When we last saw Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, he was getting a taste of America’s Favorite Racing Series, taking a spin in a stock car with Dale Junior at Charlotte.
This week, he was back for another taste of the Authentic American Experience, spending a day helping build America’s Favorite Vehicle, the Ford F-150. By all accounts, the tech titan really got into the spirit of things, donning goggles, gloves and a reflective safety vest at Ford’s massive River Rouge plant in Michigan, where he put in a few hours bolting bits onto pickup trucks.
“I played a very small part in assembling some new Ford F-150s on the line by adding antennas, cleats and drilling screws. I even signed the inspection sticker on one. You're welcome, future F-150 owner,” he wrote in a post-workday Facebook post. Whew! Sounds exhausting!
Zuckerberg also spent time talking with Ford executive chairman Bill Ford, and our sources tell us he even asked his personal pilot to play a few cuts from Bruce Springsteen’s "Nebraska" as he jetted into, and out of, flyover country, to ensure a suitably authentic blue-collar experience.
It’s hard not to appreciate the childlike wonder with which Zuckerberg — who is currently worth $56 billion, give or take — views manual labor. “Working on the line at an assembly plant is physically hard,” he writes, “and the people I met talked about how tiring it is and how worn down you get. Each person told me separately how important it is to have good shoes because you're essentially walking on a treadmill for 10 hours a day.”
Why is he doing this? Great question! It’s all part of Zuckerberg’s so-called Year of Travel, in which Mark will “get out and talk to more people about how they're living, working and thinking about the future.” He’s already visited oil fields, barbecue joints and national battlefields, proving that, despite all of his billions, he’s still a down-to-earth, approachable guy — a real Zuckerbro, if you will.
We’re sure that this is a total coincidence, but Zuckerberg, who is 32 now, will be old enough to run for president in 2020.
Read his complete Facebook post, and browse photos no doubt bound for his Year of Travel Challenge scrapbook, below.
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