BRISTOL BITS: Cruise Nights return to Bristol

Published on Wednesday, 6 July 2022 10:27


Rick Theriault was kind enough to take a few photos of cars and their owners for me at Saturday night’s Cruise Night, hosted by the Bristol Auto Club. One of these individuals, Anthony Cretella, is shown here with his 1972 Silver Chevy Chevette SS. SS for super sports, if I recall correctly. It’s a beauty.

According to club vice-president, Art Marino, the club will hold a special Cruise Night downtown Bristol on July 16th (rain date August 6th) with  a host of great things taking place, including a Stock Car Show. More to come on this.


Dave Hartley sent me an email on a recent topic here, and that was of older radio station call letters. According to Mr. Hartley, who is good at unlocking questions posed here, WDRC stands for Dolittle Radio Corporation.  

I looked up the founder of the broadcast station and discovered that this was Franklin M. Doolittle (1893-1979), a pioneer in the field. 

Birthdays and a marriage anniversary.

First of all, Noreen and Don Zurell are celebrating 23 years of wedding bliss. They are one heck of a cute couple, and cherished friends of mine, I must say. The pair are mainstays of the Bristol Historical Society. 

Tuesday’s birthdays belonged to Ron Carson and today it’s Tony Lodovico’s turn. Former mayor Ken Cockayne celebrates on Friday.

Shout outs

To Deep Patel and Christina Rainville of Happy Harry’s Wine & Spirits in Forestville at the Stop ‘N Shop Plaza. Christina usually works in another one of the Patel’s stores out of town, but was with Deep the other day in Bristol.

Deep, whose family owns the store, is a great young man who understands the importance of customer service.

Francis A. King

Sarah Smith writes to me about a recent “Bristol History Mystery” photo, that of an early 1940s Bristol High football team:

“I recognize my uncle Bill King. He is first row third from right, No. 65. He is Francis A. King, my father’s younger brother. In 1943, he joined the Air Force and served during WWII.”

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-583-5132.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 6 July 2022 10:27. Updated: Wednesday, 6 July 2022 10:30.