The things you can learn on the NADA social circuit, especially when spouses come along ... For example, who knew that Nissan's Jed Connelly and his charming wife, Laurie, have known each other since their grammar school days in Pittsburgh?
Speaking of lovely ladies, Tilly Starling looked out over the bay yesterday morning and wistfully said that it would have been great to be sailing. Husband Alan Starling, who today begins a year as NADA chairman, said that maybe they could go after the convention - next year. This was just moments after Chevrolet General Manager Kurt Ritter "pinned'' Alan with a golden Chevy bow-tie lapel pin.
Virginia's Carter Myers, who ends his year as NADA chairman, plans to stop in Vail, Colo., with his wife, Ann, to do some skiing.
Toyota's Jim Press, a former collegiate swimmer, still competes in senior events and trains by swimming four kilometers a day. Here, Jim has been swimming at the University of San Francisco. Way to go, Jim.
Meanwhile, it was SRO yesterday at the Ford make meeting in a 900-seat room. Most stragglers were turned away. But our tipster says high-volume dealer Bert Boeckmann of North Hills, Calif., arrived 20 minutes late and was ushered in.
Finally, here's a special message to local import retailing legend Kjell Qvale: We enjoyed the time with you Saturday night ... and of course we know that you sold Austin Healeys, too!
We'll be back tomorrow with more of the lowdown. To be a tipster, call 415-284-8012.
And remember, it's just between us.