The following was received from former Parader Jim
Morris of Savannah, GA.
"Enclosed is a check for $100 to modestly assist the
Futurliner restoration project. I applaud the efforts you and others are putting forth,
fully realizing that I have been tardy in joining the party. However, I sent a great deal
of material to another person who was collecting information the Parade a few years ago.
Having heard nothing from him since, I can only assume it has all disappeared. I wanted to
wait until I was comfortable that your product was going to go forward before I jumped
above the bandwagon.
Let me give you a little background on my Parade
experience: I was working for Allison Division of GM as an inspector in the Allison jet
engine plant in Indianapolis when I was picked to be the lecturer on the jet engine
display. I supervised the installation of the cut-away Allison jet engine in Futurliner #4
(as I recall). Neil Redmond was also hired by Allison as a lecturer and he and I drove the
Futurliner to Detroit to join the rest of the group in the fall of 53. After a few
months on the road, I became assistant chief lecturer and later was promoted to chief
lecturer, then operations manager and finally advanced representative. In these various
positions, I was one of the few people who were with the Parade from the beginning in the
Fall of 53 to the end in the late summer of 56.
Since retiring from GM in early 87, Jean and I have
promoted two reunions of POPers. We are considering putting together another get-together
when and if your project gets far enough along that we would have some reason to assemble
in Auburn. Such a reunion might be a peg for publicizing your project, properly promoted,
it might warrant some national publicity. At the very least, GM should give it some ink in
its retiree publication, but I would aim for more widespread attention.
As I mentioned earlier, most of the good stuff that I had
on the Parade has disappeared. However, I still have hundreds of slides that I
havent looked at for years. If youre interested, please let me know. I might
have a few other bits stored away that could be useful."
This is Futurliner #4 with the Allison J-35 jet engine on display. Charles Reyes (second
from left) is the uniformed lecturer.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Upon entering a city, we typically parade our vehicles
through the main part of the city with banners on the sides of some of the Futurliners
advertising the show.
This photo was taken in Bristol, Connecticut. I don't remember where the old car came
This was taken in Orlando, Florida. This was Futurliner #1 and
this display it carried was called "Miracles of Heat and Cold."
I can't positively identify the lecturer, but I would guess it was "Frosty"
This was a Detroit Diesel generator that provided all the power for the exhibits and was
also a display in itself.