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Fast Talk

"Hack Flack" Allan Fromberg


The TLC's latest "Talking Taxi" series features Yankee Paul O'Neill, the Muppet Elmo, and the Rockettes. Here, the deputy commissioner for public affairs, who's responsible for the buckle-up-for-safety recordings, defends his actions.

Q: Well, what do you have to say for yourself?
A: I'm proud to do something that adds to taxi riders' safety. It might not be popular with everybody, but I think it's a real service.

Q: Cab owners are required to pay $75 for the basic device, and $5 to $10 for every set of new messages. Do you think that's fair?
A: Safety enhancements are an accepted cost of doing business in this or any industry -- it is absolutely fair.

Q: Which is your favorite recording?
A: Eartha Kitt. That was my best writing.

Q: Elmo has quite a rep as a diva. Was he difficult to work with?
A: No, Elmo was a complete pro. I've taken to calling him "One-Take Elmo."

Q: What's the most bizarre thing that's happened during a recording?
A: We were with Adam West at the bar of the Parker Meridien. The piano player went on duty, so we ended up recording in the men's room.

Q: Eew. Who's your dream celeb?
A: Neil Armstrong.

Q: What would his script say?
A: Hmm. "Buckling your seat belt may be one small step for a passenger, but it's one giant leap for safety."

Q: You're good. Do you always buckle up?
A: Yes, I do.


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