Henry Ford: A Man & Car That Changed the World

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Henry Ford

Last night I watched a really fascinating PBS special on Henry Ford.  I learned a lot about Henry Ford and how he basically modernized the way we travel today with the Model T, built Ford, and become one of the greatest entrepreneurs and American industrialists the world has ever seen.

An absorbing life story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century, Henry Fordoffers an incisive look at the birth of the American auto industry with its long history of struggles between labor and management, and a thought-provoking reminder of how Ford's automobile forever changed the way we work, where we live, and our ideas about individuality, freedom, and possibility.

This is what the description on the ‘American Experience' special on the PBS website reads.

Somehow those words couldn't ring more true.  Imagine trying to get around nowadays without your car?  Even if you are reading this and don't own a car, I am sure you ride in cars all the time.

While a fascinating individual Henry Ford was far from perfect.  For instance he distributed papers that were meant to spread his ideals about Antisemitism.  As well he apparently bought land in Brazil to try to create a “Utopia.”  He was quite brutal to his son.  I guess a genius needs to be a bit eccentric to change the world though.

What I found most interesting about Ford was that he sounded a lot like Steve Jobs.  Very smart and changing the world but difficult to work with and he would sometimes fire people for seemingly odd reasons.  Steve Jobs was the same way, only he was working on changing the world through computers and Henry Ford changed it through making cars available to everyone.

A family member I was watching the American Experience PBS special actually said before I was going to, “He was the Steve Jobs of cars!”  After the show ended I checked various Twitter hashtags and noticed that it seemed others were making the same comparisons.

Not surprisingly the American Experience team on Twitter weighed in on the discussion too and plugged next week's on Silicon Valley episode.

I highly recommend you catch the Henry Ford ‘American Experience' special on your local PBS station next time it is on.  If you would rather you can also watch it on your computer.  (I prefer watching shows over-the-air with an Antenna since the quality is better.)

I learned a lot about Henry Ford and I write about cars for a living.  In my opinion another great reason to support your PBS and the great programming they produce! 🙂

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Hereford Zone Car Show – Saturday June 18th

This Saturday there is going to be an awesome car show, the 7th Annual Hereford Zone Car Show.  The show is open to all makes, models, and years.  If you have a vehicle with wheels, you can bring it!  In past the show has had Model A's, Model T's, Hot-rods, classic cars, Ferrias, Lamborghinis, motorcycles, and even Fire Trucks.  This year should be bigger and better than ever before.  There are 200-300 vehicles expected this year, which is a lot larger than past shows.

The show also has an important cause to support, the Leib McDonald Techincal School Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship is for a graduating Senior from Hereford High School who will be attending a technical school for automotive technology, diesel mechanics, motorcycles, or HVAC..  Travis Brown is this year's recipient.  He was awarded the scholarship 3 weeks ago, and will be attending York Technical Institute for Motorcycle Mechanics.  Recipients are judged on several criteria including GPA, attendance records, letters of recommendations, and good fit for the scholarship.  It's a bit of a challenge to receive the scholarship and Travis should feel proud he got it.

Including the car show, right across the plaza there will be 100.7 The Bay's BBQ Bash.  There will also be activities for the whole family.  Crafts, games, live music, face painting, and contests with prizes.  Cars will be judged with 25 trophies to the top vehicles on display, and 34 different awards.  The first 100 cars will receive a great dash plaque.  It will be a fun day for all!

 

What: 7th Annual Hereford Zone Car Show

When: Saturday June 18, 2011 (10am-3pm)

Where:  Executive Plaza ll Corporate Center, 11350 McCormick Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Admission: Spectators Free, $10 registration fee for vehicles


For more info visit: https://www.hzcarshow.com/Home_Page.html

 

*Special thanks to Chuck Ritzmann – Committee Member for Hereford Zone Car Show