Quote Of The Day: The Best Things In Life Are Free Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
quote of the day the best things in life are free edition

Well, how’d you like to have a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette?

With that line, GM CEO Ed Whitacre keeps GM’s streak of giving Corvettes away to well-compensated guys alive in a speech at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. When Whitacre asked the chairman of the chamber and president of Tokyo Electron US Holdings Barry Mayer what kind of car he drove, Mayer responded that he drove a Lexus. That’s hardly a surprising response, points out the Freep, given that Mayer is the head of a Japanese company’s US operations. But it surprised and embarrassed Whitacre enough to drop some Corvette keys in Mayer’s lap and offer discounts on GM cars to everyone else in the audience. Because chambers of commerce are, after all, the truly needy. Besides, it’s just tax money…

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  • Jacksonbart Jacksonbart on Jul 07, 2010

    I wonder if he will have to pay the taxes on it or whether GM will? Who am I kidding local govt doesn't pay taxes on these handouts.

  • Jacksonbart Jacksonbart on Jul 07, 2010

    I believe Danny Bonaduce also had a small role in that film.

  • BklynPete BklynPete on Jul 07, 2010

    Yes, he did: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077372/#comment Dammit, TTAC -- now I'm going to have to find a copy of this and waste even more time!

  • Yukball Yukball on Jul 07, 2010

    OK, I know I should not care, but on that graphic for Corvette Summer, both of those "who"s should be whom. "Mark Hammill, whom you loved in Star Wars." "Annie Potts whom you'll remember as the secretary with the big glasses and nasally-irritating voice who had a crush on Dr. Venkmann in Ghostbusters." It's a pet peeve of mine - that all-too-common grammatical error. OK. Flame me now for talking about grammar on a (very cool) car site.