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And for the Buick commercial where the engineer (I think they called him Harvey.) comes back from the olden days to build another fine car in the present times:
Well the truth is -- David Dunbar Buick,
He was born in Arbroath, Scotland in 1856 and move to the US, when he was 2 years old with his family. His dad died three years later and his mother raised him by working in a Detroit candy store. At an early age he showed that he was quite mechanical inclined. At age 15 David Dunbar Buick was already working for the Alexander Manufacturing Company. It was a company in Detroit that manufactured plumbing fixtures. Apparently he was the one who figured out how to bond enamel to cast iron. He revolutionized the lawn sprinklers and bathroom fixtures we have grown so accustomed to.
Buick and his buddy from school took over the business and turned it into a highly successful operation. However, the money didn’t make him as happy as making things and when the combustion engines began running around he felt the need to get in on it. Buick came up with the idea of putting valves in the cylinder heads of engines.
Buick got mixed up with William Durant, who I've read about in the book on the Fords. Durant got Buick involved with General Motors. Though Buick came up with a unique carburetor design, he found nothing but road blocks when he tried to get a patent for it. I'll bet it was because someone like Durant paid off some politician and I get the impression that General Motors took him to the cleaners. His life consisted of one bad business deal after another. Buick died at the age 74 while working a meaningless remedial desk job that didn't pay enough for him to even afford a telephone.
Gee, I told you that there are other going through the same shit as I have.
Though Dunbar Buick may have got screwed over by General Motors, GM pays Tiger Woods millions to ware his name.
And Woods actually thinks schooling kids is going to make a difference while we are breeding stupid people. The question Tiger, do any of your teachers know how to teach common sense, or creativity?
I want people to know that I actually like Tiger Woods. At least I think he's got a pretty cool personality. I just don't like the idea of General Motors or anyone using Buick's name profit off if because it's my impression the David obviously got the short end of the stick.
For more information about David Dunbar Buick check out these links.
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Oct. 21,'08: I found this thread over at CR4, a place where engineers hang out. I have to say I agree with these guys for the most part. The interesting thing about it is that it clears up a lot of mis-conceptions about the Hydrogen Car. They know of the problems associated with it. Like one thing I didn't realize is the thay tend to
the hysrogen. So the storage tank may not stay as full as you left it for one thing. And another thing is that the energy needed to make the hydrogen, can end up polluting more than a car driven on Natural Gas.
And for those who think we should become independent upon oil from other counties. You don't know what you are talking about, because I did the math. If the US used only US oil, the US would run out of oil in less than three years. So I say buy it up from other countries, as much as we can get at no matter what the price, because in a long run, who ever has oil in the end wins. We
shouldn't even be burning petroleum in are vehicles and we should be saving the oil for plastics and rubber.