TO THE EDITOR:
In my experience, good and bad, in the retail side of our business, I find common ground with Jason Stein ("Automaker mergers may be unavoidable," Automotive Views with Jason Stein, autonews.com, May 31). Nash and Hudson were merging when I was leaving the Air Force in 1954. Dad was a Hudson dealer. I was following the news from my base in England and recall writing to him that Nash was in the driver's seat, which turned out to be the case.
Our little family store plugged along. I was inspired by George Romney and sold AMC Ramblers with a vengeance. AMC bought Jeep. Renault bought into AMC and taught us rubes how to pronounce it. Chrysler purchased AMC. Daimler came along to be our savior, until it, too, gave up. Fiat turned out to be the charm.
By then, our store was out of business. But like a voyeur at a car crash, I cannot look away at the passing of famous marques. Automotive history demands it, and the road appears endless.
JIM CAHILLANE, Williamsburg, Mass. The writer is a former dealer, a freelance writer and an author.