Jane Moser

23 Years and 565,000 Miles

For 28 years, Jane Moser, currently the program resource specialist for PhD candidates in the business analytics and statistics department in the Haslam College of Business, has commuted an hour each way from her hometown of Sweetwater, Tennessee—a total of 105 miles a day.

For the past 23 years, Moser has made her drive in a 1997 red Ford Thunderbird, a wonder car with an odometer that recently rolled over to 565,000 miles. “In that time, we’ve spent less than $3,000 on actual repairs,” says Moser, who will retire from UT on February 28. “We are brand loyal to Thunderbirds because they work. We have had three T-Birds, and I have put most of the miles on all three of them.”

Her husband, Linton, a retired millwright at Bowater Paper, changes the oil and belts, enabling Jane to—as the Beach Boys put it—walk, look, and drive like an ace, and (to some extent) make the Indy 500 look like a Roman chariot race. When she’s not listening to the radio, Moser used to play books on the car’s cassette player, but lately she is finding books on cassettes harder to come by.

Moser has always liked to be on the go. Along with cruisin’ just as fast as she can in her T-Bird, she has run marathons, competed in triathlons, played on an adult soccer team, and skydived. “Only one granddaughter would ever skydive with me, but she loves it,” says Moser.

Moser’s oldest daughter, Cristi Moser (’87, ’94), is a veterinarian and owner of the Bluegrass Animal Hospital here in Knoxville. Her middle daughter, Shannon Rudd (’88), is an account executive at SupplyLogic in Atlanta, and her youngest, Tammy Rushing McAvoy, who lives in Tellico, studied art at UT and worked as an interior designer for many years before starting a family.

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Charlotte Gibson February 27, 2020 - 9:40 pm

Wow really living life at the fullest. With retirement I feel sure you will continue to do so. Congratulations to you and see you at your retirement party.

Stephen Smith February 28, 2020 - 4:57 am

My 1997 Thunderbird I bought new in July of 97 has just turned 430,000 milesIt is a Red V8 Limited Edition.I rarely spend money on it but change the oil every 5000 miles or so.Still has original engine transmission and stainless steel exh.

Gene February 28, 2020 - 2:23 pm

Beautiful Coupe! I’m a Ford guy, and have always been a Ford guy. My Dad was also a Ford guy, as well.

In all my years, with owning Ford products, I’ve never had a lemon. I have always had my vehicles serviced and they have always served me well.

Right now, I own —

1993 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series
1997 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC
2008 Ford Expedition EL King Ranch 4X4
2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Platinum 4X4
2020 Ford Edge SEL


— Gene

David Holzman February 29, 2020 - 4:38 am

That’s 24,565 miles per year, give or take a few. Anyway, that’s very impressive total mileage. Who knew those T’birds were that good. Congrats to Jane Moser! And good on you for doing such an important job for UT!

mike dee February 29, 2020 - 11:59 am

that mans coat matches the thunderbird

Tom July 25, 2020 - 9:54 pm

Umm…did you read the article? It’s a woman.


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