Cal Worthington, iconic California car dealer has passed away at the age of 92. Cal was best known for his TV ads which proclaimed "Cal Worthington and his dog Spot", only, it was never a dog. It was a tiger or a lion or a bear or an elephant...anything but a dog!
Worthington, who estimated that he sold a million cars of various makes during a 65-year career that made him an icon of Southern California auto culture, died Sunday while watching football at his ranch in Orland, north of Sacramento, said his attorney, Larry Miles. He was 92. The cause has not been determined.
A little known fact about Cal is that he joined the Air Force at age 21 to fly B-17s in WWII and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross.
Rest in peace, sir. And thank you for your service to our country!
Cross posted at LCR