[DML] Re: the novel Running Naked
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[DML] Re: the novel Running Naked

My first contact with John DeLorean was in 1981 when I purchased a 
DeLorean automobile.  I called the company office regarding problems 
I was experiencing with the car, which the dealer was not handling.  
John DeLorean picked up the phone and talked to me as though I was a 
friend of his and not just a customer. He went on for half an hour 
discussing his future plans for his company, including low emission 
buses for Washington, DC.  I was impressed that a man of his stature 
and immersion in company business would take this much time to talk 
to one customer.

He asked whether I could part with my car for a few weeks - to take 
it to the DMC Quality Assurance Center in nearby Somerville, NJ.  
There, they upgraded my car to all the new features planned for the 
future; e.g., an electric antenna to replace the rigid one on the 
front fender.  This was impressive customer satisfaction.  I drove 
this car almost daily for the 25 years I owned it.

As a charter member of the DeLorean Owners Association, I was in 
contact with people who knew the truth regarding false charges of 
drug dealing.  This scandal, together with the political changes in 
the British government led to the demise of DMC.  Those politicians 
were so vindictive that they had the factory tooling and dies for 
the DeLorean cast into the deepest part of the ocean off the British 
coast, so that the company could not be revived.

Years later, I met John's daugher, Catherine.  She attended the same 
private school in Lawrenceville, NJ, as my daughter.  She was so 
proud of her father, and was elated that the school physician was 
driving "her father's car," which she always called it.

This book was a pleasure to read; it filled in many gaps in the 
story which I had heard in bits and pieces.  It was the adventure of 
a brilliant man who accomplished his dream.  The car he produced is 
still alive today.


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