For auto old-timers, Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident recalled a much worse shooting in the distant past.
It occurred Nov. 18, 1959, and involved Harlow Curtice, who had retired a year earlier as president of General Motors. Curtice and friends were duck hunting on an island in Lake St. Clair, some 50 miles from Detroit. As Curtice fired at a flight of ducks passing overhead, Harry Anderson stood up unexpectedly and was struck by the blast from Curtice's shotgun.
Anderson was killed instantly. He was a retired GM vice president and a longtime friend of Curtice.
The grief-stricken Curtice went alone to the Anderson home and reported the tragedy to Anderson's wife.