We’ve drawn some ire recently by referring to Elon Musk as the “Real life Tony Stark.” As fans of both Musk AND Iron Man we here at Techaeris obviously know that there are significant differences between the two. But using Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark in 2012’s the Avengers as a guide, let’s just take a look at some of the similarities: Genius – I’d say if he’s not, it could be argued, so check. Billionaire – check. Playboy – let’s not pry into his personal affairs, we’ll just point out that he bought James Bond’s submarine car, so…check. Philanthropist – check. Please do realize, we make this connection out of our admiration for Elon. Today, he’s gone ahead and done something to further deserve our effusive praise.
In an open letter to the Tesla CEO, two Model S owners took out a full page advertisement in the Palo Alto Weekly with a few suggestions for future models of the electric sedan. These weren’t angry owners, far from it. The husband and wife from Southold, New York were quite complimentary, thanking Musk for building the great American car, and so on. They went on to offer several of their suggestions for the betterment of the Model S, and get this…Elon Musk agreed.
Ad taken out in Palo Alto Daily by two Model S owners is right. Many of the suggestions will be implemented soon. pic.twitter.com/cF43PvJDgQ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 23, 2014
Now, it’s entirely possible that some of these changes were already coming along and Elon just wanted to sate the writers with his response. This isn’t the first time that Elon has responded to personal requests though. Matthew Inman (webcomic The Oatmeal, for those unaware) started an Indiegogo campaign to buy the land where Tesla had his laboratory – called Wardenclyffe Tower. The campaign raised enough to buy the land, but more would be needed to build the museum. Inman then made a two part comic going into great detail about just how much he loves his Model S. At the end, a personal appeal to Elon Musk asking for a donation to help complete the museum. Elon personally pledged $1 million and a Tesla charging station once the museum was complete. Philanthropist indeed!
Maybe we should retire the “Real Life Tony Stark” nickname for Elon Musk. Though if we do, I’ve already decided on a pretty awesome replacement: The People’s CEO.