Re: [DML] Nominate JZD to the Automotive Hall of Fame
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Re: [DML] Nominate JZD to the Automotive Hall of Fame

I'm on my second Delorean so I obviously like the car, feel it't very
innovative and give the credit to John Delorean for creating such a
unique car.

That said, I feel that special recognitiion should be reserved for
those that live their life and conducted their business in a  that
deserves the acolades. . . those that not only are creative and
ambitious but live their live in a moral, ethical manner, that is, in a
manner that you would want to be treated by someone you dealt with

My comments which follow will get the ire of those who hold JZD in some
superhuman status that in my opinion he does not deserve.

Sure, he designed a very innovative car.

Sure, he had the ambition to make the car a reality.

He also led a lot of suppliers down a path that led them into bankrupcy
or business failure.  He made promises he knew he could not keep.  He
took advantage of honest, trusting individuals to get them to continue
to invest development funds (i.e., the turbo debacle) long after he
knew he could not pay.  He misled investors and employees in a manner
that is reminicent of ENRON.

How would you like it if you believed in someone, invested your life
savings in their dream, only to find out they were using your money to
live a jetset lifestyle?  Do you find it OK for someone to take your
life savings (or even your last paycheck) with a promise to repay when
in reality they knew they never would be able to do so? Doesn't that
make about as much sense as recognizing O.J. Simpson for his football
accomplishments without recognizing the wrongful death judgment for
murdering two people?

Let's stay in the real world.  Let's recognize the accomplishments
associated with creating a new company to create a very innovative car
(even withit's flaws).   At the same time let's not put our head up our
posterior when it comes to the flawed human traits that did
conscious,avoidable, unjustifiable, irrepable harm to a lot of
innocent, trusting individuals.

I'm always open to new points of view so I welcome responses that are
more than rationalizations of the acts of a creative, maniuplative,
clever con man.  And, lets not use the acquital on the drug charges to
rationalize the ripoff of hundreds of suppliers.  That's a logic jump
reserved for those under 2 years of age.


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