This is the story of the destruction of the “Old Metal Shed” and the construction of the “New Shed”.
Way back in August of 1994 there was a tropical depression named Beryl. In Pennsylvania, specifically Lewistown, it caused some heavy rains and tropical depression winds. For those readers who may not know, the name of the man who built the Cot-Taj-Mahal was Vryl. As you will note, Vryl rhymes with Beryl and both names are rather uncommon. More on that later.
As the story goes, Dorthy Liebegott, a.k.a. Grammy was present at the Cot-Taj-Mahal when the storm hit. As she described it to me, “It sounded like a freight train was coming and then a tornado touched down in the back yard and knocked over a bunch of trees that fell on the old metal shed.”
Well, since the Cot-Taj-Mahal is literally a stones throw away from the railroad tracks, I have no doubt that Grammy may have heard a fright train. It was probably coming down the tracks “draggin a wheel!”
Since Vryl rhymes with Beryl could it have been Pap Liebegott was reaching back from the other side to try and tell someone to get rid of the hunk a junk old metal shed and do an upgrade? Are the rhyming names just coincidence or did he Wizard of Oz the old metal shed? I guess we will never know.
What we do know is the fact that a bunch of trees did fall on the “Old Metal Shed” and some handsome young dude did in fact build a “New Shed”. Here are some images from the vault straight outta the Land Before Time.