The bumper stickers were part of a contest that had employees from WKTK drive around the Baltimore area writing down license plate numbers from cars that displayed the WKTK sticker. I didn’t pay much attention to the contest, because I knew that I wouldnt win. During the summer of 1973, they had selected one license number per week and announced it over the radio. If the owner of that license number called in, they won a stereo or other music related prize. I never listened for my license number.
In the fall of 1973, WKTK awarded the grand prize by drawing a name at an Elton John concert. They drew my father’s name.
WKTK contacted him the next day, and my father called me at school and told me that I had won a car.
The car was bright orange with WKTK and yellow beetles and butterflies painted on the hood, sides and back. You couldn’t miss it!
However, I had been driving a Pontiac Firebird, that I loved, that my parents had purchased for me early in the summer, and I was working to pay for a windshield wiper a week.
The Volkswagon was worth about $2,800.00., and after driving it for a few months, I suggested that my parents sell it. I asked them to keep the money, but they had to tell everyone that I paid for my Firebird. It was a win-win!