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Who the hell was Peter Epsteen, and how’d he get Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr to sing commercials for him? A Chicago car dealer with friends in high places..

April 17th, 2018 by admin

Why do you think? Three little letters. M.O.B.

Most of the references on the Web claim that Sinatra did the gig for Sam Giancana, boss of bosses in Chicago from the late `50s to the mid-60s, a friend – if friend is the right word – of Sinatra’s since 1958, and the person who Sinatra acted as the front for in his buy into a piece of the action of the Cal/Neva Casino in Lake Tahoe.

However, it’s more likely that the favor was asked by one of the Fischetti brothers, Rocco, Charlie, and Joe. Charlie Fischetti was the Mob’s political fixer in Chicago, and a friend of Sinatra’s since the early `40s. Sinatra, nice guy that he was, used to go along with Charlie when he visited his mother in Brooklyn. Charlie died in 1951, but Sinatra and Joe Fischetti were also close friends. He took a trip to Cuba with the brothers in 1946, the so-called “Havana Summit” held by Lucky Luciano, a trip that would haunt Sinatra for the rest of his career.

Mr. Sam Giancana : My Life with Frank Sinatra By George Jacobs, William Stadiem

So, Pete Epsteen. What do we know about him? The Sacramento Bee newspaper once published a story entitled, “Palm Springs – Where Stars, Pols – and Mobsters – Live in Style.” Although not mentioned in the article, Pete Epsteen was referred to in a photo caption as “an automobile dealer financed by the Mafia.”

Represented by Sinatra’s attorney, Mickey Rudin, Epsteen filed a $6 million libel suit against the newspaper. He denied any affiliation with the Mafia and demanded a retraction. The Sacramento Bee published a story reporting Epsteen’s denial but did not retract the charge.

According to a Google Search, Epsteen divorced his wife in the `70s, moved to California, and opened a Honda dealership. In 1995 he was prosecuted for his role in a kickback scheme in which dealers in 30 states gave executives of American Honda up to $15 million in cash and gifts in exchange for hot-selling cars and franchises. He was also convicted of perjury in the case, fined $200,000, and sentenced to six months in prison. He died in 1997, in Palm Springs, California.

Peter Epsteen Pontiac was the largest-volume Pontiac dealership in the country in the 1960s. You wouldn’t have known it looking at the dealership’s tiny showroom in Skokie, Ill., a stone’s throw north of Chicago. I believe it held just one car.

But when it came to throwing a party for unveiling the all-new 1965 Pontiacs, no one could match Epsteen’s extravagance and talent for revving up the crowd and selling Pontiacs.

http://www.dreamtimepodcast.com/2006/08/all-mobbed-up.html

The whole rickety dealership franchise system is a dusty marketing vestige of an era when there were 200 American car manufacturers, each eagerly trying to ply their newfangled horseless carriages.

In the 1920s storefront after storefront of hawkers of Reos, Packards, Stutz Bearcats, Mercers, Oldmobiles, Fords and the like fought to sell cars.

As the dealership system boiled down, it ended up being a cash cow for the con-men left standing who used their government clout to safeguard their privileged market status.

No wonder organized crime began to move into the auto dealership game in Chicago during the 50s and 60s.

http://chicagolampoon.blogspot.com/2009/05/car-dealerships-slashed-good-riddance.html

Crypt 33: The Saga of Marilyn Monroe: The Last Word By Adela Gregory, Milo Speriglio

and Peter Epsteen Pontiac sold a prototype Bonneville convertible, which ended up in Eagle River Wisconsin (fishing lake resort town on the famous chain of lakes where I spent a summer working at a resort the summer before my high school senior year)

It had a ‘58 front end mated to a ‘57 tail. “And it’s a special model, too,” the car rebuilder insisted. “A Bonneville, or something like that, with fuel injection straight from the factory.”

http://pontiacserver.freeservers.com/hpp575bon1.html

Paul Joseph was the President and Master Salesman of Peter Epsteen Pontiac in Chicago, IL from the time he graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in business after distinguished service and discharge from the Army in 1941-45 until 1972

He was injured in the Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart and Silver Star for his efforts.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/scottsdale-az/paul-joseph-7773572

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Who the hell was Peter Epsteen, and how’d he get Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr to sing commercials for him? A Chicago car dealer with friends in high places..

the official mascot of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana

March 7th, 2018 by admin

The official mascot of the Boilermakers is a replica of a Victorian-era locomotive. Conceived by a Purdue student in the 1930s to exemplify the engineering and agrarian heritage of the university, the first Special was provided by a group of alumni working in executive positions in the rail and automotive industries. Boilermaker Special I made its debut on the first day of classes in 1940.

The president of the Studebaker Corporation in South Bend, donated a 1940 Studebaker chassis to the university.

Next the president of the Purdue Alumni Association and vice president of Baldwin Locomotive Works in Pennsylvania agreed to build the superstructure for the mascot. With designs by an alumni and through changes in the chassis by Ross Gear and Tool Company and the Peter Anderson Motor Company of Lafayette, the chassis arrived in Philadelphia on September 3, 1939. There, the Boilermaker Special was completed.

Alumni, students, faculty and staff have raised funds throughout the years to replace the Special as it has worn out – in 1953, 1960, 1993 and, most recently, in 2011.

The Special returned to campus in July of 2011 as Boilermaker Special VII. Lafayette semi-trailer manufacturer Wabash National took the lead in providing materials and labor to update the Special, and a Navistar 4600 chassis was part of the upgrade

Why are Purdue students and alumni called Boilermakers?

In 1889, Purdue’s football team traveled to Crawfordsville, Indiana, to play Wabash College, whom they defeated 18-4. Wabash students and the people of Crawfordsville were devastated by the defeat. According to one correspondent from the era, the town began referring to the Purdue team as “a great big burly gang of corn-huskers,” “rail-splitters,” “foundry molders,” and “log-haulers.”

Over the next few years, Purdue’s reputation did not dim, and when their team gave Wabash College a 44-0 drubbing in 1891, the local press wrote wildly about the carnage. One sports writer for the Daily Argus headlined his story “Slaughter of Innocents,” with the line under that reading, “Wabash Snowed Completely Under by the Burly Boiler Makers from Purdue.”

From 1891 to 1897, the fully operational steam locomotive, The Schenectady, was on hand for research, placed in a newly established locomotive laboratory. It was one more step in the development of Purdue as one of the world’s leaders in engineering teaching and research.

At every home football game the Xtra Special leads the team on the field.

https://www.facebook.com/BoilermakerSpecial/
http://www.purduesports.com/trads/purdue-pete.html
https://boilermakers.org/resources/what_is_a_boilermaker/purdue_boilermakers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boilermaker_Special
https://www.hammerandrails.com/2017/10/6/16438668/purdue-reamer-club-boilermaker-special-viii
https://purdue.imodules.com/s/1461/alumni/feature.aspx?sid=1461&gid=1001&pgid=4926

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the official mascot of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana

the last kids of a president that joined the real military? Pres Teddy Roosevelt’s kids, 5 of 6 were in WW1, even his daughter.

January 12th, 2018 by admin

Bush 43 sure as hell didn’t.

Texas Air National Guard my ass

Ike’s reservist grandson married Nixon’s daughter and inspired CCR’s son about useless senator’s sons who were sheltered stateside during Vietnam

Ike’s son graduated from West Point on D-Day and served in both World War II and the Korean War. In both cases, though, the brass was so freaked out about protecting him from actual harm, you know, ’cause his dad would END them if anything happened to his son, so it’s not his fault really that he wasn’t really given a chance. Read what he has to say about it

the 1929 Minerva owned by Oom the Magnificent

April 4th, 2017 by admin

Its rear compartment measures eight feet long by five feet wide. A table and full set of Wedgwood china are provided.

Minerva was a legendary Belgian marque, before he linked up with Henry Royce in 1904, Charles S. Rolls was Minerva’s London agent.

Oom the Magnificent probably read the Oz books, and decided he could pull off the Magnificent, Great and Powerful Oz role, but he had previously went by the name his mom gave him, Pierre Bernard, 1875–1955, American yogi, scholar, occultist, philosopher, mystic and con artist

Oom’s popularity, especially with upper middle class women, continued through the 1920s and 1930s.

How often have the Presidents of countries met with business execs to learn about the problems of international businesses? I’m not sure, but, it happened today, and POTUS was pissed to learn how lopsided tariffs are. Harley Davidsons might just get cheaper overseas in the near future if the pres hammers out some international tariff reform

March 1st, 2017 by admin

I’m surprised to hear in the speech to congress today that other countries double the cost of HDs for no reason other than to get their citizens to buy fewer of them, and more of the native bikes that need extreme helping measures to sell in their own countries.

“We want to make it easier for business to create more jobs and more factories to be made in the U.S. and you’re a great example of that,” Trump told the executives.

Trump is seeking to uphold campaign promises to return lost manufacturing jobs to the U.S. The president has met with the CEOs of the traditional domestic automakers as well as the heads of Dow Chemical Co., Whirlpool Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and U.S. Steel Corp. all in his first two weeks in office, indicating he’ll take a hands-on role in U.S. corporate decision-making, especially if it’ll lead to job creation for middle-class Americans.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-02/trump-welcomes-harley-davidson-ceo-in-latest-white-house-session

Believe it or not, as I find it really odd, but the threat of extensive protests made it unlikely that a visit to the HD factory could be anything productive and it was found to be far cheaper and more effective to have the HD executives fly to Washington DC and meet the pres at the White House and bring some Harleys.

http://www.wisn.com/article/harley-davidson-executives-to-travel-to-dc-meet-with-president-trump/8663879
https://qz.com/921722/the-country-trump-mentioned-with-a-100-tariff-on-harley-davidson-motorcycles-india/

During his speech the president mentioned that the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company faces a 100% tariff in in at least one country.

Fact check: True. The tariff, applied by India on motorcycles with engines larger than 800cc, is a full 100%, according to the International Trade Centre. Other notable countries with high tariffs on large motorcycles are Thailand, China, and Malaysia.

The US’s tariff on large motorcycles from India is 0% and can range up to 10% for other countries.

Clearly, that isn’t good for business to be an importer of inexpensive items, and exporting the same type item at double the cost. How pharmaceuticals get cheaper when exported from the USA is a complete mystery, but it’s true.

President Trump used Harley-Davidson motorcycles as a metaphor for the obstacles faced by American companies on the global market.

“I just met with officials and workers from a great American company, Harley-Davidson. In fact, they proudly displayed five of their magnificent motorcycles, made in the USA, on the front lawn of the White House,” Trump said, and he related what he said the company’s executives had told him about global tax rates.

“At our meeting, I asked them, how are you doing, how is business? They said that it’s good,” he continued. “I asked them further how they are doing with other countries, mainly international sales. They told me – without even complaining because they have been mistreated for so long that they have become used to it – that it is very hard to do business with other countries because they tax our goods at such a high rate. They said that in one case another country taxed their motorcycles at 100 percent.”

“They weren’t even asking for change. But I am.”

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-harley-davidson-joint-session

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How often have the Presidents of countries met with business execs to learn about the problems of international businesses? I’m not sure, but, it happened today, and POTUS was pissed to learn how lopsided tariffs are. Harley Davidsons might just get cheaper overseas in the near future if the pres hammers out some international tariff reform

at auction next month, the recent Best In Class winner of Pebble Beach’s Bizzarrini class, the AMX 3 prototype that went over 160 mph at Monza. Incredibly rare, extensively documented from new, and freshly restored to elite concours-winning form, someone will SCORE when they buy this

December 29th, 2016 by admin

Designed by Bizzarrini, engineered by BMW, Italdesign, and Bizzarrini.

Newsflash: terrorists strike France again, 80 dead. Dozens wounded. Truck used at high speed to run over crowd

July 15th, 2016 by admin

A truck driver plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day (its national day—July 14) in Nice, France, killing dozens.

What we know:

does higher octane gas give better results, or, is it just a lazy excuse and method for car makers to achieve govt mandates on gas mileage and pollution levels?

April 25th, 2016 by admin

The Society of Automotive Engineers for the past 3 years have held fast to one message: making regular-grade gas with higher octane will bring about immediate fuel economy gains and a reduction in CO2.

Automakers are now lobbying lawmakers to increase regular-grade gasoline from 87 octane to 95, so the OEMs can get from today’s corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) of about 26 miles per gallon to the proposed 2025 requirement of 54.5 miles per gallon.

powertrain executives from General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and Honda agreed that higher octane gasoline, about 95, will be needed. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160413/OEM05/160419947/powertrain-executives-press-for-higher-octane-gasoline-to-help-meet

Higher octane, plus higher compression (easily engineered into the engine design) will reduce CO2 by 6%, and increase fuel efficiency by 6% also.

And this has fuel companies looking at increased profits, and a never before found opportunity to make money… Chevron cooked up some numbers that they want you to believe, that it will cost you a lot more to buy 95 instead of 87 octane (more than it already does, they want to charge more if they have the 95 octane be made the norm, and get ridiculously more profits without doing more work)

http://www.thedrive.com/news/3128/automakers-say-premium-gas-is-the-new-regular?xid=hl

And the Ethanol CEOs see an increased need for their crap in the future ” with a blending octane rating of 113, ethanol offers more engine knock resistance per dollar than any other gasoline additive on the planet,” RFA President Bob Dinneen said in his state of the industry address at the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference in New Orleans last week.

Why do I say crap? Ethanol is horribly corrosive to engines. Petroleum, isn’t. Oil, good for engines! Alcohol? Nope.

Vehicle engines would have to be redesigned to tolerate the more corrosive higher ethanol blends.

While many automakers have begun to warranty their vehicles for E15 — a 15% blend of ethanol with gasoline — experts say blends of E25 or E30 would likely be necessary to meet the higher octane standard.

Whatever the solution to the higher octane problem, it will almost certainly be a lengthy transition process. The switchover from leaded to unleaded gasoline took 12 years before leaded gasoline was fully phased out in the US.

http://blogs.platts.com/2016/02/22/ethanol-race-higher-octane-standards-us/

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does higher octane gas give better results, or, is it just a lazy excuse and method for car makers to achieve govt mandates on gas mileage and pollution levels?

the self taught racer so good, that within 7 years of learning to drive, she nearly beat De Palma, and caused male racers and the AAA to ban women drivers, because they felt that threatened. I present, Joan Cuneo

February 9th, 2016 by admin

She was banned from ascending the road up New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. The American Automobile Association, AAA, who sanctioned the race, deemed the ascent up the steep and winding carriage road “too dangerous” for the woman driver, likely as a result of complaints delivered by her male counterparts.

Good News! Undercover Boss (tv show) features 4 Wheel Parts president tonight!

February 6th, 2016 by admin

“Undercover Boss”