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Chat with “Cheers” Star Nov. 5 at Overdrive

Overdrive Online Presents Celebrity Chats
Overdrive Magazine Online linked by CDL Life
Originally posted at Overdrive Online

Popular “Cheers” star and Disney-Pixar voice actor John Ratzenberger will be the featured guest for the Overdrive Celebrity Live Chat show tonight at 7 p.m. (ET).  The live chat series is sponsored by Delo.

Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin in the Emmy-winning series and the voice of Mack the Truck in the “Cars” movies as well as many other Pixar films, is a long-time advocate for skilled labor.  He also is featured in the “On the Road with John” video series produced for Petro and TravelCenters of America.

John Ratzenberger InterviewRecently, Ratzenberger talked to Overdrive recently about the important of truck drivers and factory workers to America’s economy and overall strength as a country.

For five seasons, Ratzenberger was the host of the “Made in America” documentary series on the Travel Channel. The show regularly featured American factories, and it was during this time that Ratzenberger become alarmed about the aging workforce in manufacturing.

“When we first started doing that we would visit a factory floor and I started noticing the age of the workers and I started asking questions,” Ratzenberger says. “I started asking the CEOs about the young people, and they would say, ‘Young people have no skills. They don’t know how to measure things or use any kind of tools.’ That used to be done naturally. That was just part of the middle school curriculum all over the country.”

To ask Mr. Ratzenberger questions about these issues or to just participate in the chat, visit Overdrive Online.

For five seasons, Ratzenberger was the host of the “Made in America” documentary series on the Travel Channel. The show regularly featured American factories, and it was during this time that Ratzenberger become alarmed about the aging workforce in manufacturing.

“When we first started doing that we would visit a factory floor and I started noticing the age of the workers and I started asking questions,” Ratzenberger says. “I started asking the CEOs about the young people, and they would say, ‘Young people have no skills. They don’t know how to measure things or use any kind of tools.’ That used to be done naturally. That was just part of the middle school curriculum all over the country.”