That's so interesting. My Grandfather worked for Studebaker in the 50's, at their Hamilton, Ont. plant.
Studebaker didn't go out of business back in '66. They just quit making cars.
My uncle married into our family. He is a Studebaker (but different last name because it was on his mother's side). Even has his picture in the Studebaker mansion.
Before his mother passed away I asked her what the Great Depression was like. Her reply: "oh I had a grand old time! I was in college, you know. We had parties every weekend! Got around prohibition too! Dad gave me a new car every year!"
She had a sheltered upbringing....
It was her generation that destroyed the company (Not her. Her siblings). Mismanagement, nepotism, and a failure to keep up with the design trends that did them in.
The Avante was a great car to end with, though.
One final note: I went sledding in those woods when I was a kid.
I have an interesting family history... it seems every generation has someone who makes it really big but the wealth never seems to pass down. I won't inherit a dime.
"That's why mama named you Joe Dirt instead of Studebaker!"
There was also a group of trees in Germany that was a Nazi symbol from the air.
Joe McCarthy, Richard Bixon, Studebaker, Television, North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe.
I met a guy who owned this coffee shop in a building that used to be a Studebaker dealership, in the back was a black and white poster size photo taken from a plane of the Studebaker factory with the name Studebaker made with trees, there was also a test track, I wonder if this was the same place. I tried to get him to sell me the picture but he wouldn't, at least not for what I was offering.
This was the Bosch Automotive Proving Grounds a few years ago--looks like its owned by Navistar now, according to Google Maps. It was/is a test track and proving grounds for ~~new~~ automobile and heavy truck OEMs and suppliers used to beat the crap out of prototype equipment until it broke, among other things.
Edit: source: like many of you, i used to occasionally work there for a heavy truck supplier. I ate at Holy Macaroni once despite it's ultra conservative views.
La Portian here... Some of my fondest memories as a child were hiking in these woods with my grandparents. Learned how to ski here, and inner tubing when the few different runs.
The moral: if you want something that outlasts you, plant a tree.
Huh. Grew up 20 miles from there and never knew this. Thanks.
There's a cool Studebaker museum in South Bend, Indiana that's three floors of their history of different cars. I definitely recommend to people that like that sorta thing.
I go past that park every day and I had no idea. What's more neat, in my opinion, is how in town we have a place called Studebagel. I've never been inside, but I respect that name.
It's weird to see the area I live in talked about on Reddit. There isn't a lot going on in South Bend, and this is common knowledge around here. There is some cool stuff around here though, and the Studebaker museum is awesome if you're into cars.
Somewhere there’s a pastry chef about to graduate from culinary school with a plan to chop down the “E” as a senior prank in order to get laid.