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January 20, 2014

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day #kingday2014


Lorraine_MotelA media ride and drive event in Memphis several years ago left me with some free time in the afternoon before heading to the airport to return home. My colleague and I were wondering how to pass a few hours, when he suggested we visit the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Martin Luther King, Jr. which now houses the National Civil Rights Museum. It was an eye-opening afternoon for me: I was raised in Hawthorne, California, in the 1970s, and grew up with the understanding that all us kids were the same -- even though I was a white girl and I was the minority among my own diverse peer group. 

More than 40 years ago, on April 4, 1968, the Lorraine Motel was a small minority-owned business in the south end of downtown Memphis. The motel's owner, Walter Lane Bailey preserved two rooms of his hotel as a shrine to Dr. King as well as to his wife, Lorraine, who died of a brain hemorrhage several hours after King was shot. Ultimately, the hotel closed down, and group of prominent Memphians, concerned that the historic site would be destroyed through neglect and indifference, formed the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation to save the Lorraine.

Ap-MartinLutherKingsite With support from the City of Memphis, Shelby County, the State of Tennessee, as well as many local banks, businesses, and community members, the National Civil Rights Museum opened its doors to visitors on September 29, 1991, and now houses a 12,800-square-foot exhibit titled "Exploring the Legacy." It also connects to the Main Street Rooming House across the street where James Earl Ray allegedly fired the fatal shot resulting in the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, the National Civil Rights Museum provides a memorial program on Martin Luther King, Jr. day, with an entire day of programs and activities to inspire new generations of leaders to service.  

On this day each year, I'm challenged to consider how this holiday is relevant to a woman's automotive site, and I'm reminded of what things were like for black people during the 1960s. I didn't live through the Civil Rights era, so my understanding of racisim and segregation is guided largely by what I learned in history classes, by what I experienced during the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, and by considering the moving exhibits at the museum.

Ap_boarding_house The civil rights laws of the 1960s were intended to prohibit race and gender discrimination in the handful of markets -- employment, housing, and public accommodations -- in which discrimination was perceived to be particularly acute. According to Thomas J. Sugure in his Case Study titled "Driving While Black: The Car and Race Relations in Modern America" I am reminded that issues of transportation were especially significant.

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January 17, 2014

NAIAS Product Specialist Changes the Definition of “Booth Babe”

Jennifer_Parmenter_NAIAS_7255In addition to the cars themselves, auto shows are (in)famously known for the assortment of pretty women on demo stands, their presence intended to attract visitors to the vehicles on display.

The most popular product specialist at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is positioned in the smart booth -- and while she is certainly curvaceous, her loveliness is more apparent in her baby bump than in other physical attributes. In an atmosphere where slim and sexy “booth babes” help sell cars, this booth has its own attraction: a baby on board!

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December 13, 2013

AskPatty Takes a Look at “50 Shades of Gray” -- in Automotive Paint Shades!

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2014 Audi Allroad in Monsoon Gray

In the “Fifty Shades of Grey,” book trilogy written by E L James, the number fifty describes Christian Grey, a man of many moods, talents, personalities, and vehicles (including jets and yachts).

With all the buzz in the media about the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie adaptation, I thought it would be fun to list 25 shades of grays for 25 of my favorite cars. To be sure, most cars do look super sexy in certain shades of silver.

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October 24, 2013

10 Important Halloween Trick or Treat Safety Tips from AskPatty

Thinkstock-Halloween-184715440-sFor 364 days each year, we teach our children not to take candy from strangers. But on Halloween, collecting candy from strangers is the number one goal. While most parents are careful to inspect the sweet hoard for signs of malevolent tampering, many public servants and safety organizations agree that it’s more important to make safe lighting the primary concern on Halloween night.

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September 27, 2013

Are you Celebrating National Plug In Day on September 29?

NATIONAL-PLUG-IN-DAYDid you know?  3rd Annual National Plug In Day is this weekend, and green car enthusiasts across the nation will be celebrating the electrification of the automobile with special events in their area, as well as at a main event that will be happening in the nation’s capital.

National Plug In day is celebrated this year on Saturday, September 29th, and is intended to introduce people to the benefits of driving electric vehicles; highlighting the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars with ride and drives, rallies, tailgate parties, charging-infrastructure demos, EV-readiness awards, and more.

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August 09, 2013

Honda Treats Southern California Drivers to Ice Cream

SoCal-Helpful-Honda-Dealers-Free-Ice-Cream-promotion-frontviewThere's no need to scream!  If you see this truck, Honda will give you free ice cream!

This summer, the SoCal Honda Dealers are helping SoCal residents in a fun, summer-themed way: by treating them to free ice cream! All weekend, from Friday August 9 through Sunday August 11th, 2013, the friendly blue Helpful Honda Ice Cream truck will be out at community events in SoCal treating folks to free ice cream (first come, first served). And unlike other ice cream trucks, you won’t hear the familiar jingle as the truck approaches, because Honda will be posting its location on our Facebook and Twitter pages instead!

 

SoCal-Helpful-Honda-Dealers-Free-Ice-Cream-promotion-rearviewHonda sent us photos of the truck so you can keep an eye out for it. Also, stay tuned at Facebook.com/SoCalHondaDealers and Twitter.com/HelpfulHonda for more summer-themed giveaways (and many other helpful events)! In fact, if you pay attention, you might even discover a chance to win some great premiums like LA Dodgers and Galaxy gear as well as SoCal Honda polo shirts!

 

June 14, 2013

Happy Flag Day from AskPatty!

AskPatty-Flag-Day-Thinkstock-86531989Are you flying your flag today in honor of flag day? 

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 in the United States to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States by resolution of the Second Continental Congress on that day in 1777. The U.S. Army, founded by Congress in 1775, also celebrates it birthday on this date.

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 to officially establish June 14 as Flag Day, and while it is not an official federal holiday, an Act of Congress officially established National Flag Day in August 1949. American citizens are encouraged to fly their Stars & Stripes every year on June 14.

AskPatty-car-flagIf you don’t already have one, consider picking up a flag for your car for such special patriotic occasions. The Fourth of July is just around the corner and Amazon.com has a large collection of affordable choices that could be delivered in plenty of time for that holiday.

 

June 06, 2013

Auto Manufacturers Provide Assistance in Wake of Oklahoma Tornadoes

GM-Foundation-Chevy-Help4Oklahoma-15sAs Oklahoma residents struggle to rebuild their lives after May’s devastating tornadoes, auto manufacturers are stepping up to provide assistance and donations for relief services. Storms that have swept through the Oklahoma City area have generated two rare EF5 tornadoes -- the strongest storms on Earth -- and significant flooding from heavy rains. Damage from the May 20th Moore tornado may top $2 billion, according to the Associated Press. The May 31st El Reno tornado was the widest ever recorded, according to the National Weather Service. Tragic images show large swaths of damaged or destroyed homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals. Countless cars and trucks were tossed around like toys. More than 50 deaths and 500 injuries have been reported.

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May 23, 2013

Come Party with Us and Find a Cure! Listen to AskPatty Radio and Learn About MOMS: Moms Opposing Multiple Sclerosis

6a00d8341c4f3653ef017eeabbde42970d-400wiJody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, is a mom with two adult children fighting Multiple Sclerosis. Her interest in opposing this disease is personal, and she partnering with the Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis during the month of May with AskPatty’s month-long MOMS social media campaign. Read the rest of Jody's story here.

On Thursday May 23, Jody DeVere shared her story live on BlogTalkRadio with special guests Marni Deckter, Vice President of Communications of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter; and Nancy L. Sicotte, MD, Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program and Director of the Neurology Residency Training Program at Cedars-Sinai. Please listen to the recording of the BoomerandBabe channel of BlogTalk Radio  broadcast to learn more about this illness, its symptoms, and its treatments.

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May 16, 2013

Ford Wraps American Idol Season Sponsorship; Season 12 Winner Determined Tonight

American-Idol-Season-12-Finale-Kree-vs-CandiceWatching American Idol has been a family activity around my home for years. Each week, my son Ben and I would sit on the couch to watch (and sing along with) the weekly competition, and he often told me “Mom, YOU should try out for American Idol!” We watched pretty much every season -- including all the sponsored Ford music videos and commercials -- and always voted for our favorites.

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