Hagerstown inventor Ralph R. Teetor was honored by the Automotive Hall of Fame on the 35th anniversary of his induction.
The July 20 awards ceremony took place at The Fillmore Detroit, according to a news release. This year’s class included Mary Barra, the chair and CEO of General Motors; Takeo Fujisawa, a co-founder of Honda Motor Co.; and Larry R. Wood, a designer for Hot Wheels. Honorees are pioneers and leaders whose efforts have advanced and changed the automotive world.
Teetor also had his signature placed in the Hall of Fame’s Hall of Honor in Dearborn, Michigan. The signature event was on July 19.
Teetor, who was blind, is primarily known for inventing cruise control. He also balanced turbine rotors for the Navy during World War I and was granted 50 patents from 1919 to 1946.
To commemorate Teetor’s life, Blind Logic Productions LLC is producing the documentary “Blind Logic — The Ralph R. Teetor Story.” The film is in post-production and scheduled for completion this fall. It’s based on the book “One Man’s Vision — The Life of Automotive Pioneer Ralph R. Teetor” by Marjorie Teetor Meyer.
Find more information about Teetor and the documentary at blindlogicproductions.com.
A version of this article appeared in the August 2 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.