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Jonathan E. Monza

Jonathan E. Monza

The “E” is for “Economical.”

My first car was a 1980 light blue metallic Chevrolet Monza hatchback. I LOVED that car! It was my 16th birthday present from my parents. Part of my San Marino-born Dad’s American Dream was to be able to give his kids new cars when they turned 16... I’ll let the journaling tell the rest!

(“Fluff” and “Pop” are Mom and Dad)

Journaling reads:

Part of Pop’s American Dream was to give his American-born kids new cars when they turned 16. The early 80’s was the middle of a slump in home building and Dad came to tell me he would have to buy me a used car. He was sorry because he wanted to give me a new one, but he just couldn't afford it right then. I stopped hearing the apology when it sunk in that he was giving me A CAR! While he was feeling bad that it couldn’t be new, I was on cloud nine.

It would be a few months before we got the car. It was Fluff’s contingency that I had to have a job to pay for the gas first. In December of 1982, when I was 16, I started my first job as a minimum wage deli-clerk. My first purchase with my first check was $10 for a full tank of gas for my new car!

Jonathan, named for Jonathan Livingston Seagull, was a great car. 35 MPG, only trouble I ever had that left me slightly stranded was a tire blow out on the freeway and it ran the last year of its life with only 3 of the 4 cylinders working properly and needing oil all the time, but I babied it and it was always dependable.

When the day came, five years later, that the Monza was traded in for payments on a new car, Fluff said she thought Pop was thinking of having the Monza bronzed! The way I loved and took care of that car had long erased any bad feelings he had that it wasn’t new, and replaced them with warm and fuzzies - “His baby-girl’s first car.”

Kit - Douce Fraicheur by Nanine, car from Deux Voitures by Scraplilou at Blogsppot, Template - March 16 Template Challenge by Jennfer Schmitt

Fonts - Rockwell, Bell, Geneva


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Location: Toledo, OH
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Date: Thu March 27, 2008
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Keywords: carlifehistory


SAS-y Diamond
Great journaling! Love the LO!
Please visit my gallery!

#1 Thu March 27, 2008 09:25

Karen M in FL

SAS-y Pearl
After seeing the Camero page I had to come read this one as well. What a great story as well.
Karen M in FL

Homeschool mom to 4 plus 1 graduate
#2 Thu March 27, 2008 10:10


SAS-y Pearl
Very cute! I love both of your car pages.
#3 Sat March 29, 2008 22:48

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