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lstude
04-15-2007, 06:50 AM
I don't know if any of the Forum members knew Sam Miller, but if you did, you might be interested in the fact the we are trying to raise enough money to buy a 12" brick to be placed in the Studebaker National Museum garden.

Sam was one of my best friends, and I don't know of anyone who spread the "Studebaker Good Will" around like Sam did. Everyone who met him went away knowing more about Studebakers than they did before.

He owned a home based business called "Miller Memorabilia" in which he made molds of hard to find model cars and reproduced them. He also created many models of Studebakers that have never been available.

Sam was struck by esophagus cancer in 2002 and died within 3 months of when it was found. It was a great Tragedy for me and all of his friends. His kindness and generosity continued at his death. He left me his 64 Daytona convertible that he had bought in 1969 from Coggins Studebaker (Then AMC) where he worked. He also left me his wonderful Studebaker model collection. He left his home, which is a virtual museum, to another friend, and also remembered lots of other friends.

Here is a picture of Sam the last time he was a vendor at the Carlisle, PA swap meet.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/SamatCarlisle.jpg

I had a plaque made for the dash of my Daytona.


http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/SamMillerplateclose.jpg

I also set the clock (which doesn't work) to 6:35, which was the time he died. It is gradually gaining time which indicates to me that Sam is still with the car!;)

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/64Daytonaclock.jpg

Here are just a couple of the special Studebaker models Sam created and sold in kit of completed form.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/SamsModels040-1.jpg

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/SamsModels033-1.jpg

If you would like to contribute, please email me and I will give you my address. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated, as we are trying to raise $1,852.00.

Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/Mein64Daytonasm.jpghttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/52inyardsm-1.jpg

avantilover
04-15-2007, 07:40 AM
I'm in how about the rest of the forum???

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Lockleys South Australia

avantilover
04-15-2007, 07:40 AM
I'm in how about the rest of the forum???

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Lockleys South Australia

glen
04-15-2007, 07:53 AM
Following your lead, John....me too!

glen Brose
Between Perkinsville
and Chino Valley AZ.

glen
04-15-2007, 07:53 AM
Following your lead, John....me too!

glen Brose
Between Perkinsville
and Chino Valley AZ.

lstude
04-15-2007, 08:50 PM
quote: I'm in how about the rest of the forum???

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Lockleys South Australia

I just received your generous contribution through Paypal. Thanks John. It is greatly appreciated. We are now about half way there.

lstude
04-15-2007, 08:50 PM
quote: I'm in how about the rest of the forum???

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Lockleys South Australia

I just received your generous contribution through Paypal. Thanks John. It is greatly appreciated. We are now about half way there.

studelark
04-17-2007, 12:45 PM
I would like to add to Leonard's commentary about Sam Miller and the campaign to have a memorial brick at the new museum in his memory.

I first met Sam at an Piedmont AACA meeting in late 1968. At the time I was into Kaiser-Frazers (1947 Manhattan, 1951 Frazer 4 dr. convertible, a project Henry J and a 1948 Kaiser parts car). Within a short time, Sam had converted me to Studebaker. I sold all my K-F cars and purchased a 4R3-112 Scotsman Pickup in 1971 and it's been Studebaker ever since.

Sam had his own private museum in his mother's house with all kinds of interesting Studebaker books, literature, post cards, models, etc. He also had several Studebaker vehicles that were his daily drivers. His whole world was made up of Studebakers- he slept, ate, dreamed and proselytized for Studebaker. Of course, at the time, he was a salesman at Coggins Motors, the former Studebaker dealer in Charlotteville, VA. When he died so tradgically in 2002, he had amassed the largest collection of Studebaker memorabilia I've ever seen. After Coggins closed its doors, Sam began free-lancing as a model builder. From about 1972 until he died, Sam's major income was the from the models he created. I was with Sam the last 5 weeks of his life and he suffered horribly. He told me several times he knew the chemicals and aerosols he used in very close quarters over those 30 years caused his cancer. Who knows? He died at the young age of 55.

Sam was really an unique individual who was the strongest advocate for Studebaker I've ever known. There are so many hobbiests in the Greater Virginia area as myself who were brought to Studebaker directly or indirectly by Sam Miller. I wholly support Leonard's request for support to memorialize Sam Miller at the seat of Studebakerdom. God bless us all.

Frank Drumheller
Louisa, VA
'60 Lark Regal VI 4 door
'48 M16-52 Studebaker/Boyer fire truck

studelark
04-17-2007, 12:45 PM
I would like to add to Leonard's commentary about Sam Miller and the campaign to have a memorial brick at the new museum in his memory.

I first met Sam at an Piedmont AACA meeting in late 1968. At the time I was into Kaiser-Frazers (1947 Manhattan, 1951 Frazer 4 dr. convertible, a project Henry J and a 1948 Kaiser parts car). Within a short time, Sam had converted me to Studebaker. I sold all my K-F cars and purchased a 4R3-112 Scotsman Pickup in 1971 and it's been Studebaker ever since.

Sam had his own private museum in his mother's house with all kinds of interesting Studebaker books, literature, post cards, models, etc. He also had several Studebaker vehicles that were his daily drivers. His whole world was made up of Studebakers- he slept, ate, dreamed and proselytized for Studebaker. Of course, at the time, he was a salesman at Coggins Motors, the former Studebaker dealer in Charlotteville, VA. When he died so tradgically in 2002, he had amassed the largest collection of Studebaker memorabilia I've ever seen. After Coggins closed its doors, Sam began free-lancing as a model builder. From about 1972 until he died, Sam's major income was the from the models he created. I was with Sam the last 5 weeks of his life and he suffered horribly. He told me several times he knew the chemicals and aerosols he used in very close quarters over those 30 years caused his cancer. Who knows? He died at the young age of 55.

Sam was really an unique individual who was the strongest advocate for Studebaker I've ever known. There are so many hobbiests in the Greater Virginia area as myself who were brought to Studebaker directly or indirectly by Sam Miller. I wholly support Leonard's request for support to memorialize Sam Miller at the seat of Studebakerdom. God bless us all.

Frank Drumheller
Louisa, VA
'60 Lark Regal VI 4 door
'48 M16-52 Studebaker/Boyer fire truck

Rerun
04-17-2007, 04:03 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Sam back in the early 70s when I was a member of the Greater Virginia Chapter. I think that the memorial brick is a great way to ensure that Sam will never be forgotten. I'll mail you a check, Leonard.

Jim Bradley
'64 Daytona HT "Rerun"
http://home.earthlink.net/~bradley71771/images/Rerun.jpg

Rerun
04-17-2007, 04:03 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Sam back in the early 70s when I was a member of the Greater Virginia Chapter. I think that the memorial brick is a great way to ensure that Sam will never be forgotten. I'll mail you a check, Leonard.

Jim Bradley
'64 Daytona HT "Rerun"
http://home.earthlink.net/~bradley71771/images/Rerun.jpg