I’m about to leave on a road trip back to the University of Arkansas in “Bonnie Blue,” my  Pontiac Lemans, ca. 1973-4.
I hadn’t even asked for a car, so Bonnie Blue was as big a surprise as the advent of Star Channel (later the Movie Channel) at the Delta Gamma house. A huge Diana Ross fan, I watched Lady Sings the Blues so many times I almost wrote the film’s dialogue into Southeast Asia Politics essay test question answers.
I didn’t care Bonnie was used. I didn’t care her blue body had a few minor scratches or that her black vinyl top wasn’t as shiny as it once was. To me Bonnie was perfect. Bonnie had everything I needed to take me anywhere I wanted to go: air conditioning, a radio and a cigarette lighter to light my women’s movement trendy Virginia Slims Menthol Lights. (Wait, I smoked???)
What was your first car? Did you name it?
Bonus: Wanna rock authentic early-1970s “college casual” this Halloween? Groove to Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water riff wearing a watch with a face so small you can only guess the four numbers by location, non-spandex jeans that fit like a laytex glove everywhere except below the knee, a peasant top, a leather shoulder bag and electric rollers covered with a blue & white bandana (the only item I still own). If you’re conservative you can leave off my 1970s-college-trademark-baboon-butt-blue eye shadow.