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  • How have you been for the last 24 years — and where's my forty bucks?

    During the summer of 1988, I was the guy who spray-painted house numbers on the curb. I'd spent June working the graveyard shift at UPS. After two summers of toiling for minimum wage — when minimum wage paid less than vagrancy — UPS offered a whopping $8 an hour. But it was back-breaking work, roughly the civilian equivalent of basic training. I single-handedly unloaded the cargo of 18-wheelers, much of it heavy and none of it quickly enough for the pacing floor manager, who barked like a drill sergeant. Because of fatigue, management only permitted four-hour shifts, and I must have sweated off five pounds a night. I was only in it until the fall semester began, so when UPS demanded a C-note to join its union — $100 being Fort Knox then — I hit the classifieds and found Carl and his house-number empire.
  • More Details on GM's Latest -- and Largest -- Ignition-Related Recall

    Today's GM recall encompassed 7.55 million cars in the U.S. and another 893,547 cars outside the country. About 97 percent stem from inadvertent rotation of the ignition key across a slew of 1997-2014 models, which sounds similar to the ignition-switch...

    The Disappearance of the Bench Seat

    A question I rarely hear anymore was asked at a talk I gave two weeks ago to a group of Northeast Utilities retirees: Why don’t automakers offer front bench seats in their passenger cars? The last to do so was Chevrolet with the Impala. From...

    GM Recalls 7.6 Million More Vehicles

    In the largest single day of announcements since its 2014 recall crisis began, GM announced a recall of approximately 7.6 million vehicles in the U.S. today, the majority for inadvertent rotation of the ignition key. The recalled models span the...

    Cadillac-Packard snafu illustrates need for a paid (septuagenarian) consultant

    Cadillac-Packard snafu illustrates need for a paid (septuagenarian) consultant
    There, on the front page of The Morning Call last Saturday, was Uncle Wilson's 1952 Cadillac, or an exact replica thereof. When he visited from Delaware, neighbors were impressed by the sight of a new Caddy in the gravel driveway next to our house,...