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Will Elon Musk be Time's 'Person of the Year'?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Cattledog, Jul 8, 2012.

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Will Elon Musk be Time's 'Person of the Year'?

Poll closed Aug 7, 2012.
  1. Yes

    25 vote(s)
    69.4%
  2. No

    7 vote(s)
    19.4%
  3. Don't Know or Care

    4 vote(s)
    11.1%
  1. Cattledog

    Cattledog Active Member

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    OK, we're only half way through the year and there all sorts of good candidates, but will Elon Musk be Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2012? Space X launch, Model S launch, solar stuff, etc.
     
  2. tdelta1000

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    It very well could be the Model S as the Person of the Year but I say give it to the entire Tesla Motors.
     
  3. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I didn't realize Time was still around.
     
  5. SuperCoug

    SuperCoug Model S Res #7734

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    It never occured to me that he might be named person of the year but now that I think about it I think he's be a great choice. He certainly has had an incredible year on multiple fronts and the media appears to be pretty enamoured with the whole "Elon Musk is Tony Stark (Iron Man)" angle. While I think the chance is slim that he actually will be person of the year I do think he's be a perfectly good choice.
     
  6. CapitalistOppressor

    CapitalistOppressor Active Member

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    I've been batting this around since the first Model S reviews came out and the mainstream press started thinking about Tesla as a huge success story. I don't think he will win the award this year, but if a business leader does win it should be Elon Musk. Tony Stark aside, Elon is a combination of Howard Hughes, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs and he is busy setting up his own iconic entrepreneurial benchmark that has the potential to stand with those greats.

    Given that all of this relies on Musk's ventures fully realizing their success, there will be other opportunities down the road for him to be Person of the Year. For instance, in 2015 he is likely to put a man in space and offer Bluestar $30,000 electric sedans for sale.

    That's a pretty big deal, made bigger by the fact that Model S and Model X could be seriously taking away luxury brand market share in 2013 and 2014, while he will also be launching the worlds largest rocket in 2013, supplying cargo to the ISS and (gasp for breath) launching large numbers of commercial payloads to firmly establish SpaceX as the dominant commercial launch system.

    Other potential 2015 milestones.. launching a private manned mission to circle the Moon and launching the worlds first private space station, built by Bigelow Aerospace and currently scheduled to launch in 2014 or 2015.

    Frankly the hits look to keep on coming. If I was the Time Magazine managing editor I'd put Elon on a shelf in a glass jar labeled "Person of the Year" and break it open any time I have a slow news year.
     
  7. Mogwai

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    If he gets Time's Person of the Year award I'll buy the hell out of that magazine.
     
  8. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Probably deserves it... probably won't get it.
     
  9. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    We've given him his own thread btw and had discussed a feature Time did on him (post-the recent SpaceX mission):

    Elon Musk
     
  10. Arnold Panz

    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    Agree. SpaceX and Tesla are still way too below the radar for something like this. I bet most everyone in the US hasn't even heard of either one, or Elon.
     
  11. ckessel

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    Well, SpaceX got a pretty big profile lift. Elon was on 60 minutes primarily for SpaceX, big splashes all across Google news and newspapers about the ISS docking.
     
  12. dmckinstry

    dmckinstry Model S - U.S. P - #1649

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    I said yes, but my real answer is I don't know but he deserves to be.
     
  13. mcornwell

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    And I asked this question about 7 weeks ago (though not a poll)
    Elon Musk

     
  14. NigelM

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    We're barely halfway through the year, with Olympics, elections and goodness knows what else to come. Isn't this poll just a little premature?
     
  15. ckessel

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    Yea, awfully early. Though I'll be surprised if Elon isn't in their top 50 or 100 that they pick each year.
     
  16. Cattledog

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    Perhaps the poll should have offered 2013, 2014, 2015+ as options too. I think Time likes a scoop, and buzz will build through 2012, so I rolled the dice and voted 'Yes' - BTW, when's the next SpaceX launch? If you look at who they've chosen in the past, Elon's not far-fetched. And almost certainly they'll choose a person this year after last year's abstract 'The Protester'. Jobs would have been up for it, but I don't believe they've awarded it posthumously. An election year always offers the winning candidate. Olympics for sports. Greek Parliament? Supreme Court? The door seems open...
     
  17. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I'm going to really take a risk and go out on a limb here, but I predict that the majority of votes will be for Elon to be Time's pick as 'Person of the Year'.

    Call me crazy, but I have a feeling that the majority of TMC is made up of Tesla enthusiasts who just *might* vote for him.

    In fact, I'd be willing to place a small wager. Any takers??
     
  18. gg_got_a_tesla

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    If Mitt wins, he'll walk away with it. If Obama gets re-elected, he'll come quite close too.

    Historically, politicians and world leaders have won it more often than not; entrepreneurs have been far behind. Zuckerberg's win was not as much a surprise as Bezos's was; the late Jobs never got it.

    Time Person of the Year - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    And, it's not based on popular vote alone; there's some editorial "input" that makes the final call. Had it been based on popular vote alone, I know of a certain cricketer from India who would get about a billion votes in the blink of an eye!

    Bonnie, I'll take you up on that *small* wager :)
     
  19. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    No way Mitt would win it.

    Suppose he cured cancer, personally funded SpaceX and Tesla, dropped taxes to <= 1% for every American citizen, and reduced the national debt by 50% in 3 months. Time still wouldn't even consider him for Person of the Year.
     
  20. Fr23shjive

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    Lady Gaga will probably beat him out for person of the year.
     

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