The photograph is that of my 1940 DeSoto, my first car, and myself, a uniformed ROTC cadet and a student at Washington University in St. Louis. The year was 1953. I remember distinctly the price paid for the car: $60. A few weeks later, I was sadly faced with an additional expenditure: $13 to replace a dead battery. The car sported a single working windshield wiper, on the driver's side. This model was likely among the last of those produced before the company ceased manufacturing automobiles in early 1942 and converted their plants, as did all major producers, to supply material for the war effort. The 1946 model was the next manufactured for civilian use. I entered the Air Force in 1955 and sold the DeSoto. I recall an aunt suggesting that it might be wise to keep it. She was surely right, but, of course, I did no such thing.