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Wendell Strode: Living with PTSD

Normally, when I go into Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode’s office, it’s just to find out how he’s doing or to get a quote from him for an article I’m working on. Today was different though. The familiar grin was still there as he invited me to close the door and sit down, but it …

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High Mileage C5 Corvette Donated

When it comes to Corvettes, many owners like to brag on how few miles their car has. For Mark Blackwell of Jacksonville, FL, he loves the fact that his Corvette is quite the opposite. In fact, it boasts 773,338 miles, all on its original engine. Mark purchased the car brand new in 1999 and has …

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Early Production C4 Donated

On Friday, August 4 the Museum received a special gift – a 1984 Corvette donated as a tribute to the late Don Oliverio of West Virginia. Approximately 40 family members and friends gathered at the Museum to make the presentation and celebrate his life. “He was thoughtful and would visit people in the nursing home, …

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Building Engines to Brighten Days

Earlier this year the Museum received a letter from Amy East of Brunswick, GA. Her son, 19-year-old Darren Pickren, is a Corvette enthusiast and mechanical engineering student at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Darren was on the President’s List, and Amy had purchased him a 1981 Corvette to restore. Life was good! “Right before Christmas, …

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Memories of Dad

For Will Szymanski, Jr., the Corvette Gives Him Great Memories of His Late Father, Will Sr. Will Szymanski, Sr. was an all-around car guy, but there was something about Chevrolets – specifically Corvettes – that always stood the model above the rest. His son, Will Szymanski, Jr., naturally being brought up by a Corvette admirer, …

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