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Kaiser Capers: Memories of Howard A. “Dutch” Darrin, Part 3

Kaiser Capers: Memories of Howard A. “Dutch” Darrin, Part 3

Kaiser-Fraz­er, the post­war won­der com­pa­ny, pre­sent­ed Dutch with many opportunities—and as many frus­tra­tions. Con­clud­ed from Part 2

Part 3

Excerpt: For the com­plete arti­cle and illus­tra­tions, refer to The Auto­mo­bile, May 2017. 

Postwar Kaiser and Frazer

Dutch had an earthy vocab­u­lary, and his meth­ods of work were forth­right with a touch of reck­less­ness. He need­ed these qual­i­ties when, after the war, he pre­sent­ed him­self to his old friend Joe Fraz­er, father of the wartime Jeep, to offer designs for the all-new cars Fraz­er was plan­ning, in part­ner­ship with Hen­ry J. Kaiser. His basic lines were accept­ed, but mod­i­fied on the way to pro­duc­tion.…

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The Browning of Detroit

The Browning of Detroit

Detroit, 2013— A cor­re­spon­dent sends “25 Facts about the Fall of Detroit That Will Leave You Shak­ing Your Head,” by Michael Sny­der of the Eco­nom­ic Col­lapse Blog:

Once upon a time, the city of Detroit was a teem­ing metrop­o­lis of 1.8 mil­lion peo­ple and it had the high­est per capi­ta income in the Unit­ed States.  Now it is a rot­ting, decay­ing hell­hole of about 700,000 peo­ple that the rest of the world makes jokes about.

When in July 2013 Detroit announced that it would  file for Chap­ter 9 bank­rupt­cy, the move was stopped at least tem­porar­i­ly by an Ing­ham Coun­ty judge:

She ruled that Detroit’s bank­rupt­cy fil­ing vio­lates the Michi­gan Con­sti­tu­tion because it would result in reduced pen­sion pay­ments for retired work­ers [and that] bank­rupt­cy fil­ing was “also not hon­or­ing the pres­i­dent, who took [Detroit’s auto com­pa­nies] out of bankruptcy”….How “hon­or­ing the pres­i­dent” has any­thing to do with the bank­rupt­cy of Detroit is a bit of a mys­tery….…

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Beverly Rae Kimes 1941-2008

Beverly Rae Kimes 1941-2008

“Cor­rerai ancor piu veloce per le vie del cielo”

Orig­i­nal­ly writ­ten for The Packard Club and the Soci­ety of Auto­mo­tive His­to­ri­ans, May 2008; addi­tion­al mate­r­i­al has been added.


Noth­ing any­one can say will ease the pain of a friend’s loss, but here is one inad­e­quate try: When The Packard Club’s Stu­art Blond cir­cu­lat­ed the sad news to Beverly’s Packard friends, it struck me that every­one who received the same mes­sage would in turn cir­cu­late it to a group of peo­ple, more or less orga­nized by make or era of car.

To each of us, each in our own way, she was an inspi­ra­tion.…

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