So Elon is not a robot!

So Elon is not a robot!

Just watched the 60 Minutes segment on Fast Car and Rocket. Elon was very emotional about the dark days in 2008 with impending SpaceX and his personal bankruptcy, Roadster losing million$ every month along with his divorce.

Christmas week 2008 saved both companies with $1.5 Billion NASA contract and new investors in Tesla. 60 Minutes did a very balanced report with both companies. Of course any fair reporting means extremely positive view on both companies.

Elon's got my vote into any offices he pursues whenever he's bored with all his technological endeavors.

bmilesfl33 | March 30, 2014

I too thought it was a very far and balanced story. Would have loved more on Tesla and the Model S. I seem to recall that the pre-show teasers were more about the Model S and all the "hype" about being one of the best cars made.

Escaping a news show like 60 Minutes without arrows in your back is a positive accomplishment.

David N | March 30, 2014

60 minutes did a fine job.
Hey, they only have 16 min or so.

Will_A | March 30, 2014

We need an extended version of the Elon Musk segment. :D

P85D | March 30, 2014

We need more threads about the 60 Minutes segment.

Shesmyne2 | March 30, 2014

Hey! No spoilers for us West Coast folks!

Still Grinning ;-)

2050project | March 30, 2014

@Will_A - extended extras (including the whole interview) are online here:

premaseeker | March 30, 2014


jordanrichard | March 30, 2014

I still don't understand why they made a point to add engine sounds when ever a MS was being shown.

P85D | March 30, 2014

The link posted has not extras, its the same 13 minutes segment.

Bighorn | March 30, 2014

There are 5 video links to the right. The 13 minute seg, a portion of the above and 3 novel shorts.

I think the engine sounds are the chase car as you could hear shifts as well.

P85D | March 30, 2014

Yeah I figured it out LOL.

Sailor | March 30, 2014

Best line of the story.....
"Only 4 entities in history have ever sent something to space and returned it successfully. The US, Russia. China and ELON MUSK.....

Will_A | March 30, 2014

@2050project - Thank you for the link. Good stuff!

portia | March 30, 2014

yeah, @jordanrichard that engine sound was so fake, would anyone NOT notice that? sadly I think the answer is yes. But otherwise a great piece on Elon Musk.

Burt Court | March 30, 2014

I wish they had used another Model S as a photo/sound car, I was really distressed there were sounds at all to that segment...

Velo1 | March 30, 2014

I remember watching Elon on Steven Colbert and when Colbert said Neil Armstrong was not supportive of Space X or any commercial space company, Elon got so choked up he could barely respond for a minute or two.

P85D | March 30, 2014

Neil Armstrong can suck it.

Brian H | March 30, 2014

Neil Armstrong is past sucking anything. Died Aug 25 2012.

Red Sage ca us | March 30, 2014

"I still don't understand why they made a point to add engine sounds when ever a MS was being shown."

Well, it's a television thing...

Originally on Star Trek, Mr. Spock was supposed to be slightly green about the gills. When the prints came in, the folks processing the film thought it was 'off', so they corrected the skin tone.

Same thing here... Someone got the B-Roll of the Tesla Model S, thought the sound was too low, so they added an engine drone from their Foley collection for effect. At least they stopped it before the very last clip.


P85D | March 30, 2014

It sounded like a motorcycle engine to me, but you think they could have been smart enough to edit that out, wither it's a car or a motorcycle it was annoying.

Bighorn | March 30, 2014

I initially thought it was the camera car's output, but when I rewatched I noticed it was present on an interior shot as well. Goofy.

carlk | March 30, 2014

"We need an extended version of the Elon Musk segment."

You can find Bloomberg's "Risk Takers, Elon Musk" on youtube. It's as good as the 60 Minutes segment and with even more details of Elon's life story. The only thing is it was produced a couple years ago and ended before Tesla and Model S really took off.

AmpedUP | March 30, 2014

I am enjoying the Elon Musk story as it unfolds. No mind games or ego-mania deserving of the credit due him.

Brian H | March 31, 2014

Heh; "deserving of the credit due him" is 100% completely redundant.

2050project | March 31, 2014

@carlk - yes, agreed: the 60 Minutes piece felt inspired by the hour-long profile on an earlier Bloomberg Risk Takers episode (which came out around the time of the Model S launch). If the 60 Minutes piece was to your liking, the Bloomberg Risk Takers episode really provides a much "deeper dive" into the Elon Musk story.

That Bloomberg Risk Takers 'Elon Musk' episode is available on Netflix, but, you can also watch a high-res version online here:

Plugged In | March 31, 2014

If it is correct that they added the sound of the car artificially, then that dampens the story. Not everyone who watches 60 Minutes, after all, has either driven or even seen (and "heard") a Tesla. The sound emitted was rather loud and annoying, complete with transmission shifting. Obviously, that's not a Tesla sound.

But beyond that, it was a very good story.

JonathanL | March 31, 2014

Sounded like a motorcycle to me too.

AmpedRealtor | March 31, 2014

We noticed it because we drive the car and know it makes very little noise. But the typical viewer who sees this story has probably never even seen a Model S, let alone driven one. I don't think it's a big deal. In fact, for the typical ICE driver, the sounds probably reinforce the "performance" aspect of the vehicle. Imagine their shock when they actually drive one! :)

renwo S alset | March 31, 2014

My daughter said Elon reminded her of Tony Stark.

Mathew98 | March 31, 2014

Elon has a cameo appearance in Iron Man 2 (some shots were taken in SpaceX factory).

Mathew98 | March 31, 2014

I heard somewhere that Tony Stark's character was loosely based on Elon as well. But as my wife would gently put it, I could be wrong.

Red Sage ca us | March 31, 2014

The Tony Stark link is noted elsewhere. Apparently Jon Favreau did use Elon Musk as an inspiration. Please note that Elon has a cameo in one of the IRON MAN movies...

"Tony, I've got an idea for an electric plane..."


Baribrotzer | March 31, 2014

More accurately, Tony Stark reminded her of Elon, at least in some of the outlines of his career to date. Not in his personality. And that, from what I understand, is no coincidence at all. I've read that the scriptwriters partially based Tony upon Elon, although Stark seems to have an ego more like that of Preston Tucker, or maybe Steve Jobs (though with none of Jobs's obsessive good taste).

Red Sage ca us | March 31, 2014

The version of Tony Stark shown in the IRON MAN and AVENGERS movies is slightly different from the one that originally appeared in comic books. I approve the changes, because they further distance the character from being a Bruce Wayne/Batman clone -- something that Jon Favreau noted was a goal. Elon Musk did grow up as a fan of comic books, so I would not doubt that helped his imagination considerably. For instance, in Marvel Comics smart guys always have hot wives. Always.