The Wellesley Middle School Newspaper Winter 2009
We’re Killing Our Air Source
The trees on the earth are the lungs of the planet. Mother Earth can barely
breathe with the air we have today. The environmental organization, Greenpeace,
says that 80% of the world’s ancient forests have already been
destroyed/damaged. The portion we have left is being threatened by illegal and
destructive logging. Every two seconds, chunks of forests the size of football
fields are being destroyed, even as you read this. Each year, the earth is losing 32
million acres of its natural forests. Forests are also at risk from cattle grazing,
Contents agriculture, mining, oil mining, population expansion, dams, pipelines, and other
Comics These things put the world at risk in very serious ways. Trees and plants have
News very important parts in our live, even if we don’t know it very well. They stabilize
Stories the climate by removing green house gases and holding them in their root,
Sports leaves, wood, and soil. Destroying trees allows the dangerous gases to stay in the
“The Locker” is produced by atmosphere. Scientists have predicted that the consequences of global warming
the current members of the will increase floods, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, species extinction, and
WMS Newspaper Club. WMS spread of disease. Everything will be wide range. It has been proven that 20‐25%
students who would like to of all carbon emissions are resulted from deforestation and land use changes.
contribute to future editions About the same percentage comes from the cars and trucks in the US that emit
should listen to the school
announcements for future club
Editors: Yuto and Deforestation is negative towards biodiversity. It’s estimated that 70% of the
Alice , Jonathan world’s animal and plant population live in forests. Many animals will disappear
Assistant Editors: if their habitat is destroyed. The Tropical rainforest of the world take up 12% of
Bill, Noor, the world’s land but contain half the world’s known species and plant life. In 100
years, all the rainforests in the world would be wiped out if they keep being
Faculty Advisor: destroyed at the rate they are being now. Their ecosystems would disappear.
Lynne Johnson Trees play a key part in protecting riverbeds, preventing landslides, and flooding.
The poverty rate would go up as well. 1.2 billion people earn their livelihood from
So next time you write on only one side of the paper and then go throw it away,
think again and keep it, or a least recycle it, because paper comes from trees and
you’re killing the air you breathe and the planet you live on too. So, try and be a
little more considerate of the amount of paper you use and what happens to it
when you’re done.
health care system." – Barack Obama in remarks
Top Ten Silliest Political after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses
and health care providers, Washington, D.C., July 20,
Quotes Since Campaign 2009, accidentally saying that he wanted to add
inefficiencies instead of efficiencies to the system.
8. “I think it was in the Rose Garden where I issued this
So as we begin 2010, we can look back and brilliant statement: If I had a magic wand -- but the
president doesn't have a magic wand. You just can't
laugh at all the crazy things that have been said say, 'low gas.'" --George W. Bush, Washington D.C.,
since the time of election ’08 in American July 15, 2008.
9. "People say, well, do you ever hear any other voices
By: Rishi other than, like, a few people? Of course I do." --
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2008,
accidentally implying that he may be “hearing
1. "As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space voices”.
of the United States of America, where– where do
they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border." -- 10. "And they have no disregard for human life." --
Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska's proximity to George W. Bush, on the brutality of Afghan fighters,
Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview Washington, D.C., July 15, 2008. Oh, how kind!
with CBS's Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008, displaying
what we hoped to be her sense of humor…although
that was unfortunately not the case!
2. "Amigo! Amigo!" --George W. Bush, calling out to
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Spanish at
the G-8 Summit, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008.
3. "We believe that the best of America is not all in
Washington, D.C. ... We believe that the best of
America is in these small towns that we get to visit,
and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the
real America, being here with all of you hard
working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America
areas of this great nation." --Sarah Palin, speaking at
a fundraiser in Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 16, 2008, once
again displaying her refined eloquence…
4. "I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go." -
-Barack Obama, at a campaign event in Beaverton,
Oregon, May 9, 2008, probably meaning to say "I've
now been in 47 states -- I think one left to go." After…
5. "I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now. ...
When one person sneezes it goes all the way through
the aircraft. That's me. I would not be, at this point, if
they had another way of transportation, suggesting
they ride the subway." —Vice President Joe Biden,
dispensing handy tips to protect against the swine flu
and freaking us out, "Today Show" interview, April
30, 2009, and not reassuring us the least bit!
6. "I remember meeting a mother of a child who was
abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval
Office." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June
26, 2008, accidentally implying that the North
Koreans abducted the mother from the White Sources: about.com,
7. "The reforms we seek would bring greater http://z.about.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/1/O/2/vice-
competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our presidential-lk1016d.jpg
“Then, while we look for an orphanage or place that
takes … lost kids, we’ll look for Alicia.” Lynn took the
Myste rie s in Ne w York little girl’s hand and marched out of park. The three
Part II: T o t he O rp ha nage trooped down the streets, eyes searching for a place for
“You know what?” Myra announced, after five minutes
Part 1 Summary of searching. “Let’s just give her to a policeman.
Lynn, Alicia, and Myra have gone on a vacation to New Alicia’s missing and we need to find her.”
York! On the way back to a park where Alicia “THIS IS NEW YORK!!” Lynn burst out. “THIS IS
accidentally forgets a purse, the girls find a lost girl. HORRIBLE! HOW DO WE FIND A LITTLE
What to DO? Upon their arrival at the park Alicia TEENAGER IN THIS HUGE CITY!?”
mysteriously disappears, leaving her two friends along Myra watched her friend make a huge scene, attract
with the lost child to find their way out of the bone- attention, and then calm down. “Lynn, stop it. You’re
chilling, spine-shivering park. making a horrible scene!” Tears escaped from Myra’s
eyes as she realized how true Lynn’s terrible words
“Well,” Myra said, analyzing the situation. “Um, at least were.
we have a place to go back to—the restaurant.” “How about we try a store?” Myra asked, firmly. “Let’s
“For goodness sakes, Myra, where do we take this … go! We’ll ask a storekeeper where the nearest orphanage
kid?” Lynn asked, annoyed. “The orphanage?” or day care or whatever is? Okay?”
“That’s a great idea!” Myra smiled, brightly. “Let’s take
her there and … yeah. We’re done with that problem!” Lynn silently followed her friend into a restaurant. The
“Um, no, we’re not,” Lynn snapped. “What about brightly lit room with delicious smells of Mexican foods
ALICIA?” escaped from the kitchen, causing Lynn an extra burst of
Myra’s eyes darted apprehensively through the park. sadness at the thought of her parents waiting in the
“Well, we can always … find a policeman?” restaurant.
“Out here? In this DESERTED place with absolutely Myra approached the counter and asked, “Do you know
NOTHING helpful?” Lynn burst out. “I’m going back to of any orphanages around here? Day cares, perhaps?” At
the restaurant!” a lady’s staring, stern blue eyes Myra’s tone of voice
changed. “WE are not orphans, ma’am. We just need to
The lady gave directions and the three girls left.
Ten minutes later, the girls arrived at the Parker
Lynn pushed open the door to find a weary, old lady.
“Ma’am, we found this girl on the streets,” Lynn
announced. “Please, do you know what to do?”
The lady took the little girl’s hand and asked, “What’s
your name, dear?”
“M-my name?” the girl asked, her trembling face
The girls headed back to the entrance of the park. There, pinched in worry. “Mommy calls me … Kitty.”
just by the gate of the park, lay a small, pink bracelet.
“That’s Alicia’s!” Myra cried. “I’m so not kidding, “Kitty?” the lady asked. “Well, Kitty, come with me.”
Lynn—it is a clue to where Alicia is! She’s probably left “Wait,” Myra cried. “What are you...?”
the park by now!” “Would you girls like to come in and see her to her
“Without us?” Lynn asked, skeptically. room—is that it?” the lady inquired.
“Me tired and cold and…and…hun-gar-ee!” the little “Yes, please,” Myra responded. Lynn elbowed her.
lost girl shivered, breaking up the word “hungry” as if “What?” she hissed. “We have to find Alicia!”
emphasizing the word would get her food. “I care about Alicia,” Myra answered, exasperated. “But
“Well,” Myra said, bravely. “Let’s assess the situation. I care about Kitty, too!”
Who or what is our first priority?” Lynn and Myra followed the lady who defiantly
“Alicia. And then this child,” Lynn announced. “So, we announced that her name was Mrs. Bird. She led them
really need to find Alicia—fast! Our parents will be sick to a room that was filled with many girls, all ages seven
with worry.” years and younger.
Mrs. Bird turned to the girls. “We’ll check Kitty in late. herself on top of Cindy's dead body. My name is
For now, thank you for bringing her here.” Andrew. I was Cindy's best friend, even though I was a
Just then, Kitty rushed to Myra and buried her face into servant. I'll be telling the story from this point. Cindy is
Myra’s jacket. “Don’t go, sissy!” she wailed. gone. It's hard to say that now...
Lynn gasped. “She thinks you’re her sister!”
“Am I, really?” Myra laughed, nervously. She hugged "Andrew!!!" The Duchess grabbed my hair and pulled
Kitty back and took her to a bed. “Lie down, okay, me aside. I restrained myself from swearing.
Kitty? Mommy will, um, come soon, okay?”
Kitty smiled up at Myra and gave a small, cute smile. "Yes... milady?" I tried to keep my voice from shaking,
Myra smoothed Kitty’s hair and in seconds, she was but I could feel my throat starting to close up. My head
asleep. was starting to feel really light from clenching my jaw.
With one last wave, Myra and Lynn left the orphanage.
"Andrew!!! Are you even listening?"
(TO BE CONTINUED IN THE SPRING EDITION…)
"Yeah... What do you want?" What did I just say??
'What do you want?' Oh, she's going to kick me out now.
Cinderella Twist Part II She's talking to me, what does she want me to do now?
(Formerly known as The Cinderella Story)
"-the body to the cellar. Hide it in the loose floorboard.
By: Melanie Now go! Hurry before anyone sees." The Duchess
hissed. I looked at Cindy's body. It looked different...
Almost weaker or something of the sort. I was supposed
to drag her body down to the cellar? And hide my best
friend's body in a floorboard?
I, Cindy the daughter of the great ruler of our land, has
been turned into a slave. I will have vengeance on my Not.
stepmother for murdering my father. I will rise to inherit
the Saw House and all the land under it. I will overthrow I took her body down to the cellar, but out the secret
Anna with my friend Andrew at my side. She cannot door Cindy and I used. I dug the rock hard dirt grave
toss my aside like the little girl I used to be. I will be with my own hands. The tears streamed out of my eyes
strong. and into the hole that I dug. My jaw was quivering with
sorrow. Deeper and deeper I dug until my arms gave out.
"Come on people!!" Drat. Nothingness. Head hurts. The dirt was practically soaked this time I finished
crying over Cindy's dead body. I'm proud though, I was
"Get her to the healer!!" Shouting. A lot of blood. Can't the person who dug Cindy's grave. She would have had
feel anything. tears coming out of her eyes too. Maybe she would have
told me what she was going to say before the Duchess
"What happened?!!" Duchess? Anna? Like she doesn't made her lay the stones. Maybe she would tell me what I
know. Ugh... Getting hard to breathe... needed to do now. Maybe she would tell me to get
"Something fell on milady..." No. She threw one of those
freaking floor stones at my head. Stop screaming I carefully placed her limp body in the hole that I dug.
everybody... She was still wearing her necklace, the one that she had
the day I met her.
"Hurry!! Where is the healer???" Like she cared...
Can't... Breathe... Take it.
"Cindy?" They're calling me... No... Her... I... I can't... I reached down and the gold pendant seemed to come to
my hand as if willingly. I placed the dirt over. Layer by
Andrew layer. I rested a rock on top of the grave.
"Cindy... She's-" "I will love no one else but you, Cindy. Will you wait for
me, on the other side? The only thing keeping me from
"DON'T SAY IT." Anna cut me off. suicide is to see your goal accomplished. I will
overthrow Anna. I promise you all these things."
"Cindy is dead." The healer announced. Anna threw
I swore to her soul that I would revenge her. Maybe I The windows were open and the warm summer breeze
should throw a stone at Anna's head, see how she likes blew in. I must have been really tired because I woke up
it. Maybe. the next morning in my shorts and a tee.
As I walked back to the room that Anna gave me, I heard My stomach growled. I remembered I hadn’t eaten the
a rustling in the bushes. An animal? I don't have any ‘dinner’ they had served on the flight last night. That’s
intention to go after it right now. It would be pointless what they called it. I didn’t believe them. I smelled
being that I wouldn't have anyone to show the "cutest something really good coming from downstairs.
animal in the world" to. Remembering my father was absolutely hopeless in the
kitchen I slipped out of bed and went downstairs to
When I got to my room, I looked around. investigate. I wandered around the entire first floor of
the huge new house until I finally found myself in the
Without Cindy, the room seemed so dull. Cindy had kitchen. To my surprise my father was sitting at the
always brought everything I had to life. Even me. counter on a stool, drinking coffee. Standing at the stove
Whether it was gardening, which she somehow made was a man I had never seen before in my life.
very fun, dusting, which she loved to do, or polishing
which was always bothersome. “Uhhhh…” I was at a loss for words. For all I knew my
father only had scientist ‘colleagues’ or whatever in San
How come it took me so long to admit it to myself? I Diego. I was pretty sure ‘colleagues’ didn’t come over at
love her. I love Cindy. And I will never be able to say ten thirty to make us breakfast. My father hopped up
that to her ever. from his chair.
“Oh! I forgot! Savannah, meet Frosoir. He’s our new
San Diego personal chef, since, as you know, I am absolutely
By Charlotte hopeless in the kitchen.”
I stepped into the airport. Even inside it was different “Would you like something for breakfast, miss?” He
from my house in Hawaii. It just felt strange. Most asked in a thick French accent.
people think of my hometown a vacation spot. I used to
love going to a coffee shop downtown and watching “No!” was my forceful reply. I stormed out the front
flustered tourists in outdated rental cars pull over and door.
hurriedly ask natives for directions to a place right down
the street. But of course, my father was right next to me before I
could even decide where to go. I had only been tromping
That was then. This is now. I continually have to remind down the sidewalk for about thirty seconds.
myself that I no longer live in Hawaii. I now live in the
lamest city on earth, San Diego, with my lame dad “I understand why you’re upset,” he said. I turned my
who’s now a famous scientist. Frankly, I don’t care for head away. “But you have to come back inside and have
his shiny gizmos he keeps in the basement. One day he some breakfast. You haven’t eaten in more than twelve
came home from his lab and exclaimed “I’ve done it! hours.” I realized that he was right and let him drag
Were moving to San Diego!” back into our house. Frosoir had cooked me up an
omelet and I sat down, thanked Frosoir and ate it. Maybe
Our cab driver took us to the fanciest townhouse I've San Diego wasn’t so lame after all.
“Welcome home,” my father said. I stepped out of the A Vanishing Act
cab and walked up to the huge wooden front door. My By Stephanie
father stepped up beside me and unlocked it with a key.
Then, he led me upstairs to “my room”. The walls were Due to being besieged by the evil forces of
cream and in the center there was a dark, wooden four-
poster bed with white sheers. I dumped my suitcase on Lord Homework, A Vanishing Act has
the ground and sat on the bed. vanished.
“I’ll let you settle in,” my dad said, and left the room.
hit. Vander Meer proceeded to get two outs but walk
three batters in the process. While it appeared he had
lost his control, Vander Meer, who struck out seven,
got Leo Durocher (Later a Hall of Fame manager who
managed the Giants when Bobby Thompson hit his
The Record That Will Never “shot heard ‘round the world) to fly out to center
fielder Harry Craft.
Many serious baseball fans have heard of Johnny
By Jonathan Vander Meer, but few know that at the time of his
Lou Gehrig played 2,130 games in a row: broken by legendary accomplishment he was just a twenty-three
Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995. Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs year-old rookie. Just a small town kid from New
went up in smoke to Roger Maris, again to Marc Jersey, Vander Meer couldn’t handle the pressure of
McGwire, and again to Barry Bonds. Hank Aaron’s being in the national spotlight and by 1940 was
“insurmountable” 755 (home runs) is no longer pitching in the minor leagues. Without being flustered
written in record books as well. But there is one by the publicity, Vander Meer then proceeded to win
record that has stood the test of time and will never be 49 games over the next three seasons. While it
broken: appeared once again as if he was destined for a great
career, after missing two seasons due to World War II,
Johnny Vander Meer pitched for the Cincinnati Reds Vander Meer had lost his rhythm and had only one
for the first 11 years of his career, 1937-1949, which winning season for the rest of his career (17-14 in
was interrupted by World War II. After finishing his 1948).
career with the Cubs in 1950, and one game with the
Indians a year later, he had compiled more losses than Despite putting up a respectable ERA (3.44) and
wins. He pitched just three innings in the 1940 World playing in four all-star games, Vander Meer is
Series, his Reds winning in seven games. Vander remembered for this accomplishment alone. After all,
Meer did throw two no-hitters in his career, but so did other than Vander Meer, only three players (Virgil
many others, including little-knowns such as Bill Trucks for the Tigers in 1952, Allie Reynolds for the
Stoneman, Jim Maloney, and Johnny Lush. But Yankees in 1951, and Nolan Ryan for the Angels in
Vander Meer is remembered while these others are 1973), have ever pitched two no hitters in a season.
not, because his no-hitters came in a row. No pitcher has ever thrown three no hitters in a
season, and for Johnny Vander Meer to be bested
On June 11, 1938, in the middle of a nine game some one would have to throw three no hitters in a
winning streak, the longest of his otherwise average season, and they would have to come in a row. Johnny
career, Johnny Vander Meer took the mound against Vander Meer holds the baseball record least likely to
the Boston Braves. Vander Meer displayed unusually ever be broken.
excellent control, but didn’t throw his hardest. Still,
Vander Meer was perfect through the first three
innings before Gene Moore walked to start the fourth
inning, but was gunned downed trying to advance on a
John Cooney fly out. Tony Cuccinello also walked,
and was picked off leaning too far away from the bag
at first. Vander Meer walked three and pitched to
twenty-eight batters, just one more than the minimum,
and finished the afternoon with four strikeouts.
June 15, 1938 was the first night game ever played at
Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In this
game, Vander Meer threw his fastball and sinker hard
but struggled with his control, the flaw that kept him
from being a great pitcher for the rest of his career. **Information from www.baseball-alamanac.com
Going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Vander
Meer had walked five batters but not yet surrendered a and http://bleacherreport.com
Women’s Speed Skating:
2010 Olympic Preview Jennifer Rodriguez: With 2 bronze medals, she is the
By Matt face of Cuban-American speed skating
As you may know, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games Shaun White: The Winter X Games 9-time gold
are going to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia.
medalist is expected to awe the crowd
The city was selected as the host in 2003, and they’re
definitely ready. When I visited Vancouver over the Seth Wescott: The Torino gold medalist looks to shred
winter break, all the hype was about the Olympic the snowboard cross slopes
games. Here are some Americans to watch in each of Women’s Snowboarding:
the main events: Lindsey Jacobellis: After an embarrassing fall in
Torino, Lindsey looks to redeem herself
Men’s Skiing: Hannah Teter: Winning pretty much every major half
Bode Miller: This heavy favorite is a 4-time World pipe competition, Teter is a favorite
Champ and 2-time Olympic medalist
Ted Ligety: This legendary injury-prone veteran The Vancouver Olympics begin on February 12, 2010.
dominates while healthy The city is ready. Will you be?
Lindsey Vonn: As 2008 and 2009 World Champion,
she is one of the best American skiers
Julia Mancuso: 2006 Turino gold medalist, she is out
to get another one in Vancouver
Men‘s Figure Skating:
Evan Lycasek: US and World champion, Evan will
compete for his first medal
Women’s Figure Skating:
Sasha Cohen: After a calf injury, the young Torino
silver medalist is making a return
Pairs Figure Skating: The “Inukshuk” is the official symbol of
McLaughlin/Brubaker: A young pair 2-time world the 2010 Olympics. It resembles a person
champions, they have won every event competed in and can be found in many different places.
together. They look to beat #1 ranked Germany’s
Men’s Ice Hockey:
Patrick Kane: A young forward who led the Chicago
Blackhawks to the playoffs last year
Brian Rafalski: 3-time Stanley Cup winner and Detroit
Red Wings defensemen
Tim Thomas: Star Bruins goaltender with a .933 save
percentage in the 08-09 season
Women’s Ice Hockey: As I said before, the city of Vancouver is
Natalie Darwitz: Forward and captain of the team who ready for the 2010 winter games.
led the US to 2 medals so far Sources
Jessie Vetter: Star goalie who led the Wisconsin The Official Site of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
The Official Site of USA Figure Skating
University Badgers to a NCAA title The Official Site of the USA Ski Team
Men’s Speed Skating: The Official Site of USA Hockey
The Official Site of USA Speed Skating
Apolo Anton Ohno: The 5-time Olympic medalist is The Official Site of Apohlo Anton Ohno
The Official Site of USA Snowboarding
back and better than ever
Recipe from Alton Brown, Good Eats on Food Network
• 1 1/2 cups cake flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• Heavy pinch salt
• 1 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 1 egg
• 1 cup yogurt
• 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
• Nonstick spray, for the muffin tins (if you don’t have it, rubbing a very little bit of butter around the sides of the
tin works too)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In another large bowl, whisk
together the sugar, oil, egg and yogurt. Add the dry ingredients reserving 1 tablespoon of the dry ingredients and toss with
the blueberries. Stir mixture for a count of 10. Add 1 cup blueberries to mixture and stir 3 more times. Reserve the 1/2
cup of blueberries.
Using an ice cream scoop, (for equal sized muffins) add the mixture to greased muffin pans. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2
cup of berries on top of muffins and press down lightly. Place into the oven and increase the temperature to 400 degrees.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Remove from oven and turn out, upside down on kitchen towel
to cool completely.
Serve immediately or store in airtight container for 2 to 3 days.
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Makes 12 Muffins
You can also make this recipe using other ingredients rather than blueberries, such as other berries, chocolate, etc…
Word Search Answers
Texting. Has it replaced everything else?
Over the years people have always found ways of communicating. First it was writing letters, then came the
telephone, then e-mail, IM, cell phones, and now we have texting. Look around you, so many people are
texting. People are now texting more and more. So it’s convenient we know that. But does it mean we have
to ignore every other way of communicating? I mean, no one even writes letters anymore. That’s because we
have e-mail now and that’s so much faster, but now we’ve lost one way of communicating. We’re losing the
telephone right now too because now more and more people have cell phones so it gives us no point to
having a telephone. Who knew things could change that fast? I promise you that in a few years people will
have found a way to replace e-mail and then in years after that, e-mail will be found as ancient as writing
letters is right now. One more thing about texting, is that it has an affect on our language. People find it easier
to abbreviate rather than text out the whole word. Some examples would be like, “LOL, TTYL, IDK” standing for
laugh out loud, talk to you later, and I don’t know. Texting is really messing up what we’ve been learning in
school about “proper grammar and spelling” and I doubt “LOL” would qualify as proper spelling.
Some Texting Lingo...
Idk=I don’t know
Lol=laugh out loud, lots of
Ikr=inorite (I know right)
Ttyl=talk to you later
By Han Gr. 8 Digital Artist
On my drive home from the airport last Sunday, January 17th I saw President Obama’s convoy of vehicles after his trip to Boston to
campaign for Martha Coakley. His motorcade wasn’t hard to miss, because there were so many police cars and vans (approximately
35 cars are in his entourage.) What stood out was the presidential limo. It has a couple of names, “Cadilac One”, “The Beast” and
“Stagecoach” which is a part of the president’s “First Fleet.”
Past presidents also had presidential cars: President Harding was the first President to use a car at his inauguration, President
Roosevelt had the first bulletproof car which was previously owned by mobster Al Capone and Lyndon Johnson had the first armored
and enclosed car.
How is President Obama’s presidential limo different? It can withstand a chemical attack given its sealed recirculation system, has
doors that are as heavy as a Boeing’s 747 cabin door and the windows are 5 inches thick made of ballistic glass. “It is safe to say that
that this car’s security and coded communications systems make it the most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world,”
said Nicolas Trotta, assistant direction for the Secret Service Office of Protective Operations. A lot of the specifications are not
discussed given security reasons.
Next time Obama’s in Boston be sure to look out for Cadillac One.
Source: Picture SodaHead.com 1.20.09 and wired.com 1.20.09 “Obama Rolls in an Armored Cadillac Stagecoach”