(Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Saturday, December 22, 1956)
Ray Eichler, president of a Detroit equipment company, today was pondering what Santa may have in store for him Christmas morning.
Although he didn't seem worried, Eichner was slightly apprehensive after getting a Christmas "gift" in anything but the best Yuletide spirit because of a friend, Al "Boom Boom" Ames, plant manager at a metal forming company in Warren, Pa.
Eichler sent the package, weighing 2,000 pounds, COD with labels plastered all over which read "Don't Open Until Christmas".
However, Eichler found that Ames couldn't wait until Christmas and opened the package today.
Much to his surprise, Ames found a 1942 Crosley station wagon, newly refurbished and complete with radio, heater, white sidewalls and even a motor that runs.
Ames probably felt bad when he saw the gift because, last year, he sent Eichler a battered telephone booth COD for Christmas. And, the year before, it was a gift-wrapped concrete block.
However, Eichler chuckled with slightly fiendish glee when he tried to picture Ames getting behind the wheel of the car. He explained:
"Good old Boom Boom weighs 260 pounds. I wish I'd been there when he tried to get in the car."
"The only way he can drive it is to cut holes in the floor boards and pedal it like a kiddy-car."
But Eichles shuddered when he was reminded that Ames still has two more shopping days before Christmas. He confessed that he can't wait to see what the future has in store for him.