John DeLorean And His Acomplishments

The Early Years...
John DeLorean was born on January 6, 1925 in a blue-collar neighborhood on
Detroit's near east side. He was the oldest of four sons. His father,
Zachary, had immigrated from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France during
his teen age years. His mother, Kathryn, had immigrated from Salzburg in
Austria-Hungary as a young child. Together, they held an assortment of
manufacturing jobs, Kathryn as a tool assembler, and Zachary as a
millwright in a Detroit Ford factory. The family lived in a small house,
and for most of Johns childhood they were relatively happy. Zachary's
drinking problem eventually led to a divorce when John was 17. Even as a
young child, he was exposed to the ...

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he was entered as a probationary student. He excelled
at Cass, and won a scholarship to Lawrence Institute of Technology in
Detroit. Two years later, he was drafted and spent three years in the Army.
After that, John worked as a draftsman for the Detroit Public Lighting
Commission to save up enough money to continue at Lawrence. During this
time, he also had to partially support his mother and brothers, and did so
by directing an evening dance band. In the summers, he worked at the
Chrysler plant on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. After graduation from
Lawrence, John took a job as a door to door insurance salesman in order to
overcome a fear of shyness. Before long, he took a short lived job at a
distributor of transmission supplies. He then decided that his real
interests lie in automotive engineering, and applied for admission at the
Chrysler Institute. He was accepted on the co-op plan, which meant that he
worked and learned at the same time. These students would take ...

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up an
engineering department at an American auto company.

The Pontiac Years...

Packard eventually began to wear on DeLorean. He later described the
company's administration as being similar to Czechoslovakia's. By the mid-
1950's, John was looking for another job. At the prodding of Semon E.
"Bunkie" Knudson, who was then the General Manager of Pontiac, DeLorean
agreed to an interview with him. Knudson managed to convince him that he
was committed to updating Pontiac's conservative image immediately. For
years, Pontiac had been known as an "old-lady" division. Staid products,
lackluster design and engineering, along with a non-existent public image
did nothing to help the situation. ...

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