Philippe: Norm Ringhand was a gentleman of the old school
April 18, 2014
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Norm Ringhand. (See obituary, Summit Daily News, April 17, 2014.)
Over many years he and I wrestled back and forth with issues involving my developments on Old Main Street Frisco. He was a gentleman of the old school and always able to reach a compromise, ending a conversation with a smile and word of wisdom.
About his Model T. That 1921 Model T Ford coupe he bought and donated to the Frisco Historic Society is in my possession today. You can see it, you can touch it and you can get behind the wheel as it is on display at 313 Main St., The Frisco Emporium.
It is my honor to own it, and each day I look at it I am reminded of the many old Friscoites — some now long gone — who helped shape this community: like Helen Foote, the Gibersons, Sue Chamberlain, Jody Anderson, the Wilkinsons, the Drakes, the Zdechliks, the Thompsons and more.
But in true Frisco fashion there is a quirky side to the early-day automotive story. Norm bought the Model T from an associate who needed the money for a sex change operation! That’s the real story.
Robert S. Philippe
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