Meet First Guy in Line for the iPad

Greg Packer, Stephen Colbert, ABC all excited for tomorrow's launch
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2010 8:46 AM CDT

Meet Greg Packer: He’s the first person in line for an iPad at New York City’s Fifth Avenue store, and he’s been waiting since Tuesday. But he’s not necessarily a big Mac fan…just a big fan of being first in line for things, from book releases (he nabbed Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince first) to product launches (he got he iPhone first, too). Business Insider goes so far as to call him, “The Same Stupid Guy Who’s First In Line For Everything.”

Gawker notes the AP sent out a memo to reporters in 2003 warning them about the retired Long Island highway maintenance worker and his love of being quoted. But he’s not the only one excited about tomorrow’s iPad release:

  • Stephen Colbert gave Apple some free product placement on last night’s show, where he demonstrated his favorite iPad app: vegetable chopper. Watch it in the gallery.
  • ABC, which also gave the device lots of free publicity on Modern Family (clip in the gallery), will release an app that makes ad-supported episodes of 20 of its shows available for free on the iPad, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
(More Greg Packer stories.)

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