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Posted By: Dick Johnson
Posted On: Thursday August 8, 2019 at 6:26 PM
On this day in 1918,

OnThisDay in 1918, AHF inductee, Jim Moran was born in Chicago, IL. As a natural entrepreneur, he saved up enough money after high school to buy a gas station (for $360), but then quickly experienced selling a car at his station and made more money than he had pumping gas in a week. Following that, he bought a used car lot and didn't look back! Soon after, in 1946, he bought a Hudson dealership and built it up to become the largest Hudson franchise in the country.

During this time is when Jim Moran became the first man to advertise new and used cars on television. His live commercials made him a celebrity throughout the Chicago area as “Jim Moran the Courtesy Man” and his variety shows, “The Courtesy Hour” and “Barn Dance,” received awards every year they were on TV. In 1956, Jim Moran was awarded a Ford franchise and established Courtesy Ford. In the first month of business he sold more than 1,000 new vehicles-and quickly became the number one Ford dealer in the world. Because of his creativity and success, he is the only automobile dealer ever to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine.

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On this day in 1918, by Dick Johnson #43589
I remember some of the Courtesy Ford commercials done by Mike DeTorrice #43589.1
Courtesy Ford by Rand Anderson #43589.1.1
Yep, you're right ! It was Weinman Ford with by Mike DeTorrice #43589.1.1.1

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