You gave me so many gifts!
Your sturdy and reliable love.
Your sense of humor.
Your analytical problem solving mind.
Your love of cars and knowledge passed on.
Your adventurous spirit.
Your dedication to family.
Your ability to keep your commitments.
Your love of Mom for 68 years.
Your love for God.
Thank you for all your gifts remembered and more.
Missing you this Father's Day!
Love your daughter Jody DeVere
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Denise McCluggage, an American auto racing driver, journalist, author, and photographer, yesterday at the age of 88. McCluggage was a pioneer of equality for women in the U.S., both in motorsports as well as in journalism, and she broke ground for the many female racers and journalists who have followed after her.
In September, the Irwindale Speedway held the largest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ever seen in the Greater Los Angeles area and one of the largest ever held in the United States, according to its press release (see the YouTube video below to catch some of the highlights). Thankfully, the number of these videos plastered across social media has finally started to taper off because I just couldn’t bear to watch another one of them—all those shivering people give me the willies! However, if you're gonna go out with one last image of an ice bucket challenge, then it may as well be this one.
Today at AskPatty, we remember the women service members who have taken on a variety of roles and have risen through the ranks in our nation’s military. Wives, mothers, sisters, daughters: At the foundation of our nation’s history with the American Revolution and continuing to the present, women have always volunteered in defense of our nation.
According to the National Women’s History Project, more than 24,000 women served in World War I -- half of whom were nurses in the Navy, Army, and Red Cross.
From 1942-1945, while men fought in the battlefront of World War II, more 18 million women filled the civilian and defense positions created is the country's shift to wartime productions.
Scores of women have served honorably in a variety of occupations, but most importantly, we made history when The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles. In January, 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed an order at a Pentagon news conference rescinding the rule that prevented women from serving in direct combat jobs.
Ford Motor Company, which has worked closely with the Michigan Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society for more than a decade, has generously donated a vehicle to benefit the National MS Society and the NOW research campaign. Raffle tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity are $20 each, and the drawing will be held in August as part of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Click here to find out how to purchase your raffle tickets.
A media ride and drive event in Memphis several years ago left me with some free time in the afternoon before heading to the airport to return home. My colleague and I were wondering how to pass a few hours, when he suggested we visit the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Martin Luther King, Jr. which now houses the National Civil Rights Museum. It was an eye-opening afternoon for me: I was raised in Hawthorne, California, in the 1970s, and grew up with the understanding that all us kids were the same -- even though I was a white girl and I was the minority among my own diverse peer group.
More than 40 years ago, on April 4, 1968, the Lorraine Motel was a small minority-owned business in the south end of downtown Memphis. The motel's owner, Walter Lane Bailey preserved two rooms of his hotel as a shrine to Dr. King as well as to his wife, Lorraine, who died of a brain hemorrhage several hours after King was shot. Ultimately, the hotel closed down, and group of prominent Memphians, concerned that the historic site would be destroyed through neglect and indifference, formed the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation to save the Lorraine.
With support from the City of Memphis, Shelby County, the State of Tennessee, as well as many local banks, businesses, and community members, the National Civil Rights Museum opened its doors to visitors on September 29, 1991, and now houses a 12,800-square-foot exhibit titled "Exploring the Legacy." It also connects to the Main Street Rooming House across the street where James Earl Ray allegedly fired the fatal shot resulting in the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each year, the National Civil Rights Museum provides a memorial program on Martin Luther King, Jr. day, with an entire day of programs and activities to inspire new generations of leaders to service.
On this day each year, I'm challenged to consider how this holiday is relevant to a woman's automotive site, and I'm reminded of what things were like for black people during the 1960s. I didn't live through the Civil Rights era, so my understanding of racisim and segregation is guided largely by what I learned in history classes, by what I experienced during the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, and by considering the moving exhibits at the museum.
The civil rights laws of the 1960s were intended to prohibit race and gender discrimination in the handful of markets -- employment, housing, and public accommodations -- in which discrimination was perceived to be particularly acute. According to Thomas J. Sugure in his Case Study titled "Driving While Black: The Car and Race Relations in Modern America" I am reminded that issues of transportation were especially significant.