Auto Journalist David E. Davis Jr. Dies At 80
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
And today's last word in business goes to a man who crafted words on cars. David E. Davis, Jr., died last weekend at the age of 80. Starting in the 1960s, he was a writer, then editor, then publisher of Car & Driver magazine. And there was something very human in the way that he wrote about machinery. You get a sense of how he wrote from the way that he speaks in a video blog that shows him test driving a car.
Mr. DAVID DAVIS (Publisher, Car & Driver magazine): I would think about driving quickly on narrow mountain roads and weigh the odds that today we might meet out-of-control timber truck coming from the other direction.
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Mr. DAVIS: But three-quarters of a mile down the road all doubts and fears were gone and I was tossing the Audi and the corners marked 15 MPH. That...
INSKEEP: David E. Davis race cars until an accident in his youth nearly killed him. When he became a writer, his vivid word choices and his irreverence marked him as one of the new journalists who brought a new style to nonfiction writing.
He continued writing with an edge right until this month's Car & Driver in which he complains about the government's so-called car czar Steven Rattner. Davis writes: There are no sex scenes in his stupid book.
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