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The last New Yorker Checker turns off his meter for good.
This last Checker cab in New York should have been a last days of romantic history and history, the retiring of a popular aircraft integrated into the tradition and charm of the town. First, there was the nagging pains in Earl Johnson's right leg, a stabbing arthritis that made it difficult for him to crease his 1-inch chassis into the driver's seats of the 1978 classics, and even more painful to get out.
There was the unpleasant time when Mr. Johnson suddenly pulled over at a local in Jamaica and his ticket, a lady who came to work later, followed him inside to find out what he was doing (every taxi driver has his favourite boxing stops). After deciding that the taxi had become too costly to repair to urban standard, Mr. Johnson would spend the afternoon doing jogs so that every reporter had a single car rides and avoid artistically asking how much he had earned or could sell with the Checker.
I' m wasting so much cash today," Mr Johnson, 61, was complaining when he refused a ticket for afraid to miss another date with the media. Roberta Horton and James Donnelly, welfare officers who took Mr. Johnson's Checker to their weddings to celebrate their second anniversaries and relived the moments in the back of the taxi.
The Checker is the ultimative metropolitan luxury," said Ms. Horton, 47, as she hold the hands of her lover while driving up the East Side of Manhattan to the Conservatory Garden in the gardens. It'?s a New York owned car. Taxi and limousine commission says his checker, which is on its third motor and approaching one million mile on the mileage counter, needs a new frame.
Mr Johnson says that the vehicle is in order and the Commission's request is too stringent, but that it seems to be a good idea to lift up his folding seat. Other towns still have checker cabins, the bulging cars in the cumbersome 1950s designs. Ladies in the town are no longer taxi drivers, they' re dressed in rose or lilac or even checked everywhere.
There' s a company named Checker Cab, even if their car is a Dodge and a Ford. was hired in 1982, 60 years after its inception, the lady was a extinct race. Beginning this mornin', no pedestrian can greet a New York icon on the New York street. He retreats," a concierge said to a bouncer at Mark Hotel, gesticulating at Mr. Johnson and his taxi as they drop off Ms. Horton and Dr. Donnelly for their jubilee dinner.
'' Mr. Johnson, who has a bunch of whitish haired head over his brow and a few grey string hairs in his moustache, began doing a check in 1973 when 5,000 of the classical automobiles made up almost half of New York's yellows cabs. After the dream of opening a place to eat crumbled due to want of funds, he began to drive a cab.
"The driving crowd loves the Checker and it keeps longer," he said, although the first auto took only five years before it was hit by a flying matter issue. You' re sittin' over all the other taxis. In addition, he learnt in the 26 years behind the historical tax that the policemen seldom stop the lady.
Mr. Johnson departed his home in Rosedale, Queens, around 7am last night as normal and went to Kennedy International Airport. When I was a New York raised young woman, we were deliberately looking for her," said Mrs. Landau as she got into the taxi high above the city.
'' Mr. Johnson then stopped at Ninth Avenue in Jam's Jamaica Restaurant and said he would be back in a moment. Mrs. Landau went in a moment later to look. I could call the committee. empty threat for a retired man to be celebrated by the Cab Committee next weekend.
Until the end of June, Mr. Johnson is planning to be back in his home town of Montego Bay, where he and his spouse run a bed-and-breakfast named Grace Villa. That checker, which initially costed about $9,000, will probably be left behind. There has been research by a local Germany based Jewish research institute, but Mr Johnson wants the vehicle he named Janie after a long-time lover to be kept in the United States, New York being the preferred destination.
Concerning the 1N11 taxi medal, Mr Johnson is planning to rent it and expects a pension of around $1,400 per month. 1N11 is a tax-free medal. I was young and powerful and thought of nothing," Mr Johnson said, and laughed at the laughter of an older and more wise man. There have been tens of marriages and city cruises, performers whose name he can't recall, and performances - by the checker, not the rider - in films he's never seen.
He got out of a cab and got into my cab because this dude didn't know where he was going," Mr. Johnson said of the long-time bankier in a hurry to go from a downtown mid-town to Wall Street. There were no prominent people except Mr. Johnson himself in 1993, when there were only 10 ladies there.
Since then he has been presented in many papers, and it is no coincidence that he overhauled Johann Struna, the penultimate checker to retire in December because he too could not pay for the work. Mr. Johnson was smiling for the snapshot tourist from Cleveland, shaking hand with the instructor for a stroll on the Upper West Side and waving cheerfully to other taxi drivers spying on their best regards.
1922 -- Checker Motors Company of Kalamazoo, Me. makes the first checkeraxicabs. 1970s -- About 5,000 ladies make up almost half of New York City's cabifleet. 73 -- After a year of cabbing in New York, Earl Johnson purchases his first checker. 1978-- When the cab is damaged by a flying wheel issue, Mr. Johnson purchases his latest Checker for $9,000.
Not enough businesses use taxis because they are more costly than other limousines, and Checker Motors feared a planned levy on petrol eaters. 1993/- There are still 10 checker booths in New York. December 15, 1998 -- The penultimate checker's rider, Johann Struna, removes his vehicle from the street because he cannot pay for the repair required by the taxi and limousine commission.
26 July 1999 -- The last of New York's last Checker cab as Mr. Johnson is preparing for retirement.