Boyd Applegate's recent visit to the burn unit at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron was an extremely poignant one for the recipient of Goodyear's 1993 ``National Highway Hero'' award. In 1989, Mr. Applegate was severely burned in an industrial explosion and underwent painful skin grafts, like many of the patients he met.
A truck driver for Green Valley Transportation, Mr. Applegate of San Diego, received the award for rescuing a motorist whose car had tumbled into a deep ravine, and for helping save the life of a Los Angeles policeman who'd been thrown through a car windshield in a traffic accident.
Leaf him alone
From the guy who brought you ``deje vu all over again,'' here's another Yogi-ism to add to the observances supposedly made by the former major league ballplayer/philosopher. Sometimes these tales seem to have a life of their own.
Last fall, Yogi Berra reportedly was out raking leaves in his front yard when he noticed a nearby pile of leaves on fire. He called the fire department to report it.
``We'll be right over,'' a fireman told him. ``How do we get to your house?''
Yogi's reply: ``Uh, you guys still use those big red trucks, don't you?''
We always enjoy the stream-of-consciousness-like ``News from New Hampshire'' column Roland Lesieur pens for the Road Runner newsletter of the New England Association of Independent Tire Dealers. The owner of Maynard & Lesieur Inc., a Nashua, N.H., dealership, recently commented on a survey of four large supermarkets that showed a great disparity in pricing, including a 15-percent difference on a 20-pound box of Cheerios.
Either he meant 20 ounces, or they've got some hearty eaters up there. You gotta eat your Wheaties just to lift the box!
A GoodCoop dealer
Talk about a split personality! A recent newspaper ad for McWhorter Inc. of Lubbock, Texas, featured four tires, all Cooper-brand radials, while at the same time touting the company as ``Lubbock's only home-town Goodyear dealer.''
It also had a caricature of ``Miles McWhorter,'' who, like a lot of dealers, seems to be feeling a little run-down lately.
From the planet Saturn
We're not sure whether you'd call them avid or rabid fans, but customers of General Motors Corp.'s Saturn division do seem to feel strongly about their cars.
An Automotive News story detailing a giant ``homecoming'' and kind of ``love-in'' at Saturn's Spring Hill, Tenn., factory June 24 and 25, said thousands came to praise the vehicle, swap Saturn stories and hear a country music concert.
It noted that 20 percent of Saturn dealerships' sales personnel were attracted to the job after buying one of the cars, and there have been reports of enthralled Saturn owners coming into dealerships on their days off to help the staff sell cars.
Can you imagine a satisfied tire customer doing that?
Not what you think
Ever feel like you're trying to keep ``too many balls in the air?'' We ran across a name in the Wall Street Journal of a company that does just that for a living.
Called More Balls Than Most Ltd., he English firm markets juggling kits.