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Wanting to get married


A flat tyre in Chillicothe, Ohio
Stan Lee Writer
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I had a furlough once, and I was stationed at Fort Harrison in Indianapolis at that time, and I wanted to drive from the Fort to my home in New York. And I had an old… that time was before I had my Buick, I had an old, beat-up Plymouth that I had bought third-hand. And as I'm driving along in Chillicothe, Ohio, I got a flat tire. The tire just went bad. Now in those days you couldn't get tires. Rubber was rationed because of the war, and you had to know somebody who was high up on the tire rationing board to get a tire. I figured I'm stuck here all my life. But I met a girl in Chillicothe while I was wondering what to do, and it turned out her father was the head of the tire rationing board. So I was able to get the tire and I went home on my furlough, and I've always had a warm spot in my heart for Chillicothe, Ohio. Whenever I have to write the name of a small town in any story, it's always Chillicothe, Ohio.

The creative genius of American writer, Stan Lee (1922-2018) brought us 'Spider Man', 'X-Men' and 'The Hulk'. They climbed tall buildings and fought the bad guys, but had normal worries too, about love, acceptance and family. Readers loved them and Marvel Comics, with Lee at the helm, went on to become hugely successful. In 2010 the Stan Lee Foundation was founded to focus on literacy, education and the arts. On January 4, 2011 Lee received the 2428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Listeners: Leo Bear

Leo Bear is a Hollywood-based features writer. Her background is in news and features writing. Leo spent five years on the entertainment newsdesk at BBC Worldwide before going freelance and moving out to Los Angeles. She specialises in writing lifestyle features, celebrity interviews, health stories and travel features for publications including Eve Magazine, OK! Magazine, Total Film, TV Hits and Conde Nast Gourmet Travel Guide.

Tags: Chillicothe, Ohio, Fort Harrison, Indianapolis

Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008