1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Lost Wager Turns Deere Tractor PinkIf you've ever lost a bet and had to pay the consequences, you'll be able to identify with Nebraska farmer Ed Holmann, of Stanton. He's driving a pink John Deere 4440 tractor all because of a bet he made with with his wife.
Here, excerpted from Becky Olde's report on the "lost wager" in a recent issue of Nebraska Farmer magazine, is what happened:
Seven years ago, Ed's wife, Kay, became a Mary Kay beauty consultant. If you're familiar with the Mary Kay company, which markets cosmetics, you know that pink cars area recognizable "symbol" of the company. Pink cars are awarded to those ranked as directors, based on the product sales within that particular director's unit.
Ed bet Kay that she wouldn't win a pink car. He said if she did, he would paint his Deere 4440 tractor pink.
Well, Mary won the car and Ed; true to his word, transformed his tractor from a vibrant John Deere green to pale pink.
"We live right on the highway. People just drive by and stare," notes Kay. She says her husband's not all that embarrassed to drive a pink tractor. In fact, he takes pride in driving it.
"When Ed uses the tractor to haul corn and beans to town and he's waiting his turn at the elevator, people start making fun of him," Kay admits. "He just looks at them and asks, `And what color car did your wife win?' That usually sets them straight."
Kay recently earned her third pink car a 1989 Cadillac.
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