ರ Read a ᘸ Don't Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip pdf ೆ Book Author Richard Ratay ೦ ರ Read a ᘸ Don't Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip pdf ೆ Book Author Richard Ratay ೦ Dont Make Me Pull Over CHAPTER 1 Swerving through the Seventies A Family Boldly Leaves Its Driveway One winter evening in 1976, when I was seven years old, I went to sleep in my bed in Wisconsin and woke up in a snowdrift in Indiana I had little idea how Id gotten there I dimly recall my fathers arms cradling me as I looked up through eyelids heavy with sleep I watched the white ceiling of the hallway turn into the shadowy pine rafters of our garage, then the fuzzy tan fabric of our family cars interior I remember being tossed across the laps of my older brothers in the backseat, a pillow pushed under my head, and a blanket thrown over my body Then I drifted off again into blackness Next came a startled yelp I opened my eyes to find myself tumbling in a blur of stuffed animals, eight track tape cartridges, Styrofoam coffee cups, and issues of Dynamite magazine I landed on the cars floor with a thud, the round hump of the transmission housing pressed into my belly, my chin burning from sliding on the shag carpet I had no idea where we were But I knew where we werentanywhere near the sunny beach in Florida that Id been listening to my mom tell us about for weeks All I could surmise was that I was in our car and it was cold and dark and eerily quiet Even the engine was still Finally, my dads voice cut the silence Jeez, Louise Everyone okay Anyone hurt my dad asked, his head swiveling around from my mom and sister beside him in the front seat to my brothers and me in the rear Wha what happened my mom replied, dazed Like me, shed just been roused from a deep sleep to find herself on a whirling carnival ride Whoa We did at least three three sixties gushed my thirteen year old brother, Bruce, a little too enthusiastically for the rest of us The highway just became a hockey rink my dad explained Cars spinning everywhere Its a wonder we didnt smack into anyone My twelve year old sister, Leslie, who got motion sickness from riding escalators at the mall, didnt say a word She just stared straight ahead in her usual position between my parents in the front seat, trying not to barf all over the dashboard After counting heads to make sure none of us had been launched into orbit, my parents quickly assessed our situation The car was upright, though pitched at an unnerving angle Good No one had any obvious fractures or gushing head wounds Good Not a single window showed a crack Also good The worst that could be said was that all of the loose contents inside our carmaps, Thermoses, shoes, mewere scattered about as though our vehicle had been picked up and shaken like a snow globe But then that was how the inside of our car generally looked while on a road trip anyway What was unusual was how dark it was The only light inside our car streamed in shafts through gaps of thick snow caked on every window Dad turned the ignition key To our surprise, the engine roared to life, pressing the windshield wipers suddenly back into action As they labored to push the clumps of snow aside, we got a better view of our predicament Our car had come to rest well off the interstate, halfway down a broad slope that served as one side of a wide V shaped highway median Since I was only seven years old, I didnt dwell on the delicate nature of our predicament instead, I thought about what a great sledding hill this would makehad we been on Dads prized wood toboggan and not inside our 1975 Lincoln Continental Town Car We werent alone As far as we could see, ahead of us and behind, vehicles were scattered about the interstate like toy cars dropped by a cranky toddler Dad pulled his door handle, allowing a ferocious blast of frigid air to swirl inside The door barely budged, blocked by a mound of thigh high snow outside Dads blood pressure instantly redlined Cripes Jiminy It was one of many colorfully benign phrases he kept ready to avoid blurting out a real ear burner in front of us kids Others included Gee willikers For crying out loud and his ever reliable go to nonexpletive, Criminently That they made no sense wasnt important It was enough that they kept him out of the doghouse with my mom and the Catholic Church Dad slammed the door back and forth against the snowdrift like a battering ram This took no small effort The door of a mid seventies Lincoln was only a slightly smaller version of the one guarding the entrance to a NORAD command bunker Eventually he cleared enough space to slip outside, and my mom turned off the engine Theres no sense wasting gas, she said We may be here a while, and well need the heater My mother was nothing if not practical Now did any of you happen to pack candy bars or anything else to eat We hadnt been stuck in the ditch five minutes, and my mom was already formulating a rationing scheme to improve our chances of survival If raising four kids had taught her anything, it was to always prepare for the worst Mom and my brothers also began to piece together the mornings events As usual, wed left our home in suburban Milwaukee hours before daybreak Getting an early start was criticalwe had to get through Chicago before rush hour or wed lose two hours just crawling from one side of the city to the other Dads strategy was to pack the car the day before our departure Then, promptly at 3 00 a.m the following morning, hed storm through the house, flipping on lights and hollering orders like a drill sergeant at reveille As the baby of the family, and the one most likely to cause a delay, I was simply scooped from my bed, still clutching my beloved blankey, and carried out Dad would deposit me in the backseat, jump behind the wheel, and wed be off in a cloud of leaded gas fumes Wed be a hundred miles from home before any of us were really conscious enough to grasp what had happened However, that morning my oldest brother, fifteen year old Mark, had remained awake He recounted for the rest of us how the miles had passed uneventfully at first and how wed even made it through Chicago in record time But as we crossed Illinois into Indiana, it had begun to snow, and the light flurry quickly whipped into a raging squall As we reached an exposed stretch of interstate south of Gary, Indiana, whiteout conditions slowed traffic to a crawlbut not slow enough, it turned out Whipping winds had polished the moist pavement into a sheet of black ice, and without warning, a car ahead of us went into a spin Trying to avoid a collision, trailing drivers hit their brakes, sending them into swirls of their own Almost miraculously, Mark continued, no vehicles collided Instead, each found its way into the snowy sloping median on one side of the interstate or down the steep embankment on the other Of course, he couldnt be sure Wed been busy spiraling into a ditch of our own The drivers door popped open, and my dad clad inside, his face red with cold I talked to a trucker with a CB down the road He said a fleet of wreckers are on the way With any luck, well be back on the road in a couple hours So we waited Six of us huddled in a jumbo road barge beached on a highway median waist deep with snow Wed all just been nearly killed in a horrible crash in Nowhere, Indiana Wed have to endure hours of delay before reaching our hotel and its pool and game room that evening We had no smartphones, no DVD players, no iPods to keep us entertained Those were all years, even decades, from invention In our remote location, we couldnt even find a radio station signal strong enough to get the local news Really, we had nothing except each other Years later, wed all agree it was the best start to a family road trip ever If there was ever a time Americans needed a vacation, it was the 1970s Nearly everyone had a good reason to pack up their station wagon or VW minibus and leave it all behind The gloomy conclusion to the war in Vietnam had sent morale plummeting, while race riots taking place across the country kept tensions high Unemployment and inflation skyrocketed and remained elevated so long that economists had to coin a whole new term for the phenomenon stagflation All the term really meant was that although the seventies also gave us great new things like backyard hot tubs, home VCRs, and countertop microwave ovens, fewer people could afford them The pressure of making ends meet also helped push the traditional nuclear family into meltdown The number of divorces filed in 1975 doubled that of a decade earlier Couples who did stay together had fewer children The U.S birthrate plunged to its lowest level since the Great Depressionhalf that of the baby boom years Even the government appeared to be falling apart Just years into the decade, first a vice president and then a president were forced to resign amid allegations of corruptionand hardly anyone placed much faith in the officials who remained Not even a night at the movies offered much escape In keeping with the sour mood, many popular movies of the seventies centered on disasters, demons, and dark conspiracies Audiences were trapped in The Towering Inferno or booked on a doomed flight in any of three Airport movies If you avoided being swallowed up by the ground in an Earthquake, you might be devoured by the Jaws of a great white shark The Exorcist offered a hell of a fright And if the devil didnt get you, the government would, even if it took All the Presidents Men If you somehow managed to avoid all that, you could still be subjected to Linda Blair shaking her booty in Roller Boogie Its hard to say which fate was most horrifying Things got so bad that Americans tried just about anything to find relief, from joining the Moonies a controversial religious movement blending teachings of many faiths nicknamed for its founder, Sun Myung Moon to disco dancing to learning to macram They were desperate times indeed All things considered, it isnt surprising that many people, including my parents, decided the best plan was simply to sit out as much of the seventies as possible at some distant beach, historic battlefield, or theme park Anywhere but home Despite the flagging economy, Americans continued taking vacations throughout the seventies in record numbers, just as they had since the close of World War II Thanks to two decades of prosperity, increasingly generous terms of employment, and broader acceptance of the benefits of taking time off from work, Americans than ever before were able to escape the daily grind, if only for a couple of weeks each year In fact, 80 percent of working Americans took vacations in 1970, compared to just 60 percent two decades earlier As a result, attendance at national parks, historic sites, and other attractions surged 20 to 30 percent every year until 1976 Only then did the decades second major fuel crisis force many families to pull the plug on their trip to see Old Faithful or halt their march to the Gettysburg Battlefield To reach these far off places, my family, like most others, traveled by car It wasnt that we enjoyed spending endless hours imprisoned together in a velour upholstered cell, squabbling over radio stations and inhaling each others farts It was that we had no other choice Air travel had always been too expensive for anyone not named Rockefeller or traveling on the company dime, much less a pair of middle class parents taking four kids to the beach Adjusted for inflation, a domestic plane ticket in the seventies cost two to three times the price of the same ticket today Given the cost, it shouldnt be too surprisingand yet still isthat as late as 1975, four in five Americans had never traveled by plane Not for a weekend getaway to Las Vegas, not to head off to college, not for a once in a lifetime honeymoon in Paris Never Although ordinary Joes couldnt afford a plane ticket, nearly every family could afford a car, often two If there was one thing America was very good at, it was producing automobiles Following World War II, American car factories needed only to do some quick retooling to go from churning out airplanes and tanks to cranking out cars faster than ever And thanks to a booming economy, Americans could afford to buy all those shiny new cars as fast as they rolled off assembly lines By 1972, the number of cars on the nations roads exceeded the number of licensed drivers inviting the troubling thought that many cars were simply driving themselves around Whats , Americans loved to get behind the wheel During the 1970s alone, Americans logged 14.4 trillion highway milesenough to travel from Earth to Pluto and back 2,500 times To be sure, most travelers selected closer destinations, as there are so few decent hotel options along that route even today My family alone was responsible for approximately 1 trillion of the miles logged by travelers in the seventies At least thats how it seemed to me as the youngest of four kids, I was the one relegated to the backseat, rear window shelf, or rear cargo compartment of a series of fine American automobiles purchased by my father over the course of the decade Together, we toured the country well, half of it, anywaywe rarely traveled west of the Mississippi in week long journeys taken two and sometimes three times a year We were hardly pioneers, of course By the time we got rolling on our family road trips, Americans had already been beating a well worn path to the Grand Canyon and sunny beaches of Florida for than half a century But for much of that time and in many areas of the country, the routes those motorists took were often little than dirt tracks Even in populated areas, drivers often had to pick their way through a confusing maze of privately owned turnpikes and poorly constructed two lane highways built simply to connect one town to the next It wasnt until well after World War II that America got serious about making long distance road travel fast, safe, and convenient Thats when the country began rolling out the first of its mighty interstates, the so called superhighways The interstates were marvels of a modern era, unlike any roads Americans had traveled before These high speed highways werent narrow and hemmed in by trees and tall buildings They were wide and broad shouldered, with huge swaths cleared on both sides to invite in sunshine and blue sky Whats , they were elevated well above the surrounding terrain, affording drivers and passengers a panoramic view of the landscape Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the interstates was the way they instantly made the country seem so much smaller Suddenly it was possible to travel from one state to the next and even one coast to the other in a fraction of the time it once took Places many Americans could once only read about in newspapers or see pictures of in magazines were now all within reach, given a reliable car and enough cash for fuel Whats , the whole family could come along In an automobile, four or five people could travel nearly as cheaply as one Making things even nicer for my family, many of the interstates had been around long enough by the 1970s for an ample number of restaurants, gas stations, motels, and other conveniences to sprout up along their sides By and large, we could count on exits with such services at regular intervals, allowing us the opportunity to fill our tank, grab a bite to eat, or rush in to take a quick potty as needed At the time, my siblings and I took all of these things for granted It seemed like theyd been around forever Of course, we were young Compared to us, it all had been around forever The reality couldnt have been further from the truth Like any destination worth reaching, it took considerable time and effort to make everything that went into those great road trips possible It took the relentless determination of a long list of pioneers to plan and build the roads, highways, and interstates that allowed my familyand maybe yours tooto motor across the expanse of our country and go anywhere we pleased It took the raw courage of a handful of daredevils to blaze the trails those road builders would follow And it took the boundless ingenuity and quirky ideas of a long list of clever innovators and dogged entrepreneurs to create what we remember and think of today as the Great American Road Trip experience After all, somebody had to be crazy enough to be the first to try to drive a car across the country Somebody had to chart the first road maps, open the first motel chains, and cut the first drive through window into the side of a hamburger joint Somebody had to come up with nifty gadgets like the police radar gun boo , the Fuzzbuster yay , the CB, cruise control, and the eight track tape deck Somebody had to decide it was just fine for precocious seven year olds like me to roam around the carand even sprawl out across the rear window shelfcompletely unrestrained Somebody had to create the first station wagon then somebody else had to come along years later, look at a perfectly fine brand new design, and say, You know what that model needs Some fake wood paneling on the sides So who were these somebodies Where did they find the inspiration for all these ideas How did everything we remember and love about those great road trips come to be And why dont many families seem to take those long road trips together any Make yourself comfy Weve got some serious ground to cover along the seldom traveled back roads of Americas history Fascinating stories await.With smartphones and rear seat entertainment systems, the family road trip experience has changed dramatically, writes Ratay in this enjoyable reminiscence on what they used to be His informative, often hilarious family narrative perfectly captures the love hate relationship many have with road trips Publishers WeeklyAs someone who missed the golden age of the family road trip,I found Dont Make Me Pull Over a wonderful revelation, filled with unexpectedand frequently amusinginsights into how so much of our culture was built Rob Erwin, author of Lost with Directions Ambling Around AmericaIf only this book were available to Clark Griswold, he and his family might well have stayed home Dont Make Me Pull Over is an encyclopedia of road trip adventures I cant wait to read it Chevy Chase, star of National Lampoons Vacation and Saturday Night LiveA book with a title as good as Dont Make Me Pull Over has a lot to live up to, and somehow Richard Ratay manages to deliver Its a memoir, a work of popular history, and a love letter all in one Books this wise are seldom so funny books this funny are rarely so wise Andrew Ferguson, author of Land of Lincoln and Crazy U Captures all the adventure, bonding, desperate conflict, and existential self interrogation that is only made possible by hours and hours on the road with your family Read it, but probably dont read it while also driving your family around John Hodgman, author of More Information than You Require and VacationlandRatays impressively researched book isnt just a road trip across Americaits a trip back in time.Suddenly I was eight years old again and bouncing around seatbelt free in the back of a Ford Country Squire station wagon Ken Jennings, record breaking Jeopardy champion, andauthor of MapheadRatay has perfectly captured the essence of what it was like to embark on a road trip in the golden days of family vacations Combining spot on history and a great sense of humor Dont Make Me Pull Over feels so authentic I got carsick reading it Jane Stern,co author of RoadfoodI was laughing the whole way.As an expert on the 1970s I was there I encourage you to climb in, wait for that sweet Toronado engine to purr, and let Rich Ratay take you on his wonderful ride through the great American pastime known as the family road trip Tom Shillue, author of Mean Dads for a Better AmericaEntertaining social history spiced with funny family memories The characters include the first man to drive a car around the world, in 1906 before fast food And Americas first highway czar, who served under seven presidents until Eisenhower fired him And then theres Ratay himself, as a 10 year old, on the CB radio Blue Thunder here, gobbling up the zipper dashes like PacMan rollin for a power pill Great stuff Paul Ingrassia,author of Engines of Change Takes us back to the once popular family road trips of vacationing Americans in the 1970s Stuffed into astation wagon filled with luggage and provisions, backseat bound Rich typically set off on adventures that possessed all the idiosyncratic melodrama of family life but played out in a confined space Anthony Sammarco, author of Lost Boston and The History of Howard Johnsons Wait Wait For Aug , The Best Of Not My Job WaitDon t Tell Me We take a break from the news to revisit some of our favorite guests With Guest Jeff Tweedy 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