Dear Abby: My husband and I had fun coming up with cars that fit with certain professions (Jan. 23). It made a long car ride seem short. Here's what we came up with: The Greek epic poet Homer would have a Honda Odyssey, and a firefighter a Chevy Blazer. An entomologist would crawl through traffic in his Mitsubishi Spyder. A meteorologist would drive a Honda Element, an astronomer would have a Mitsubishi Eclipse and an optician a Ford Focus. Picasso would paint the town in his Nissan Cube, an ornithologist would use a Ford Falcon and his lawyer would drive a Honda Civic.
-- Megan T., Riding the Highways in Belvidere, N.J.
Dear Megan: I'm pleased I was able to make your road trip more enjoyable. Readers, you amaze me! You put the pedal to the metal and came up with some ingenious responses. My staff and I had a great time reading them. Read on:
Dear Abby: I envisioned Jacques Cousteau with his Plymouth Barracuda, King Arthur in an Excalibur Phaeton and "Mini-Me" in a Mini Cooper. "Dog the Bounty Hunter" would choose a Mercury Tracer. And don't you think Cadillac had Disney villainess "Cruella" in mind when it came out with the "DeVille"?
-- Winni at the Wheel in L.A.
Dear Abby: I work at a correctional facility and had to laugh when I saw the warden drive up in his Ford Escape!
-- Jazzy in Waynesboro, Tenn.
Dear Abby: Here's my suggestion: Clint Eastwood driving a Dodge Magnum with a Magnum Force plate -- no, wait, he can't have that one because I already do!
-- Donna in Southern California
Dear Abby: How about pairing these names and cars? Astronomer Carl Sagan in a Mercury Comet, decathlon winner Bruce Jenner in his Javelin, Mr. T. in his very own Model T. And finally, Albert Einstein sporting around in -- what else -- a Smart Car.
-- Steven, Along for the Ride in L.A.