From “Wire” Extra to “Mad Scientist of Baltimore”

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A rendering of one of the ultra-green cars that Simeto hopes to build, via Rolling Stone
A rendering of one of the ultra-green cars that Simeto hopes to build, via Rolling Stone

In Rolling Stone this week, Matt Taibbi profiles Kato Simeto, a man he calls “the mad scientist of Baltimore.” Simeto, a former extra on The Wire, has dreams of becoming the first African-American automaker and has devoted years of his life to designing a car that is both ultra-fuel efficient and cool looking.

Tabbi spent some time talking to Simeto about vehicle design, his time working as a sort of fixer for the cast and crew of The Wire, and his need for venture capital financing. The whole story is pretty great; read it here. (And you can read Taibbi’s piece on the Baltimore riots, their origins and their implications, here.)

I have to say, my favorite thing about all these journalists suddenly paying attention to Baltimore is exactly these unexpected, cool stories that suddenly merit the attention of the national news. Can you imagine another situation where an obsessive, brilliant backyard car designer from Baltimore would make it into Rolling Stone?



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