Leslie Kendall is the Curator at the Petersen Automotive Museum. He was born in San Diego, California and has had an insatiable interest in automobiles and automotive history from an early age. After earning his MBA he entered mortgage banking, but left the lending profession after just seven years to volunteer full-time at the San Diego Automotive Museum where he was hired to be the curator after only eight months. He was invited to join the team responsible for creating the Petersen Automotive Museum in April 1993 and in October 1995 was named curator. He is a regular contributor to automotive media outlets (both print and broadcast), a concours d’elegance judge at events around the country, and frequently consults on automotive history related, public- and private-sector projects.
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Leslie is re-facing his biggest challenge that happened over 20 years ago when the Petersen Museum was first built. Now it being re-built and reborn and once again, Leslie is in the thick of things.
After creating an exhibition at the Petersen Museum called Vacationland USA, Southern California, Leslie discovered that it was more than simply the cars that people wanted to experience.
FIRST SPECIAL CAR
A 1965 Ford Falcon
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
Buy what you like.
Buaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile – Nick Georgano
Having a good comprehensive automotive library.
Do whatever you do but do it with passion and do it with honor.
HOW TO FIND LESLIE
The Petersen – www.petersen.org
Facebook – www.facebook.com/PetersenMuseum
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