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He Was a Benson 'Courtesy Driver' for the 1958 Rose Festival

In 1958, I was a senior at Benson High School and I had the privliege of being a 'Courtesy Driver' for the Rose Festival.

That was the 50th Anniversary year, and I got to drive a 1958 Oldsmobile convertible.

Wayne driving a 1958 Oldsmobile convertible

My job was to take celebrities and Rose Festival dignitaries to and from various engagements. David Rose [famed British-born American songwriter, composer, arranger and orchestra leader] was one of the celebrities for the Rose Festival that year, and I drove him from the Multnomah hotel to the [Multnomah] Stadium (now PGE Park).

I was 17 years old at that time and had started dating my wife Rose Marie when I was 16 and she was 15. We married in 1961, raised two sons and will celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary this July. Life goes by so quickly!

I also drove one of the 'cake slices' (golf carts decorated to look like slices of cake) that formed a giant birthday cake.

Wayne drove a 'cake slice' at Multnomah Stadium

It was such an exciting year.

~Wayne Corah