My first car was a hand-me-down from my father.
It was a Mercedes diesel, bought in 1964.
When he showed up at my Oberlin College in it in my senior year, I wondered how he had been able to afford it with two kids in college.
It wasn’t very stylish.
Mercedes had put little fins on it that almost looked silly.
Anyway, when I came back from my first job–Budget Examiner in the United States Bureau of the Budget–to run for McHenry County Treasurer that was the car I got to drive.
Great mileage and I later discovered on trips to Springfield, it would run very fast for a very long time. Not must pickup though.
There was a problem during very cold times, however.
The car wouldn’t start if the fluids were very cold.
So, Mercedes had included a place to plug in the car.
My parking spot was behind the Old Woodstock Courthouse from 1966-70.
The bottom floor right in front of my parking space was where the County Treasurer’s Personal Property Division was located.
The Personal Property Tax was a hated tax amounting to under $100 a year. It was levied on cars and furniture.
We now pay more in state license plates fees each year.
I ran an extension cord through the window to my car.
One week I opened the Crystal Lake News, a tabloid run by Marge Rom, and found a photo of my car plugged into county electricity to heat the block.
Scandal at the Courthouse.
Now I see the push to provide free electricity to charge electric cars.
Although such a proposal was rejected by the McHenry County College Board when the south parking lot was repaved, there are two spots there today.
MCC’s Christina Haggerty found
“the money for the charging stations came from award money from the American Association of Community Colleges. SEED stands for sustainability, education, and economic development. The College won an award for community engagement in January 2015.”
[I wish someone would pay for the fuel to run my car.]