Corralling the herd

Stegners

Some people collect trinkets, others collect books. George, ME’74, and Joy Stegner collect Mustangs. (Photos by Spencer Chapin)

With their two sons grown and on their own, George, ME’74, and Joy Stegner were determined to find a hobby they could enjoy together as empty nesters. They decided to buy a classic Mustang and join a club.

“When George and I made the decision to buy a car, we weren’t initially looking for a particular year,” says Joy, who remembers carpooling with her friends in the back of her neighbor’s brand new 1965 Mustang. It took several months, but in the late 1990s they eventually bought a 1968 Brittany Blue coupe. They enjoyed it so much that two years later they bought a red and black 1968 convertible for Joy.

Joy isn’t the only one with fond memories of the “pony car.” Just before George turned 16, he remembers spotting a 1967 Shelby being driven through his hometown.

“I was riding a bicycle,” he remembers. “All the cool kids in high school were driving Mustangs, Camaros, Chevelles, GTOs, and I got to drive my dad’s old 1959 Chevy Nomad station wagon. Not cool.”

“All the cool kids in high school were driving Mustangs, Camaros, Chevelles, GTOs, and I got to drive my dad’s old 1959 Chevy Nomad station wagon. Not cool.”

Their nest continued to fill with the purchase of a third Mustang, a 1968 GT convertible, a gift for George’s 50th birthday.

“Based on the production statistics, the blue ’68 convertible is one-of-one,” he says. “It’s the only car I have with the original build sheet and it’s a matching-numbers car.”

In addition to their first two convertibles, you’ll find a whole herd of Mustangs inside their custom-built garage in Kearney, Mo., including a limited-edition 1968 GT Fastback with a 428 Cobra Jet engine, a 1968 Shelby GT500KR, a 2005 GT convertible, and a 2008 Roush 427R.

“I like things about each of the cars, but my red ’68 convertible will always be my favorite,” Joy says. “It’s everything I could want.”

Around the Puck

Seeking TBI therapies

By Delia Croessmann, croessmannd@mst.edu Complications from TBI can be life altering. They include post-traumatic seizures and hydrocephalus, as well as serious cognitive and psychological impairments, and the search for treatments to mitigate these neurodegenerative processes is on.

[Read More...]

Understanding the invisible injury

Students advance traumatic brain injury research By Sarah Potter, sarah.potter@mst.edu “Research is creating new knowledge.”–Neil Armstrong  Research keeps professors on the vanguard of knowledge in their fields and allows students to gain a deeper understanding of their area of study. For students and recent graduates researching traumatic brain injury (TBI) at Missouri S&T, the work […]

[Read More...]

Analyzing small molecules for big results

By Delia Croessmann, croessmannd@mst.edu At only 28 years old, Casey Burton, Chem’13, PhD Chem’17, director of medical research at Phelps Health in Rolla and an adjunct professor of chemistry at Missouri S&T, is poised to become a prodigious bioanalytical researcher.

[Read More...]

To prevent and protect

By Peter Ehrhard, ehrhardp@mst.edu Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are an unfortunate but all too common occurrence during military training and deployment. Because mild TBIs often present no obvious signs of head trauma or facial lacerations, they are the most difficult to diagnose at the time of the injury, and patients often perceive the impact as […]

[Read More...]

Q&A

Toughest class … ever Some of your classes may have been a breeze, but others kept you up at all hours studying, and some of you struggled just to pass. As part of his research for the S&T 150th anniversary history book, Larry Gragg , Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked […]

[Read More...]