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Unformatted text preview: od parable about how the industry started and where it can lead. At the heart of the story is southern California,
whose cities became prototypes for the rest of the nation, whose love of the automobile changed what America looks like and what
Carl was born in 1917 on a farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio. His father was a sharecropper who moved the family to new land every few
years. The Karchers were German-American, industrious, and devoutly Catholic. Carl had six brothers and a sister. “The harder you work,”
their father always told them, “the luckier you become.” Carl dropped out of school after the eighth grade and worked twelve to fourteen
hours a day on the farm, harvesting with a team of horses, baling hay, milking and feeding the cows. In 1937, Ben Karcher, one of Carl’s
uncles, offered him a job in Anaheim, California. After thinking long and hard and consulting with his parents, Carl decided to go west. He
was twenty years old and six-foot-four, a big strong farm boy. He had never set foot outside of northern Ohio. The decision to leave home felt...
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- Spring '08