Reasons to Be Thankful 1 – 10

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Everything looks better sitting in the Ritz. So I’m in a magnanimous mood, surfing the web on TTAC readers’ behalf. Needless to say, I wandered into “ Top Ten Things Autoblog is Thankful For.” Normally, I’d pour sarcastic sprinkles on AB’s vanilla prose, and then smother it in chastising chocolate. In fact, AB inspired me to write my own top ten higher power hat tips. And here they are, in descending order. Feel free to add yours. Or, just to tweak Stephan Wilkinson, not.

1. My wife. Sam was the one who created this site, when I asked if I should publish a piece on the internet critical of Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe– the magazine that provided our income at the time. Without hesitation, she told me to “go for it.” And so I have, from that moment to this.

2. Our readers. Without you, I wouldn’t have a job. But more than that, you give myself and our writers the motivation to keep going, to seek out the truth about cars. Equally, our success relies on insightful commentary from our “Best and Brightest.” You keep us honest, focused and open to the ever-present possibility that we’re wrong.

3. Our contributors. I am privileged to work with a large number of passionate, talented, determined and prolific freelance writers. Their copy is a joy to edit and a pleasure to read. Their patience is much appreciated.

4. NameMedia. They sign the paychecks. They “get” TTAC and have never interfered with our editorial choices. NM’s technical staff perform miracles with limited resources. {PLEASE fix the posting delay]

6. The mainstream media. As TTAC doesn’t have its own front line reporters, yet, we depend on The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, Automotive News, The New York Times, the AP and dozens of other media sources for mill grist. Without them we’d be flying blind.

7. Engineers, They make the machines that make the whole world drive. I never forget how much hard work goes into every part of a vehicle, moving and otherwise. And I never forget that no one sets out to make a bad car.

8. The Internet. Without it, I’d never be published. A point I proved in two countries over ten years.

9. The domestic automakers. They have provided the story line that sustains this site’s editorial arc. Their rebirth– or the birth of their replacements– will give us work for many years to come.

10. Coffee.

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  • Dr Lemming Dr Lemming on Nov 29, 2008

    Ronnie Schreiber : "I’d like to hear an explanation how this warming cycle is different from all the other global warmings & coolings that have been taking place on a roughly 1500 year cycle for eons. What caused those previous global warmings, which have been consistently verified by tree ring data, arctic ice cores etc.?" I'd invite you to ask your questions directly to prominent climate scientists.

  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Nov 30, 2008
    I’d invite you to ask your questions directly to prominent climate scientists. I'm sorry, but any site that uses the Godwinlike appellation "denier" has moved from science to religion. You may not like what Fred Singer has to say, but he's got credentials in the area of climate study and related hard science fields. Meanwhile, your prominent climate scientists couldn't tell the difference between September and October, but since the results of their error matched their expected outcomes (I believe in real science that's called "bias"), they didn't bother to check until skeptics noticed their mistake. When the data fits their model it's called climate. When it doesn't, it's just normal weather changes. Obviously, you're entitled to worship Gaea at the Church of Gore. It's a free country. Let me ask you some environmental questions. No fair peeking on Google. How does the CO2 output of a human on a bicycle compare to that of a 4 cyl ICE powered car traveling the same distance? What puts out more CO2 per passenger mile, a human on a bicycle or 4 people carpooling? What US industry pollutes the environment the most? What is the largest source of dioxins in the environment? Is Laurie David an effective spokesperson for AGW? Why is energy use at Al Gore's mansion going up? Is it possible that Al Gore has a financial interest in promoting AGW?

  • Buickman how about LowIQ?
  • Gemcitytm Corey: As a native SW Ohioan, Powel Crosley, Jr. has always been an object of fascination for me. While you're correct that he wanted most of all to build cars, the story of the company he created with his brother Lewis, The Crosley Corporation, is totally fascinating. In the early 20's, Crosley was the nation's leading manufacturer of radio receivers. In the 1930's, working from an idea brought to him by one of his engineers, Crosley pioneered the first refrigerator with shelves in the door (called, of course, the "Shelvador"). He was the first to sell modular steel kitchen cabinets (made for him by Auburn in Connersville). He brought out the "IcyBall" which was a non-electric refrigerator. He also pioneered in radio broadcasting with WLW Radio in Cincinnati (wags said the calls stood for either "Whole Lotta Watts" or "World's Lowest Wages"). WLW was one of the first 50,000 watt AM stations and in 1934, began transmitting with 500,000 watts - the most powerful station in the world, which Mr. Crosley dubbed "The Nation's Station". Crosley was early into TV as well. The reason the Crosley operation died was because Mr. Crosley sold the company in 1945 to the AVCO Corporation, which had no idea how to market consumer goods. Crosley radios and TVs were always built "to a price" and the price was low. But AVCO made the products too cheaply and their styling was a bit off the wall in some cases. The major parts of the Crosley empire died in 1957 when AVCO pulled the plug. For the full story of Crosley, read "Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire That Transformed the Nation" by Rutsy McClure (a grandson of Lewis Crosley), David Stern and Michael A. Banks, Cincinnati: Clerisy Press, ISBN-13: 978-1-57860-291-9.
  • AndyinMA Well, will they actually make any? Wranglers appear to be black only at this point, but I do admit to seeing a few Gladiators in other colors. A few.
  • Garrett The only way to send a message is to pull out of the transaction when the fee is disclosed unless the dealer pays for it...or just walk out regardless.If this happens enough, eventually someone will get the message.
  • Sgeffe I pay for the Remote and Security HondaLink stuff (remote functions from a phone app; accident notification, etc.), at roughly $200/yr. That’s value-added stuff. (A nice addition is that I can enable the crash-notification on ANY Honda vehicle to which I pair my phone if I wish, as long as the vehicle supports it.) I can cancel this stuff at any time, though! It looks like you CAN’T with Mary’s Folly!Typical GM! 🙄