I wouldn't classify myself as an overtly patriotic person. I rarely become emotional when I hear the national anthem or see a flag fluttering in the warm glow of a sunset. That's not to say I don't have my moments when I'm struck by a mysterious wave and my skin tingles with goosebumps by some quality of "Americanness" that I'm witnessing.
What gets me in the heart and makes me love my country? Demolition derbies, prison rodeos, fried livers with country gravy, baseball parks, empty southwestern desert highways, and rock and roll music. But nothing comes close to getting my red, white and blue juices flowing like the drive-in. Nothing.
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Photo of Admiral Twin Drive-In in the early 1960s courtesy of Rotary Club/Beryl Ford Collection/Tulsa Historical Society