My dad would be at the wheel of our the Kingswood Estate station-wagon as we made our annual trips to Columbia, South Carolina to visit with kinfolk. Whenever dad needed to pull over for a fill-up, I'd ask him stop at a Gulf Service Station. There was a time when Gulf handed out a free Wonderful World of Disney magazine to children of their patrons. I loved these magazines because I loved anything Walt Disney. The publication was chock full of colorful photos, illustrations, articles and activities to keep my mind occupied on a long road trip. Most of the time, if convenient, dad would comply and pull over at a Gulf. I was terribly disappointed several times when dad would pull over only to find out the station had run out of their supply. There was a time when Gulf started selling them and dad and mom weren't about to spring the money for it. It was fun while it lasted.
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