Detroit ‘Walking Man’ James Robertson Gets a New Car

James Robertson (AP Photo)
James Robertson (AP Photo)


DETROIT (USA Today) — After years of huffin’ and puffin’, logging 21 miles by foot to get to and from work, James Robertson can breathe a sigh of relief.

He’s getting a car: a shiny red, 2015 Ford Taurus. And it’s loaded.

New wheels aside, he’s also getting a new nickname.

Robertson is ABC’s “Person of the Week.” The 56-year-old factory worker will be featured Friday on World News Tonight, along with a college student who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on his behalf, and the man who discovered his story.

An ABC crew came to Detroit Thursday and interviewed Robertson, along with 19-year-old Evan Leedy, the Wayne State University student who has raised $300,000-plus on his behalf after reading about Robertson in the Free Press; and banker Blake Pollock, the man who discovered Robertson while driving to work one day and then shared the commuter’s story with the Free Press.


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