A Denton Exclamation………..#235 (90’s)

Chaparral High School

It was Roberts senior year,  Gary trying to convince his son to drive the  82 Tercel wagon to school,  but Robert proclaiming he would rather ride the school bus to Chaparral than to be seen in the Toyota.  Gary having employed the 1984 Chevrolet Blazer for his daily 30 mile commute to the Kiowa Hospital,  weighing a decision,  but finally giving in to his son’s desire.   Robert was meticulous in maintaining a prestige’s image,  always appropriately dressed,  a stature fitted for all occasion,  the Blazer providing a transportation means in keeping with his character.   Gary accepting the downside of the Tercel Wagon,  especially the lack of air condoning, the unit having failed the past year,  but having spent most of his life without an AC appliance in his Vehicle’s,  driving the 50 Dodge pickup,  the Ford and Chevy Vans, remembering transporting the band equipment in “Old Blue” his 1966 Ford Pickup across hundreds of miles of West Texas in the August heat.  The 60 mile round trip to Kiowa during the heated Kansas weather was  child play.

82 Toyota SR-5 Wagon

Robert taking pride in his acquired transport,  the blazer kept pristine in appearance,  installing a high-powered 300 watt subwoofer system in the rear, able to shatter the atmosphere with its reverberating projection as he traveled down the road.   Gary and Jan borrowing the vehicle on a Saturday morning to attend a Amway meeting in Wichita.  Descending upon the parking area of the meeting accommodation,  members of his group,  including his upline sponsors Earl Carra and Don Ransom who were gathered awaiting their arrival.  Gary Switching on Roberts subwoofer system,  the resounding sound resonating off the buildings,  the Blazer Sport with its tape player presentation giving the Willson’s a booming and noticeable entrance.

Sandra having reached the age of auto mobility,  Gary again acquainting the five speed SR5 Toyota Wagon as the transport of learnable experience.   His youngest daughter not quite having the dexterity of her brother Robert,  but up front with the perseverance to master the shifting of the 5 speed manual transmission.   Dad starting her familiarity with a driving exercise on the dirt mile section roads east of Anthony,  explaining how one could downshift from 5th gear to 4th to slow the vehicle.   Sandra soon mastered the usage of the clutch and the shifting,  but on occasion because of the narrow proximity of the gear shift pattern,  she would shift from 5th gear, missing 4th  dropping the Toyota into 1st   gear,  Gary finding himself almost propelled thru the windshield with the sudden deceleration.   This event was more humorous than serious,  Sandra accomplishing her goal and obtaining her driver’s license without any difficulty.  Unlike Robert, she was convivial in accepting the Tercel Wagon as transportation.

1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Gary discovering a requirement for another vehicle, Robert and the elder Willson journeying to Wichita in the Blazer, once again acquainting East Kellogg and automobile row.   Gary in search of a reliable used vehicle that would transact his weekday 60 mile round trip from Anthony to Kansas.   Once again returning to the Davis Moore dealership where he had purchased Jan’s Dodge Shadow Convertible,  but this time at their East Kellogg Oldsmobile facility.  Gary not a person to dicker about specifics found what he was looking for on the sales lot,  the salesperson perplex that his sales pitch was not needed and within an hour Gary was returning to Kiowa in a 1989 blue Oldsmobile Cutlass.   Gary pleased at his selection,  the automobile heredity of the Willson’s fulfilled.   Jan with her Shadow Convertible,  Rob with the Chevrolet Blazer,  Sandra with the Toyota Tercel and Gary more than satisfied with the newly acquired Oldsmobile Cutlass.

An expectant Marlo and Garrett

An expectant Marlo and Garrett

Gary and Jan journeying to  Oklahoma City stopping at Gary’s daughter Marlo’s home, his daughter in an expectant manner .   The couple arriving at the residence finding a note on the door,  the written message  acknowledging they were expected,  but were called away to their recent acquired business opportunity, the note posted with the address.   Their recent acquired enterprise a result of Marlo’s mother’s friend Jim marketing his business,  a graphic LWD  (logging while drilling) operation.   The endeavor evolving from oil companies and speculators engendering their menstruation’s from the drilling sites,  measuring the porosity,  resistivity and acoustic wave fronts of the drilling process.   Transferring the analysis to a paper graph  presentable for the oil rig roustabouts,  engineers and various enfolding invested constabulary for contemplation of the drilling progress.  Gary well aware of  Oklahoma’s oil rich endowment and its contribution to the state’s overall economy, and was ardent about his daughter and son-in-law’s new found opportunity.

Marlo’s mother good friend Jim

LWD Graph

The new year welcoming  a new arrival to bless the heritage of the Denton’s and Willson’s on January 3 1995,  Allison Elaine Denton,  a 5 lb,  13 oz. arrived.  Gary a grandfather once again, luxuriating in the acknowledgment of his granddaughters arrival,  the aura of viability once again being proclaimed.  A brief Oklahoma City visit to acquaint the new born, noticing how enthusiastic a young Garrett celebrated the arrival of a baby sister,  Gary looking forward to Chris and Marlo visiting Anthony.

Gary and the new arrival

Grampa and Allison

Grandfather and Allison

The Dentons visiting Anthony

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