Pack the car and roll! June 6 is National Drive-in Day

Occasionally, humankind comes up with an idea so perfect that it defies adequate praise. Combining macaroni and cheese is one. The television remote is another (when I was a kid, when we wanted to change the channel, we had to get up and WALK to the TV—uphill, both ways!).

But if you ask me, perhaps the greatest invention in the history of the world (all right, maybe besides penicillin and the polio vaccine) is the drive-in movie theater—the place that combines America’s dual love of movies and automobiles, all taking place under the stars on a beautiful summer night.

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This Saturday is National Drive-in Day, when the entire country pauses (or should pause, at least!) to observe the opening of the first drive-in theater in Camden, New Jersey on June 6, 1933. Since that day, the drive-in has become a center of American lore, whether it involves families enjoying a movie al fresco, teenagers trying to sneak buddies into the theater in the trunk, or lovers pitching woo in the darkness of the back row. (Do people even “pitch woo” anymore? What’s this country coming to?)

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Michael Ruscoe is a writer, teacher, and musician living in Southern Connecticut. He is the author of the novel, "From the Stray Cat Files: You’ll Do Anything," the anthology, "Baseball: A Treasury of Art and Literature," and numerous educational texts. An instructor at Southern Connecticut State University, Ruscoe is also lead singer and songwriter for the indie band Save the Androids! In his spare time he earns karma for his next life by ardently following the New York Mets. The proud father of two children, Ruscoe also cares for and supports a pair of goldfish, who, in all honesty, are not very good conversationalists.