He may not have sold a single vehicle because of it, but Bob Giles was nonetheless smiling from sun up to way past sun down yesterday. His 99-cent/gallon gas sale was a roaring success -- a generous gesture in light of $4/gallon gas and a downright fun-filled day (even according to those who waited in line for hours). Exceeding all expectations, the event quickly became an impressive publicity stunt for the Nissan-Volvo dealership, as word of the sale immediately caught fire over the Internet and was picked up by many national media outlets.
The sale was initially slated to run from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. but got under way much sooner, with cars forming lines before 5 a.m. There was no glitch. All you had to do was be willing to wait in line, in some cases as long as five hours -- as all of the gas was pumped from Giles' lone 1,200 gallon tank. Free water and free meal coupons courtesy of McDonald's were handed out as well.
Valerie Keller, CEO of Acadiana Outreach Center, the beneficiary of all the money raised from the sale, says there was still a line when she left at 10:15 p.m.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.