", Poindexter asked Clarence (Poindexter always called Clarence 'his baby brother'). "Great!", Clarence answered with enthusiasm. "We wanna get some pictures". "Not so loud, Son", Marge reminded Clarence. "That's right", Al further told Clarence in a low tone. "We'll be making unauthorized use of the camera equipment we have here. So let's not advertise it to everyone". Al then explained to Poindexter Fox that what they needed use of the lab's professional photo equipment for was to photograph artwork the cubs had drawn on the drawing tablet and laptop. "I didn't want to mention anything about the tablet and laptop on an unsecured phone line", Al told Poindexter. "Good thinking", Poindexter said, "It's not everyone here who already knows about it, you know". "I have it here in this briefcase", Al said. "I'd leave that laptop in the briefcase until we get to the photo department", Poindexter advised as they went to see Marvin Woodchuck. On the way over, Clarence was amazed by all the 'cool stuff' he saw in the lab...much of it which were components for classified projects...and nearly all of which Clarence had no idea what it was...But it was still cool neat lookin' stuff. At the photo department, Poindexter asked Marvin, "Marvin. How good are you at keeping a secret?...This is something that must not get around to everyone". "Oh...Would that have something to do with that labtop computer thing-a-ma-jig I've been hearing about?", Marvin Woodchuck asked. "My goodness. Rumors do get around fast around here, don't they", Poindexter said. "I'd say so", Al Coyote added. "What ever happened to loose lips sink ships?" Then Poindexter told Marvin, "Yes, it is...And by the way, it's laptop, not labtop". "Aww, there's more animals here who know about that thing than you think", Marvin said, then assured everyone, "But what we know of it, it doesn't go beyond this facility". "Well, that's reassuring to know", Poindexter replied, and then explained to Marvin what they wanted to do. "There's no workload due at the moment. I'd be delighted to", Marvin Woodchuck agreed. When Al opened the briefcase, and Clarence took the laptop out and booted it up, Marvin was amazed actually seeing the laptop for the first time. And when Clarence pulled the first drawing up, Marvin exclaimed, "Wow! I've never in my whole entire life seen a gizmo like this before". Marvin set right away to setting the camera equipment up, and when the first image on the laptop screen was focused, it was sharp and clear in the camera's viewfinder. Marvin took the picture. Then Clarence would pull up another image. And Marvin photographed it as well. And the process continued until all the artwork images the cubs back at the neighborhood have drawn were photographed. Marvin then took the camera into the darkroom to begin developing the photos right away. Forty five minutes later, Marvin announced, "Here they are", as he presented the completed photos, and as large 12 x 18s too. And they were of very sharp, clear high quality, and with beautifully vivid colours (they were in colour). "The pictures are gorgeous!", Marge declared.
"Wow! Awright!", Clarence gleefully exclaimed. "I've inserted dark blue margins where the images don't fill the limits of the photo size", Marvin Woodchuck said. "Looks a lot better than that piece of cardboard we were using", Al said as everyone chuckled. "What do you have to say to Poindexter and Marvin?" Marge asked Clarence. "Oh, thank you!", Clarence thanked Poindexter and Marvin. "You are most certainly welcome, young Clarence", Poindexter replied. Marvin chuckled, "Heh heh heh. Now that's what I call a very happy boy". "We all greatly appreciate it, Mr. Marvin", Poindexter Fox thanked Marvin Woodchuck. Before Al, Marge and Clarence left to go back home, Poindexter Fox informed them that those who were repairing the time travel machine have made great progress in getting the machine closer to being operational again. "Greg Otter informed me of that after you got off from work a few hours ago", Poindexter Fox said to Al. "Oh that's wonderful", Al replied. "How close are they to finalizing the repairs?". "They told me they might still have a month to go yet", Poindexter told Al. "But they're getting there". "We'll all miss you when you go", Marge said to Clarence. "I'll miss you all too", said Clarence. "I do want to be with my original family again though". "I can't say that I'd blame you there, Son", Al said to Clarence. "But you're still my mom and dad as long as I'm in this day and time", Clarence said to Al and Marge. "Aww, that's the nicest thing you said to us all day", Marge said to Clarence. Al and Marge then thanked Poindexter and Marvin for everything, and when they returned home to the neighborhood, the cubs were so delighted and proud to have the large prints of the artwork they've drawn. "Wow! Cool!", Randy Fox proclaimed. "Actual pictures of them. Neato", Janice Lynx said. "Wow, there's Chip and Dale driving after the mummies", Rex said as he looked at the photo of the artwork he and Jed did. "And it's not blurry and stuff", Jed said. "It's really nice. "Yea, it's not all pookey an' all", Alvin Fox proclaimed. "These came out good", Ryan Lynx said, then asked Al. "Who made the prints for us, Mr. Al?". "Santa Bear", Al jested. "Santa Bear?", Ryan marveled. "Not really", Al Coyote replied on the level with Ryan Lynx. "Some strings were pulled to make these happen. So that's all I'm at liberty to tell you. Okay?". "Oh...Okay", Ryan replied as he got the gist. There may not have been photo kiosks and computer compatible printers back in the year 1960. But with the good professional grade camera equipment Horizon Innovations had, there was the way to get it done.
______________________________ SATURDAY JULY 16TH, 1960 Saturday was rainy day. However, it was still the summer vacation from school, and it wasn't like the cubs had to be in school come Monday. Several of the cubs in the neighborhood were looking forward to mowing the lawns that day for their parents to earn some extra allowance money...Though, due to the weather, that would have to wait another day. On that rainy Saturday, Al and Marge's cubs; Jed, Rex, Clarence and Donna, watched some television (Zenith black & white TV), made several drawings on Clarence's laptop and drawing tablet, and spent some time in the recreation room where the train board was set up and ran their O-27 scale model trains (the kind that has the 3rd rail in the center of the tracks).
______________________________ SUNDAY JULY 17TH, 1960 That Sunday was a day they had thunderstorms. While Al, Marge Coyote and the cubs were at church, along with neighbors Frank, Wanda, Dotty and Cheryl, as well as Gerald and Cindy being there, there was a storm that came through where lightning could be seen flashing outside followed by cracks and rolls of thunder. Before church services were over that morning, the storm did pass on out of the area. However, there was another thunderstorm on the way that was an hour or more away. But there was still plenty of time from the time church let out at 11:00 in the morning for everyone to make it home before that storm would hit. It was about 30 minutes after noontime at Frank Coyote's brother Hank's place outside of Cedarvale, that Hank and his wife, Jenny, with their cubs, Mark and Linda, were sitting down in the kitchen of their house trailer to have lunch when that 2nd thunderstorm began to hit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep0lQpkG280 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovhglp8DcLA "Looks like it's going to be a bad one", Mama Jenny said as the wind picked up with the approaching lightning as the smell of rain was present in the air. "I think you're right, Honey", Hank replied. Their house trailer had a porch roof along the right side, thus the windows all along that side of the trailer could be left open without rain coming in. "Looks like lotsa lightning", Mark said as lightning began flashing around. "You're safe as long as you're inside", Daddy Hank said. "Here's the rain", Linda mentioned as a downpour of rain began. "Is that bucket in place to catch that leak in the hallway", Hank asked. "I don't see it there", Jenny replied. Hank then said to Mark, "Get that bucket out of the bathroom and put it where that hallway leak is". "Okay, Dad", Mark replied as he got up from the table to tend to the placement of the bucket. Once Mark got back to the table, the leak dripping into the bucket could be heard >Bwup bwup bwup bwup bwup<. "I thought you fixed that leak", Jenny said to Hank. "I did too", Hank replied. "But they ain't always easy to find where they're comin' from". FLASH >BANG< you could feel the house trailer vibrate. "That hit right on the property!" Hank exclaimed. "Really close too!" "It hit one of the sheds! Look!", Jenny exclaimed as a 12' x 20' junk shed 70 feet from the house trailer had been set ablaze by the lightning strike. "Dad! What do we do!", Mark asked. "One of the sheds are on fire!" "Ain't no one goin' out in all that lightning", Hank affirmed as lightning continued popping around. "It aint nothing but an old junk shed anyway". Sure enough, all that was stored in it was accumulated junk of little or no value...And the shed was only a few years from eventually falling down anyway...Thus the shed and it's contents were no big loss. As lightning popped and banged outside, Hank, Jenny and their two cubs watched from the kitchen window as the shed burned to the ground before the heavy rain eventually extinguished the fire. After the storm finally passed out of the area, Hank moved what junk could still be salvaged from the ashes of the burned down shed to be moved to other sheds and to old camper trailers on the property being used as storage. A piece of roofing tin with lightning holes melted through it was saved out of the debris of the burned down shed as a souvenir of the event. To the cubs Linda and Mark, that was so awesome and cool holding a piece of roof tin with actual lightning holes burned through it.
______________________________ MONDAY JULY 18TH, 1960 Most parents in the neighborhood give their cubs extra allowance money for mowing the lawn when needed. And that was no exception for Randy Fox and Ryan Lynx, both of who mowed the lawn for their parents to earn some extra spend money...And today was a nice day, unlike the past weekend which was rainy. Randy Fox's dad had one of those mowers they call a "reel mower" that had the spiral drum blade assembly that rotated out in front, which was a gas powered model...Being an older model, it wasn't equipped with a recoil starter. The mower came with a separate start cord that you wrap around a notched crankshaft pulley and give it a pull...The start cord would be tied around the handle bars when not being used to start the mower.
Ryan Lynx's job mowing the lawn for his parents was not as easy...The mower his parents owned was also a reel mower, but it wasn't motor powered...The motion of pushing the mower forward is what spun the blade reel via driven by sets of gears on the wheels and on the ends of the blade reel.
The mower Al and Marge had was a more modern model that consisted of a vertical shaft motor on top a cutting deck with a rotating blade underneath. It's a brand new Toro Whirlwind that Al and Marge had purchased earlier that year...Jed was the cub who mowed the lawn for Mom and Dad that day.
Rex also had the opportunity to earn some money mowing a lawn that day...That was for the neighbors Frank and Wanda Coyote. Frank has an injured right leg from an on the job accident with the highway department four years earlier. That was the time when a drunk driver drove his car into a highway work zone and struck Frank. Being that there are times Frank can't always push a mower, and his son Jerald is married and moved out, that leaves just the two daughters living at home with Mama Wanda and Daddy Frank, who are teen age Dotty and 8 year old Cheryl. Thus Rex mowed Frank and Wanda's lawn for them that day, using their mower. Frank and Wanda's mower is a Hurricane Jr, which consists of a horizontal shaft motor, mounted on a cast aluminum deck, that drives the blade by means of a set of perpendicular friction wheels (It's the same mower that Al helped Frank set the coil to flywheel clearance on more than a week ago).
Shortly before 1:00 in the afternoon, the cubs took a break from mowing the grass long enough to get nickles from their parents...The Mr. Softie ice cream truck was due to come through the neighborhood before long. And when the ice cream truck arrived, the cubs had a nickle to get a regular size ice cream cone (5 cents being the going price for a regular cone in 1960). Thus the cubs were able to take an ice cream break, then converse for a while before it was back to mowing the grass. When the lawns were done, the cubs, depending on who their parents are, got anywhere from 50 cents to a dollar as extra allowance money for mowing the grass that day...Any cub back in 1960 felt rich with 50 cents, 75 cents or a dollar...After all, a toy car equivalent to Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars back in 1960 went for about 10 cents. A pack of Hostess cup cakes, Twinkies or Snowballs were about 7 cents (Suzie Qs didn't exist yet back then). A bottle of Pepsi was a nickle. The gas to run Ryan Lynx's go kart was 24 cents per gallon (and it didn't take a full gallon to fill the tank). BTW, none of the mowers had those 3X primer bladders. Those that were motorized were equipped with a "butterfly" baffle choke... There were no dead switch bars... Pollution control systems weren't even thought of back then (especially for small engine lawn equipment)... There were almost no plastic parts... And there were controls to run the motor either from a slow idle, to a moderate RPM for normal high grass, to higher RPMs for very high weeds. Meanwhile, at the Plymouth Automobile Factory in Michigan, it was on this Monday that brand new Plymouth, Fury, nine passenger station wagon that Al and Marge had ordered back in June was being built, coming into existence as the parts were stamped out, then cut out, then spot welded together, and anti-rust dipped, painted, wiring harnesses installed, glass and window crank mechanisms installed... https://youtu.be/OhEdi416JoI?t=364 And then the final assembly starting with all the mechanical parts and controls being installed (no body on frame construction. 1960 and later Mopar cars are unibody...except for Imperials)...The station wagon Al and Marge ordered was equipped with a Golden Commando 395 cubic inch motor as was specified. Then the carpet, ceiling, interior panels, radio and seats were installed. The chrome trim pressed on, grill, bumpers and lights installed. Exhaust system, radiator, battery, heater core, windshield wiper system, dual tone horns, heater and defroster ducts, instrument cluster and air conditioning installed. Rims and tires put on, and all fluids added; such as oil, transmission fluid, 90 wt rear axle oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, A/C freon, small amount of gasoline in the tank, all underside joints greased and heavy weight oil in the steering box (the car was ordered with manual steering). The car continued to roll along the assembly line with the other 1960 Plymouth automobiles before it and behind it being built, until it was finally complete right down to the new car window sticker, factory issued title and a copy of the 1960 Plymouth owner's manual in the glove compartment...Then one of the factory's drivers, a mink, got in the car as it rolled off the end of the assembly line, and the car was started for the very first time as the driver drove the car to the inspection area. Then after two raccoons and an otter passed the car for inspection, the driver parked the car out in the inventory lot to await delivery before going back to get the next car.
...It would be the following day the car would be loaded with a shipment of other cars aboard a railroad car auto carrier at the factory...Then at some point along the journey transferred from the train onto a car carrier truck, then destined for the dealership in Albuquerque for Al and Marge to come over and take delivery of it.
The cubs wanted to save hard copies of drawings they did on the drawing tablet and laptop. Being that technology did not exist in 1960 to make photos from electronic media, several failed attempts were made to produce hard copies. However, everyone eventually hit on an idea that worked, which proved there was a way despite the fact only 1960 technology existed at the time.
Parts of this story are also in the pool named "Project Courier".
____________________________________________________________________ Throughout this story, multiple links to songs are being set up. That is because Youtube is aggressively shutting down accounts that have music videos. So in case you click a link and get their notice like shown below, there are two other links to the same song;