Hoping and Pining, and Driving: A First Car

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Liz Manocha with her father, George Botti.

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In 1940, George Botti was a teenager on Long Island. Now 81, Botti visited StoryCorps with his daughter, Liz Manocha, to remember those years — and how he came to own his first car.

It was a 1930 Ford Model A Roadster that had made Botti's walk home from school a bit longer each day, as he slowed to check out the green car with black fenders. With a rumble seat and red spoked wheels, it was the perfect first car.

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And as Botti tells his daughter, in those days a car could change a teenager's life — even more than it does now.

The StoryCorps project is recording interviews between loved ones and friends from around the country. Each interview is archived at the Library of Congress — and some of the stories air on Morning Edition each Friday.

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