I covered hurricanes, floods, tornado’s, the SuperBowl, NFL/NBA games, Crime, (did I mention Crime?) Political campaigns, 5 Inaugurations, Demonstrations, Civil disobedience, angry school board meetings and an occasional “Little League Game”. Every story offered challenges. Whether gas lines due to fuel shortages or the hostility of the opponents and supporters of the Abortion issue. From the poverty and crime plagued neighborhoods of the inner city to movie premieres. I covered the premiere of the very first Star Trek movie in Washington DC I pinned a microphone onto Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat at Blair House. I covered a Civil War Re-Enactments (Bull Run and Gettysburg) and I flew on the NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft. I stood in the sands of the Saudi Desert during Desert Storm and rode in the back of a pickup truck in West Virginia after a tornado ripped apart a small community. I stood on the red carpet at the Academy awards and covered Michael Jackson’s funeral in LA. I stood on a beach in Md. as a hurricane lashed us with high winds and water spray. As a manager, I mixed people and technology for television coverage of major events. Some days I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. I had a blast professionally.
Los Angeles Mayoral campaign debates. 2012
With the Golden KNIGHTS US Army Parachute Team
I was a Television News – field photographer, field technical director, KU SAT Op and field producer for 20 years. Based in Washington DC, I shot news and sports into the mid-90s. I took a Masters Degree and then went into television technical ops management. (and I continued to have a professional blast in broadcasting.) In 2003 I left NBC in Washington DC and went to work for KABC in LA. Retired Fall of 2013. At age:63
WA4D 2 Regional Emmy’s for Video photography. 1) KKK Riot Washington DC 1983 2) Greg Norman Profile Kemper Open 1986
ABOVE: Soviet Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev came to Washington DC to meet with President Reagan. The Press blanketed the City during his stay. I drew a fun assignment. Me and Katie Couric staked out the Russian Embassy on 16th street to watch the comings and goings. Lots of tourists came by as well as did Washington DC celebrities including Carl Bernstein (one of the most important journalists of the 20th century). Katie took the photo. Bernstein just hung out and watched the Russian Zil limo’s come and go like everyone else.
Above: July 4, 1982. On the Capitol mall. As I recall the Beach Boys were playing that day.
Me: Standing in the center of Hollywood Blvd. during the Oscars 2011. Entertainment Tonight and BBC cameras on the platform above.
Above: Emmys at the end of the day as I’m walking to the Production Truck I see these two women from Entertainment Tonight looking at pictures. I just ripped off a quick picture of them and kept on walking.
Above: A few of the dozens and dozens of News ID’s–over the years
Location: Balcony of the US Senate Russell office building. This is where Network TV reporters have stood for decades when reporting on Capitol Hill stories.
Hanging out with Desert Storm Vets before the start of the Victory parade. I always carried 2 radios for comms. UHF for transmission comms and VHF for editorial.
Above: On my home desk. An early 1960’s image orthicon Television Camera Tube. An Old Timer in the MTC department gave it to me. If you work on the Oscars production they give you the official event poster. This was said to be “cool” because it was not available to the general public. Hollywood “elitists”!!
In LA, when we upgraded to the last of the “Big Iron” Cameras- My Boss and I pushed for the Canon 22:1 Lenses. Even at our huge discount, they were over $20K each. We bought just shy of a half-million dollars worth of Glass. We had the best – looking video in LA.Desert Storm: We’re driving toward Kuwait in Saudi Arabia– and we come upon a broken down US Tank. The Tank Commander was an E-6 Sgt. He laughed when I said, “Hey Sgt. If you don’t want us to shoot you and your out of operation tank we won’t!” He said, “No, it’s ok”.
Above: Set up at the Emmy’s 2013. Me taking a break on the Entertainment Tonight Camera platform.
My Office. I put a Yaesu FT-5000 poster on the wall (left side). ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Company. We were on the Glendale Campus. Beautiful buildings, an awesome commissary and surrounded by interesting Disney projects The Imagineering guru’s were across the street. And the Disney consumer products group were near. All young hipsters. Fun, progressive environment to work in.
1977. Studio Camera. NBC in Washington DC
Summer 1985 — Joe Namath was to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. In early summer we flew up to Connecticut where Namath still has summer Football camp for kids. As I recall we were there 3 days to shoot a “profile piece” on Namath. It’s impossible to overstate how much fun it was shooting that story. Namath was sincere,friendly and you would never have known he was still one of the most famous Sports celebrities in the nation.
Legendary University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant said Namath was, “the greatest athlete I have ever coached.” At the 1985 Hall of Fame induction ceremony Joe Namath got emotional and broke down in tears when he attributed his success to his deceased coach — Paul “Bear” Bryant — at Alabama.
“Wherever you are,” said Namath between sobs, “… thanks Coach.”
I’ve still got the Sun Visor! The Joe Namath Football Camp starts July 10th 2017. The 45th year!