John in US


John has been travelling to Ford in Dearborn, MI since 1982. From August 1996 to December 2001 John worked for Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. He travelled back to Europe about 1 week in 4.

4x3 wessex ct front.jpg (8564 bytes)   John had an apartment in Fairlane Woods in Dearborn.

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He was Manager, C3P Planning and Deployment based in the Alpha Building

C3P is Ford's acronym for CAD/CAM/CAE/PIM (where PIM in  turn is Product Information Management).

This was an extension of the work he has been doing for nearly 20 years and his role is to ensure that the latest levels of CADCAM systems are deployed effectively to all Ford sites and suppliers across the world

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An earlier role was that of Manager Advanced Technology Planning looking at Ford's future IT needs where he had offices in the Planning building (above left), Ford Systems Integration Center (above right) and World Headquarters (right) 4x3 whq.jpg (8930 bytes)
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Originally John spent time in hotels such as the Dearborn Hyatt Later he used the Dearborn Inn, an historic building which was the world's first airport hotel!
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His favourite restaurant and bar was TGI Fridays in Dearborn In his old age he drove a 4.6L Mustang convertible. This is his 1999 car, blue with a white top,. As someone said to him as he picked up his first one and had to dig it out of the snow in January...."you'll start to enjoy that around May!". During his last week in Michigan there was 18" of snow. Not a good car to have!
In 1997 John discovered an outlet for his musical interest through karaoke. Here he and his father wow the locals in Redford, MI Michigan with a bit of cockney culture....a rendition of  "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles", with stage effects provided by  another English friend -- Winnie The Pooh karaoke.jpg (21421 bytes)
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He also entertained the troops at the Alpha Christmas party with parody songs about his fellow managers. Singing with Judy
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John met, and became friends with, Mitch Rider who was a rock star in the 1960's and still performs throughout theh world today (particularly in Germany). Here he was playing at the Woodward Dream Cruise in 1999










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