Friday, March 3, 2006
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Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 4:57 PM
Subject: Wagoner the Terminator
A few months ago I discovered your General Watch website and have been hooked ever since. I work in the auto industry. In fact, I worked for General Motors for several years when I began my career more than 10 years ago. Having loved GM's products my whole life, Chevys in particular, I remember thinking back then that this was my dream job. I soon discovered otherwise. I found a company that was shockingly unenthusiastic about cars and shockingly enthusiastic about office politics and red tape. I remember one day when Rick Wagoner came to our facility in Southeast Michigan to speak to us about some forgotten topic. He was the President of NAO back then. I knew then and there that he was not the right person to lead GM into the future!! By the time I left the company, I believed in my heart, and still do, that GM would never learn its lessons or turn itself around until it was too late.
As I've read your editorials, I've come to recall the scene in the movie "The Terminator" in which Kyle Reese explains to Sarah Connor in a parking garage the severity of her current situation. After he tells her that he's from the future, she tries to escape from the car in which they're sitting. He prevents this, so she bites his hand. Kyle Reese says to Sarah Connor, "Terminators don't feel pain. I do. Don't do that again." Sarah Connor attempts another escape, which Kyle Reese again prevents.
She struggles, and he says to her, "Listen, and understand!! That Terminator is out there! It can't be reasoned with! It can't be bargained with! It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear! And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead!!" It dawned on me that these words could just as easily serve as a warning that Rick Wagoner (i.e., the Terminator) is out to kill General Motors (i.e., the target or victim, like Sarah Connor). I suppose people like yourself or Jerome York would be taking on the role of Kyle Reese. I just hope GM can survive like Sarah Connor.
Thank you for your time.
Kel - firstname.lastname@example.org