May 21, 2014: Upcoming Interview

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted but the upcoming interview is in it’s final draft stage. It’s large. While I’m not sure how many pages it will break into on here, at over 8,000 words before inserting HTML, it is my most comprehensive yet. Think of it as a short book.

Johnny D guessed the subject under my last post update, the guest is John Manoogian II. I don’t want to give too much away but, to whet the appetite, I included the list of my sub topics.

In 12 point font, single spaced, the draft is 17 pages long. For easier navigation, I plan to link the 12 sub topics on the first page, like an index. Those topic headings are:

  • Flash point
  • Getting into the industry
  • Becoming an automotive designer: what’s it take?
  • Design disciplines
  • A view from within
  • Par for the course: compliments and criticisms
  • Quirks and causes
  • Improbable concepts, compromised products or unrealistic expectations
  • Indirect effects of design
  • Current plans and talk of the future
  • Miscellaneous talk about GM
  • About those special 2nd-gen CTS models…

Anyone that’s followed my writings on here knows I can get bogged down in some of my more in-depth stories. I’ve got some ideas to reduce the stagnation in the future. Anyway, it shouldn’t be long for the Manoogian post now. I think it’s going to be worth the wait.

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I’ve been fortunate enough to interview and be supported by former GM designer Dick Ruzzin. A few months back I met and conducted an interview with a second former designer.

Coming Up (2014-05-21)

For initial interviews I think it proper to have a biographical-type discussion, focusing less on specific vehicles and more on their experience (33 years in the industry, in this case).

We talked for an hour-and-a-half and, with his consent, the entire conversation was recorded. I have been working that information into written form. Subsequently, this post is going to be text intensive but if you enjoy insider accounts of the auto industry, it should appeal to you.

For accuracy, he’s been proofing my work. Having been through the first portion (almost 3,000 words), he seemed to enjoy it.

Stay tuned.

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