Mike Pesca and Joel Meyer were both born in cars in the 1970s.

What’s It Like to Give Birth in a Car? We Asked Our Host’s Parents.

What’s It Like to Give Birth in a Car? We Asked Our Host’s Parents.

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Aug. 11 2015 3:09 PM

Mike Pesca’s Origin Story, as Told by His Parents

One December evening in 1971, our host was born in the front seat of a Plymouth Barracuda.

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After being born in this Oldsmobile Cutlass on the side of Interstate 35, Joel Meyer went on to become an adorable kid with a tennis ball.

Photo courtesy Joel Meyer.

Listen to Episode 317 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, an unusual episode about an unusual coincidence among our staff. Both Mike Pesca and managing producer Joel Meyer were born in cars in the 1970s. First up, Neila Pesca and Joe Pesca tell the story of the ultimate driveway moment, when our host was born in a Plymouth Barracuda. Then, Carolyn Wavrin and Greg Meyer recount how Joel entered the world in an Oldsmobile Cutlass. What are the chances?

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.