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VIDEO Lehigh Valley remembers Allentown native and Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca

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VIDEO Lehigh Valley remembers Allentown native and Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca
VIDEO Lehigh Valley remembers Allentown native and Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca
VIDEO Lehigh Valley remembers Allentown native and Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca

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>>good evening, i'm rob vaughn, i'm wendy davis first at 5.

Many knew him as the father of the mustang, but out.

Town lee iacocca was a cherished native son the a master pitch and auto industry legend died yesterday and today is being remembered in the lehigh valley and beyond for his many accomplishments wfmz is will lewis is here in the studio with more well.

>>and robin when being heathrow and a family members say lee iacocca was just a regular guy who love going co's when he visited.

>>and offering business advice, a business leader who will truly be missed.

>>his name in the allentown high school yearbook is leto and even back then 1942 grad lee iacocca was leaving his mark in the community.

A member of several clubs and a contributor to the school newsletter called the canary and blue iacocca then went on to 10 lehigh university and added a fun picture of those days in his autobiographical book really just a great regular guy to talk to.

>>great insight.

Lee part of the iacocca family that founded yaacov hot dogs.

>>lee song called theodore started the business, he grew up with his cousin julius who took over the business.

Julie has passed away in january.

Current owner gary remembers the 2 as being inseparable fight song.

>>just it out there.

>>that trip to detroit turned out well iacocca worked for ford motors and helped create the mustang during that time family members say lee iacocca also came back to his home in the lehigh valley, 42 home.

>>sort of like an energy boost for me to come here to family and relax.

>>the business giant took over chrysler in 1978 with one goal in mind i have one.

>>one and only one edition for christ.

At chrysler iacocca helped create the first minivan but he never forgot his roots partly hearing in the lehigh valley.

>>in the 1980's, he led lehigh university's campaign to acquire property from bethlehem steel that land would become the mountaintop campus.

The university named iacocca hall in his honor and also launched the iacocca institute.

>>and family members say lee iacocca and others in the family passed on their business knowledge to

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