"Wendall's" Last Ride With His Famous 5-7

Updated on March 18, 2018
kenneth avery profile image

I was born in the south. I live in the south and will die in the south. This is only a small part of the memories I share.

Time and Space

are the invisible foes that always seem to rise angry when a new song, new note, or new motto takes shape. It's been that way since Cain slew Able. Jealousy mixed with inner-turmoil equals unbridled aggression meaning harm to the innocent living things and just things set there for decoration. At any viewpoint, it bites.

These are "Greasers." "Wendall," was not a part of these guys, but he knew his '57 Chevy like a book.
These are "Greasers." "Wendall," was not a part of these guys, but he knew his '57 Chevy like a book. | Source

The Rock and Rollers

finally the grow up. Then another crop of Rockers follow their act from their wardrobe choices to the food they eat. These newbies are bent on outdoing their predecessors no matter if it kills them in the process. I am a witness to this ONE slice of tragedy that came near to my family and me and since that quiet summer evening, life lost something for me in those moments when my dad said that "Wendall" was killed awhile ago in a tragic car wreck. The speedometer hung on 120. All she had. I shivered.

I am not saying anything that hasn't been said, so I will say it again, but in a very synonymous way of thinking. Fact is, older folks are bad to say, "That Wendall, never knew what danger meant--him not having any sense," one of our town founders would strut for a moment and spout off this piece of pain that he loved to keep telling as it made him feel younger and made "Wendall," the deceased boy look as low as a snake's belly.

As life went by, the strutting man finally quit telling the dark pain about "Wendall" because as he told that one story ad nauseum, he would lose a few more of his friends. Even Jesse and Frank James got weary sitting around a small campfire just thinking--while one of their gang loved to spout-off how much loot that had stolen and how many innocent people lost their lives when the James Brothers came to town. Sickening is how I would describe that scene. Even the diabolical Charles Manson knew why he was sent to prison for life. But if I am in the James gang and always tell the same episode over and over, it got old in a hurry.

The same can be said about "Wendall."

"Wendall" was a senior in our high school and both the boys and girls loved him. He was not considered a smart aleck, not really. He just liked to laugh. Not at anyone, but to listen to someone who was a natural-born orator and a person who had full-command of the English Language. "Wendall," sadly, did not have near the command of words and phrases, but he didn't have to. "Wendall" was an out and out ace when it comes to football. He knew where to run and where not to run. For some cosmic reason, this system worked well for "Wendall."

No. I am not going to share with you that "Wendall" was mentally-challenged. If I did, I would have to include myself in that description. "Wendall" was great with his hands--and many is the evening that passerby's would drive by his house and his car, a 1963 Chevy would have the hood up with "Wendall" sticking half inside the engine and the other half sticking up for anyone to see. He took better care for his car than he did his girlfriends.

But what guy in this time didn't?

The most-outstanding trait that "Wendall" owned for himself was his courage that came first in the World of Teenage Scuffles, then came his pride. In my school, I remember watching "Wendall" stand his ground by stand a troublemaker back to where he came from--all without "Wendall" lifting one finger. The amazing thing about this part of his story was "Wendall" was NOT built like Dave Draper, who once held the title of Mr. Universe. "Wendall" was as slim as a Georgia Pine and rather than dominate the conversation, he would simply sit or stand and keep his eyes right on whomever might be speaking. It was this way no matter if it were Governor George Wallace or someone who had traveled the wrong road until almost killed him. "Wendall" respected every person who walked over this pathway. All "Wendall" had to do was smile his famous "50s heartthrobs: James Dean or Sal Mineo." But personally, he looked more like Dean with that cool, laid-back, I-don't-care-if-the-sun-rises-or-not look on his face.

Early 1960s guitar and amplifiers that were popular with "Wendall" was with us.
Early 1960s guitar and amplifiers that were popular with "Wendall" was with us. | Source

If the label said VOX or Fender

then you must be a 1960s Rock Music fan. A lot of Rock musicians learned how to play and how to fail, but they clung to their VOX amps.

The personal narrative that you are reading would be set in the early 1960s when the Beatles invaded Shea Stadium in 1964 and music has never been the same. Along with the Fab Five, you had Paul Revere and The Raiders who was the studio band on Dick Clark's "Where The Action Is," a show that was programmed in the after-school hours--just one of Clark's programming genius.

But my friend, "Wendall," to my knowledge, never played an electric guitar. He didn't have to. He had throngs of friends, both male and female and his hands were gifted to tune his Cherry 1957 BelAir, red and white with a 327 mill under the hood. The thing could fly.

 1957 Chevy. This car looked a lot like the one that my friend, "Wendall" was driving when he won his $20 bucks and lost his life.
1957 Chevy. This car looked a lot like the one that my friend, "Wendall" was driving when he won his $20 bucks and lost his life. | Source

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Kenneth Avery

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://letterpile.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)