Around 2:00 PM an enormous person showed up and started talking to us. He stated that he was very interested in PRT. He knew quite a bit about PRT already. He stated that he was hoping to start a development S. of down town Mpls and use PRT. He said that his name was Carl and he represented a group of investors. I looked at him (Particularly his size) and asked, "Are you Carl Eller of the Vikings?" He laughed and said, "Yes I am!" He is president of the Retired Players Association.
Holy cow! Carl Eller wants to build a development with PRT pods in it?!? This is like the most awesomist PRT news since that Texas astronaut/video game mogul said he was going to launch a PRT system in Austin.
It's also possible that Gronning is not being entirely factual. Gronning is in error when, in another post he reports the following about me:
Ken showed up at the CPRT table that we had for the U.M CTS career day and wrote up what was actually a respectable account. He didn't visit us this year at Living Green. Maybe he too is changing...
Wrong, I wasn't there. the photos I posted March 2, 2011 were sent to me by a student. And no, I'm not changing; I still say PRT is a hoax and a scam promoted by con-artists, criminals and crackpots.
Gronning's comment about me is in response to the ever-klassy inventor of Skytrak Jack Slade:
Did Ken Avidor show up, or have a table? Or maybe he was visiting his Mother at the Chicken Ranch for Mother's Day.
The most hilarious comment is reserved for last from Seattle PRTista David Gow ("Mr_Grant"):
I hope you guys have stopped using the placard that mentions You don't ride with strangers, or words to that effect. So easy to misconstrue.
Sorry, Mr. Gow/Grant, but the PRT hucksters aint going to give up the fear-mongering about "strangers" on buses and trains . It's the argument that most appeals to their target audience - white suburbanites who are afraid to ride the bus or LRT with people who look like Carl Eller.
Here's a photo I took last month at the Sustainable Communities Conference of that CPRT display that bothers Mr. Gow/Grant so much (click to make larger):
More PRT news:
Petulant PRT promoters acting up again.
Skytran in Detroit? Meet Skytran CEO.
Another Crackpot Personal Rapid Transit Proposal Bites the Dust (Almelo)
Strange Minnesota industry - 3 Proposed PRT Projects, 6 PRT Companies and 2 PRT Lobbyists.
Former Rep. Mark Olson Returns to Capitol as a lobbyist for would-be PRT vendor proposing $100 million pod project in Coon Rapids.
The CPRT table at U of M Jobs Fair. Convicted felon is spokesman for the CPRT.
Daventry citizens say "Pods Off" to PRT TWICE!
Duluth News Tribune article about Taxi 2000 trying to restart Duluth pod project - hilarious comments.
The Pawlenty administration wasted thousands of taxpayers' dollars promoting personal rapid transit .
PRT is so not happening at Heathrow.
Pod people invade Newport News ( the article quotes retired professor Vukan Vuchic)
Bizarre hearing for wacky Jpods proposal for Hull, Massachusetts. Video: Bill James Pitches Jpods Resolution to Hennepin County.
Taxi 2000 Corporation spent nearly $80K on lobbying in Minnesota in 5 years. Taxi 2000 lobbyist and Bachmann pal Ed Cain also lobbied for the phony U.S. Navy Veterans Association charity.
Federal Funding Nixed for Winona Personal Rapid Transit Project
The Swedish/Korean PRT prototype malfunctioned in front of the media.
The Masdar PRT (actually computer-guided golf carts that follow magnets imbedded in the roadway) has been scaled way back, This setback got a mention in the NY Times and confirmed in this Bloomberg article. New post-mortem: "Masdar City Abandons Transportation System of the Future".
The so-called Morgantown PRT (not a true PRT system) was the subject of a student newspaper editorial after a malfunction created a "fireball" and filled a vehicle with smoke. The cost of fixing the Morgantown boondoggle is $93 million. Twitter Reveals Morgantown WVU Personal Rapid Transit's Frequent Breakdowns.