J & Patrick- A news story for WGNO-TV
This package was produced when I worked at WGNO-TV in New Orleans. One day, my executive producer, Mark Deane, called me to his desk and told me that he had gotten an email from this guy called Jay who was trying to help a homeless person. He asked me to look into it. This story is a result of that investigation.
North American Wife Carrying Championships
Bethel, Maine decided to hold an annual Wife Carrying Championship after one of the town fathers saw pictures of the original festival in Finland. The winner gets the wifes weight in Beer. Is that politically correct? It turned out to be a real togetherness activity for the couples.
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The Abita Mystery House
Rob Moreau, host of Northshore Gems, visits the local artist and all around bon vivant, John Preble, at his roadside attraction known as "The Abita Mystery House," which he runs in Abita Springs, LA on the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. Out behind the house one can find a 30' stuffed bassigator, an Airstream trailor inhabited by stranded space aliens, dioramas of local sights and a host of rare and unusual artifacts.... All that and more for just $1 per head.
Just outside Cortland, NY there was a man named Clay Zachary. He lived in a mobile home with his mother and ran a mail order business. But the peculiar thing about Clay was the way he "augmented" his trailer home and the surrounding property with bowls and baskets and the such. He has since moved on, I know not where... but I dug this story up and had to share it with everybody.
NOLA Indian Super Sunday
Mardi Gras Indians is the African-American answer to white Mardi Gras. Historically, few people of color felt as if they could rightfully participate in the typical New Orleans parade. There are many reasons for this, at which slavery and racism were at the root; so black neighborhoods in New Orleans gradually developed their own way of celebrating Mardi Gras. Super Sunday is always held on the 3rd Sunday in March. It is where Mardi Gras Indians take to the streets to meet other "gangs." On this occasion, I was testing out a new HD camera and this is what I came up with.
LIGO- Livingston, LA
Rob Moreau, host of Northshore Gems, visits the LIGO facility on Livingston Parrish in Louisiana. LIGO is a multi-million dollar research facility whose purpose is to detect gravitational waves as they pass through the earth, all in an effort to prove another aspect of Einstein's theory of relativity. LIGO recently made history by being the first to actually detect gravitational waves, transforming it from a theory to reality.
Northshore Gems- The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum
Host Rob Moreau visits the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, located in Madisonville, LA. They have a very interesting educational program that includes class visits and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math education) based summer camp. They also sponsor Madisonville's annual Wooden Boat Festival.
Backyard Wonders- Turtle Cove
Turtle Cove is located in Pass Manchac on the western edge of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. It is the home base of a nature research facility run by Rob Moreau and Southeastern Louisiana University.
Wooden Boat Festival
Every year the Lake Pontchatrain Basin Maritime Museum sponsors a Wooden Boat Festival which includes a 48 hour boat building contest and regatta. It is highly competitive... and when the boats take to the water, some fare better than others!
News Story for WGNO-TV- Tiny Comic Book Guy
Caesar Meadows has a passion for drawing comic books. Not only that... but he likes to make tiny comics that will fit into a gum ball machine. One year Caesar got the idea to make a comic book "throw" for Mardi Gras and so he approached the Krewe of Muses.
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