|Paper||Canyon Country Zephyr|
|Rights||In Copyright (InC)|
|Rights Holder||Tonya Auden Stiles, Moab, Utah|
|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Paper||Canyon Country Zephyr|
threw a rod and it was banging and vibrating. : : "So I looked around and spotted a jeep road up above the Orange Cliffs. | was down to about 45 mph when I landed and there was a slight knoll at the end which caused the plane to flip over. But there was hardly any damage. But they could hear me without the radio all the way to L.A. I expect, because I was really calling out the “maydays.’ Yeah...that ORDER LINE: 800.316.1138 FAX: 310/316.1138 was quite an experience." It’s been more than a decade since Moab began to transform itself and Tom has watched the change with a wary eye. "We live in one of the most pristine places on earth and sometimes I just cannot believe some of the people in this area who want to come in and destroy it. And once it’s gone it _ WWW.BROWNTROUT.COM can’t be replaced. Other things can be replaced but we can’t replace the scenery. "You know, when I first moved here, mining was the main industry here and we used to make wisecracks about the ‘miners’ mentality.’ Well in the 30 years I’ve lived here, I’ve seen it go from the ‘miners’ mentality’ to ‘zero mentality.’ And especially in the last ten years, we've seen the push for ‘economic development.’ What a joke. With all the money they’ve spent on ‘economic development, we could have built a wonderful indoor swimming pool.” P.O. BOX 280070. SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94128 WE ARE THE LARGEST PRODUCERS OF CALENDARS IN THE WORLD... "You know, when I first moved here, mining was the main industry and we used to make wisecracks about the ‘miner mentality.’ Well, in the 30 years I've lived here, I've seen us go from ‘miner mentality’ to ‘zero mentality.” AVAILABLE AT BACK OF BEYOND BCOKS IN MOAB When it comes to ‘economic development,’ one aspect of the Moab Culture has been considered a hindrance to Growth and that would be Grand County’s junk, a term Tom takes exception to... "One of the beauties of this valley is the people who have lived here. Moab is not just the scenery, it’s the people. People want to live here because of what the town IS. In the last ten years though, we’ve seen people come here who want to change everything. So I have a collection of antique vehicles which is probably the greatest collection in the world and a lot of people don’t like it. Volkswagen owners are the ones who REALLY know what I’ve t. ; "You see, when I look at stuff that others call trash, I don’t see trash. Every object has some history behind it or some memory. I think a lot of it is picturesque. So come here to this valley and accept what's here. I like this town the way it is...The way I figure it, if you’re really rich, you don’t need to display it anyway." So why worry about a little junk? Tom has quit working on other peoples’ cars in the last few years. He claims to be determined to restore his collection. And he quit flying in 1995. "I wanted to fly for 50 years and I did." As for the collection, for years, many of us have tried to pry a car or two away from him, but he’s always resisted. Now Tom claims he’s willing to part with a VW from time to time. But here’s the deal... : "People ask me, ‘What are you doing with all these Volkswagens?’ and I tell them, ‘I don’t have the slightest idea. I’m just enjoying my collection.’ And then they say, “Well, will you sell one?’ and I say, ‘Sure, but you have to take them in order. Or pick one out, bring about ten of your buddies down, move all the cars out of the way, pull yours out, and then put everything back in again. Then they ask me what I want for them and I say, ‘It’s my private collection. Pick the one you want and then try to talk me out of it.’ So Vl sell them Now available: Wild & Scenic UTAH if they pay me what they’re worth." Photographs Not that it ever seemed to. If you could find one word to describe Tom Arnold, it’s unflappable. 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