Welcome to Warp and Woof, v.2.0

Warp & Woof, v. 2.0 Welcome to Warp & Woof, a blog from William Sundwick. I’ve been working on this project intermittently since I retired from the Library of Congress in 2015, after 42 years of service. Back in the day, maybe 10-15 years ago, when blogging was something people did – before social mediaContinue reading “Welcome to Warp and Woof, v.2.0”

General Motors, Decline and Fall, 1980-2009

published July 9, 2020 in Warp & Woof General Motors, Decline and Fall, 1980 – 2009   William Sundwick   Founded in Flint, Michigan in 1908, the corporation that ushered in the automobile age in America and came to dominate the nation’s industrial economy by the 1970s, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy just after celebrating itsContinue reading “General Motors, Decline and Fall, 1980-2009”

Drive Better Electrically

Published March 21, 2019 in Warp & Woof Drive Better Electrically EVs, Past, Present, Future William Sundwick  Electricity as a means of propulsion for self-contained road vehicles is as old, or older, than the internal combustion engine (ICE). But EV market share declined to zero for a large chunk of motor vehicle history. There wereContinue reading “Drive Better Electrically”

Exit Strategy

Published October 11, 2018 in Warp & Woof Exit Strategy Was Getting Out Inevitable? Flint Series, Chapter 5 William Sundwick Sometimes I think that friendships are simply a matter of convenience. While many people seem to make life-long friendships with kids they grew up with, my experience has been different. I lost contact with myContinue reading “Exit Strategy”

Wasteland vs. Intellectual Ferment

Published October 4, 2018 in Warp & Woof Wasteland vs. Intellectual Ferment Or, My Parents’ World vs. My World, High School Years Flint Series, Chapter 4 William Sundwick Flint Central High School was a new adventure. High school then comprised three years: grades ten, eleven, and twelve. That meant one of my early high schoolContinue reading “Wasteland vs. Intellectual Ferment”

Flint: Lumber to Carriages to Cars

Published September 13, 2018 in Warp & Woof Flint: Lumber to Carriages to Cars The Flint Series, Chapter 1 William Sundwick  When I arrived in Flint, Michiganat age six, the city, incorporated in 1855, had already established itself: first as a hub for the central Michigan lumber industry, then earning the appellation “Vehicle City,” thenContinue reading “Flint: Lumber to Carriages to Cars”

Selling an Old Name to a New Demographic

Published October 26, 2017 in Warp & Woof Selling an Old Name to a New Demographic Cadillac’s “Break Through” Campaign and the GM Malady William Sundwick Picture, if you can, the typical Cadillac of the 1990s. It was probably a De Ville or Fleetwood Brougham. Big, posh, a veritable land yacht. There was the elegantContinue reading “Selling an Old Name to a New Demographic”

What We Drove, and Why

Published October 18, 2017 in Warp & Woof  What We Drove, and Why One Family’s Car Culture, GM Style – 1950-1970 (Sundwick Automotive Photo Library, Part IV) William Sundwick We were not a typical family, even for Dearborn or Flint. Dad was a committed General Motors “lifer” – a salaried engineer, destined by the endContinue reading “What We Drove, and Why”

Exploring the Sundwick Automotive Photo Library: Part II — Customs

Published June 9, 2017 in Warp & Woof Exploring the Sundwick Automotive Photo Library: Part II — Customs William Sundwick What is a “custom car?”  This library will use the following definition: Custom: any car or light truck that has been altered in appearance significantly from a model available in the manufacturer’s original catalog forContinue reading “Exploring the Sundwick Automotive Photo Library: Part II — Customs”