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    Thinking of Leonard Shepherd today, on what would have been his 72nd birthday. We miss you, buddy!

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    I couldn't post his picture in "Stove Huggers" so, Clark can move this post if warranted.
    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    '33 Rockne 10,
    '51 Commander Starlight,
    '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
    '56 Sky Hawk

  • #2
    Probably couldn't think of Leonard without his Studebaker connection. So, I can't think of a more proper place for this thread! Great photo! His very expression shouts GREAT GUY!
    Thanks for posting.

    Sadly, I can think of more. A growing list, that has made the SDC, a community worth being a member.
    John Clary
    Greer, SC

    SDC member since 1975


    • #3
      I met Leonard at York and Reedsville meets. He was very helpful in finding me parts for my '64 conv. I enjoyed talking with him about our cars.
      Rob in PA.


      • #4
        I think about him every time I work on my 52. Yesterday I was reading old posts about overdrive transmissions and realized I was reading one of his. Since he was working on the same car, I read those closely for hints about what he was doing. I never actually met Leonard face to face, but I wanted to.
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        "In the heart of Arkansas."
        Searcy, Arkansas
        1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
        1952 2R pickup


        • #5
          He was a fun guy.
          Had quite the memorabilia collection.
          Hung around with Tom C in Richmond.
          Used to see him there every once and a while...
          HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)


          Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain

          Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)


          • #6
            I, too, miss Leonard. Such a gentle gentleman. (Thanks again for "first dibs" on the 1964 Daytona convertible, Leonard. I'm keeping it as you thought it would be kept.) BP
            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

            Ayn Rand:
            "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.


            • #7
              Yep... sure miss him here.

              Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" |


              • #8
                Leonard was probably the first one that stood out in my mind when I first came into the Forum. He was so open & honest I felt I missed something being on the west coast. The picture of his 52 & the primered front fender made me wish all the more I wanted to meet him & paint that fender for him. But that didn't happen & we all were saddened when he was hit with his illness. It was so sudden. I still miss him as I'm sure many who read his wit do too.
                59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
                60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
                61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
                62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
                62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
                62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
                63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
                63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
                64 Zip Van
                66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
                66 Cruiser V-8 auto


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                  Here's a picture that I took back in October 2005

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                  Jim Bradley
                  Lake Monticello, VA
                  '78 Avanti II