Ask The Best And Brightest: Detroit Auto Show "Talent"?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

“The whole world shines shit and calls it gold,” remarked Michael Steintorf, the savvy chief of staff for The Wire’s fictional mayor of Baltimore. Which goes a long way towards explaining the one-word job description of auto show “talent.” As part of its ongoing effort to document the lifestyle formerly known as Detroit, the Freep has a list today of notable former auto show talent. And boy does that list say it all about the career opportunities for auto show personalities. Pam Dawber of “Mork and Mindy,” OJ Simpson murder non-witness Kato Kaelin, and Tim Allen are the most recognizable names listed. And besides following the luminous paths forged by those visionary performers, new auto show talent will apparently also have a leg up in the worlds of local broadcasting and trophy-wifedom. So we must know: who do you, TTAC’s Best and Brightest, think should take up the thankless task of burnishing Detroit’s products at this year’s Detroit Auto Show? William Hung? Ashley Alexandra Dupre? Barney Frank? Let us know.

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  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Jan 05, 2009

    I think the list in the Freep was more focused at people who later became more famous. Sure, this year everyone is cutting back. At the media preview there will be low key presentations, no fireworks, simpler press kits, less catering and the catering that there will be will be simpler and cheaper. Chrysler announced that there will be no free lunch like they usually do @ NAIAS, and they won't be having the Firehouse bar & grill for journalists and Chrysler folks to eat and drink. Actually, in terms of food, it's always looked to me that the domestics never had as fancy food as Nissan and VW. I wonder if VW will fly in a Lufthansa catering crew from Munich like they have in recent years. Things have been getting simpler and cheaper for the past few years. There still will be some celebrities because there always are. Also, now and then you do get to see some talented folks. A couple of years ago when introducing the new CTS, GM started with a string quartet and then brought out Nuttin' But Stringz, a couple of pretty talented brothers who combine neoclassical with hip hop.

  • 63CorvairSpyder 63CorvairSpyder on Jan 05, 2009

    @gaycorvette, It's a slam dunk Streisand for the Detroit Auto Show. 63

  • Anonymous Anonymous on Jan 05, 2009

    How about our new savior (the chosen one), Barack Hussein Obama?

  • AG AG on Jan 06, 2009

    How about Rick Wagoner in a dunk tank?