DEAR ABBY: My husband and I had fun coming up with cars that fit with certain professions (Jan. 23). It made a long car ride seem short. Here’s what we came up with: The Greek epic poet Homer would have a Honda Odyssey, and a firefighter a Chevy Blazer. An entomologist would crawl through traffic in his Mitsubishi Spyder. A meteorologist would drive a Honda Element, an astronomer would have a Mitsubishi Eclipse and an optician a Ford Focus. Picasso would paint the town in his Nissan Cube, an ornithologist would use a Ford Falcon and his lawyer would drive a Honda Civic. — MEGAN T., RIDING THE HIGHWAYS IN BELVIDERE, N.J.
DEAR MEGAN: I’m pleased I was able to make your road trip more enjoyable. Readers, you amaze me! You put the pedal to the metal and came up with some ingenious responses. My staff and I had a great time reading them. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: Stretching my imagination, I envisioned Jacques Cousteau with his Plymouth Barracuda, King Arthur in an Excalibur Phaeton and “Mini-Me” in a Mini Cooper. “Dog the Bounty Hunter” would choose a Mercury Tracer. And don’t you think Cadillac had Disney villainess “Cruella” in mind when it came out with the “DeVille”? — WINNI AT THE WHEEL IN L.A.
DEAR ABBY: I work at a correctional facility and had to laugh when I saw the warden drive up in his Ford Escape! — JAZZY IN WAYNESBORO, TENN.
DEAR ABBY: Here’s my suggestion: Clint Eastwood driving a Dodge Magnum with a Magnum Force plate — no, wait, he can’t have that one because I already do! — DONNA IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
DEAR ABBY: How about pairing these names and cars? Astronomer Carl Sagan in a Mercury Comet, decathlon winner Bruce Jenner in his Javelin, Mr. T. in his very own Model T. And finally, Albert Einstein sporting around in — what else — a Smart Car. — STEVEN, ALONG FOR THE RIDE IN L.A.
DEAR ABBY: I have one: Michael Phelps in his Ford Freestyle. — EMILIE IN ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
DEAR ABBY: I submit the following: Keanu Reeves driving a Toyota Matrix, Courteney Cox cruising around in her Mercury Cougar, Dizzy Gillespie in a Dodge Coronet and Thomas Edison in a Chevy Volt. When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t driving around in his Hummer, he’d be using his Ford Flex, and Ben Franklin would drive a Jeep Liberty. Abby, thanks for providing so many funny moments as well as insightful advice. — GREG IN GLADEWATER, TEXAS
DEAR ABBY: If some famous people were alive today, they’d have some interesting choices. Christopher Columbus might drive a Ford Explorer and Daniel Boone a Mercury Mountaineer. — TERI IN ORRVILLE, OHIO
DEAR ABBY: We’re up to the challenge here in Oregon. A Navy captain driving his PT Cruiser, a housekeeper in her Plymouth Duster and, finally, the local weatherman in his Buick Tornado. — DEBBIE IN EUGENE
DEAR ABBY: I have the perfect model for the 12 disciples. The Bible says they were all in one Accord. — JANE RIVERA IN PENNSYLVANIA
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