I created the design image used on the Award Winning Chevroet Impala/Caprice, Motor Trends 1977 Car of the Year

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Solar City

Beneath the Sahara Desert sands of Africa Solar City is home to Thea and the Solar System kids.  From Solar City the Solar System kids travel and explore the universe and all the worlds in it with the Solar System Access Vehicle.  

Thea's father conceived in secret and built Solar System Access Vehicles in which he and his children used to visit other planets in the universe and bring back to earth the resources to build Solar City and create the most advanced technologies mankind has ever known.  Now an adult, Thea is head of the secret Solar System Kids Program which identifies and recruits exceptionally brilliant and talented kids of all ages from around the World. 

Once upon a time as a teenager Thea with her Solar System Access Vehicle saved the President of the United States, his staff and crew, who were stranded in space on Space Shuttle One.  In numerous incidents attributed to UFO's by local and worldwide media or governments, Thea saved both commercial and military airplanes from disasters, cleaned up trashed polluted rivers and lakes, prevented the meltdown of a nuclear plant as well as quite a few recuse missions using her egg shaped glass Solar System Access Vehicle.

Few people outside the Solar System Kids and their families knew of the existence of Solar City.  Although a President of the United States, his crew and staff, were rescued from space by Thea and they knew of the Solar System Access Vehicle they kept their words and kept it secret.  Decades later only President Obama and his family would come to know of both the Solar System Access Vehicle and Solar City for the Presidents daughters would become Solar System Kids themselves!

Learn more about Solar City and follow the coming adventures of the new Solar System Kids.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Question is: “Can” Mary Barra End the Culture of Covering Up at General Motors?


Mary Barra has pledged to end the culture of covering up at General Motors which begs the question “Can Mary Barra End the Culture of Covering Up at General Motors?” Like Penn State, corporate executives and managers first inclination is to protect the reputation of the corporation, it’s brand(s) and/or financial interests.

Lower level employees like Ray DeGiorgio, the engineer at General Motors who approved a design change to the faulty ignition switch spring without a change to the part number and lied about his knowledge of the change, may have self serving interests in covering up as well.

To “do the right thing” as Mary Barra has publicly promised and doing “the right thing” often presents a conflict of interest tempered and mitigated by “sharing what’s appropriate.” Latest indications are Barra and General Motors Corporation do not believe it is “appropriate” or “the right thing” for lawsuits of pre-bankruptcy victims to go forward. So exactly what does “do the right thing” suppose to mean to the “customers” whom Barra has made the promise?

Mary Barra always mentions “customers” and “safety related” in her promises seeming to disparage others. Others like myself who have issues with General Motors culture of cover ups that are not product safety nor customer related.

On one hand the new General Motors may not be liable as the principal defendant in lawsuits pre-bankruptcy yet on the other hand the new General Motors possibly could be held financially liable in lawsuits against their employees involved in the cover up, who hid and/or lied about the facts pertaining to the issues in the cases.

The new General Motors certainly is complicit after the fact having discovered it’s employee perjured himself and covered up the fact because the new General Motors and it’s lawyers did nothing to clarify and rectify the legal record.

Putting an end to General Motors Culture of Covering Up may only be a public relations propaganda ploy in an attempt to redeem the high ground with customers and ward off an undesirable stigma and establish a new image for the new GM and the beginning of a new campaign to totally disassociate and distinguish the New General Motor Corporation from the Old General Motors Corporation. Don’t be surprised if a New Corporate Name is forthcoming.

Once upon a time it was the divisional Brands,” Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Pontiac and Chevrolet that were the shining stars with the consuming public and General Motors, the corporate Brand, was the shining star of Wall Street. Ironically, it was reliability, safety, economy and finally bankruptcy that brought the Corporate Brand “General Motors” to the forefront of the consuming public.

Changing the corporate Brand/name could eliminate immediately and automatically bringing General Motors troubles; trials and tribulations to mind when focus is on the Corporation. Changing the Corporate name could even add value to General Motors stock. Changing the Corporate name however would not serve to end the Cover Up Culture of the Corporation.

Mary Barra has a daunting task before her as she also must deal with a seemingly prefect storm of major issues facing the Corporation from around the globe. The Crimean situation threatens General Motors plans to restructure Opel and expand the Russian market for instance where billions of dollars have been invested in a multi-year plan. Barra has a lot on her plate.

Above all else Barra stands for and with the corporation, as it should be, but what’s good or the “right thing” for General Motors does not necessary mean it’s the “right thing” or good for the public. Keep in mind also how much Mary Barra’s earns in pay/bonuses is contingent on corporate profits.

It may prove to have been easier to break the glass ceiling than it is to break down the cover up closet door. And is it even possible morality can reign in a for profit corporation as faith reigns in a religious non-profit corporation? General Motors has already aborted the models at issue while Ray DeGiorgio generically engineered a "key" DNA change for the last of the breed.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It's Ironic: Impala Move In Above Comerica Park


 It is ironic, yours truly: John Franklin Mason, entered the Michigan Penitentiary System wherein I would design the Award Winning Motor Trend "Car of the Year:" the 1977 Chevrolet Impala, on the very day Detroit Tigers Manager Billy Martin was in the prison bleachers to see Ron Lefore Play Ball.

Ron Lefore stole some bases and hit a home run with the Tigers that day.  Who knew General Motors would find the designs for millions of Cadillac's, Buick's, Oldsmobile's and Chevrolet's it would produce and sell during the 1977 to 1990 model years "at a steal" from behind the Walls of the World's Largest Prison???

It seems symbolic the new Impala will stand like a question mark on a pesdestal above Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, as the great design hope to return to the award winning greatness, sales leadership and bring back the Apple Pie of the former Impala  to Chevrolet!!!

(The following is a Press Release from General Motors)
Chevrolet Silverado, Impala Move In Above Comerica Park

Brand’s newest products adorn Chevrolet Fountain for 2013 baseball season

DETROIT – When the American League Champion Detroit Tigers take the field for their home opener on Friday, two of Chevrolet’s newest players – the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck and the 2014 Impala full-size sedan – will overlook the action.

The two vehicles were hoisted into place on Monday, an annual rite of spring in Detroit where Chevrolet has been the Tigers automotive sponsor since 2010.

Each vehicle made news Monday apart from the thrill of finding their seats above the stadium.

The Silverado with a V6 engine will debut later this spring at the same suggested retail price as the outgoing model. Chevrolet also announced, the V8 variant of the 2014 Silverado will offer the best V8 fuel economy in the segment and more miles per gallon than the Ford EcoBoost V6.

The Impala, meanwhile, began regular production Monday in Oshawa, Ontario, and will go into product at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant later this month.

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