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Sweeping the square: A record ? 3-Car Synchronized Sweep

An eyewitness account of a Rite of Passage, of what may go into the World Record Book of Guinnesses as the only three car abreast Synchronized Sweep of the Public Square. It happened in the roaring Thunder Road Days of Fifty Years ago, when the City of Columbia benefitted from a Police Academy not funded at taxpayer expense: The town council just hired the worst driving offender to be the next policeman. It happened that way, growing up in the sleepy, peaceful little town of Columbia, KY, with an All-Time All Star Cast of Characters. -CM

by Ralph Roy Waggener
Publisher, It's Just for a Smile News

This is a true account of a ride around the Adair County Courthouse in the middle car, which I remember the most.

My good friend Bobby Janes was driving his mother's red Chevrolet station wagon; I was riding with him.

Eddie Shively, who was driving his Chevy Convertible on the inside lane.


A LWC student Dave Fivecoats [I believe that was his name] was on the outside ia red Dodge [I think]. I do believe it was red as well as the other two cars.

If memory serves me right we made twoS passes around the square and all 3 vehicles where sliding as we made the rounds.

I don't know what kept the cars from touching. It was deemed at thetime as one of the best Sweeps ever.

This was the rite of passage for many a young boy in Adair County back then. Ralph Roy Waggener


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