John DeLorean
American engineer
John DeLorean
John Zachary DeLorean was an American engineer and executive in the U.S. automobile industry, most notably with General Motors, and founder of the DeLorean Motor Company. He was best known for developing the Pontiac GTO muscle car, the Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac Grand Prix, and the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car, which was later featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future, and for his high profile 1982 arrest on charges of drug trafficking.
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The story behind the car that made time travel stylish
CNN - over 1 year
In Back to the Future II, Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel to the future date — October 21, 2015. Their ride? A tricked out DeLorean DMC-12. But before the vehicle starred in the blockbuster franchise, production on the car had already ceased, and the man behind the eponymous model, John Delorean, on trial for allegedly trying to smuggle $24 million dollars worth of cocaine in a briefcase. Here's a look back at the man and the machine.
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Dusty Wright: Tenner: Favorite Spring Music and a Movie, too
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Spring has arrived -- flowers and music in full bloom. Some of it only hints at what might be as summer approaches. Until then, here are few things I'm carting around in my wheelbarrow. Dig it. "Spiderlegs" Danny Malone: Balloons (DM) Happy accident as I had no prior knowledge of Mr. Malone prior to listening to his new album, but no worries. Here's a wonderful folk-rock tune from this Austin-based singer/songwriter's second long-player. He recorded this set of confessional musings in a haunted 15th century castle in Denmark, each song in a different room. He calls his music "sexy, dirty, sad songs about the human condition." This remains my favorite track; and the video below is pretty bloody "sexy" too. Alicia Keys at Prudential Center April 8, 2013, Newark, NJ I'd never seen her live, and I don't why, but I'm damn happy I finally did. She is a major talent, but you who love her already know that. She straddles many musical genres although it's her R&B ...
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Flying Cars And Beyond: A Look At Entrepreneurial Automakers Over The Years (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
With roots tracing back to the 1800s, the modern auto industry grew out of the grand ideas of entrepreneurs like Henry Ford. Since the inception of wagon-inspired vehicles, the industry has seen everything from the futuristic musings of John DeLorean to the Earth-friendly and design-conscious concepts by Elon Musk to the latest iteration of the "flying car," which debuted this week. While the whole world bared witness to the meteoric rise and fall of the Big Three auto companies -- General Motors, Ford and Chrysler -- small, private labels have continued to carve out niche markets for vehicles with unique designs and uses. As a global fuel crisis wears on, a newly competitive market for alternative fuel vehicles has emerged, while industry execs and enthusiasts continue to be enamored by Jetson-inspired plane-car concepts, like the Terrafugia Transition, which was unveiled at the New York Auto Show this week. Created by a group of MIT-trained engineers, the Transition i ...
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You are viewing the archive: “The Gambler 1974” - Deadline.com
Google News - over 5 years
I was at my desk working on my 22nd revision of the John DeLorean script I was hired by Reliance and Ratner to write with Ratner directing and the legendary Bob Evans producing. “What do you think?” I said. “This is by far the toughest script to get
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Famous Oak Park front yard gardener to move, securing her status as Metro ... - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
And while there was some talk of converting the old Statler Hotel into a flux capacitor factory, John DeLorean ultimately abandoned to Detroit to build his time machine cars in Northern Ireland. So, Detroit, how will we react to news that our
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The £850 million gamble on the 'British Ferrari': Will Lotus succeed? - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
In 1978 Lotus was contracted to engineer the ill-fated DeLorean sports car; Chapman and the American entrepreneur John DeLorean were friends. Keen to encourage industry in Troubles-torn Belfast, where the car would be built, the British Government
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Dream Cruise Snapshot: Rare Bricklin Combines Safety, Style - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The original drawing blueprint was sold to John DeLorean and that's what inspired the DeLorean. (The Bricklin) is the only production vehicle with power gull wing doors. It has an all-Ford power train. What does Woodward or the Dream Cruise mean to you
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Enthusiasts keep John DeLorean's time machine ticking - The National
Google News - over 5 years
Gullwing doors, a low, raked profile and a skin made of stainless steel make the DeLorean DMC-12 one of the most distinctive cars ever to hit the road. Courtesy of DeLorean Motor Company production of the DMC-12 was in Northern Ireland, but only about
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DeLorean to appear at show ski tourney today - Janesville Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Former General Motors executive John DeLorean designed the car's frame and stainless steel body, Tanko said. He bought the rights to the rest of the parts, Tanko said. It's got a Volvo engine, a Renault transmission, General Motors and Ford brakes,
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What's the most collectible car from the malaise era? - Jalopnik
Google News - over 5 years
Back in the early '70s, GM star exec John Delorean knew that even economy cars, like the company's recently-released Vega, need a performance halo. A Telex to Cosworth's Keith Duckworth led to a partnership that bore fruit in the form of a twin-cam,
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Hollywood Hacker Breaks His Silence - Newsweek
Google News - over 5 years
He made a splash in the early '80s when he was a defense expert for John DeLorean, the car creator charged with smuggling large quantities of cocaine into the US He moved to Los Angeles and became a braggart of the highest order, variously describing
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Junkyard Find: 1981 Chevrolet Citation - Truth About Cars
Google News - over 5 years
The sclerotic GM bureaucracy described a few years earlier by John DeLorean in On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors produced a car that looked like a fat Chevette, got its power— if that's the word for it— from the rough-as-a-crab's-backside
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Enthusiasts from across the US celebrate the 'Godfather of the GTO' - Valley News
Google News - over 5 years
Wangers did not invent the GTO – that is credited to John DeLorean, Russ Gee and Bill Collins. The Fallbrook resident said he enjoys traveling to Pontiac shows and maintaining his large network of friends across the nation and graciously thanked the
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Misteriosa muerte de millonario en su mansión de Fort Lauderdale - El Nuevo Herald
Google News - over 5 years
De acuerdo con documentos financieros, Vinci era propietario de los concesionarios Pacific Honda y Santa Ana Honda, y al parecer estaba enfrascado en la venta del famoso auto DeLorean que construyó el fallecido millonario John DeLorean
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Best NBA players from obscure colleges - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
A friend of mine used to park cars at John DeLorean's estate in Bedminster, New Jersey when DeLorean had parties there. After parties my friend would also help clean up. He said once after a party he was cleaning up the backyard and Iman was still
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John DeLorean
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 80
    DeLorean died at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey from a stroke, on March 19, 2005 at age 80.
    More Details Hide Details He was a resident of Bedminster, New Jersey. His ashes are interred at the White Chapel Cemetery, in Troy, Michigan. His tombstone shows a depiction of his DMC-12 with the gull-wing doors open. At the request of his family, and in keeping with military tradition, he was interred with military honors for his service in World War II. The DeLorean Museum, based in Humble, Texas, was established in 2006, to honor John Z. DeLorean through the display, interpretation, conservation, and preservation of DeLorean vehicles, archives, and other objects.
    He was married to Sally Baldwin until his death in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details DeLorean also adopted a son, Zachary, as a single father. DeLorean's name is correctly spelled without the space, as DeLorean; the same goes for the Company. Only if the use of lower case letters was not possible (or not wanted), for instance on typewritten documents of the DeLorean Motor Company, is the use of a space correct. This appears to have been the company's chosen form. In typeset documents, a half space, not a full space, appears between the two portions, and the same is visible in more stylistic representations, as on the automobiles themselves. DeLorean appeared in a widely published magazine advertisement for Cutty Sark whisky in the year prior to his arrest and the collapse of his company. It was captioned "One out of every 100 new businesses succeeds. Here's to those who take the odds."
  • 2000
    Age 75
    He was forced to sell his 434-acre estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details It was purchased by real estate tycoon Donald Trump and converted to a golf course. According to his autobiography, both DeLorean and former wife Cristina Ferrare became born-again Christians following the entrapment controversy.
  • 1999
    Age 74
    In 1999, DeLorean declared personal bankruptcy after fighting around 40 legal cases since the collapse of DeLorean Motor Company.
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  • 1994
    Age 69
    On November 1, 1994, DeLorean filed patent #5,359,941 with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a raised monorail transport.
    More Details Hide Details The transport was never built. In the years before his death, DeLorean planned to resurrect his car company, and gave interviews describing a new vehicle called the DMC2. According to his family, he spent much of his last several years working on this new venture. In an effort to gather funds, he designed and sold high-end watches via the internet under the name DeLorean Time. Made of what appeared in promotions to be injection molded stainless steel, the watches sold for $3,495. Purchasers were placed on a waiting list for the chance to buy one of the first DMC2s when they became available. None of the watches seem to have ever been built or delivered to customers before DeLorean's death. The DeLorean Motor Company name was subsequently owned by a Texas-based firm that provided parts and professional restoration to DeLorean DMC-12 owners.
  • 1985
    Age 60
    When Back to the Future came out in 1985, featuring DeLorean's namesake car, DeLorean wrote a letter to Bob Gale, one of the movie's producers and writers, thanking him for immortalizing the car in the film.
    More Details Hide Details The letter can be seen in the special features of the Back to the Future DVD release.
    His third marriage was to model Cristina Ferrare (with whom he had a daughter on November 15, 1977), ending in divorce in 1985.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 59
    DeLorean was found not guilty on August 16, 1984, but by then DMC had already collapsed into bankruptcy and DeLorean's reputation as a businessman was irrevocably tarnished.
    More Details Hide Details When asked after his acquittal if he planned to resume his career in the auto industry, DeLorean bitterly quipped "Would you buy a used car from me?"
  • 1982
    Age 57
    On October 19, 1982, DeLorean was charged with trafficking cocaine by the U.S. government, following a videotaped sting operation in which he was recorded by undercover Federal agents agreeing to bankroll cocaine smuggling operation.
    More Details Hide Details He had more than of cocaine (worth about $6.5 million) in a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport after arriving from New York, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated DeLorean was the "financier" to help the financially declining company in a scheme to sell, with an estimated value of $24 million. The government was tipped off to DeLorean by confidential informant James Timothy Hoffman, a former neighbor, who reported to his FBI superiors that DeLorean had approached him to ask about setting up a cocaine deal; in reality, Hoffman had called DeLorean and suggested the deal (which DeLorean then accepted) as part of his efforts to receive a reduced sentence on a 1981 Federal cocaine trafficking charge that he was awaiting trial on. Hoffman (whose name was redacted on the original indictment) also stated that he was aware of DeLorean's financial troubles before he contacted him, and had heard him admit that he needed $17 million "in a hurry" to prevent DMC's imminent insolvency.
    After going into receivership in February 1982, DMC produced another 2,000 cars until John DeLorean's arrest in late October, at which point liquidation proceedings were undertaken and the factory was seized by the British government for good.
    More Details Hide Details After DeLorean left General Motors, Patrick Wright, author and former Business Week reporter, approached him with the idea of writing a book based on his experiences there. DeLorean agreed to dictate his recollections for Wright, who wrote the book. The final product, published in 1979, On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors, sold approximately 1.6 million copies, but disagreements over the content led to a conflict between the collaborators, with Wright eventually publishing the book on his own.
  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 48
    DeLorean left General Motors in 1973 to form his own company, the DeLorean Motor Company.
    More Details Hide Details A two-seater sports car prototype was shown in the mid-1970s called the DeLorean Safety Vehicle (DSV), with its bodyshell designed by Italdesign's Giorgetto Giugiaro. The car entered into production as the DMC-12, but known simply as the DeLorean. The car's body distinctively used stainless steel and featured gull-wing doors and was powered by the "Douvrin" V6 engine developed by Peugeot, Renault and Volvo (known as the PRV). The manufacturing plant to build the new car was built in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, with substantial financial incentives from the Northern Ireland Development Agency of around £100 million. Renault was contracted to build the factory, which employed over 2000 workers at its peak production. The engine was made by Renault, while Lotus designed the chassis and bodywork details. The Dunmurry factory would eventually turn out around 9,000 cars over 21 months of operation.
    The one millionth Vega was built in May 1973, a month after DeLorean's GM resignation.
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    DeLorean regrouped for the 1973 model year with Vega sales of 395,792.
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    However, the idea of him assuming that position was almost intolerable to GM executives, and on April 2, 1973, he announced that he was leaving the company, telling the press "I want to do things in the social area.
    More Details Hide Details I have to do them, and unfortunately the nature of our business just didn't permit me to do as much as I wanted." although it was rumored that he had been fired. GM gave him a Florida Cadillac franchise as a retirement gift, and DeLorean did in fact take over the presidency of The National Alliance of Businessmen, a charitable organization with the mission of employing Americans in need, founded by Lyndon Johnson and Henry Ford. GM was a major contributor to the group, and agreed to continue his salary while he remained president of NAB. DeLorean was sharply critical of the direction GM had taken by the start of the 1970s, saying "There's no forward response at General Motors to what the public wants today." He also objected to the idea of using rebates to sell cars on the grounds that "A car should make people's eyes light up when they step into the showroom. Rebates are merely a way of convincing customers to buy bland cars they're not interested in."
  • 1972
    Age 47
    In 1972, DeLorean was appointed to the position of vice president of car and truck production for the entire General Motors line, and his eventual rise to president seemed inevitable.
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  • 1970
    Age 45
    In a Motor Trend interview August, 1970 DeLorean said, "Vega will be the highest quality product ever built by Chevrolet."
    More Details Hide Details By DeLorean's orders, tens of extra inspectors were assigned on the Vega assembly line and the first two thousand cars were road tested. He stated, "The first cars, from a manufacturing standpoint, were well built." But in 1972, General Motors Assembly Division (GMAD) took over the Chevrolet Lordstown assembly plant and adjoining Fisher body plant. Their main goal was to cut costs and more than 800 workers were laid off, many of which were additional inspectors. This led to assembly-line vandalism, with workers intentionally slowing the line, leaving off parts and installing others improperly. Incomplete and often non-functioning cars soon filled the factory lot, which then had to be reprocessed and repaired by a team assigned to this task by DeLorean. A one-month strike followed and dealers didn't receive enough cars for the demand in 1972.
  • 1969
    Age 44
    DeLorean then married Kelly Harmon, the sister of actor Mark Harmon and daughter of Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox on May 31, 1969; they divorced in 1972.
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    The Vega was assigned to Chevrolet by corporate management, specifically by GM president Ed Cole, just weeks before DeLorean's 1969 arrival as Chevrolet division's general manager.
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    Even as General Motors experienced revenue declines, Pontiac remained highly profitable under DeLorean, and despite his growing reputation as a corporate maverick, on February 15, 1969 he was again promoted.
    More Details Hide Details This time it was to head up the prestigious Chevrolet division, General Motors' flagship marque. By this time, DeLorean commanded an annual salary of $200,000, with yearly bonuses of up to $400,000. He had made sizable investments in the San Diego Chargers and the New York Yankees sports teams, and was becoming ever more ubiquitous in popular culture. At a time when business executives were typically conservative, low-key individuals in three-piece suits, DeLorean wore long sideburns and unbuttoned shirts. He also horrified fellow GM executives by inviting Ford president Lee Iacocca to serve as best man at his second wedding. DeLorean continued his jet-setting lifestyle, and was often seen hanging out in business and entertainment celebrity circles. He became friends with James T. Aubrey, president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and was introduced to celebrities such as financier Kirk Kerkorian, Chris-Craft chairman Herb Siegel, entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., and The Tonight Show host Johnny Carson.
  • 1966
    Age 41
    In response to the "pony car" market dominated by the wildly successful Ford Mustang, DeLorean turned to the 14th Floor for permission to offer a smaller version of the Pontiac Banshee Show car for 1966.
    More Details Hide Details DeLorean's version was rejected because of GM's concern that his design would take away sales from the Corvette, their flagship performance vehicle, so instead they forced him to work with the existing Camaro design. He could only make changes to the front and rear of the car and even had to use the same fenders. Suspension was a whole different story as the Firebird has front and rear suspension differences compared to Camaro. The vehicle, the Pontiac Firebird, introduced for the 1967 model year became even more popular throughout the 70s. Shortly after the Firebird's introduction, DeLorean turned his attention to development of an all-new Grand Prix, the division's personal luxury car based on the full sized Pontiac line since 1962. Sales were sagging by this time however, but the new for 1969 model would have its own distinct body shell with drivetrain and chassis components from the intermediate-sized Pontiac A-body (Tempest, LeMans, GTO). Delorean knew Pontiac Division couldn't finance the new car alone so Delorean went to his former boss Pete Estes and asked to share the cost of development with Pontiac having a one-year exclusivity before Chevrolet would release the 1970 Monte Carlo. The deal was done. The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix looked a lot like a slightly scaled down Cadillac Eldorado with its razor-sharp bodylines and a hood. Inside was a sporty and luxurious interior highlighted by a wraparound cockpit-style instrument panel, bucket seats and center console.
  • 1965
    Age 40
    DeLorean believed there was an undue amount of infighting at GM between divisional heads, and several of Pontiac's advertising campaign themes met with internal resistance, such as the "Tiger" campaign used to promote the GTO and other Pontiac models in 1965 and 1966.
    More Details Hide Details One of the biggest disappointments for Pontiac was the GM's fourteenth floor's Ed Cole's decision to ban multiple carburetion. Multiple carburetion had been with Pontiac since 1956 starting with 2X4 bbls. and Pontiac's famous Tri-Power (3X2bbls.) since 1957. Ironically the only GM cars to escape this ban was Ed Cole's beloved Corvair and Corvette. There are scores of this conflict with Ed Cole that go way back to Bunkie Knudsen. The most memorable would be the 1964 GTO was supposed to be equipped with disc brakes which were even tooled for free by Kelsey Hayes, and radial tires were supposed to be offered but were killed by Cole as well.
    DeLorean received almost total credit for the success of the "first muscle car", singularly responsible for conceptualizing, engineering, and the marketing – becoming the singular golden boy of Pontiac, and was rewarded with his 1965 promotion to head the entire Pontiac division.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 40, DeLorean had broken the record for youngest division head at GM, and was determined to continue his string of successes. Adapting to the frustrations that he perceived in the executive offices was, however, a difficult transition for him.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 39
    The GTO debuted as a Tempest/LeMans option package with a larger, more powerful engine in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details This marked the beginning of Pontiac's renaissance as GM's performance division instead of its previous position as a slightly bigger Chevrolet with no clear brand identity. From its launch in 1964, sales of the car and its popularity continued to grow dramatically in the following years.
  • 1961
    Age 36
    DeLorean's years of engineering at Pontiac were highly successful, producing dozens of patented innovations for the company, and in 1961 he was promoted to the position of division chief engineer.
    More Details Hide Details DeLorean's most notable contribution to Pontiac was the Pontiac GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato), a muscle car named after the Ferrari 250 GTO. It evolved because of the internal GM ban on racing (January 1963) that ended the methodology which Pontiac had used to propel itself into the # 3 sales slot. Pontiac was forced to take its efforts off the track and put it on the street to maintain its # 3 position. The result was the GTO.
  • 1956
    Age 31
    In 1956 DeLorean accepted a $16,000 salary offer with a bonus program, choosing to work at GM's Pontiac division as an assistant to chief engineer Pete Estes and general manager Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen.
    More Details Hide Details Knudsen was the son of the former president of GM, William Knudsen, who was called away from his post to head the war mobilization production effort at the request of President Roosevelt. Knudsen was also a MIT engineering graduate, and at 42 he was the youngest man to head a division of GM. DeLorean and Knudsen quickly became close friends, and DeLorean eventually cited Knudsen as a major influence and mentor.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 29
    DeLorean was married four times. His first marriage was to Elizabeth Higgins on September 3, 1954, and divorced in 1969.
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    While still a profitable company, Packard suffered alongside other independents as it struggled to compete when Ford and General Motors engaged in a price war. James Nance, President of Packard, decided to merge the company with Studebaker Corporation in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details A subsequent proposed merger with American Motors Corporation never passed the discussion phase. DeLorean considered keeping his job and moving to Studebaker headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, when he received a call from Oliver K. Kelley, vice president of engineering at General Motors, a man whom DeLorean greatly admired. Kelley called to offer DeLorean his choice of jobs in five divisions of GM.
  • 1952
    Age 27
    He briefly attended the Detroit College of Law, but did not graduate. In 1952, DeLorean graduated from the Chrysler Institute with a master's degree in Automotive Engineering and joined Chrysler's engineering team.
    More Details Hide Details DeLorean attended night classes at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business to earn credits for his MBA degree, which he completed in 1957. DeLorean's time at Chrysler lasted less than a year, ending when he was offered a US$14,000 salary at Packard Motor Company under supervision of noted engineer Forest McFarland. DeLorean quickly gained the attention of his new employer with an improvement to the Ultramatic automatic transmission, giving it an improved torque converter and dual drive ranges; it was launched as the "Twin-Ultramatic". Packard was experiencing financial difficulties when DeLorean joined, because of the changing post-WWII automotive market. While Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler had begun producing affordable mainstream products designed to cater to the rising postwar middle class, Packard clung to their pre-World War II era notions of high-end, precisely engineered luxury cars. This exclusive philosophy was to take its toll on profitability. However, it proved to have a positive effect on DeLorean's attention to engineering detail, and after four years at Packard he became McFarland's successor as head of research and development.
  • 1948
    Age 23
    While back in college, he worked part-time at Chrysler and at a local body shop, foreshadowing his later contributions to the automotive industry. DeLorean graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.
    More Details Hide Details Instead of entering the engineering workforce after earning his degree, DeLorean sold life insurance whereby he developed an analytical system aimed at engineers and sold "about $850,000 worth of policies in ten months". Once he had a grasp on soft skills he found the work to be boring and moved onto work for the Factory Equipment Corporation. DeLorean states in his autobiography that he sold life insurance to improve his communications skills. Both endeavors were successful financially, but these areas held little interest for DeLorean. A foreman at Chrysler's engineering garage, recommended that DeLorean apply for work at Chrysler and DeLorean agreed. Chrysler ran a post-graduate educational facility named the Chrysler Institute of Engineering, which allowed DeLorean to advance his education while gaining real-world experience in automotive engineering.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1943
    Age 18
    World War II interrupted his studies. In 1943, DeLorean was drafted for military service and served three years in the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to Detroit to find his mother and siblings in economic difficulty. He worked as a draftsman for the Public Lighting Commission for a year and a half to improve his family's financial status, then returned to Lawrence to finish his degree.
  • 1942
    Age 17
    DeLorean's parents divorced in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details John subsequently saw little of his father, who moved into a boarding house, becoming a solitary and estranged alcoholic. Several years after the divorce, John visited his father, finding him so impaired by alcohol that they could barely communicate. DeLorean attended Detroit's public grade schools, and was then accepted into Cass Technical High School, a technical high school for Detroit's honor students, where he signed up for the electrical curriculum. DeLorean found the Cass experience exhilarating and he excelled at his studies. His academic record and musical talents earned him a scholarship at Lawrence Institute of Technology (now known as Lawrence Technological University), a small college in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, that was the alma mater of some of the automobile industry's best engineers. At Lawrence, he excelled in the study of industrial engineering, and was elected to the school's honor society.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Age 0
    John Zachary DeLorean was born on January 6, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, the eldest of four sons of Zachary and Kathryn (née Pribak) DeLorean.
    More Details Hide Details DeLorean's father, Zachary (Zaharia) Delorean, was Romanian, born in Sugag village, Alba County, Transylvania, currently Romania, who worked in a mill factory; Zachary emigrated to the United States when he was twenty. He spent time in Montana and Gary, Indiana before moving to Michigan. By the time John was born, Zachary had found employment as a union organizer at the Ford Motor Company factory in nearby Highland Park. His poor English skills and lack of education prevented him from higher-paid work. When not required at Ford, he occasionally worked as a carpenter. DeLorean's mother, Kathryn, was a Hungarian immigrant from Austria-Hungary, Transylvanian territory most likely. She was employed at the Carboloy Products Division of General Electric throughout much of DeLorean's early life. She took work where ever she could to supplement the family's income. She generally tolerated her husband's erratic behavior, but during several of the worst times of Zachary's violent tendencies, she would take her sons to live with her sister in Los Angeles, California, where they would stay for a year or so at a time.
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