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Paul Tam

Designer

Paul Tam's lifelong dream was to design cars for General Motors. He realized that dream in the 1960's, though it was short-lived. In 1970, he then drove to California, to the offices of Mattel - makers of Hot Wheels - and said, "I want a job."

"Just like that," Paul says. "Brash."

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Paul Tam's lifelong dream was to design cars for General Motors. He realized that dream in the 1960's, though it was short-lived. In 1970, he then drove to California, to the offices of Mattel - makers of Hot Wheels - and said, "I want a job."

"Just like that," Paul says. "Brash."

But it worked. Paul joined with Larry Wood and Ira Gilford at Mattel in the early days of Hot Wheels cars to work as a designer and started designing some of the company's signature cars

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