Day 15: June 23, 2011
Seminar Day
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Thursday was "seminar" day at the conference. In the morning we heard from Bob Chase, Craig MacDonald, and Jim Bonar. Bob's NO AGE LIMIT - a 32 day coast-to-coast ride along the Lincoln Highway gave us an inside view of the trip he and Buddy Rosenbaum made in 2008 aboard a pair of Piaggio three wheel motor scooters. Both Craig and Jim informed and entertained with facts and stories. Craig told of the Evolution of Highway 50 from Placerville to Carson Valley then Jim gave us Lake Tahoe Tidbits. Although it might look like Jim is pulling a sidearm, I'm assured that he is completely unarmed and simply adjusting the microphone transmitter.

We got a special treat when, at the end of his speech, Craig invited singer Cecelia "Cece" Otto on stage where she led the group in singing a few verses of She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain. Cece is not just a singer. She is a classically trained Mezzo-Contralto, a composer, a writer, and more. For the 2013 Lincoln Highway centennial, she is planning a trip along the road that will include numerous concerts. A blog will accompany that endeavor and she got in some practice by covering this year's conference.

The afternoon kicked off with Undressing the Edwardian Lady by Carolyn Runnells. Assisted by Lani Bonar, Carolyn removed and explained numerous articles of clothing until she was down to a mere eight items; Nearly naked by Edwardian standards.

Robin Bowers, of the Naval Air Station at Fallon, was sort of invisible as she gave her Wheel Ruts to Contrails: Transportation Routes in Fallon, Nevada, 1900-1960 presentation from floor level but she magically appeared during the Q & A. Phillip Earl, Curator of History Emeritus, Nevada Historical Society, ended the day with The Development of the Highway System in the Lake Tahoe Basin, along with Other Historical Aspects.

This year's awards banquet was held at the lodge at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort. I got no photos of the banquet or the awards but I did document the ride to the lodge.

During a break in the proceedings, several attendees stepped outside to take a look at the sun set over Lake Tahoe.

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