On March 13,1969, Herbie, the 1963 Volkswagen racing Beetle, drove his way into our hearts in the film "The Love Bug." Ten days later, 101 Guest-decorated Beetles made their way down Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland on "Love Bug" Day to celebrate the film's release.
The cars were judged in the categories of most psychedelic, toylike, comical and best personality. Morton and Barbara Allen of Studio City took top honors and won a brand new 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. Other prizes included RCA portable color TV's, Kodak Super-8 movie cameras and projectors, and new Polaroid cameras.
The live-action film followed the story of Herbie, a pearl white car with a mind of its own and distinguished by red and blue racing strips and No. 53 on its doors. The comedy starred Dean Jones, Michele Lee and Bubby Hackett. Herbie has starred in a TV series and six films, including the most recent "Herbie: Fully Loaded" in 2005 starring Lindsay Lohan.
As a kid, I remember going to the movies to watch "Herbie The Love Bug," ...Dr Lee