When Bill Snyder turned 16 years old, his father bought him a car. Not just any car. A yellow Mercury Monterey convertible.
Maybe it was out of guilt. Snyder’s parents divorced when he was 6; mother and son moved from Salina, Kan., to St. Joseph, Mo. Tom Snyder, a traveling salesman, ended up in Omaha, Neb., where he saw his son only occasionally and was not a big influence in his life.