Stuff I Did in the '80s
License to Drive
License to Drive

I received my learner’s permit to drive on my 15th birthday. My parents had a 1972 Toyota Celica. It was a fun little car to drive...when I could it in gear, which wasn’t often because it was a stick shift.

Frustrated with my inability to grasp how to use a clutch, dad had me practice on our 1976 Chevy Nomad van. That had an automatic transmission. After my failure with the Toyota I figured the van would be a cinch to drive but it was the length of a short bus and had no rear windshield. This meant I had to use its massive side view mirrors, which dad had glued fish-eye mirrors to because YOU STILL COULD NOT SEE the back end of the van.

I failed my driver’s license exam three times(!) on the parallel parking portion of the road test. When I finally succeeded the DMV examiner said I might as well have qualified for a commercial license and become a truck driver.

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.