Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sat, June 29 2013 at 2:28 PM, Updated: Sat, June 29 2013 at 6:57 PM
Thousands line Main Street in Klamath Falls for the 2013 'Kruise of Klamath'...
NBC2's Lyle Ahrens takes a philosophic look at our fascination with cars...
The 'Kruise of Klamath' is a celebration of the automobile.
Cars that have reflected the times, like the jet age...military years...times of economy...and times of prosperity, and power.
"It was just a time of excess." Notes Ken Knight of Chiloquin. "And it was a good time. Gas was cheap, engines had CC's - this thing was a 396."
Dean Klein adds that the cars also reflect America's ability to travel, and have fun...
"Well, it might be because of the freedom we have here in the United States."
The cars also reflect technology, and old ideas that are new again.
And maybe, the cars even reflect America's diversity...
"Every one of them's different." Points of Gene Webb of Klamath Falls. "And that's what's so neat about this car show. All cars are different, every make and model, and the love that we have that goes into these cars - it's just awesome."
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.