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FROM THE DESKS OF Razumich & Delamater
THE FIRST AUTOMOBILE ROAD TRIP
I’m writing this in what I would refer to as an “in- between week”; I was out of the office most of last week at a business conference, and I’ll be out of the office most of next week with another jury trial. I’m pleased to say that the office continued to run smoothly thanks to our new Intake Specialist, Donnell Duncan. Donnell joined our team at the end of March, so he’s been with us for just over a month (these articles are written nearly a month in advance!) and has done a great job of taking charge of meeting client needs and expectations. If you haven’t needed to contact us recently, consider reaching out and congratulating him on the amazing job that he does. Part of the theme for this month is travel and vacations. By the time I write next month’s article, my hope is that I’ll have managed to hit my first baseball game of the year. The last time I was able to make it to a Cubs game was in 2016, and we all remember what happened then. Clearly, I’m a good luck charm, whether they know it or not.
A n A dventure F rom S an F rancisco to N ew Y ork
The first great American road trip took place in 1903. It was accomplished by automobile enthusiast Horatio Nelson Jackson and former bicycle racer and gasoline engine mechanic Sewall Crocker. They started their trip in San Francisco and intended to finish in New York City; it was a 4,500-mile journey they bet $50 could be accomplished in under 90 days.
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HOW IT ALL STARTED
Four days prior to the start of his journey on May 23, Jackson found himself in the middle of an argument in San Francisco’s University Club. The debate was over whether the new automobiles that were steadily appearing in the city were better or worse than horse-drawn carriages. Many of the people involved spoke against the automobile for its unreliability, but Jackson disagreed. Thus the $50 wager was made. Despite the failure of all previous cross- country automobile trips, Jackson was determined to make a successful journey.
-John Razumich and Joe Delamater
With 22-year-old Crocker at his side, Jackson purchased a used 20-horsepower Winton touring car, which he named Vermont in tribute to his home state, for their epic journey.
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