Saturday, March 15, 2014

Why I'd Like to Have a Drink With Larry Brown

Larry Brown died.  Among his many possessions was a 1969 Shelby GT Mustang.

But what is interesting is how there was no heir to his estate. 

Larry never married, had no kids, and thus, he was a statistical anomaly.

An anomaly I would wish I could have conversed with.

Let us think about a man like Larry Brown.  He didn't marry, didn't have kids, but had enough taste to purchase and store a classic American car.  What kind of life did this guy lead?

He was obviously an independent thinker, did not conform, and probably did his own thing.  Had enough money to purchase the epitome of American muscle car classical lore, but still, no family and no wife.  I don't know if I have more admiration or pity for the guy, but still, somebody unique enough that the tragedy isn't the fact the car has not heir, but that his life, observations and wisdom will not be passed on.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Brown was actually married for 30+ years, but she predeceased him maybe 3-4 years ago. I don't believe they had any kids though. Might explain why he had so many interesting toys. My uncle lives not far from Mr. Brown's house and will be attending the auction.

Coleman Cooper said...

As the old bumper sticker says. "Whoiever has the most toys when he dies, wins"

Phil Galt said...

I was disappointed when I read that he purchased it and then effectively moth-balled it. Full disclosure: Dad bought me a 64 & 1/2 Mustang halfway through college. It did not run, and we nearly tore it in half getting it loose from the ant-beds in the scrap yard. Dad and I spent the next couple of years getting it road-worthy. That extended exercise gave me the skills needed to continue using it as a daily driver for the next 12 years.

My point is, you got it....use it! Even if you have to pay some shade-tree mechanic to make it work (Uh...where is the can bus connector?)

leeholsen said...

i think i would've admired the guy if the rest of his life coincided with the care and pride he seemed to take with that car much like i admire men today that refuse to curse or dont wear jeans to church or open doors even for women weighing 300 pounds with welfare recipients in tow; the usa of pride and civility is gone forever; but real men dont feel the need to join in.

and you cant pity that guy for not having kids or passing on his opinions, there have been decades and decades of men(and women) with kids that let their corner of america get out of hand and thus america has gotten out of hand by not passing things down and standing on the sidelines with their kids watching to see if they'd take a stand while the usa has declined into 3rd world cutlture.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I know this is slightly off topic but this is hysterical, a fat blogger gets pissed because a diet company used her image to sell it's products lol:

Anonymous said...

Leaves it all behind... to other men's children. All of his work, lost. All goes to other men's children. Ultimately a wasted life. Whoever dies with the most BOYS wins.

SM777 said...

How about wanting to have a drink with the late Harry Brown?

Anonymous said...

I don't know who Larry Brown is but if he died without a wife and child(ren) why is this a travesty? You bring nothing in to this world and you take nothing out of it. His legacy is those who were blessed by his presence when he was alive.

This "no wife/child" thing must be challenged. I speak to many men daily who don't even know their kids birthdays or can't even spell their names properly. These children that our culture is so fond of do not have any inclination to sit at their father's feet and listen to wisdom. Whose to say that if Mr. Brown had kids that they would even acknowledge their father's contribution to their lives? Many men have lost their children through divorce or preceded their own kids in death. No, I can no longer believe in the romantic notion of the "passing of genes" fantasy. Am I cynical? Perhaps. Nevertheless, few people today can even remember or care what their grandfather did or did not do, care or remember a generation or two past his death. More than likely every mans "legacy" will be the same.