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June 3, 2013

Cruise will be featured on 'My Classic Car'

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Upon graduation from high school, he went to North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where he majored in both chemistry and physics. His undergraduate research in quantum physics received an American Chemical Society award. He continued his automotive interest and, through the course of his college years, owned a number of muscle and sports cars. He also kept up his music, playing in local coffee houses.
After receiving his degree, Gage took up the pedal steel guitar and started playing in country-rock bands in the Chicago area. He has opened for acts such Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook. However, after two years, Gage decided to retire from the music scene and go to graduate school.
He attended the University of Idaho, from which he received a Ph.D. in chemistry. While there, Gage became an avid climber and winter mountaineer. He also finally married his high school sweetheart, Ellen.
Gage accepted a position as a product development scientist at The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. There he either worked on, or created, most of P&Gs food products in the 80s, including Pringles, with which he bears a striking resemblance to the handlebar mustachioed character on the can. Gage holds a number of patents on P&G products. Once again having some disposable income, Gage got back to playing with classic cars. This is also where he and Ellen had their three children.
After 10 years at P&G, Gage took a position as Director of Product Development at a Bristol-Myers Squibb company in Evansville, Indiana where he led the development of Boost nutritional energy drink, among other products. In 1995 he met the founder of the fledgling Bradley David Productions, Inc., and he became co-owner of the company shortly thereafter. A My Classic Car pilot series, hosted by Gage, was developed for TNN and received strong ratings when it aired on TNN in early 1996. Based on this success, the show premiered as a weekly series on TNN in January, 1997. After only six months on the air, Gage was selected by The Cable Guide and Total Television as one of the “Hot Faces of Cable” for 1997.
In 2000 the show moved to SPEED channel where it reaches over 85 million households. Now in production for its eighteenth season,
In 2010 Gage became sole owner of the production company and renamed it MadStache, Inc. and with his own lifelong love of cars and motorcycles, he states, “This has got to be the ultimate job!”

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