Listen to that story I linked to, it's fascinating. Workers coming in drunk every day, letting cars with known assembly issues continue down the line, gross mismanagement, knowingly selling the public a junk product, etc.
Thanks for that.
I'd heard it before, but it was worth a 2nd listen. "This American Life" is a terrific show.
Sad to hear, tho, of the ridiculous attitudes of GM mgmt and unions. GM was like a giant tub in the water that took years to move. They got away with selling crap for decades.
I've said before that "buy American" makes sense only when the product is good/comparable. In the end, it hurt our automakers.
While in my 40s, I very much took to our neighbors who were in their 80s.
Jack was one of the world's best electrical engineers (Bell Labs, helped invent transistor, set up tracking stations across the world for Telstar, etc). Helen had been a teacher and was a great cook and square foot gardener.
We spent a lot of time with them as they were funny and really smart. Jack couldn't tell me what he'd done in WWII until 50 yrs had passed.
He was president emeritus of many orgs.
They wanted me to meet their best friends; that husband went to HS with Jack.
Unsure at how many friends twice my age I wanted, I stalled.
One day, Jack knew I was home and his friends were there. I could never insult Jack, so Lorraine and I went over.
Terrific couple. Wife was smart and very nice. Husband and I discussed manufacturing techniques in Japan vs US. (I was helping run a plant and doing some reading about topic.)
Husband was extremely bright, knowledgable and at least feigned interest in what I said. I liked him a lot.
When Jack left to make drinks (not for us), I followed and asked what his friend had done for a living before retirement.
With a sort of dismissive wave of his hand, Jack said "Oh, him? He was president of AT&T."
We got to know them a bit, but the husband passed away a few months later. Amazing obit in NYT, more than a page.
I then took care of wife's car needs. Shopping, dealing with service, etc. I was very happy to help her anytime.