Ben Bidwell recalls Henry Ford II as one of the nations last industrial tycoons.
Bidwell spent 27 years at Ford Motor Co., working alongside Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca and earning a reputation for sales and marketing savvy.
Bidwell joined Ford in 1953, eventually working as general manager of Ford Division and Lincoln-Mercury Division. In 1978, he was named vice president of the Car and Truck Group for Ford North American Automotive Operations.
After leaving Ford, Bidwell was president and COO of Hertz Corp. from 1981 to 1983. He then joined Chrysler Corp. and retired as Chrysler Motors Corp. chairman on Dec. 31, 1990.
Bidwell, 75, spoke with Mary Connelly.