History of AMCEdit
American Motors Corporation (1954-1987)EditFormed from the merger of at least 6 car manufacturing companies that nearly folded following the end of World War II, the American Motors Corporation was the smallest of America's automotive giants. Despite AMC's small size, the company had many brilliant engineers and capable workers, who were able to consistently outdo their rivals and create a number of breakthrough products.
As an automobile builder, AMC reached its peak during the 1970s with the introduction of the Pacer and its sporty twin the Gremlin. These cars were nearly unbeatable in any sort of race, and won several NASCAR titles in a row.
Despite its successes on the track, AMC was never able to effectively compete with other car manufacturers in Detroit and Japan due to its relatively small size. In 1987, company executives decided to leave the car business for the more lucrative world of Cable TV. AMC traded its car blueprints to future Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, who would use AMC's automotive plants to develop the successful HUMMER line of cars and trucks. In exchange, AMC received the rights to broadcast many of Schwarzenegger's fine films. AMC changed its name to American Movie Classics and, following a quick trip to the local video store, began broadcasting in 1987.
American Movie Classics (1987-1998)Edit
For several years, the list of movies played by AMC was limited to what company interns could swipe from the local Wal-Mart. Eventually, AMC settled on a lineup of mostly older movies, because they were in the discount rack and could be stolen easier. AMC executives eventually realized that most 18-34 year-olds don't care about old black and white movies, so in 1998 they switched over to a lineup of '80s horror flicks, '90s romantic comedies, and British crime shows.
American Movie Classics was forced to change their name to "AMC" because they no longer actually serve chicken, but rather a strange genetically engineered vat-grown food stuff that the government won't allow them to call chicken. Any mention of AMC's old name will cause you to get a nasty e-mail from the Department of Homeland Security.