It was a "kind of a crime", but understandable, sure, entirely:That is very cool that GMC had an historian on the payroll. Brilliant.
The stories that get lost in big long-standing companies is almost a crime. I used to work for J.A. Jones, a global construction operation that was once pivotal in the production of Liberty Ships during WWII (literally just PUMPED them out).
There was not a whole lot of historic record about all that, beyond what was just coporate memory from the old-timers. Kind of a crime.
- The leadership was focused on the business of the company, the volume and profitability. That makes sense.
Concerns about historic record and preserving the old stories? That didn't bring in any cash-flow. So no one to blame, just unfortunate.