As the proud part-owner of a 1977 Piper PA28-181 Archer II, serial number 28-7890011, I'm happy to observe the golden anniversary of the Piper Cherokee famly.
That's me on the left, next to Duane (aka Vinnie) and Reid the K-man (right). Together with N43756 we're the "Jerky Boyz", a name that came up in an earlier club we had been in with a 1973 Piper Cherokee 140 (N5140G).
A non-pilot passenger of Vinnie's heard him talking on the common traffic advisory frequency, something to the tune of "Freeway traffic, Cher-kee four-zero Gulf turning right downwind 36, Freeway traffic", to which his passenger asked, "Who're these 'jerky boys' you're talking about". Get it? Cher-kee; Jerky? Easy to see how the non-pilot could hear it.
Just imagine how many similar interesting, fun and life-chaning stories have been generated over the 50 years since the Cherokee aircraft and its entire family came to be? I'm certainly happy to be part of the heritage.
I'll try to be more diligent in telling some of those stories as the Jerky Boyz get out and about, no doubt tangling with trouble every now and again.
Meanwhile here's an interesting video on the golden history Cherokee.