Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cathedral Cruiser

GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States When GM decommissioned the Parade of Progress, 12 Futurliners went up for sale. We know that a couple of them found their way to the Michigan State Police and were used as traveling exhibits for fairground displays. We also found out that at least one Futurliner found its way into the hands of the popular Oral Roberts crusade of the sixties. Parader Jim Tolley recalls, "... I was on duty when Oral Roberts visited the site in Tulsa one evening. I showed him around. He was interested mostly in the tent; he had never seen one like it before, and tents were a part of his evangelical tours at the time. He told me he was leaving for Australia the next day, so I gave him John Ryan's (Parade Director) number in Detroit. I never heard from him or saw him again and did not know that he had purchased a Futurliner." Futurliner volunteer, Howard Sullivan, paid a visit to the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma the end of February, 2004 while visiting relatives in the area. He inquired at the library as to the validity of the story that Oral Roberts had used a Futurliner in his crusades. At first, he drew blanks but persistence paid off as he kept asking various people at the university. He hit pay dirt when he researched the Abundant Life publication published by Oral Roberts during that time-period. Having obtained copies of the articles, Howard met Don Maynard who found photos and negatives of the Futurliner. Don put the pictures on a disk and gave them to Howard.Read more here.. http://www.futurliner.com/oralroberts.htm

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