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Today: Recode’s favorite stories of the week: I know I’m not the only one who’s not familiar with this story.
You see, I don’t know this one, either.
You can’t really make this stuff up, so I’m gonna try and tell you the story of a friend of mine who’s been going door-to-door to ask for a new door-by-door pickup truck.
We’re talking about this guy, the guy who was once known as the “Carnival Man” and has become an icon in the local community, because he’s always offering up to buy any and all old cars that come along for a ride.
He even had this old, rusty old Cadillac in tow, and we went to his door and we asked if he’d take us around.
And the answer was, “Sure, of course!”
And that’s when we learned this legend was not entirely true.
Yes, it’s true.
The man who once drove a car like this was actually a man named Robert E. Lee, and he was not actually the first to offer this service.
The first-ever pickup truck to be offered for sale by a local family was a 1932 Ford F-100.
Robert E. Lees Ford F100.
Ford Motor Company Archives via Wikimedia Commons.
For a time, this story was a rumor.
But now, in 2018, a little-known family in Virginia named the Lees have been selling their old Ford Fies to local people in order to raise money for charity.
As you can imagine, this is a huge deal.
When this story first broke, I thought it was a completely bogus claim.
I thought, I can’t believe this guy actually has this car for sale.
I mean, he was just driving around town selling cars.
But then I started digging into the records and found that this guy had actually owned a lot of old Fies over the years.
And it turns out, Robert E Lee is not the Carnival Man, but he is a member of the Lee family, and his name is actually Robert Lee, Sr. This family actually owned more than 200,000 cars in the 1920s and 1930s, and their family history goes back to 1790.
This is a family that had been through a lot in their lifetime.
They had two sons who fought in the Civil War and two sons that went on to fight in World War II.
They also had a daughter who was killed in a car accident and a daughter-in-law who had a miscarriage.
And so, there’s that.
And this family was actually the originator of a whole bunch of different kinds of local car shows.
It’s interesting that this story is actually still in circulation.
This was an interesting story.
And I just think it’s a very well-known legend, but it’s also kind of a myth.
In the 1930s and 1940s, people were still driving around in these old Fords that had come from the 1860s, from the late 1870s, that had never been driven, that hadn’t been driven in decades.
So there’s some sort of a story about a guy named Robert Lee who’s really driven these old cars.
And then in the 1970s, there were all these car shows and these local cars came to be auctioned off, and some people wanted to buy these old Ford cars and sell them on Craigslist.
And Robert E Lees would say, “Look, if you want to buy this old Ford, you can go to a lot more places, but we’ll take it.”
And that’s exactly what he did.
He would come out to drive these old pickups around.
He’d sell them for $10,000 and then he’d bring the cars to the local car show, and it would be sold at $30,000.
And Robert Lee would sell it to this guy named Tom Lee.
And Tom Lee would drive it around the local area and get the local people to buy it, so Robert Lee and Tom Lee were the real owners.
They were the original owners.
And they would sell the cars on eBay, and the car shows would buy the cars for that price.
And all of the cars that went up for auction on eBay were sold by Robert Lee.
I mean, these were not the first old Ford pickups to go on the market, but Robert Lees was the first guy to