Category Archives: Nostalgia

Driver’s ed and licensing in 1957 and 1949

I love John Stanger’s columns. Am eight or so years ahead of him in Oak Park experiences, but that’s close enough. And he’s smooth as they come in telling his stories.

My driver testing, in 1949, was at the Forest Park location. I went with county coroner Walter McCarron’s car, used regularly by his daughter Nancy, a friend.

Had earlier been asked by a fellow at a desk or table in a big hall if I wanted “a quickie” license for $3 (or $5?) on the barrelhead¬†or did I want to schedule a test?

Did the latter, but my father drove to work and was not about to adjust his schedule for the test, thus the McCarron car. I  passed the test, neither encountering nor stopping for a squirrel.

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