Delivery Boy Education

Fritzen was the German name–
“Fritz” was what he called himself.
I was just the high school boy
hired to drive my rose-red car:
deliver Flowers by Fritz.

At the University,
back in 1959,
girls in the sororities
(yes, then they were all called “girls”)
received flowers from their “boys.”

Actually they smiled at me,
then they read the little card–
usually they smiled again.
If they did not like the name,
I thought, “humiliation.”

– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, May 111, 2014

1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk

Steve Shoemaker’s Studebaker Silver Hawk

1957 Studebaker  Silver Hawk

The car was low and light, but had

a V8 engine, squealing tires

from stop signs if you pushed the pedal

down.  At work I bent some wires

to hold  a flower vase inside,

(I was 16 and romantic).

I never offered girls a ride

to school even though I was sick

with love: the car was bold, but I

was shy.

– Little Stevie Shoemaker, Urbana, IL September 11, 2012

Shy Steve and Studebaker in line at the drive-in?

NOTES:1) “This model cost $100 a few years ago–Thanks, college friend, Dwight J.  The 1957 real
car, bought used in 1960, cost $1,000. Thanks, Grandpa Shoe…

2) Nadja, Steve’s girlfriend and future wife, appears to be in the middle of the front seat. Not that shy!