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Old 12-04-2008, 09:03 AM   #1
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Commentary by Gail Kerr from the Nashville Tennessean newspaper: It sounds like a bizarre Stephen King short story: tens of thousands of loyal people from all over the country drive the same brand of car to a small Tennessee farm town. But it really happened: People in the 1990s loved their Saturns so much, they came in droves to a motorized homecoming in sleepy Spring Hill.

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Old 12-04-2008, 10:11 AM   #2
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That article is really sad

Granted I didn't go to either of the Homecoming events; in 2001 on a weekend trip; my then-girlfriend-now-wife and I, took a side weekend trip from Nashville to drive all the way to Spring Hill, just to see the facility.

Now that Saturn may be gone...I'm going to have to dig up my pictures that I took with my 94 SC1 next to the Saturn sign at the front gate.

I know that some of you who have been loyal owners for a long time can understand the feeling of sadness, while some of you may be thinking "It's just a car".

Well, this CAR and this COMPANY (Saturn)...meant alot to people, and it still does. I've already decided, that it will be a while before I buy anything else. I have my 3 Saturns, and will drive them all, until I can't drive them anymore.

No one can take away the memories that I have with my cars.

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Old 12-04-2008, 02:50 PM   #3
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:21 PM   #4
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The Tennessean headline in July 1985 screamed "IT'S SPRING HILL," as GM announced it would build a $3 billion small car plant that would take on Toyota in our neighboring tiny Middle Tennessee town. "A factory in Spring Hill?" we city folk pondered. What could possibly be the reason?

Spring Hill was so small that when the plant opened, the number of autoworkers exceeded the population.

But Saturn quickly became a part of Tennessee culture. It forever changed the small town. The state spent $38 million to build the 4.5-mile Saturn Parkway. Spring Hill's population rose 300 percent. The car plant built a Town Center to replace a double-wide trailer that held city hall. GM donated land for a new high school.
I guess that senator Corker doesn't remember rember all of the contributions that GM has make to the area. If it wasn't for GM, Spring Hill and the surrounding areas would still be the same dead end hick towns that they were before the early 90s.

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