When someone mentions the words “Water Boy”, the usual train of thought runs to the comedy movie featuring Adam Sandler as a disgruntled water boy who manages to become star of the football team.
Some 60 years prior, however; General Motors released a short educational film with the same title. Unlike the modern comedy, this short movie takes place in an arid desert with construction workers toiling hard under the bright sun. A horse-drawn wagon approaches with a young boy, no older than 15, who delivers water to the parched laborers.
“Now what does this have to do with cars?” you may be asking yourself. I know I did the first time I began watching. And then it struck me. Just like how the water boy brings along water for the thirsty workers, the cooling system in our vehicles help keep our motors running cool and dependable. Sure many things have changed since this video was made.
Nowadays we have hands-free Bluetooth devices that let us make phone calls from our radios and sensors in our engines that detect when we need more power and adjust our camshafts accordingly. We even have air-conditioned leather seats and temperature-controlled cupholders. However none of this would be of any use without the necessary cooling to keep our engines running. Even though the film may be old (it was shot in 1936 after all), it still educates even the most common person on how the cooling system in your car or truck works.