To the Editor:
The story about Huddy Hyman is one for the ages ("Saturn collapse sends veteran back to his roots," Oct. 11). It represents not only the adventuresome and dynamic nature of the family-owned car store but also the dynamics of a family that has been serving car buyers in Virginia for decades because of personal integrity and an honest approach with customers. That family personifies the characteristics that lead to success.
I grew up in Richmond, Va., as a lucky friend of the Hyman family. One of the original brothers, Ed Hyman, hung the moon as far as I was concerned. In 1967-70, most dads would not speak to a young high school boy when he came over to visit and hang out. He made everyone feel important, even a high school kid.
That -- and the honesty that his business was known for -- made a lasting impression on me and gave me a high regard for car dealers, especially at family-owned stores.
Years later, I was offered the opportunity to run the Florida Automobile Dealers Association. It was my love for the Hyman story, the legacy of that special Dad, and the wonderful reputation of the Hyman brothers that led me to enter this wonderful business.
After almost 10 years in Florida representing the state's franchised new-car dealers, I am thankful the story lives on with great men like Huddy Hyman. Some dealers touch lives beyond their customers every day, and I am humbled and honored to work for them.