Who is Harley Earl?

You may or may not have seen these "Harley Earl" Buick ads recently. If you haven't, basically the advertisements show the relatively nondescript, 1950's-dressed Harley Earl introducing himself and talking about how decadent his new car designs are.

Being a young pup as I am, I just assumed Mr. Earl was a made up figure. However, while being sick today, I watched a program on Discovery Civilization Channel (get it if you don't have it) about concept cars. Imagine my surprise when they mentioned that Harley Earl had designed the revolutionary 1950 Buick LeSabre!

So, if you are curious, as I was, check out this biography at the Buick site.