Dec. 2019-Mar 2020 NEWSLETTER

Gene Perry has gotten the newsletter published and some members have received their copies. He sent in to the publisher on March 20. On Saturday, May 1, I received my copy. We must assume the “Virus” got into the publisher’s business.

I have added the 2 posts that tell a little more about Richard Miner’s and Mike McLeod’s stories.  Jimmy Hubbard posted a comment on Leon Jones’s obit post that Leon was a great help to him.

As always, please send your stories and pictures to Gene if you want them in the newsletter. Each member has a reason or person of character in their history of being a Cushman scooter enthusiest. Also when you sell your classified ad item, please let him know to remove it.


Texas Cushman Member #14

Have you ever had someone prove their membership by a copy of a cap?

Mike McLeod


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Mike McLeod TCC #14

In September 2017, the Big Country Area held the West Texas Fair and Parade Event meet in Merkle, Tx.

John Hensley had been telling us about an old scooter guy in Merkle and that he had his original scooter. While camping in Mike McLeod’s Windmill RV Campground, we got to meet Mike. He brought a scan of his cap with the patch from the 1st meet of the Texas Cushman Club from 1983. Proof of his membership was not on my current books.

Time for some detective work. On the Numerical list, I found Mike, but his membership had not been carried forward through the years. The original 5×8 notebooks are in my storeroom. Out came the boxes and there was McLeod, Mike #14. With the notation that he was given “charter bar & 10-year bar 6-5-92”. For your history lesson: In 1992 Ross Murphy was president.  Upon the 10th year as a club, the 30 charter members who were active members were honored and given Lifetime memberships.

Mike McLeod proof

The following is a scan from the 10th State Magazine, 1992.

10th state meet CHARTER MEMBER copy

Picture of Mike as a young man.

Mike McLeod kid on scooter

The following scan is from a TCC newletter.

Mike McLeod 1Mike McLeod 2


We have updated and gotten his membership back on the books. At the 37th State meet in Snyder,  Mike brought more items of interest. His original title and license tag receipts. What a joy to see the value Mike places on his Cushman roots.





Mike McLeod and Richard Kesselus, State Meet, Snyder, October 2019

It has been a pleasure to have Mike back in our roster. Thanks to our late friend, John Hensley for making the connection.

Pictures provided by Mike McLeod and Chrysti Lve.

Richard Miner’s Story May 2020

At the Cushman National Meet last June 13, 2019, Richard Miner had an accident while riding his scooter at Paris, Tx. As I’ve seen many times, Cushman friends surround and support during these times. Richard had many broken bones and road rash was deep. He spent 3 days in ICU in Plano and was then moved closer to home.

At Memorial Herman, he was admitted to the level 1 trauma/burn unit. Multiple surgeries were performed to reduce the risk of infection and freshen the wounds for faster healing. On June 19, he was moved out of ICU. There were difficult times with finding pain meds that would work. Broken bones and wounds take time. On July 2, he was transferred to rehab closer to their home. Then on July 28 Richard was moved into the hospital due to low blood pressure and nausea. The bones are mending slowly, and he is weakened.

Early August he was at home with PT, OT, Speech therapists and nurses coming to help him continue to recover. They were thankful for good days and survived the bad days.

On October 6, Richard announced he wanted to come to the State Meet. He had turned a corner and was ready to see everyone.

What a joy to have them walk into the Wednesday night Early Bird dinner! On Friday, we learned more. Don Henry had picked up Richard’s scooter from the storage unit in Paris and took it home. The scooter was returned to Richard repaired and in running order. No charge for the repair.

There were so many who helped during this accident. Richard and Sue appreciated all the help.

This is what a member does – give and then give some more. What a Club!

Yes, Richard plans to ride again.


Richard arrivess

Richard and Sue Miner being welcomed at the Early Bird Dinner in Synder, Oct. 9, 2019.

Miners after accident

Ricahrd’s scooter after the accident in June, 2019

Miners restored

Richard’s scooter after Don Henry’s repair work.

Richard and Don

Don Henry and Richard Miner October 10, 2019


Don Henry, Richard Miner, James Press, and Raymond Love sharing “the good times”. Friendship in the Finest form.