Correcting “American History” Print
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 19 December 2000 18:00
I hope this publication will see fit to print a correction of a glaring error in the review of the Cycular motorycle exhibit. (See “Riding through American History on Two Wheels,” the River Cities’ Reader, Issue 289, September 20, 2000. ) I don’t know where the author got his information, but the Harley-Davidson Motor Company was never under Japanese ownership. From roughly 1969 to 1981, Harley was a subsidiary of AMF (American Machine & Foundry), a U.S. manufacturer of sporting goods. Remember the bicycles and bowling balls? It was from this company that Harley-Davidson management bought itself back. This can be verified by any number of excellent books out there covering the history of the motor company. Ken Schroeder, Rock Island Editor’s note: We stand corrected. The Reader regrets the error.