Capitol Alert: Arnold Schwarzenegger finds buddy for crushing things with tank

akoseff@sacbee.comMarch 21, 2014 

Schwarzenegger Comeback

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks after being honored by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 4, 2011.

MARK J. TERRILL — AP

It's like a scene from one of his action blockbusters: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rolls in on an M47 Patton tank, plowing through a taxi, 66 birthday cakes, bubble wrap and a giant Easter egg to the strains of "The Final Countdown."

"I finally have achieved my lifelong dream," he says. "Come to LA, and crush things in my tank!"

The video, which has been viewed more than 8.7 million times since it premiered online March 12, was part of a fundraising campaign by Schwarzenegger for his After-School All-Stars organization, which runs programs for almost 90,000 low-income youth across the country.

The simple hook, inspired by a Reddit Q&A: One lucky donor and a friend would be chosen to join Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles and spend an afternoon crushing things with the tank he drove in the Austrian Army. (Schwarzenegger acquired the tank two decades ago when it was decommissioned by the Austrian government and it now resides at the Melody Ranch film studio.)

This week, Schwarzenegger announced a winner: Alex Mihelick of Dallas, Texas, who will get an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to crush a car and other things to be determined.

The campaign also brought in more than $500,000, which will be matched by Schwarzenegger.

"I am very excited about all of this," he said in a statement. "Because so many people donated money, so many kids will have the chance to dream big and reach all of their goals in school and life."

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