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  •  Not just a celebrity (10+ / 0-)

    He's a visionary, and the world needs more like him. I can somewhat attest to his character because I've met him a couple of times, several years ago before he started Tesla.

    As a member of the Norther California chapter of the Mars Society I volunteered to organize a fundraiser featuring James Cameron and several high profile space scientists. It was a pretty big deal as we were charging $500 plate and since I had zero experience with such events, could have lost a lot of money if it failed. We were close to breaking even when a guest nobody had ever heard of decided to throw in a $100 grand check on top of his price of admission. The guy was Elon Musk. Later on he took me to lunch in Palo Alto and asked me to do a small web design job for him which I did gladly. It was a proposal for a series of missions to Mars so it was a blast to do. Since he'd already given my organization a hundred Gs I wasn't about to charge him. Now he's a gazillionaire.

    In short, he was an inspiration to me and he continues to inspire a lot of other people on this planet and I truly believe he's one of the good guys. He just happens to know how to make a ton of money while doing the right thing. I'm damn glad I met him and I'm glad he's doing what he does. More power to him.

    The opposite of life is not death, but indifference. -- Jaki Gefjon (A.A.Attanasio)

    by Max Wyvern on Wed May 22, 2013 at 10:01:31 PM PDT

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    •  I've met him in person too (4+ / 0-)

      He's absolutely inspiring. He's a fundamentally decent human being who's also incredibly gifted and passionate.

      I don't have a problem with people being amazingly rich when they get that way by doing amazing stuff.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:36:26 PM PDT

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