The Smile That Last A Lifetime
About the Authors: Earl D. Beauchamp, Jr. is well known in some sectors of the antique automobile hobby; some call him the “Buick Man”. He was born in Washington, DC in 1938 at a time when his hometown, Arlington, VA had no hospital. He went through three serious eye operations by the time he was six, and fell in love with cars almost by the time he could talk. He moved from toy cars to paper cars and finally at 16 years old to real cars. Living just outside of Washington, DC, Earl was closer to World War II than most kids. His parents rented rooms to the famous Government Girls who came to Washington from all over the U.S. to work for the Federal Government doing their part to win World War II. After he left high school, Earl could not shed his interest in and desire to own a vintage car. Like potato chips, he couldn’t stop with just one. Barely out of their teens, Earl and his wife Judy joined an antique car club and became active. During the next fifty years, Earl became a prolific writer on the subject of American cars gone by, producing many articles about and around them. He has restored and shown numerous old cars, and worked within the hobby at the local, as well at the national level. Earl and Judy have two daughters. They have owned over 75 cars that include many makes and models, but in the end, Earl’s heart has always remained with the kin of that first 1939 Buick he knew in Arlington, VA. Ralph Towner is the author of “What Could Have Been”, a novel which explores what might happen if we could go back in time, as well as “We Must Survive”, a human interest story, shown through the eyes of an intelligent laboratory bred dog. Ralph became friends with Earl Beauchamp Jr. and has combined forces with him to write “The Smile That Lasted a Lifetime”. Ralph is also an antique car enthusiast and an active member of an International car club. He is currently serving as President of his local region. The accompanying photo was taken in 1998 beside his 1941 Chevrolet Town Sedan, which was his first restored car. The dog in the photograph is “Luckydawg” a prominent character in his first novel, “What Could Have Been”. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he and his wife Marie have lived their adult life in Florida. They have two children and five grandchildren.