This booklet is prepared for and dedicated to the memory of my own mother -- Julia M. Stevens. Pictured here in 1964 -- on the showroom floor of the family dealership out on Long Island -- my mom is standing in front of a new Chrysler Crown Imperial; top-of-the-line vehicle for Chrysler Corporation. Throughout the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and into the 90s, my mother was involved in some way shape or form with all three major US automobile manufacturers. Starting with Ford Motors immediately after the war, then switching to Chrysler Corporation shortly after mid century and then switching to General Motors in the early 60s and finally back to Chrysler Corporation in 1964 -- over fifty years of dedicated service in the automobile industry. The automobile field had always been considered a "man's world" but my mother maintained the philosophy that "if a man can do it, a woman can do it better!" For many decades my mother would count on many of the Long Island car dealership owners as close friends and personal confidants and often times would entertain this elite group of people in the family home. We socialized with these men and women, attended their children's weddings, bar mitzvahs, and unfortunately sat in funeral homes grieving with the rest of their families. The car business was my mother's life. She worked into her eighties and passed away less than two years after she had retired. Were she alive today, I think she would have trouble accepting the current state of American automobile manufacturing; she always favored and drove American-built cars.

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