Slingerlands man's love of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' leads him to the love of his life
Matt Ogren gave his girlfriend an ultimatum: You buy me the General Lee, and we'll get married.
His girlfriend, Desaree, knew exactly what Matt was talking about the iconic orange Dodge Charger from the television show The Dukes of Hazzard." What she didn't know was that ultimatum would become a reality.
"It was more of a joke than anything else," said Matt, a hardwood flooring installer from Slingerlands. He's a self-described "Dukes of Hazzard" fanatic, and it'd be hard to argue with him. When he was only 3 years old, Matt had his picture taken with one of the actual General Lees used on the show. He owns the series on DVD; he goes to DukesFest, a festival centered on the show, where he once met Boss Hog (actor Sorelle Booke). And the ringtone on his cell phone? "Good Ol' Boys" by Waylon Jennings, or, as most people know it, the theme song to "The Dukes of Hazzard."
So Matt's playful jab at getting his own General Lee didn't come as a surprise to Desaree. Since they began dating in 2006, she came to appreciate his love for "The Dukes" and his sense of humor.
"Last year, I started texting him pictures of engagement rings," she said. "And he'd send me back pictures of the General Lee."
Every once in a while, the couple would see one of the cars listed on the Internet, usually for some exorbitant price (some of the 300 or so prop cars used on the television show have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars), but last August, Matt stumbled on a 1970 Dodge Charger General Lee replica near Utica for what he said was a "reasonable price."
"I started to shake," he said. "We really didn't have the money to buy this car " it would've been stupid."