Tag: Studebaker

Hillsdale College Senior Fellow

Hillsdale College Senior Fellow

I am pleased to post this press release, and hon­ored to be asso­ci­at­ed with the dis­tin­guished Churchill schol­ars at Hills­dale. With­out their work, the Churchill Offi­cial Biog­ra­phy would be out of print and unfin­ished. With them, you can buy every vol­ume at a mod­est price, and the remain­ing doc­u­ment vol­umes will soon be pub­lished. It’s nice to be among friends. RML

From: Hills­dale Col­lege, Hills­dale, Michi­gan

The Office of the Pres­i­dent is pleased to announce that Richard Lang­worth has joined the col­lege as the Senior Fel­low for the Churchill Project effec­tive Novem­ber 1, 2014.…

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Purple Prose: Brooks Stevens

Purple Prose: Brooks Stevens

"Kip" Stevens with his 1951 Excal­ibur J

The blogsite of Hem­mings Motor News sees fit to post my  1982 arti­cle on Brooks Stevens, along with a gra­tu­itous opin­ion: “Per­haps Richard Langworth’s ten­den­cy toward pur­ple prose in this pro­file of Brooks Stevens in Spe­cial Inter­est Autos #71, Octo­ber 1982, is appro­pri­ate, giv­en the pic­ture he paints of the leg­endary design­er.” Aside from the fact that Hem­mings paid only for first rights and is there­fore in copy­right vio­la­tion, it’s nice to be remem­bered.

Reac­tions: A one­time edi­tor of SIA wrote: “I see noth­ing purple—it reads like an essay in The New York­er.” (Ah, if only Hem­mings paid New York­er rates!)  A Packard Club col­league wrote: “Naah, not pur­ple, maybe faint mauve.” A blog read­er wrote: “Ugh, I can’t read it.…

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Why Studebaker Failed

Why Studebaker Failed

Why did Stude­bak­er go out of busi­ness? I have your book Stude­bak­er 1946-1966 orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished as Stude­bak­er: The Post­war Years. As an employ­ee of the old com­pa­ny at the end in Hamil­ton, Ontario,  it brought back mem­o­ries of many old Stude­bak­er hands: styl­ists Bob Doehler and Bob Andrews were good friends about my age.

I am look­ing for­ward to the last chap­ter dis­cussing how Stude­bak­er went wrong, espe­cial­ly since I also have the­o­ries. It would fun to com­pare notes. I am on a pan­el in Phoenix/Glendale next June and made a Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion to the Avan­ti Club in 2006.…

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