Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thunderbird 2002 - 2000

If your a Thunderbird Fanatic this book should definitely be in your library. I have not had time to read the whole thing. I just basically flipped through it to find the Graffiti goods. I'm sure your remember Suzanne Somers that mysterious Blond in the white T-Bird that Curt spent half the night trying to track down. There is only a small mention of our favorite movie but with all the info packed into this book on the Thunderbird's history I'm just glad American Graffiti got a mention.

I did read a bit of the book and was surprised to learn that the possible names for Fords new "Personal Car" were the Fordster, Fordette, Beaver, Detroiter, Hep Cat and the Wheelaway. One of the big shots at Ford, Lew Crusoe didn't like any of those names so he offered a prize of a 250.00$ suit to any Ford employee who could come up with a better name.

Alden R Giberson is credited with the suggestion to borrow from Native American lore and use the Thunderbird name. Crusoe promptly accepted it and Giberson got his suit.