May 14 -- Eighty years ago this month, when WJR was just beginning to warm the air waves, a General Motors engineer made a key discovery.
Charles Kettering, known as Boss Kettering, put lead in the gasoline of a race car at the Indianapolis Speedway. That made the engine run smoother. Soon, all gasoline had lead.
Ironically, 50 years later another dynamic GM engineer, named Ed Cole, led the industrys fight to take lead out of gasoline. Thats because lead poisons a cars catalytic converter, which is needed to reduce pollution.
Speaking of May 1922, today is the 80th birthday of another great engineer, Warren Lapham, who shared his love of automobiles with me.
Happy 80th birthday, Dad.