Here are some of Roadshow's favorite questions from the past 20 years. Some may be familiar, while others reflect the issues of day.
Q Are there plans to build a carpool lane on Interstate 680? It's a bad joke right now.
Q I'll give you $10 for every car you see using the carpool lane on I-280 in Santa Clara if you give me a dollar for every single driver I see in the other lanes. By the time we get to San Jose, Gary, you'll be broke.
Santa Clara, 1994
Q I'm sick and tired of people complaining about Highway 17. It's not the highway that's the problem. It's the people who drive it who are dangerous. It is a beautiful highway, scenic and enjoyable when driven properly. I am opposed to newcomers who complain about conditions and then want overpasses built and hillsides cut down so they can go faster.
Beverlee Shore Taate
Los Gatos, 1996
Q Was it your idea to list the Arco station at Jarvis and Branham as having the lowest priced gas in San Jose at $1.03 a gallon? You have caused more problems than Carter has liver pills. It's been a total mess, with people backing out into the street, angry drivers honking their horns ... a royal mess that
San Jose, 1996
Q Hybrids are a knee-jerk reaction to the fuel price problem. Know what's gonna happen to all those hybrids in five years, when the owner faces a $5,000 battery replacement bill? They're gonna end up in a landfill.
San Jose, 2004
Q I had some idiot in Palo Alto try to take a picture of me because he thought he saw me throwing a cigarette butt out the window. He's a moron; you are a moron. This stuff about cigarette butts being thrown out of cars is freaking political and makes me puke. It's not news. It's never been news. Find something good to write about for a change. You are totally boring, man.
Q After reading comments from people upset with the motorists driving around with expired registration tags, I feel like I live among a bunch of whiners and tattletales. These people have nothing better to do than report people for perceived violations? They would have fit in well in Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany. What's next? Reporting someone for keeping their house at 70 degrees instead of 68? Get a life.
Q I'm not a fan of you or your column, but as soon as I saw the Jack Bauer spoof and you with -- horror of horrors -- an actual weapon, I knew the hordes of weenies would be out in force against you. Liberals have no sense of humor and live life perpetually offended about something. Thanks for printing their letters. I had a good laugh at the expense of the Pious Pontificating Proselytizing Prius People. Sorry, forgot you are one.
San Jose, 2009
Q I got a cellphone ticket this week for talking on my dill pickle! I was headed back to work from lunch on Alum Rock Avenue and was pulled over by the CHP for supposedly talking on my cellphone. I was not using my phone, but was eating a rather large dill pickle (Claussen, to be exact). Unfortunately, by the time I realized I was being stopped I had eaten the evidence. I showed the officer the remaining stem and the napkin that had held the offending pickle, but to no avail.
Tony Bettencourt, 2011