Out Of My Mind—Episode 23 Show Notes
The Buick Behind the Buick with Kevin Kirbitz
It might surprise you—it surprised me—to find out that the Buick automobile was named after the man who invented it. Not nearly as well known as inventors and industrialists whose cars also bore their last names (think Ford, the Dodge Brothers and Oldsmobile…yes, named after Ransom E. Olds), David Dunbar Buick was instrumental in the formation of General Motors in 1908. From that moment on, Buick’s life was like a ride up and down the hill country of the Midwest. Kevin Kirbitz, historian, GM engineering manager and board member of the Buick Heritage Alliance, brings the ups and downs of Buick’s story to the show in this special segment. Kirbitz, a renowned expert on the life of David Buick shares some little known stories about Buick and his rise from the ground floor of General Motors to his death right before the Stock Market crash of 1929. It’s as fascinating as any entrepreneurial story you’d read today about some Silicon Valley hotshot.
In two Episode Extras, available on the YouTube, Kevin shares two additional stories about the Buick automobile from the original Episode 13.
Listen to the story of Buick’s insignia with Kevin Kirbitz
Listen to Kevin Kirbitz tell the story of why Buick automobiles had portholes in their front fenders. (Note: Harley Earl was head of Design at General Motors and later became Vice President.)
If you’d like to read an in-depth story of Buick and GM, here’s the definitive book: David Buick’s Marvelous Motor Car: The Men and the Automobile that Launched General Motors
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