Junkyard Find: 1979 Chevrolet LUV Mikado

Junkyard Find: 1979 Chevrolet LUV MikadoOnce Toyota Stouts and Datsun 520s began selling in sufficient numbers (in spite of the Chicken Tax) to attract Detroit’s attention, the idea of selling small pickups— without actually tooling up to build them— seemed appealing to the Big Three. Chrysler had the Mitsubishi-built Plymouth Arrow pickup, Ford had the Mazda-built Courier, and GM had the Isuzu Faster-based Chevy LUV. Each type rusted with great eagerness and were near-disposable cheap, so they’re all very rare today. I see maybe one LUV per three years of junkyard visits, so this ’79 LUV Mikado grabbed my attention right away.

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The C-Suite Insider: Intuit CEO on Leadership, Except at Home -

Intuit CEO Brad Smith, pictured at the first annual Quickbooks Connect conference hosted by Intuit in San Jose, California, writes poetry and plays the saxophone.  Brad Smith, P90X fan and CEO of software company Intuit, said there were two moments when he knew he was a leader. “First, it hit me coming up through karate,” said Smith, who has a black belt. “When you hit a brown belt, you become a student-teacher. At that moment, it shifted my mind. It became about teaching others and the capabilities in others. I was as responsible for their progression as I was my own. That really let me know I love management and leadership.” His mother and father were behind the other instance, back when he was 3 years old. “I used to walk around with a stick,” said Smith, whose company owns Mint.com, TurboTax and other personal finance and business products. “My dad used to call me Moses. It’s on a home video. He said, ‘That kid would rather lead no one than follow anyone.’ I had dogs following me in the neighborhood. I had neighborhood kids coming over.” As part of ABC News’ “C-Suite Insider” series, Smith talked about about hobbies that occupy him when he’s not leading 8,500 employees and the eighth-best company to work for, according to Forbes.

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