Car 54, where are you?

Signs reserving a parking space for Car 54 appear across the Pasco school district administrative complex. Get it?
The Pasco County school district has posted a sign saving a parking space for Car 54 in most lots at its administrative complex. It's for law enforcement. It's also a joke. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
The Pasco County school district has posted a sign saving a parking space for Car 54 in most lots at its administrative complex. It's for law enforcement. It's also a joke. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published June 5

Unless you are of a certain age, the joke might go over your head.

But school resource canine officer Christina Demas, who’s a forty-something, couldn’t help but laugh when she pulled into the parking lot at the Pasco County school district headquarters and saw the sign, “Reserved for Car 54.”

She knew it meant the space was set aside for law enforcement. But she couldn’t get out of her mind Car 54 Where Are You?, "the old show.”

That was exactly the intent.

In recent weeks, the school district relabeled its administrative parking lots to make them easier to locate on the campus, which sits adjacent to Land O’Lakes High. The lots have signs holding space for the superintendent and deputy superintendent, and officials wanted to make sure police officers had a guaranteed spot, as well.

“They were wanting us to number some spaces for parking control around the complex,” explained Lt. Troy Fergueson, who oversees the school resource officers. “Someone asked me what cars we have. I started laughing. (Sgt.) John (Dill) interrupted and said, ‘Car 54.’”

Everyone went along with the joke, referring to the early 1960′s sitcom that focused on two cops — one goofy and the other by-the-book — on their escapades.

“We have a sense of humor,” said Fergueson, who sometimes gets referred to by colleagues as “Car 54.”

The funny thing about it, Demas observed, it that when she pulled up to the reserved spot outside the School Board meeting on Tuedsay, “there was a car parked there. So I couldn’t.”

She parked in the grass under a tree instead.

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