Milt’s Credentials, Mentors

My lifetime mentors graciously gave me guidance in developing my character, integrity, spiritual, childhood, teenage, adult, educational, and professional, growth. What a blessing each mentor contributed to me during my lifetime [1932 – currently, 2014]. I am eternally grateful for their guidance!

Mom; Genevieve Sanders Webb Moerman: My mom was my first mentor! She raised me from a baby up to around 13 and taught me to be courteous, humble, respectful, obedient, accountable, honest, grateful, how to iron, cook, earn money, and to be responsible.

When I was 14, I bought a motor scooter so I could carry more papers. Mom cosigned the bank loan. She announced, “You must keep up the payments. If the loan payments are late, they will repossess your scooter, and I [Mom] can’t afford the payments.” This, plus many other similar instances taught me responsibility and accountability. Thank you, Mom!

Dad; Earl Jesse Webb: My first memory of my dad, I believe, was when I was around four-years-old. I remember he was in the hospital [and, of course, kids were not allowed to visit anyone in the hospital] and had his appendix removed. He raised the sheet so I could see his bandage.

When I was growing up, I remember being responsible for mowing the lawn at our Packard Avenue home in West Riverside [Rubidoux, CA]. I earned ten cents to mow the front and back yards and 15 cents to mow the side yard.

In addition, he would come home from work and announce, “The yard is trashy, go clean it up!” This was one of the chores of mine without pay! So, reluctantly, I would unglue myself from the radio [Captain Midnight, Jack Armstrong, and Red Ryder] and go pick up the yard.

In 1944, [I’m 12, now] I got to work in Dad’s garage. I cleaned oil sludge out of the Chevy pans and scraped carbon out of the cylinder heads. This was the start of my lifetime career in automobile repair, service, lubrication, tuning up, engineering testing, customer relations, technical writing, training mechanics, and now authoring  technical magazine articles and publishing Guidebooks!
When I was discharged from the Army in 1954, I worked at a Chrysler dealership in Chino, CA. I, then, thought about college [kinda!]. Dad asked, “What do you plan to do?” I had bought a ’53 Dodge and still owed around $350 on the loan. I said I would find another job full-time, days and go to school at night. He asked again, “What would you do if the car was paid for?” I said, “I would get a part-time job and carry a full, daytime, school load. He responded, “I'll make the payments and you go on to college.” WOW, what a nice gift! So, I went to Riverside Community College.

I then met and married my lovely wife Dorothy in 1958 and continued my education, graduating from Cal Poly, Pomona, CA in 1961. Dorothy received a PHT degree [push hubby through],

During my stay at Riverside City College, I wanted to quit twice! I was not really into it [education]. However, remembering Dad’s gift, I decided to , graduate with an AA and a BSME in 1961.

The bottom line: This lesson from Dad taught me perseverance and completing a task the best way I can. Thanks to my dad, his mentoring of my growth is the key to my overall automotive success!

Dad, thank you for helping me out, I will always crow and cherish your mentoring. My bio always includes your name as my first automotive mentor.

Wife; Dorothy May Vichkon Webb: I was running around after the army and met Dorothy the first time at the La Casita in West Riverside. We danced a few times, talked, and parted company. Six months later, we met up again at Arthur’s in Colton. Same lines, “Where do you work, when did you graduate, who’s your brother/sister?” You guessed it! We both agreed we had met six months earlier at La Casita! So our relationship grew to love, proposal, marriage, a beautiful loving daughter, Deanna, plus a now 54-year [2012] loving relationship!

Dorothy received a PHT degree [push hubby through], one day before I received my BSME degree! . Dorothy labored for months typing my engineering papers with a manual typewriter [what’s that?]. Thanks Dorothy Love Milt.
Dorothy, I love you! Thanks so very much for being a Mom to Deanna, nurturing her through life, plus spending quality and quantity time with her.

Automotive Engineering Mentor, Donel R Olsen: When I graduated from Cal Poly – Pomona - 1961, I worked for Kaiser Steel as a metallurgist for 18 months, then one day a classmate at Cal Poly called me and said there was a chemistry job in San Bernardino. I interviewed with Don Olsen and was offered a job as a project engineer testing automotive emission control systems at Scott Research in San Bernardino. My Kaiser Steel, Fontana, CA boss was elated that I accepted this offer and I received a promotion.
My dad gave me this sign with this phrase, “Six munths ago I cudnt evan spel engenear, now I ar one”.
So, I went to work. Don gave me tons of engineering report stuff to read for two days. I was bored! On Day three, he announced, “It’s time to go to work.” So I went to the shop and helped build an automotive emission test bench.
Don, you’re a great technical engineering mentor! I remember your helping me build the PCV flow bench, and how to balance the blowby flow rate coming out of our ’63 Chevy.
I also remember the emission engineer from AMC. There was a disagreement on the engineering data for PCV valve flow between the Scott and AMC data. The AMC engineer visited Scott to iron out the differences. I heard this AMC guy was a big, bad engineer with lots of clout and he was going whip us into shape to get it right [flow test data].
Well, as you know, rumors and third-party impressions in engineering are completely and usually very false. We bench-flowed some PCV valves, corrected the data to standard engineering protocol and agreed on the results. Previous data were reviewed, corrected, and agreed upon. Hooray for Scott! Don, you taught me accurate measurements and how to objectively reach sound automotive engineering conclusions!
Don, because of you and my dad, I continued throughout my professional life as a pragmatic automotive test engineer! My 15 years wrenching and then subsequent automotive testing and mechanical training experience is very precious. Thanks, again. I would never change one iota for the career growth and would do it all over again, the same way!
Thanks a bunch!
Technical Written Communication; Jack Dolan, Deputy Chief, Bureau of Automotive Repair, California: Jack was unique in his mentoring me on how to communicate in writing legislative technical text.
I was the technical guy when it came to writing the statutes and the rules and regulations to implement the smog check programs in California. I would write up several pages on technical stuff for Jack's review. He would call me in and ask, "What are you saying in this paragraph?" I would relate this and that, and that and this, explaining the technical side of the statute's intent. Jack would reply in his Navy Captain's voice, "Why didn't you write it that way?" so, Jack, thanks for showing me how to communicate through technical writing!
Customer Relations; Andy Granatelli: Andy is a real master public relations guy who loves people and shows respect for customers, making them feel very comfortable. I was pleased to work for Andy and always tried to follow his valuable experience when dealing with customer relations issues. Unfortunately, in these situations, after the technical damage was already evident, I often had to correct and satisfy the customer's concerns. I would then incorporate corrective repairs and customer relations into the training programs.
Andy, what a blessing it was to me for the opportunity to learn all this good stuff! Better yet, you are my customer relations mentor!
Andy, thanks a bunch for your help in communicating with customers, understanding their concerns, and offering sound technical solutions in satisfying customer needs. I owe you a bunch!
Instructor Mentor; Charlie Camp, The Trainer: Charlie began his trainer work with Ford Motor Company in 1951 showing the dealer mechanics how to repair
the new automatic transmissions known as Ford-O-Matic.
Note: As you may know, Model T Fords from 1903-1927 were equipped with automatic transmissions; the difference between the planetary gear transmission and the Ford-O-Matic was the early one, the planetary gear transmission, is manually operated with your feet and hands.
I first met and hired Charlie to teach some classes at an independent school for mechanics in 1983. Charlie is a master at orchestrating lessons, writing lesson plans, gaining student's confidence, and a master in getting the best performance out of a student.
Later on, I went to work at Tune-Up Masters as a Training Director. Whenever I needed advice on how to effectively show mechanics how to repair a difficult vehicle tune-up deficiency, Charlie was always available lending a helping hand and offering lesson plan content input.
After I quit Tune-Up Masters, I began writing my Guidebook, Tuning Up Autos and Trucks. Again, Charlie was always available to help me, offering his home as my southern California lab. We often debated on the technical how to versus the what if theory ending up with good solid compromises on what and how this and that should be shared in the Guidebook.(See books for sale)
Charlie, you are a true, dedicated training mentor. Thanks a bunch, Charlie!
Marilee Jones, Publishing Mentor: Marilee Jones published my Guidebook. I had the Guidebook printed in 2000 and have now sold 1,500 copies [2012].
Marilee, thanks for being my publisher! Thanks a bunch for the many hours we enjoyed building the Guidebook.
Marilee Jones, my publisher, and Charlie Camp, my trainer, are my book mentors!

A New Career: After all my writing and editing input from my colleagues, I’m now [2013] beginning my second career and publishing books on Model T (and all other cars) mechanical restoration and repairs for durable touring.