Why it works for me 1) spectacular shots of coffee. 2) spectacular shots of New York that make me miss New York. 3) Jerry doesn't just go for fancy cars. He brings back some that you'd forgotten about, like the Pacer. 4) He actually converses with the guests, rather than set up bits. » 6/11/14 8:16pm 6/11/14 8:16pm

I met Senna, and he was as charismatic and charming in person as you see in the movie. I will never forget the jolt of hearing that he died. In those days, there was no Twitter or Facebook, which would have shared it instantly, and I'm not sure if there was ESPN yet. But it made CNN, which broadcast the news that… » 5/01/14 11:55am 5/01/14 11:55am

I did some work for The Economist about Texas, and the difference between California and Texas is stunning. There's no state personal income tax, and corporations are taxed at a rate of 0.5% to 1% (you can get that waved depending on the deal you get from the state). Much of the U.S. population is within 500 miles of… » 4/28/14 12:21am 4/28/14 12:21am

Thanks, Zac, for the mention, and thanks everybody, for suggesting a "relatively" in front of easy. No, it is doesn't compare with the ease of cars of today, but compared with driving a horse and buggy or a wagon with a team, it was much simpler. » 4/15/14 6:46pm 4/15/14 6:46pm

So as a Jalopnik Dame, or at least a Jalopnik Dame Emeritus, here's my thought. Once something like this happens, you lose control of the narrative. The Washington pundits and Jon Stewart and the editorial boards get a hold of the story, and your message goes out the window. Doesn't matter how good the legal case is,… » 4/03/14 12:42pm 4/03/14 12:42pm

You have to wonder why the announcement was made at all. Dave Bing isn't running again. The gubernatorial election is a year away, so it can't help whoever the Democratic candidate would be. And, the government is going to shut down next week (supposedly), so will any wire transfers actually take place? » 9/27/13 6:05pm 9/27/13 6:05pm

Here's something to remember: DeLoreans were lousy cars (that's referred to in the excerpt, but it needs to be re-emphasized). At the time all this was happening, the American economy was in a tailspin, and the Japanese carmakers had made huge inroads in auto sales. Right around the time DeLorean was nosediving, the… » 9/03/13 2:10pm 9/03/13 2:10pm

I used to park there, when I worked at USA Today across the street, and never had a clue that it was THE Deep Throat parking garage. We liked it because it is only a couple of levels, meaning you can park quickly, and you can drive directly in from the left turn lane. Once you were parked, it was a fast scoot across… » 8/27/13 4:30pm 8/27/13 4:30pm

This is very simple to figure out, if you just do the math. There are roughly 700,000 Detroit residents. 700,000 divided by 50,000 equals 14 stray dogs per resident. If you assume there are no stray dogs downtown, in Midtown, Corktown, or Southwest Detroit, then there have to be many more than 14 stray dogs per person… » 8/22/13 5:51pm 8/22/13 5:51pm