David E. Davis: Fired for Truth Telling, Wants Jean Jennings Dead

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

The “fun” starts at about 11:00 in, where the former Car and Driver Editor reveals that Ziff-Davis fired him for not apologizing to Blaupunkt for dissing their products. Throwing his trademark deference to the wind, Autoline host John McElroy then asks Davis (11:43) if “they canned your ass too, another time?” Which inspires David E. to continue his tirade, chronicling the birth of Automobile, launching a no-holds-barred attack (14:55) on his “protege” (and former welder) Jean Jennings. Davis paints her as a back-stabbing nutcase, and wishes her well (15:47): “I sometimes dream of a FedEx flight on its way to Memphis flying over Parma where she lives and a grand piano falling out of the airplane and whistling down through the air, this enormous object, and lands on her and makes the damnedest chord anybody has ever heard; this sound of music that has never been heard by the human ear. And the next morning all they can find . . . [are] some shards of wood and a grease spot and no other trace of Mrs. Jennings.” Apparently, Davis’ splenetic venting proves that Autoline is about “getting to the unvarnished truth.” Never seen an unvarnished piano.

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  • Michaelhagerty Michaelhagerty on Sep 04, 2009

    rudiger : September 4th, 2009 at 1:57 pm jerseydevil: “Jean Jennings lives in Parma? like in Italy Parma?” It was more likely Parma, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland). Nope. Parma, Michigan. Town of 900 people. On I-94 about 45 miles due east of Automobile's Ann Arbor, Michigan offices.

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Sep 07, 2009

    DED and Shatner sounds like the guys I see in Amazon.com reviews that buy some $500 gadget, find they are unhappy with it and declare in a review rant that they are going to smash it against the wall, or trash bin it, or whatever... A little too dramatic... You are a celebrity b/c people are interested in who you are and what you do. Show some interest in return. That said, being a celebrity would get old. Eventually... VBG.

  • Montague Gammon III Montague Gammon III on Jan 02, 2010

    I gotta ask - is this author the Bob Farago whom I knew when he was an RX-7 driving Tufts student, and I was living on Waterhouse Street not far from the campus, and he had a public access show on local cable, and . . . If so, Bob, please email me at montague.gammon@gmail.com!

  • Jwong Jwong on Mar 29, 2011

    Mourning the loss of David E. But remembering the all the wonderful stories he told. The automotive world has lost a giant.