A blast from my father’s past

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So my Dad pinged me today. He said he’d stopped by an antique shop in Sturtevant, WI (about 15 minutes from where he lives in Kenosha) and came across a booklet from American Motors, the company he worked for almost his whole working career (you know, back in the days when that still happened). In his own words:

I was at the Antique shop this morning and in one of the cabinets I saw this booklet from American Motors, On The Job.

I knew I was pictured in one of those in 1962 or so and I wondered if this was the one. So I had it taken out of the cabinet and looked through it and sure enough there I was walking out of the gate with a guy I hung around with, Tim Johnson.

What a great find! I thought about that book from time to time and here it is in a shop in Sturtevant, WI.

Here are the scans he took of the booklet. First, the cover:

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And now the one with my Dad in it:

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My Dad’s the one in the dark, short-sleeved shirt to the right (our POV) of the white-shirted fellow in the foreground. I’m assuming the guy on the far right is the aforementioned Tim Johnson.

How cool is that? To stumble across a booklet from your old company almost FIFTY YEARS LATER! American Motors was headquartered in Kenosha, WI—very close to Sturtevant—but still, this is a fun bit of serendipity.



  1. Scott Ladewig

    December 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I think I have one of those booklets in a box around here.

    • Brad

      December 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      Really? Same year too?

  2. Don/Dad

    December 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I think there are many of these booklets in the Racine Kenosha area as each employee received one in those years.
    It was exiting for me to see it and I know it was not worth the $25.00 I paid for it but it was important to me.

    I will probably find 3 more in the next week now that I have mine again!

    At one time AMC had 12,000 employees in the Kenosha, Milwaukee, WI. area.