Jim Mateja became the Chicago Tribune's automotive writer in 1970, three years after joining the paper the day after graduating from Western ...

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Jim Mateja

Jim Mateja

9 questions and answers for the road

April 27, 2010

This Letters column first appeared when something was needed to fill a last-minute hole on the auto page (succeeded by Transportation and, now, Rides). Meant as a one-time filler, readers saw it as an invitation to write more, and that they did, including one letter retrieved from the cigar box it has been stored in for almost four decades. Since this is the last Letters column, had to get it in:

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