From the Pen of
Passepartout as I am sure you are all
aware, was the valet to Phineas Fogg in Jules Vernes classic Around The World
In Eighty Days. I always thought it harsh that while Passepartout organised
Foggs life, saved the girl and indeed his quick thinking won the bet for Fogg
that Fogg got the glory and the girl. So Passepartout is the archetypal unsung hero. The
hero of unsung heros worldwide. Thus it occurred to me that in the Dodge Family Journal,
the events and people reported on are all Americans. Now charming as Americans are I
suddenly thought that there are Dodges all over the world achieving things and generally
doing stuff, and as a lot of them are members of the Association I thought that they (we)
would like to read about the global impact of Dodges.
I knew that if I suggested an international column, I would be given the job of writing it. Now my line of Dodges left England in the late 1800s and I have seldom been out of Africa for any length of time, coupled with the fact that the first Dodge to come out died a few years later, leaving one son who in turn had two sons who in turn between them only had one son (me) there are, as you can see, not a lot of us in this part of the world. So the sum total is that I am somewhat ill suited to the task in hand. However as there are thousands of Dodges out there, there must be lots of stories that could be sent to grace the pages of the Journal. So for those out there who know anecdotes and stories about Dodges in areas of the world outside of the US, send them to us and we can learn some more about our fascinating history.