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"I have two things in life that I am really passionate about; I love Art, and I love Automobiles. I have been an Artist my entire life and won my first statewide art contest when I was in the second grade. I have studied at 3 different universities, have worked commercially on 2 different continents, and have spent my entire professional career honing my illustration and design skills. I specialize in technical and automotive illustration and have worked with industrial and automotive clients from around the world.
As for my love of Automobiles, I got my first car when I was only 15, and within 6 months, had done all the body and paint work on it. By the time that I was finished with high school, I was already on my 4th car. I love Chevrolets, having owned 3 Impalas, including an SS 409, 5 Corvettes, and several Tri-Fives. I have done frame-off restorations of a 55 Cameo, a 55 Bel Air Hardtop, and most recently, a one-owner 57 Nomad. It was during the restoration of my Nomad, that I really became acquainted with the wonderful people at Mutton Hollow Chevys. They supplied me with several of the pieces on my Nomad, and I was very impressed with their knowledge of the cars, the quality of their parts, and the depth of their service. Shortly thereafter, I started to do artwork for MHC, and it has evolved into a wonderful working relationship for both of us. I appreciate the opportunity that I have to work with them, and as for their parts business………. I highly recommend them, without reservation………they are the best!”
On April 1, 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other.
Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.
Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.
These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d’avril (April fish), said to symbolize a young, “easily hooked” fish and a gullible person.
April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.