At 17, Andre Haddad could identify types of explosives based on the sounds they made whizzing overhead. A mortar shell in trajectory thundered like the sounds of Blue Angels flying low over San Francisco — a noisy spectacle that still rattles Haddad almost 30 years later.
By Melia Russell
He recalls to this day the sound of a bomb that exploded at his Beirut apartment building, turning to ash his stash of Economist magazines and a taped-up poster of Madonna with red lips and a big hair bow.
Haddad, the 47-year-old chief executive of Turo, a San Francisco startup that helps people rent out their cars, avoided talking about his youth in war-torn Lebanon for a long time.