Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

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DICK GIDRON: LEGENDARY CAR DEALER
BACK IN ACTION, SUING GENERAL
MOTORS FOR $150 MILLION!

We aired this interview on August 17, 2006.

WILLIAM O’SHAUGHNESSY (W.O.): This is Bill O’Shaughnessy in Studio 1A at One Broadcast Forum in New Rochelle. We are interviewing a special guest today. Dick Gidron, one of the most famous car dealers in America, epitomizes the Horatio Alger story. He’s joining us from his beautiful home in Scarsdale, where he entertains power brokers and celebrities. He called me earlier this week and said, “Listen, I have a story to tell. People have read a lot of stuff about me in the press, and some of it ain’t true.”

Dick Gidron, what are you doing now? I understand you served time. You were away at “college” for a spell.

DICK GIDRON (D.G.): Yes, I did, Mr. O. I was incarcerated for a year.

W.O.: That must be pretty hard for a famous guy with a healthy ego. Was that tough on you, being in the slammer?

D.G.: It was very, very tough. I never even had a speeding violation before. But it was especially tough since General Motors refused to keep their commitment.

W.O.: Are you totally free?

D.G.: Yes, I am. I am home and trying to recoup funds lost because General Motors let me down.

W.O.: Are you wearing any electronic ankle bracelets or tracking device?

D.G.: Oh, no, nothing like that. I am free to go where I please.

W.O.: Do you report to a parole officer?

D.G.: Yes, I do.

W.O.: Is that pretty humbling for you?

D.G.: That’s extremely humbling, especially because I don’t think I deserved it.

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