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NOTEBOOK – One Good Read: Iacocca helped birth Mustang, minivans


BY PERRY BEEMAN: Automotive industry magnate Lee Iacocca, who died Tuesday at age 94, was a true giant of business who captivated many with his ability to save Chrysler from financial, help birth both Ford Mustang and Chrysler minivans and even restore the Statue of Liberty, the Detroit Free Press noted. He was so popular at the height of his career many begged him to run for president or senator, but Iacocca thought he could get more done in private life. And, let’s face it, the bar wasn’t that high. He became an icon focused on making Detroit, and the country better, one of the more high-profile immigrant family success stories. His parents came over from Italy. Iacocca was born in Allentown, Pa. He tried to serve in the U.S. military during World War II, but was rejected because he had had rheumatic fever. Instead of seeking the spotlight and slapping backs, he was famously shy.

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