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I will start with a truth-in-reviewing admission; I am one of the people whose story is told in this book. I get no money from that, just the thrill of having my story captured for my family. That being said, John Jacobus has written two great books on the old Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild, this being the most recent one. The first one was a fantastic comprehensive history of the Guild and this one concentrates on the personal stories of 30 individual participants. Although I was one of them, I am still blown away by what those 12-20yr old kids did in designing and building their masterpieces. John's book does a superb job of bringing the real stories to life. Participating in the contest was not an easy task. It was conducted each year during the school year and the better cars had easily 500 and more hours invested. You will come away from reading the book with an appreciation of the great character building vehicle that General Motors provided for America's youth for nearly half a century.
Back in the fifties, I had heard about the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild and sent away for the information. At the time (too young to enter), I was intimidated by the requirements for entering. Still, I followed some of the progress of the competition over the years.
The best part of this book is the absolutely interesting self-written stories of the successful entrants. If you ever had an interest in this competition, you owe it to yourself to get this book!
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I enjoyed reading the stories of Fisher Body Guild Members that John Jacobus put together building their futurestic model cars. I had submitted two models, one in 1956 & one in 1957, while an engineering student at Michigan State University. I did not win any awards but the Guilds competion stimulated my interest in automotive design. I was given a certificate that stated that I had won a Honorable Mention, but no cash awards. My sister who worked for the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild in 1961 as a secetary, told me they gave everyone that submitted a model a Honorable Mention Award for trying.
I worked for GM Styling Research Department in 1960, and took the Summer off of 1961 to build my own 2 seat sports car that I had previously designed in my automotive design class at school. My experience gained in the design and building of my Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild models helped stimulate my desire to become part of the auto industry. I retired as an Executive Engineer from General Motors with 32 years of service. I also had the opportunity to work in Advanced Vehicle Engineering at the Ford Motor Car Company and Chrysler Corporation.
With over 40 years working inside the auto industry, I was compelled to write a book called, LOOK OUT AMERICA, also sold on AMAZON, because of the collapse of both GM and Chrysler in 2009.
My whole interest in the auto industry started with the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild. Thanks, John for revealing what other Guild members had accomplished and what they had done with their lives.
Del C. Schroeder - (CARMAN)
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