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Offline Jay Friedman

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Bob Morrow
« on: July 02, 2020, 01:30:19 PM »
I just read in the Potomac Region newsletter that Bob Morrow passed away.  Long time members may remember Bob wrote for some years the monthly technical articles in the Self Starter.  In those pre-forum days these were in the form of letters to Bob asking for solutions to various Cad-Lasalle mechanical problems.  Bob titled his columns, Advice From Mr. Bentwrench; Advice to the CarLorn.  He wrote in a very humorous way, gently putting down the person who wrote in, but at the same time providing excellent advice on sometimes very complicated problems.  I remember one guy had a LaSalle which jumped out of 3rd gear, and Bob provided an engineer's advice on aligning the bell housing and transmission, etc. which only a true expert would know.  He and I would meet at GNs and we exchanged letters and emails about various Cad topics.

His columns always made me laugh and his gentle putdowns I thought were always in good taste, but somehow the CLC higher ups felt he had gone too far at some point and he was unceremoniously replaced.  After some discrete asking around, I never could find out exactly what his transgression was. 
1949 Cadillac 6107 Club Coupe
1932 Ford V8 Phaeton (restored, not a rod).  Sold
Decatur, Georgia
CLC # 3210, since 1984
"If it won't work, get a bigger hammer."

Offline Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2020, 01:38:58 PM »
I used to enjoy his column. I recall the story he wrote detailing the account of the twists and turns involving a classic Cadillac purchase. The car was a black '62 Eldorado Biarritz with the rare cloth interior owned by a local lady since new. I always wondered what became of Bob Morrow and the car.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2020, 01:40:42 PM by Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621 »
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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2020, 02:13:03 PM »
A real gentleman.  When I responded to one of his "Mr. Bent wrench" articles perhaps a bit too technically, he countered by saying that I must be one of those people that had 6 pens and pencils in my pocket protector.  I indignantly wrote back " at no time have I ever been known to have more than 4 pencils and pens in my pocket protector".
To that he sent me a personal message telling me that my response had been a bright spot in what was then a dark period of medical issues.
He is missed.
Greg Surfas
Cadillac Kid-Greg Surfas
Director Modified Chapter CLC
CLC #15364
66 Coupe deVille (now gone to the UK)
72 Eldo Cpe  (now cruising the sands in Quatar)
73 Coupe deVille
75 Coupe deElegance
76 Coupe deVille
79 Coupe de ville with "Paris" (pick up) option and 472 motor
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Offline Jay Friedman

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2020, 10:19:32 PM »
Greg, I had similar exchanges with Bob several times, in which we were humorously teasing each other.
1949 Cadillac 6107 Club Coupe
1932 Ford V8 Phaeton (restored, not a rod).  Sold
Decatur, Georgia
CLC # 3210, since 1984
"If it won't work, get a bigger hammer."

Offline Vince Taliano #13852

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2020, 11:22:01 PM »
Read Bob's In Memoriam on page 3 at http://www.clcpotomacregion.org/forms/CLCPR.2007Newsletter.pdf.

RIP Mr. Bentwrench
Vince Taliano
CLC Potomac Region
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Offline druby

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2020, 09:55:02 AM »
I really enjoyed his articles, sad to hear his passing.
1949 Cadillac 4DR Sedan
1952 Cadillac Convertible
1953 Cadillac Coupe deVille
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
1959 Cadillac Fleetwood

Offline cadillacmike68

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2020, 12:15:10 AM »
I remember the articles well. We will miss Bob...
Regards,
"Cadillac" Mike

Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2020, 03:56:54 AM »
I wrote to him once and got the customary insults plus a fix for the problem on my car. Always wondered why he disappeared from the self starter so suddenly?

Offline GBrown #8092

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2020, 12:08:02 PM »
I had a chance to speak with him several time over the last few years.
I consulted with him over his purchase of a "tribute" to his school hot rod.
Last communication I had with him was last Spring. We talked about how he still had his first new car and sent me a picture.  He was pretty confident he was coming to the Louisville GN. I was expecting to see him there and  should have followed up, but time got away from me. 

Another reminder that we should check in on your friends. 

He'll be missed.

Glenn

Offline harry s

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2020, 05:31:15 PM »
Great guy and very knowledgeable. I met him several times RIP.     Harry
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1948 6267X
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Offline Jay Friedman

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2020, 09:49:07 AM »
.....His columns always made me laugh and his gentle putdowns I thought were always in good taste, but somehow the CLC higher ups felt he had gone too far at some point and he was unceremoniously replaced.  After some discrete asking around, I never could find out exactly what his transgression was. 

Has anyone ever heard anything specific about what Bob said or wrote to get "fired"?
1949 Cadillac 6107 Club Coupe
1932 Ford V8 Phaeton (restored, not a rod).  Sold
Decatur, Georgia
CLC # 3210, since 1984
"If it won't work, get a bigger hammer."

Offline druby

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2020, 02:04:39 PM »
Jay,
 I’m sure a board member can explain why he was “fired”. Anybody on the board care to respond, many of would like to know.
1949 Cadillac 4DR Sedan
1952 Cadillac Convertible
1953 Cadillac Coupe deVille
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
1959 Cadillac Fleetwood

Offline The Tassie Devil(le)

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2020, 10:00:30 PM »
I don't think he was actually fired, as I recall at the time, he posted something like he wrote what he wrote, and the Editor at the time wanted to "Edit" it, which is what Editors are employed to do, and Bob didn't like being edited, so that was the end of Mr. Bentwrench.

Bruce. >:D

I suppose now it would be called "Spitting the dummy".   Or, "Taking my pencil and paper and leaving".
'72 Eldorado Convertible (LHD)
'70 Ranchero Squire (RHD)
'74 Chris Craft Gull Wing (SH)
'02 VX Series II Holden Commodore SS Sedan
(Past President Modified Chapter)

Past Cars of significance - to me
1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe
1936 Ford 5 Window Coupe
1937 Chevrolet Sports Coupe
1955 Chevrolet Convertible
1959 Ford Fairlane Ranch Wagon
1960 Cadillac CDV
1972 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe

Offline Jay Friedman

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2020, 10:32:45 PM »
Some time after the fact but again many years ago I remember asking Bob who fired him and he told me it was the higher ups in the club and not the editor, or rather they put pressure on the editor to do so.  My memory is a bit hazy I must admit.
1949 Cadillac 6107 Club Coupe
1932 Ford V8 Phaeton (restored, not a rod).  Sold
Decatur, Georgia
CLC # 3210, since 1984
"If it won't work, get a bigger hammer."

Offline Mike Wenrich #1666

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2020, 11:31:27 AM »
I too am sorry to hear he is gone, but not forgotten.  I enjoyed his articles and wit.  Too bad some folks sensitivities were offended or at least someone thought so.  Maybe a couple members complained and the rest of us lost a lot of potential humor.  I make stupid mistakes, more so these days, and have to suffer the brunt of that.  When friends get a jab or two in along the way, I appreciate the attention and deserve it.  Let's hope John Washburn doesn't offend someone.

Offline Lexi

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2020, 12:31:52 PM »
Ditto. I was never offended by the "auto curmudgeon" either. We should all be mature enough to have a laugh at our own expense. Bentwrench was knowledgeable and will be missed. At least we still have the Johnny and his red wine commentaries. Clay/Lexi

Offline Mike Simmons 938

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2020, 03:41:16 PM »
Wasn't Bob also "A G Backeast" who reproduced cowl tags for legitimate owners with ruined real ones- or am I confusing him with some other guy?

Offline druby

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2020, 04:59:24 PM »
To any board member on here, it would be nice to see a few words mentioned about his passing in the Self Starter magazine in the near future, it’s only fitting to do so ! Your welcome to use the article in our Potomac Region’s July newsletter.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2020, 05:01:20 PM by druby »
1949 Cadillac 4DR Sedan
1952 Cadillac Convertible
1953 Cadillac Coupe deVille
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
1959 Cadillac Fleetwood

Offline chrisntam

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Re: Bob Morrow
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2020, 06:36:08 PM »
To any board member on here, it would be nice to see a few words mentioned about his passing in the Self Starter magazine in the near future, it’s only fitting to do so ! Your welcome to use the article in our Potomac Region’s July newsletter.

The Self Starter has started an "In Memoriam" page of noted members and their passing.  I had hoped this area would remain blank each month...
1970 Deville Convertible 
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