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Greg Packer Losing His Edge?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:13 am

Say it ain’t so:

Greg Packer occupies an odd place in Apple lore as a man who makes it his job to be a line-sitter. Despite camping out for several nights to grab the first original iPad in New York, Packer got bumped by blogger Richard Gutjahr because Packer forgot to reserve his iPad (Apple was accepting pre-orders and reservations), according to Cult of Mac. Packer was king of the queue for the original iPhone — but fell short the second time.

Note to Greg: please stay on top of these matters in the future. I need to believe.

3 Responses to “Greg Packer Losing His Edge?”

  1. You could actually make a case for interviewing Greg Packer here, if only to do it from the angle of “Shameless media whore screws up”. But since getting quoted in the media no doubt means more to Packer than actually being the first to get an iPad 2, he’d still be getting the prize he really went to the store to acquire.

    John (8dd4e7)

  2. Packer is really out there, doing it, linesitting. He is not killing time at a mundane job, or websurfing at home. So, forgive me if I get a little touchy at any implication that Packer’s game is slipping. I hope a rereading of Teddy Roosevelt’s message will drive home the point that Packer is “in the arena.”

    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

    “Citizenship in a Republic,”
    Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

    TimesDisliker (84312b)

  3. If I’m ever interviewed for TV, I’m going to tell them I’m Greg Packer.

    In fact, I’m pretty sure there might be more Packers than the media knows about. Ok, that came out wrong.

    ukuleledave (e546ca)

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