Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013
There’s something glorious about the printed word’s permanence. Unlike radio and speech, print forever shows exactly what one said and believed. It also takes away the author’s ability to later claim one was taken out of context, was misunderstood, or never said such a thing. And for the international world of automobiles, in late 1999 I wrote this bit for a vignette on the auto history for my radio show: “In a unique way the Second World War has still been going on during the 1990s. Only it isn’t the German military, crossing international borders armed with bullets to take over formerly independent nations, or the Luftwaffe trying to subdue England. Today it is the sons of the former Nazi regime who are successfully taking over the international corporate community. They’re armed with nothing more than a large credit line and an international squadron of corporate soldiers armed with loaded checkbooks.“
| |Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
ARLINGTON — Owner Sherry Gould announced last month via the Arlington eatery’s Facebook page that she would not renew her lease.
|Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
In the second week of December, General Motors’ passing the scepter of leadership to the first female CEO in its history was just one story from the auto industry. But in terms of major implications for the future of the global auto industry, Mary Barra’s elevation may also have been the least important one.
|Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
Within 24 hours of the official government announcement that our Treasury Department had divested itself of the last of its stock in General Motors (from its 2009 bankruptcy), GM CEO Dan Akerson made his own surprise announcement: He’s leaving early due to his wife’s advanced cancer diagnosis. And true to some informed media speculation for months, Akerson named Mary Barra as his replacement, the new CEO of the world’s largest car company.