This is John Michael Gore. I love this picture because this was such a happy time for him. He had probably just turned 17, beginning his senior year in high school. We had taken so many pictures for his senior pictures, but this one always stood out to me. We bought this jeep in 1983, before JM was born. Skip had told him that when he graduated from high school – if he had good grades – that he would get a new jeep. Well, grades were never an issue for John Michael because he loved learning. But, when he turned 16, Skip had the blue jeep “overhauled” and turned it over to JM until he graduated – then, gave him a new red one. But, JM was known for this blue jeep – it didn’t go over 50 miles an hour, looked cool, and fit him perfectly. At Lincoln County High School, you were assigned a student parking number. For some reason, (thanks Mr. Fanning?), JM had one of the front parking spots. You could see his jeep parked on the side all the way from Walmart. Walmart was across the street from the high school so on any given day, you would see the jeep at the high school side, my red suburban (and, then Beemer) in front of the high school, and Skip’s truck or jeep in Walmart parking lot. As with most of our live, we were always circled together.