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05-31-2009, 06:25 AM

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Milford man chronicles defunct car maker
By John Burgeson
Biologists like to point out that of all the living species that have made an appearance on the planet in the last 3 billion years, 99.99 percent of them are now extinct.

Car brands have not fared much better. The highway in the sky is bumper-to-bumper with Pierce-Arrows, Packards, Whippets, Talbots, Hudsons, Chandlers and Hupmobiles, just to name a few.

One of the more forgettable of these is the Kaiser-Frazer, a post-war builder of sedans and hardtops that's the subject of a new book by Milford author Patrick R. Foster.

The "Kaiser" in the name refers to industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, who built roads and hydroelectric dams in the 1930s and the so-called Liberty ships during World War II.

05-31-2009, 08:08 PM
Forgettable? I think K-F is one of the most memorable postwar marque stories! I read Richard Langworth's "Last Onslaught on Detroit" when I was about 12 and was amazed. But I guess we can't expect a non-automotive book reviewer to have that kind of discernment :)


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

06-01-2009, 01:31 AM
I've posted this in the past, but here's a few(okay about 1800 on this particular list) that have come and gone, mostly gone:


Bumper to bumper? He** I'd say all out gridlock!! [:o)]

What's funny is the .01 percent that can survive in the natural world, would have a very simple body plan, adapt to any environmental condition, whether it be active or hibernating state and multiply quickly. Bacteria is well suited for this, unfortunately the closest mechanical analogy I can think of in this instance would be to get a bicycle, or walk [:o)].