Lead: Whatever might be said of him, William Durant was an incredible salesman.

Intro:  A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The founder of General Motors was a high school drop-out who landed his first job as a cigar salesman. It was in this capacity that he learned that he could sell just about anything to anyone. He once took a ride in a horse cart and noticed that the ride in this particular carriage was very smooth, not like the usual jolting. He looked underneath and found a totally different suspension system. He located the inventor and with borrowed money bought him out. The Durant-Dort Carriage Company was a huge success and by 1900 the biggest in the country.

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