Event Category: RenoTahoe
Second Thursday Talk
The Untold Story of General MacArthur’s Wife’s 1922 Dodge Victoria
Presented by Museum Docent John Sell
Enjoy a 30-minute talk, Q&A, refreshments and a unique piece of history.
Free to Museum members. Included with paid admission. Otherwise, $5 per person to attend the talk.
The National Automobile Museum is filled with historic cars with intriguing backgrounds, in particular the 1922 Dodge Custom Victoria originally owned by General MacArthur’s first wife Louise. Recent research by the Museum has revealed a fascinating intersection of the lives of other prominent people with ties to this car. They include Delphine Dodge (daughter of Dodge founder Horace Dodge), Doris Duke (“the world’s richest girl”), and James Melton (“America’s Favorite Tenor”). This talk will highlight the rich and well-traveled journey of the Dodge Victoria before it joined the National Automobile Museum.
John Sell is a docent at the National Automobile Museum and retired tech executive. He was the founder/CEO of Network Computing Services, the Minnesota Supercomputer Center Inc., and Research Equipment Inc., all companies that provided high-performance computing services to industry, academia, and the United States government. He is a former Center Director/Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Scientific Supercomputing Center program and one of the people responsible for the Department of Defense Army High Performance Computing Research Center. His love of automobiles began at the age of three with a 1956 Corvette pedal car.