Some might feel we have been playing
cards with a Tarot deck and using
only the evil cards lately. We assure
you this isn’t our intention.
So on a more uplifting note, we’ll tell
the story of a family whom few will know,
but most see a dedication to every day.
Oswald and Deborah Parker worked all
their lives in the automotive industry.
During this time they raised five children;
Margaret (Peg), Veronica (Roni), Edward
(Ned), Robert (Dob), and Leroy.
Both worked in the Drivetrain Development
Division of a major auto manufacturer. She
designed drivetrains to provide smooth and
powerful performance for all vehicles,
while he built and tested prototypes to
ensure they would perform flawlessly.
After 20 years of dedicated service to
the company the couple was a bit perplexed
when the owner called them to his office.
On the way to his office they worried
over what they may have done wrong.
The owner, seeing the grief on their
faces, assured them this would be a
pleasant meeting. He then stated that
because of their dedication his
company was a huge success, and he
would like to see a homage to them in
most vehicles when they left the plant.
The humble couple responded that they were
very happy with their salaries and
positions in the company and that was
enough for them, and politely refused
But the owner wanted to show his
appreciation and set about doing so
without their knowledge. He gave them a
project to build the world’s best
After much trial and error the couple
unveiled the finished project much to
the joy of the owner. And to this day
we still see his appreciation in most
cars on the road.
The owner had a plaque designed to
honor the couple that did not mention
them directly, but honored them none
The plaque we see is indeed a homage
to the humble couple and once you see
what’s on it you will understand. It
says simply: P-R-N-D-L.
The owner later added OD.
Happy April’s Fools Day.
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