James Hall, a man who’s been playing softball since the early 70′s gives his account of what it was like being an (in his words) All Black Softball Team. He talks about the difficulties and eventual respect the team earned. Now, almost 50 years later, he’s still playing and, as he’ll tell you, will do so until his tired legs won’t let him do so no more. I really enjoyed hearing (and shooting and editing his story.
2012 Olympian Murielle Ahoure demonstrates a little bit of what it’s like to prepare for the olympics.
This is my vote for ‘The Most Interesting Man In The World’. His name is Sean D. Tucker, a 58 year old stunt pilot who has been flying for Team Oracle for the last ten years.
I had the privilege of meeting him and going up in the air to document, what he so vividly paints as ‘Sky Dancing’. An extremely dangerous art form that is breathe taking to watch.
He was enamored with flying as a child so he learned to fly but in the process realized he was terrified of stalling the plane or panicking at the controls or even spinning out of control so he took an aerobatic flight course to conquer his fear. As you will see, he fell in love.
He tells us this: “Everyday I push the envelope so I an be a better pilot and a better performer but there’s a fine line you walk to make sure you do it safely”.
On his downtime he skydives, scuba dives and extreme snow skis.
RAD stands for Rape Aggression Defense. This is the first in a series of five stories about women who are learning to defend themselves and why. Jim and Sandra Baylor have taught thousands of women and children how to recognize danger and protect themselves from it.
These are students building their minds while building robots. It’s a robotics competition and pretty fun to watch.
Michael Barbagallo, a news photographer at 39 news in Houston, Texas was living in New York and working for WPIX on September 11, 2001. He was downtown Manhattan when the planes hit. Instead of running from the fury, he ran towards it, capturing a majority of the horrible and painful images most of us watched those first horrifying hours, unable to pull ourselves away from what looked like a fictional hollywood movie. Seven years after the day none of us will ever forget, he’d moved to Houston, Texas and was working for KIAH, 39 News. We sat Mike down and asked him about that day. He’d kept all his footage and as we listened to his story and watched his images, knowing he’d grown up in New York and known it his entire life, we knew his story needed to be retold, for people to see what it was like to be a news photographer during those long, painful and hard to remember days. I was given the task of interviewing Mike, going through his footage and putting together a piece that accurately told his story. Michael and I won a News Emmy for this story. (The underlying music is written/performed by Michael Barbagallo)
A couple driving home one night notices a van swerving all over the road. They immediately get on their phone and call 911. Because the object of concern is moving and passing from one jurisdiction to another, no one is able to help them. They are passed from one operator to another, all of them their hands bound when it comes to dispatching help. Finally, sadly, the couple follows the van until the driver crashes the van into a tree and dies. We talked to the couple and found a friend of the man who passed away. This is a terribly sad example of how the system can and does fail us.
This piece was nominated for an emmy.
These stories were shot/edited by me for KIAH Houston, Texas.