National Geographic : 1966 Sep
Gene Smith got the radio bug in 1927... today he's an electronics analyzer at GM The date: September 22, 1927. Gene Smith of Huntington, West Virginia, hunches over a radio crackling with static and the ex citement of an historic fight-the second Dempsey-Tunney world heavyweight match. But more importantly, for Gene, it's his first closeup look at radio, and he is fascinated with the maze of wire and tubes that somehow- miraculously - snatch the announcer's voice from the air. That fascination never cools. First, Gene Smith built crude crystal sets. Then, he rebuilt a set operated off his father's car bat tery. Next a plug-in set, one of the first in the neighborhood. And radio was a big part of his life in the U.S. Navy, where he served as Radio Technician, 1st Class. And then, in 1953, Gene Smith joined the Cadillac Division of General Motors and set up the Test Instrumentation Application Section. Today he heads up a crack team of technicians respon sible for the accuracy of test equipment that helps make Cadillac the luxury-car leader. There were three winners that eventful Fall day many years ago: Gene Tunney, Gene Smith and General Motors! - General Motors is people making better things for you.