Final answer: She's nervous
OK, car people, here's a good reason to watch the Tuesday, Feb. 1, broadcast of the ABC-TV show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?': One of your own will be back in the hot seat, as host Regis Philbin calls it. She is Patty McGrath, a warranty administrator at Dodge City in Milwaukee. McGrath, 35, answered seven questions and won $4,000 on the Thursday, Jan. 27, broadcast. Eight more correct answers and she wins $1 million. Admitting to a severe case of jitters, McGrath told Automotive News, 'I'm better with current events, music and entertainment. History is not my strongest.' Having a knack for trivia games, she was coaxed into trying out for the show by boyfriend Tim Gara, a dealer marketing manager for DaimlerChrysler's Mopar parts division. If McGrath wins big money, her plans include investing, buying a home and paying for a trip to Las Vegas.
NO SNOW DAY - Land Rover North America Inc. headquarters in Lanham, Md., was officially closed Tuesday, Jan. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 26, because of heavy snow, but spokesman Mark Schirmer said executives with company cars came in anyway. He said: 'We were joking that a Land Rover is actually a bad company car to have because you're expected to make it in, no matter what.'
MANHEIM'S MAGNET - Football fans from Florida were bummed Jan. 23 after the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost. But the games provided an opportunity for several exhibitors at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Orlando, Fla., to throw parties around TV screens. At the Manheim Auctions Inc. exhibit, so many conventioneers gathered around the giant screen that the fire marshal made Manheim turn off the TV.
STRING KING - The sports highlight of the NADA convention was a virtuoso yo-yo performance by Texas dealer and former NADA President Ramsay Gillman. Using a giveaway yo-yo from Cybercar.com, Gillman performed tricks for wife Stevie, son Chris and a couple of friends at the reception before the American International Automobile Dealers Association luncheon Jan. 24. It turns out Gillman was the 1953 Saturday Morning Fun Club Yo-Yo Champ of Houston.
TWO OF A KIND - No, they don't look anything alike. But fate has somehow linked General Motors' Mark Hogan and Harold Kutner as the Romulus and Remus of GM's Internet age. 'They call us the dot-com twins inside GM,' Hogan said last week at the NADA convention. A year ago Kutner was GM's purchasing czar and Hogan was butting heads with the UAW over modular vehicle assembly. Today Kutner is in charge of GM's business-to-business activities on the Internet, and Hogan is in charge of GM's Internet retail activities.
CITY HALL TO CONVENTION HALL - Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk was spotted on the exhibition floor at the NADA convention in Orlando. Asked why he was there, Hizzoner said he is thinking about his future: Term limits in Dallas mean Kirk will be out of a job in three years, and he is interested in becoming a Ford dealer.