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March 03, 2008

Selling Electric

Selling Electric

At international auto shows this week, the buzz centers around a new electric car. Wayne Goldman sees nothing new about that.

Back in the 70s, Wayne designed and built an electric car that he drove for years. At one point, his car held the interest of Avis car rental, the Post Office and Exxon. It was perfect for city driving - powered by batteries and reaching a top speed of 45 mph.

Wayne says the low speed limit was part of the problem. Consumers never got into it, and investors gradually lost interest. For Wayne, the question is not whether the auto industry can invent a new electric car - it's whether we, as consumers, are ready to buy one.

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  • This show features archived tape of a 1980 episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Learn more here.

Running Away To The Circus

Many people have dreams of running away and joining the circus. But Debra Lusk actually did it. When she was in her early 20s, she was living Texas and working as a bank teller. Then the circus came to town.

For two seasons, Debra worked as a circus showgirl. She talks to Dick about why she occasionally still dreams of joining up again.

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