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Belvedere winner announced 

By Staff Reports
6/22/2007  12:14 PM
Last Modified: 6/22/2007  12:18 PM 

R.E. Humbertson where are you? Your Belvedere is ready.

Humbertson, who would be 85 years old, won the 1957 contest to guess
Tulsa's 2007 population.

First prize: A 1957 Plymouth Belvedere that was buried in the Tulsa
County courthouse lawn for 50 years and unearthed last week.

Humbertson's victory over some 800 other contestants was announced
Friday at a press conference with the car, which turned out to be a
rusted hulk despite 1957 state-of-the-art efforts to protect it.

Humbertson or his descendants have five years to claim the vehicle,
which was redubbed ``Miss Belvedere'' by officials who organized the
unearthing effort.

Humbertson listed his place of birth as Cumberland, Maryland, but little
else is known about him.

On Saturday at tulsaworld.com, find all the contestants and their
guesses in the Belvedere contest.

 Special section: Find complete coverage of the buried car, including
videos, stories and slide shows.


And The Winner Is

KOTV - 6/22/2007 8:46 AM - Updated 6/22/2007 12:34 PM

Tulsa's buried Belvedere will soon have a new home. For the past week,
the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere has been sitting at East Tulsa Dodge near
46th Street and Memorial. Friday afternoon, officials announced the
winner of the car. Only the people who entered a contest in 1957 were
eligible to win. They each took a guess at what the city of Tulsa's
population would be in 2007. The closest guess won the car. 

News On 6 reporter Joshua Brakhage reports the winner is R.E.
Humbertson. Humbertson entered the contest 50 years ago to guess what
the population of Tulsa would be a half-century later. 

Humbertson's guess was 384,743, only 2,386 away from the actual total of

Belvedere organizers hope R.E. Humbertson comes forward soon, but he has
some time. The car has to be held for five years to give the winner
enough time to claim his prize. 

Many of the people who entered the contest aren't around anymore. If
that's the case, the car goes to R.E. Humbertson's next of kin. Watch
the video: Belvedere On Display <http://www.kotv.com/e-clips/?id=6768> 

Watch the video: The Buried Belvedere Unveiled

Watch the video: News On 6 Coverage Of The Unveiling Of Tulsa's
Belvedere <http://www.kotv.com/e-clips/?id=6779> 

Watch the video: Unearthing The Belvedere

Watch the video: Time Capsule Removed From Belvedere Vault

Related stories:

2/15/2007 Car Show Entries Sought

4/17/2007 Unearthing Tulsa's History

06/01/2007 Tulsa's Population Holds The Key To A Piece Of Tulsa History

6/7/2007 The Story Behind A Famous Photograph

6/9/2007 Crews Practice Lifting The Buried Belvedere

6/12/2007 Crews Prepare For The Unearthing Of The Buried Belvedere

6/13/2007 Water Seeps Into Vault Holding Buried Car

6/15/2007 Hundreds Gather To Catch A Glimpse Of Tulsa's Belvedere

6/15/2007 Belvedere Lifted From The Vault

6/15/2007 Meet Ms. Belvedere

6/16/2007 - Ms. Belvedere, Belle Of The Car Show



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