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The Rise and Fall of John DeLorean (longreads.com)
49 points by pmcpinto on Nov 13, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 8 comments

DeLorean's name is still mud in and around Northern Ireland, where he's generally regarded as a fraudster. (Here's a BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/4367473.... )

Regardless of whether you're interested in John DeLorean or not, you should checkout out Neon Neon's concept album about his life - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LadgANhOhiI

"Yes, that’s right: before DeLorean, drivers stuck their arms out the window to indicate a turn. "

What? DeLorean didn't event THE turn signal - just the lane-change turn signal.

There are a number of questionable claims in this article--that the DeLorean invented turn signals and the overhead camshaft, for example.

They're not even questionable, they're just outright wrong. By the time I got to the post it says "lane-change turn signal", but still states that drivers put their arm out the window before that, which is demonstrably untrue.

As for overhead cams, Delorean put them in GM cars, which was a first. More generally, there were cars utilizing overhead cams before Delorean was even born.

They got the recessed windshield wipers right, though.

tl;dr = Cocaine's a hell of a drug.

More on the case against De Lorean, 'cause it's interesting history and a textbook case of entrapment:

  On October 19, 1982, DeLorean was charged with 
  trafficking in cocaine by the U.S. government, following 
  a videotaped sting operation in which he was recorded by 
  undercover Federal agents agreeing to bankroll a $1.8 
  million, 100 kg cocaine smuggling operation in exchange 
  for a $24 million cut of the eventual profits. 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. 

and further:

  At this point, DeLorean became suspicious that he had 
  become involved in a dangerous and illegal operation, 
  possibly involving illegal narcotics or organized crime 
  (or both); he felt that he needed to remove himself from 
  the situation as soon as possible.
  However, in the face of a thinly-veiled threat by Hoffman
  that DeLorean’s daughter would be murdered if he backed
  out of the deal, DeLorean continued to communicate with Hoffman. 


and police entrapment is a hell of a practice in some countries..

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