In his new book; An Interview on Body Parts, D.H.Myers, delving into many of the little known aspects of the automotive industry, uncovers many of the myriad underlying factors contributing to the decline of the American worker. Accompanied by a wealth of photographic evidence, he examines the poor training and incompetence of workers, and the uncaring ineptitude of their leaders.
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About the Author
D.H. Myers was born in Tacoma, Washington in the early '50's, a navy brat of Scotch/Irish/English/Polish Ancestry. His parents split up when he was five, his mother doing her best to raise him and his two sisters, working two jobs to try and keep clothes on their backs and food on the table. She tried to set a proper example, to instill in her kids the ethics of working hard for whatever they wanted, and always doing their best, no matter what the job. Along with being encouraged to become an avid reader, these are the values that eventually had their desired effect, and helped him to achieve his goal to publish "An Interview on Body Parts".
Still, even though those lessons were not lost on D.H., at around the age of 10 he started down a dangerous road. He came of age in the turbulent 60's, a troubled youth, roaming the streets of Southern California, smoking, drinking, lying, stealing, skipping school, staying away from home, and hanging out in pool halls and bowling alleys. As you might expect, this sort of behavior at such a young age had his poor mother tied in knots. After trying everything else she finally gave up, had a judge arrest him, and send him to reform school for a year and a half. His time there had a very positive effect on D.H. As he puts it; "I came out of there an honest, upright, and straight shooting young man."
He enlisted in the US Army in 1971 and was what he describes as "The most expensive soldier that ever enlisted" because of the constant training he received for the first four years he was in. From "Operations and Intelligence" school, to earning his Jump Wings and Ranger Tab, D.H was constantly training.
Throughout most of his teenage years and adult life he was plagued by the various demons of substance abuse. Tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, and all the different hallucinogens of the 60's and 70's. But the one that he always went back to was alcohol. After a lifetime of alcohol abuse, which nearly cost him his life, his wife, his family, and his home, 2007 was the year that D.H. finally shook that last monkey off his back. He dried out, re-habbed, and has been straight and sober ever since.
It was after this re-birth that he started working in the Automotive Industry. He was put in charge of a failing parts warehouse and immediately went to work, identifying all the myriad reasons for why it was in such terrible shape. He saw waste, inefficiency, poor organization, lazy employees, and inept inventory management. He "… purged the accumulated mess, re-organized the inventory to be more user-friendly, instituted a system of dealing with all the major problems, and gradually tweaked all the smaller ones…".
"An Interview on Body Parts" is a dissecting look at rampant fraud, waste, inefficiency, indifference, and apathy in the auto industry, as seen through the eyes of D.H. Myers.