To my older readers, I've got a very simple question: What in the world was the news like when it actually discussed the news?
Smart Car Owners Getting Lots of Looks, Love
5 p.m. on Ga. 400, peak hour for road rage. Insults, obscenities and pure frustration abound in bumper-to-bumper traffic. But not for Jerry Attkisson.
He's in rush-hour nirvana.
Smiling passers-by give him a love toot, signal a thumbs-up and even get out their cellphones to snap a quick photo. Attkisson, 66, feels warm and fuzzy inside.
That's because he's driving smart [Ed.:—Let's see how "smart" he is if he gets hit by a Semi...] — as in Smart car, the first micro car to hit the streets of America and still a novelty in Atlanta.
"I call it my eco car," he says. "It's economical. And ecological."
Given the slate of global woes these days — climate change, pollution, congestion and crude oil sticker shock — the Smart feels right for the times, he says.
But, uh, there's another thing. Vanity.
Smart instantly bestows celebrity on its driver.
"I like people looking at me," Attkisson says, grinning.