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Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« on: 07/08/08 08:17 PM »

CAFCNA's founder "Chief" AKA David Obelcz, was interviewed today for a segment on NBC's "Today Show". It is scheduled to air tomorrow (Wednesday) between 7:00 and 7:30 A.M. on NBC.

Nice going, David!
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #1 on: 07/08/08 08:25 PM »

Sweet :thumbsup:

He's not in trouble is he
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #2 on: 07/08/08 08:28 PM »

Sweet :thumbsup:

He's not in trouble is he

No. But I'm not expecting the media to be overly kind to suv owners.
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #3 on: 07/08/08 08:30 PM »

As long as he is not in handcuffs. :4:

What's the interview about I thought maybe the Nationals
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #4 on: 07/08/08 08:34 PM »

As long as he is not in handcuffs. :4:

What's the interview about I thought maybe the Nationals

Sounds like it's going to be more about coping with the price of gas.
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #5 on: 07/08/08 08:49 PM »

I'm glad it's not about the green planet, like that nut who started that dumb post the other day.
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #6 on: 07/08/08 09:13 PM »

Sounds like it's going to be more about coping with the price of gas.

They won't pick me as I'm not coping with the price of gas, it's a non-factor which isn't the answer they want to hear.
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #7 on: 07/08/08 10:32 PM »

He better plug the site!!!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #8 on: 07/09/08 01:31 AM »

nice going Chief  :thumbsup:
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #9 on: 07/09/08 04:14 AM »

Did I miss it ? you said between 7-7:30AM ?
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #10 on: 07/09/08 04:19 AM »

Did I miss it ? you said between 7-7:30AM ?
Not been on yet as of 7:20............
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #11 on: 07/09/08 04:27 AM »

I saw it, clicked over there right when I signed on here  :wave: 

titled "Pain At The Pump"
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #12 on: 07/09/08 04:33 AM »

Can somebody link the video?
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #13 on: 07/09/08 04:50 AM »

 :D cool
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #14 on: 07/09/08 04:54 AM »

I watched the interview and now I can't get that damn ZZ Top song "Sharp Dressed Man" outta my brain.... :4:
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #15 on: 07/09/08 04:58 AM »

So it hit during the first hour?  If so, that'll be available on the Today Show web site later today or tomorrow morning.
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #16 on: 07/09/08 05:04 AM »

Can somebody link the video?

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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #17 on: 07/09/08 05:27 AM »

Nice to finally to a face to the name! He plugged the site, but also mentioned he's giving up the AV for something more fuel efficient. Maybe he meant the AV's no longer the daily driver :'(

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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #18 on: 07/09/08 05:28 AM »

Saw this by chance this morning (haven't been here in a while and didn't see this thread).

Thought it was pretty cool, chief  :thumbsup:  You're a snappy dresser  8)

Plugged the club, too...sort of...although the subject matter isn't helping the cause.
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #19 on: 07/09/08 05:43 AM »

Nice to finally to a face to the name! He plugged the site, but also mentioned he's giving up the AV for something more fuel efficient. Maybe he meant the AV's no longer the daily driver :'(

ND

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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #20 on: 07/09/08 05:47 AM »

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/25600263#25600263

That SHOULD work as a direct link.

On a separate but related note, why when watching Chief did I suddenly have Liesure Suit Larry flashbacks?
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #21 on: 07/09/08 05:48 AM »

Here is the link:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/25600263#25600263

So here was the process or the story behind the story.  I got contacted by both ABC and NBC to do interviews (ABC pending) and NBC wanted to interview me on the same day.  The only reason I was in the white suit is because I'm in Houston this week on business, and had meetings with some Japanese based partners, so I broke lucky that I wasn't slumming.

Anyway there was a lot of questions on where to do this and I want to make a big plug to Knapp Chevrolet in Houston, Texas, who was very generous in letting NBC film on their lot.

So I get out to Hell, errr, Houston on a 95 degree day I mean and they were going to film in the middle of the lot.  Now this is where it gets into, "oh, that's how this is done."

No reporter.  The Producer from the Today Show interviewed me over a cell phone on speaker.  I had to basically stare off into space to make it look like I was talking to someone that wasn't there, but I have practice at that. ;)  I was asked a series of questions over about 20 minutes.  I did my absolute best to spin my answers in a positive light but as you can expect, they had the angle they wanted on their story and they did some slicing and dicing on what I talked about.  So a lot of those interviews you see on TV, no reporter even there, its all done back in the studio, I had no idea.

So as far as what didn't get into the story, I told them I traded my Avalanche in back in April of 2005 and that at today's prices, which has basically doubled since I traded in my Avalanche, it is once again costing me close to $70 to fill up, so I'm back to spending what I was spending on gas.  Yes, I'm saving $4,000 a year so it could be worse, but I have no more benefit because it got all eaten up.

I also talked about how there are a number of fullsize and midsize SUVs available today that are hybrids, and pointed out how the Tahoe hybrid gets the same fuel economy in the city as a 4 cylinder Toyota Camry (that didn't make the story of course - and the fact would remain, it would cost $100 to fill up that Tahoe hybrid, just takes longer to get there).  I also pointed out that people with larger SUVs who need them for work, need them to pull a trailer, need them to carry a large family, these are the people who are getting really hurt by this.

So after about an hour, including 25 odd minutes of filming it got distilled down to three sound bites and some b reel video of me walking across the parking lot like I'm a model for Sean John in desperate need of some plastic surgery and the gym.  Ehhh, that's the news.

As far as the white suit, since their some comments about that.  Was clothes shopping with the girlfriend and every store we went to from the high end to the low end all had white linen suits, so I caved and bought one.  Guess that was a good call.  Although I ate at Fogo Ded Chao last night and had a piece of rare beef dropped right on it, my dry cleaner is going to love that.

Finally, it was FREAKIN' HOT in that parking lot.  As I was standing out there getting interviewed I could feel the heat coming up through my darn feet.  I was cooking!
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #22 on: 07/09/08 05:54 AM »

I thought you looked fine. Cool suit. It's summer your supposed to have at least one suit in linen like that. I still think GM oughta give you a new Avalanche.
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #23 on: 07/09/08 05:55 AM »

I watched the interview and now I can't get that damn ZZ Top song "Sharp Dressed Man" outta my brain.... :4:

Chief was very articulate too  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:  

I got a deja vu feeling and I'm pretty sure I've never met Chief ?
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Re: Chief Interviewed for the Today Show
« Reply #24 on: 07/09/08 05:59 AM »

Let 'em interview me for ABC, heck.  I'll let my Av sit behind me IDLING with the AC on during the interview :)

There are significant reasons for certain people having large vehicles, even at the cost of filling up.  I have my reasons, also have reasons for having a car that would disgust people - a 96 Impala SS.

I also build cars that are far from fuel-efficient :)  800+hp engines tend not to be economical.
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