The New Legend-News

Tuesday, 2007 June 12 : Numero Uno (Volume 10, Number 2) Latest⇒

Fitts’ Law would be news to Microsoft.”

Legend-News Revamped; Ed. Says “This Time, It’s For Real”

Let’s see: last week, there was an issue of Not The Legend-News; and before that, the previous edition of The Legend-News on February 11. Well, I promised ‘published randomly’, so I’m meeting my goal.

You haven’t been receiving many issues because I’ve thought that I ought to publish big issues with a lot of content. Look back in the archives, and you’ll see that for the years 1998 through 2000, The Legend-News was published every week; and from 2001 through 2003, it was published every two weeks. And then the world changed — but that’s another story.

I used to save messages and news items for weeks or months until I had enough to fill an issue; but stockpiling meant that some of those items were way past their expiration date by the time that I got an issue into the mail.

So, once again, I’m changing this digital rag to suit the needs of the time. You won’t be seeing any more of those 10 Kb+ issues. What you will get in each issue is one or two articles, hopefully news that isn’t too old. My hope is to publish at least one issue per week, even if I must include such wonderful filler as a tale about the Old Home Café (which, by the way, will be the subject of the next issue) or a fake news item (yeah, like anything that I publish is real).

As always, please send your questions, answers, complaints, suggestions, and donations to The Legend-News.

— Ed.

Super Slab Showdown: Hippies v. Partridge Family

Well, we shot the line and we went for broke
With a thousand screamin’ trucks
An’ eleven long-haired Friends a’ Jesus
In a chartreuse micra-bus.

(From “Convoy”, by C.W. McCall. But you knew that.)

If you’ve ever been in microbus, the original Volkswagen model, then you probably wondered how eleven people could possibly fit into one. So did Sam Peckinpah; so when he directed The Motion Picture CONVOY, he substituted a much-larger school bus as the mode of transportation for them hippies.

And now, you can own a piece of CONVOY history! Gary Combs was the stunt coordinator for the movie. After the production had finished, he purchased the bus, covered the psychedelic paint job with a little primer, and drove it around his ranch. The primer’s now falling off and the old paint job is beginning to show through, and the engine might need some work, but the bus is in pretty good condition (for a thirty-year-old school bus, anyway).

Gary has The Bus up for auction on eBay. As of this morning (June 12) there is only one bid, at $24.99, and that bid hasn’t meet the reserve price. If you're interested in historic transportation — especially if you’re in Southern California, where The Bus is — make a bid. Start your own C.W. McCall Museum!

And, if a Crispy Critter is the winning bidder, I’ll give to you your own Critter page on the web site, C.W. McCall: An American Legend!

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Update: June 17.

The Bus has been sold for $499.99.

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