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• In 1901, 21-year-old William Harley wrapped up a blueprint drawing of a single-cylinder engine designed to be attached to a regular bicycle frame. Two years later, with the help of his childhood friend Arthur Davidson, their first motorcycle rolled out of their first “factory,” a 10’ x 15’ wooden shed. Arthur’s brothers joined the company shortly afterward, boosting 1903’s production to three motorcycles. Eight cycles were sold in 1905, and 50 the following year. While the first Harley was black, customers in 1905 could choose black or the “Silent Grey Fellow,” Each had hand-painted stripes and a hand-lettered “Harley-Davidson Motor Company” on the fuel tank. • Harley-Davidson expanded to a new factory measuring 28’ x 80’ in 1906, and six full-time employees were on staff. The next year, production increased to 150. Another new factory came along in 1913, boasting 297,110 sq. ft, compared to the 2,240 sq. ft. of the 1906 facility. The larger area enabled the company to produce 12,904 cycles that year. • Seventeen years after the first cycle rolled out of that wooden shed, Harley-Davidson was the largest motorcycle company in the world, with deal-

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erships in 67 countries. Over 28,000 motorcycles were produced in 1920. • Of all the country’s motorcycle manufacturers in business in 1929, only Indian and Harley-Davidson were able to weather the stock market crash. Production at H-D dropped from 22,350 bikes to 3,703. Sales to police forces helped them survive the economy’s collapse. • H-D profited greatly from the use of their motorcycles during war time. Over 20,000 Harleys were used during World War I, and nearly 90,000 were put into service during World War II. • In 1946, foreign motorcycles hit the American market and the competition with British and Japanese bikes was fierce. British imports had a sportier appearance and were cheaper and more reliable. Favorable tax laws governing imports made these bikes even more attractive. Although Harley-Davidson introduced the Hydra-Glide with the Panhead engine in an attempt to compete, it was heavy and not as sporty. It didn’t take long for H-D’s market share to shrink to a mere 6% of the market. By 1950, 40% of the motorcycles in the U.S. were foreignmade. •

Marlon Brando was 30 years old when he rode a British Triumph in the 1954 movie The Wild One, the story of a motorcycle gang terrorizing a small town. The film’s popularity did nothing to help the sales of Harleys. In an effort to combat the appeal of British bikes, in 1957, H-D introduced the Sportster, considered “father of the superbikes.”

• The 1969 cult film Easy Rider featured Peter Fonda as Captain America riding a completely transformed H-D Electra-Glide with a Panhead engine. Four bikes were customized for the making of the film. Three were stolen before the movie was completed, and one burned. Fonda later restored the burned bike and today that chopper can be seen at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. The Harleys ridden by the main characters in the film were purchased from the Los Angeles Police Department, as HarleyDavidson refused to provide free bikes for the movie. • The 1960s ushered in the customizing trend, but H-D failed to jump on the bandwagon in time. Their earnings faded, and the company was forced to go public, selling shares for the first time in 1965. In 1969, the family relinquished control of the business they had owned for 66 years, selling

out to the American Machine and Foundry Company for $21 million. AMF, famous in the bowling industry, allowed the quality to slip considerably. Sales plummeted and by 1980, there seemed little chance of recovery for the company. In 1981, 13 senior H-D executives banded together and purchased the company from AMF for $80 million and the recovery began. In 1986, two million shares of common stock were offered, returning the company to public ownership. • There have been a number of “glides” throughout Harley history. The Hydra-Glide was introduced in 1949, with the first hydraulic front forks. This evolved into the Duo-Glide in 1958 with the addition of rear brakes and hydraulic rear suspension. The Electra-Glide came along with its electric starter motor in 1965, and on to the Super-Glide in 1971 and the Wide-Glide in 1980. • Harley has also had a variety of “heads” over the years. First there was the Flathead, dubbed as such because of the shape of the cylinder head cover. Introduced in 1929, it was a 45-cubic-inch side-valve engine. The Knucklehead, the first V-Twin model, debuted in 1936 with its cylinder covers shaped like clenched fists. It featured two fuel tanks with the instrument panel positioned between them. It was produced until 1947. Along came the Panhead in 1948 with aluminum cylinder covers resembling upside-down saucepans. Panheads were around until 1965. The next year brought the Shovelhead, whose cylinder covers looked like the back of a shovel. Compare the Shovelhead’s engine size of 74 cubic inches with that 1903 model’s 25 cubic inches! The year 1984 brought in the Blockhead, an 80-cubic-inch engine. • The 1932 Harley-Davidson could be purchased for around $300. If you’re looking to buy a 2013 Electra-Glide CVO Ultra-Classic 100th Anniversary Edition, better set aside about $38,000. A new Sportster will set you back around $11,000. • For seven days every August, Main Street in Sturgis, South Dakota, population 6,700, is packed with thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts who gather to race and tour. The first rally was held in 1938, drawing nine racers and 200 spectators. The two-day rally offered $500 in prize money. Two years later, 150 racers participated in front of 5,000 onlookers. Close to 450,000 are expected for this year’s rally. • Harley-Davidson expects to ship about 260,000 motorcycles to dealerships during 2013.


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decades. Even from her bed, Florence was active as a pioneer in the field of hospital planning. • Florence was responsible for bringing quality nursing to the United States through her mentoring and instruction of Linda Richards, America’s first professionally-trained nurse. Linda used Florence’s training and knowledge to establish high-quality nursing schools in the U.S. and Japan, and went on to create the first system for keeping individual medical records for patients. • In 1883, Queen Victoria awarded Florence the Royal Red Cross, a military decoration for exceptional service in military nursing. • As her health continued to fail, Florence rarely left her home, eventually becoming completely blind. She passed away at age 90 in London. The annual International Nurses Day is celebrated worldwide on May 12, in commemoration of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

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KICK IN THE PANTS! By Ron Ross

“Stop whining - most of your life is up to you.” Ron Ross You’re Invited - Really!

It was a blistering hot August Sunday afternoon in Longmont, Colorado when I walked down the aisle of the un-air-conditioned sanctuary of First Christian Church and promised to “love, honor and cherish” a lovely teenage girl I had met in college less than a year earlier. She was 18 and I was 19 and NO we did NOT have to get married. We thought we knew something about love and were anxious to find out more about it, if you get my drift. And best of all, we did it with the blessing of both our families. Now, exactly fifty years later, to the very day and hour, we will celebrate that teenage marriage. This time in the elegant and air-conditioned sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in Greeley, Colorado, the church we now attend. The date is August 4 and the hour is 2:00 pm. At that time we will celebrate with a hymn sing that will include special pipe organ pieces played by one of the finest church musicians we know, our sister-in-law, Beverly Sapp, from Fruitland Park, Florida. She will

get the most from the magnificent pipe organ and she will accompany us as we sing a variety of hymns that have helped us through our fifty years of sickness and health, poverty and wealth, sorrow and joy, and every other high and low imaginable to any couple who stay married fifty years. At the conclusion of our hymn-sing, as the pipe organ plays the traditional wedding march, my bride and I will once again walk down the aisle to renew our vows. This time we won’t be alone. We will invite everyone in attendance who also wants to renew their vows to walk down the aisle as well. The hymn-sing, concert and vow renewal ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Celebration Center of the church. And you know what, you are invited! That’s right, you, the reader of this column. Why? Because I figure anyone who has taken the time to read my column issue after issue should be invited! The hymn sing will start at 2:00 PM and the reception will start around 3:30 PM. You’re invited to join us for either one, but we hope you’ll join us for both! The celebration will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1321 9th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631. NO GIFTS PLEASE, we already have too much stuff. No RSVP required.

Dr. Ross is the publisher of Tidbits of Greeley. Dr. Ross is also the Voice of Tidbits Radio on 1310KFKA Every Saturday Noon - 1pm. He is available to speak at your service club or other event. Dr. Ross posts this blog each week on RonRosstToady.com. To contact him email: RonRoss@TrustTidbits.com or call 970.475.4829.

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