June 28, 2004
If life were fair
When Chrysler executives first envisioned the target audience for its new flagship passenger sedan — the 300C — gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg probably didn’t leap to mind.
But last week, the language-twisting Los Angeles hip hopper left a voicemail message for Dieter Zetsche, CEO of DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group, asking for one of the hot-selling sedans.
“What I gotta’ do to get that brand new 300 up outta’ you?,” he said to Zetsche, 51, whose first language is German. He then suggested Zetsche should: “Get back in contact with my nephew so he can make it happen, then it’s official like a referee with a whistle.”
In a fair world, Snoop Dogg would buy his own damn car and Zetsche would offer a brand new car - gratis - to this American hero:
Daniel Lasko thought he was coming home for a quiet visit with family Saturday afternoon, but when the U.S. Marine arrived at Eldridge Avenue, he was shocked to find a hero's welcome waiting for him.
More than 150 relatives, friends and neighbors threw a block party in honor of the corporal who was seriously wounded in Afghanistan. Lasko, 21, lost his left foot in April when it was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.
"He deserves this," his older sister Lisa said of the celebration. "He had his life on the line."
Lasko pulled up to the street about 1:15 p.m. He got out of his fiancée's car and, braced by two crutches, slowly made his way to his house, where he was greeted by rousing applause.
"Oh, my God. Oh, my God," he kept repeating, as he steadied himself with his left prosthetic leg and was embraced by family members.
This weekend was the third time Lasko visited home since the attack that left him without a left foot. He is still undergoing physical therapy at an Army hospital in Washington, D.C., which specializes in prosthetics.
Lasko planned to return there today. He's unsure when he will be home for good.
"Whenever I feel like I can," Lasko said, adding that he's feeling pretty good these days.
He recalled the attack Saturday, describing how he spotted the Taliban fighter, who he said looked suspicious in all black and a turban.
Moments later, Lasko said he heard two "big blasts" and looked down at his foot.
"It was all messed up. It was gone," he said, adding that one of his buddies came over and actually ripped his shredded foot from his ankle before bandaging the wound. Lasko was serving with the 23rd Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Once he is released from the hospital, Lasko will have to decide whether to serve another year in the Marines or be medically discharged. He said he's unsure of what he wants to do.
Regarding the 300C, Snoop Dogg told Zetsche, “If you want this car to blow, give it to me”. In contrast, Danny Lasko's friends are throwing fundraisers to buy him a car without a stick shift.
Snoop Dogg will probably get his freebie, the result of a marketplace that values vocal celebrities over quiet heroes . . . and that really does blow.
Posted by Deb at June 28, 2004 03:37 AM
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