Before any official announcement, reports began running during April 1965 within the automotive press that Chevrolet was preparing a competitor to the Ford Mustang, code-named Panther. On June 21, 1966, around 200 automotive journalists received a telegram from General Motors stating, ". . . please save noon of June 28 for important SEPAW meeting. Hope you can be on hand to help scratch a cat. Details will follow. . . (signed) John L. Cutter – Chevrolet public relations – SEPAW secretary. " The following day, the same journalists received another General Motors telegram stating, "Society for the Eradication of Panthers from the Automotive World will hold first and last meeting on June 28. . . (signed) John L. Cutter – Chevrolet public relations SEPAW secretary. " These telegrams puzzled the automotive journalists.