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Tensions are running high these days on Daily Kos, and a conversation I had with a user about the history of television got me thinking: Have  you ever been before the camera and the lights?

I have. I hated it. It was a program on a local Houston station when I was organist and choirmaster at a Lutheran church called "The Protestant Hour". It was horrible. Bright lights, one take, and horror of horrors: a close-up!

How does the President do it all the time? I have to wonder.

Have you been on television? Share it in the comments.

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  •  Twice, once as a kid on a (gulp) Barry Goldwater (12+ / 0-)

    float in a parade. The second as a fan going to see Star Wars Episode I. I'm not sure which I should be more embarrassed by?

    Spite is the ranch dressing Republicans slather on their salad of racism

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:14:16 PM PDT

  •  I was on MTV (21+ / 0-)

    I was a contestant on a game show they had back in 1990 called Remote Control. I came in second place. I got free sneakers, a Nintendo and some other swag. I was drunk, and high. We smoked joints laced with cocaine before the show. I had a blast.

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:14:33 PM PDT

  •  I've been on the local news show a couple of times (12+ / 0-)

    playing music and promoting concerts. The show is live and the last time I was on it, I broke a string half way through the song. I kept playing anyway and ended up getting a few new 'fan' emails. lol

    Whose interest does ignorance serve? - Carl Sagan

    by spgilbert on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:16:21 PM PDT

  •  Yes, but not beyond Kauai (9+ / 0-)

    Doing a TV spot while running for the power coop board of directors was really awkward the first few takes, but then I got my spiel memorized and boom it was done.

    I appeared multiple times on Kauai's cable channel opposing a bad deal for purchasing the power system. That wasn't hard because I was focusing on the audience in front of me.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:18:04 PM PDT

  •  Buncha times, talk shows... (9+ / 0-)

    Quiz shows, tv news as a street interview.  Didn't mind the lights.

    Pres is a pol; it's just a public appearance.  Been doing it a long time.  

    But the way you look and sound is always a shock at first.

  •  I was on TV once with Mr. C. (13+ / 0-)

    It was a long time ago, and the rabbit ears left marks on my ass.

    I don't know how the Prez does it either, commie.

  •  A couple of times (10+ / 0-)

    First time I was in 2000 during the California AIDS Ride. The local Fox affiliate in LA was a strong supporter of the ride and of the cause and was looking for participants living with HIV, so I volunteered. It was actually quite an empowering moment. If you are trying to keep a secret you know you'd be better off not keeping what better way to unburden yourself of it than in front of a television camera. I'm serious; it really was a positive experience for me.

    I was interviewed by San Francisco's ABC affiliate a couple of years ago; basically the same subject. I was speaking as a long-term survivor and as someone who'd been around since the very beginning of the epidemic. I had been coached by SF AIDS Foundation staff in advance, just so I would stay on-point. Again, a positive experience (I have a DVD somewhere).

    I've done cameos in a couple of documentaries, and I was interviewed by the folks who produce "I'm From Driftwood" a web-based series which is affiliated with towleroad.com.

  •  I was interviewed by a local news station (6+ / 0-)

    and as soon as the camera lights came on, I kept giving the same response over and over again...
    about how excited I was for basketball season... dork!

    and I was on TV at a World Series game because...
    I sitting by the camera and was flirting with the cameraman... and he put me on TV... drunk!

    wow...  sounds so desperate now that I write it down...

    My next gig will be on TV at the Wendy Davis for Governor victory party...  

    See ya there!!!

    Radical Activist Homosexual Agenda: 1. Equality 2. See #1

    by skip945 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:21:40 PM PDT

    •  I will fly to Texas for that, but I'm working (3+ / 0-)
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      for Michaud in Maine, so I'm kind of conflicted. But you will see my brother bastrop at the Wendy Davis party for sure. He gives the best beary hugs I've ever had from a straight Bear.

      The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

      by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:26:26 PM PDT

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  •  My daughter did some stuff with Disney (5+ / 0-)

    And one time they interviewed my wife & I and recorded a music video with us in the background. I agree with the OP. I hated it! My daughter loves the camera though.

  •  Remember that drunk, shirtless guy... (8+ / 0-)

    who got arrested on "COPS"? That was me.

    Honestly, no, I've never been on TV -- not in a crowd scene, not by accident, never.

    It's probably better that way.

    I'm not even in any home movies, since I'm always the one behind the camera.

    I exist as a disembodied voice.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:25:22 PM PDT

  •  I apparently made an appearance (5+ / 0-)

    when Tom Ridge came to talk to our class and a TV news crew came to cover it. I think it was Tom Ridge...it was either him or Phil English. We had so many Republicans come to that class who the hell knows. lol. But I never got to see myself on TV, which I consider a good thing.

    I don't mind if you're straight. Just don't flaunt it in public.

    by Chrislove on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:30:16 PM PDT

  •  I love how much we comment but don't rec. (4+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps I'm alone in my interest in seeing what others have to say, but if you don't rec it up, we don't get comments. ;)

    The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

    by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:30:42 PM PDT

  •  In 5th grade I was on my elementary school's (8+ / 0-)

    "news team" doing -- what else -- the weather. It was once a week for the whole year. 800 bullies watching. Not too bad.

    I was in the background in a news story once, but other than that, nada.

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    by weatherdude on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:31:29 PM PDT

  •  Only once that I can recall (6+ / 0-)

    It was 50 years ago when I was in high school. The lights were very hot and I so bright that my eyes were watering. I actually had a difficult time keeping my eyes open because the lights were so intense.

    Hopefully, with the newer cameras the lights are less of a problem these days but I'm not really sure since I've never been back in a studio.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:32:38 PM PDT

  •  Made the nightly news once (6+ / 0-)

    when I was in my early 20s campaigning on a ballot issue at a T stop in Boston.  There were 5 of us at that station, but the news crews happened to pick me to ask about the issue.  I was told I talked too fast (hey, I'm from Philly and I was excited!), but otherwise did well.

  •  When I was a little kid I acted in several (4+ / 0-)
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    commercials for a local department store.

    So many books--so little time. Economic Left/Right -7.88 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -6.97

    by Louisiana 1976 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:36:02 PM PDT

  •  Many times...twice this summer, once... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...for a 'man in the street' storm comment, another time to promote our local music festival. A few times to promote other events, and once on El Arabiya TV about the 2008 election.

  •  Does porn count? (5+ / 0-)

    Now that I have your attention...no I wasn't a porn performer. But last year, at the annual Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, partner and I were both in the audience for a staged street scene. It wasn't sexual in the exact sense as that would have been illegal out in public. But it was a staged scene in the porn category, being professionally videographed by a well known company in the business. I later saw the completed professional video online. Both partner and myself are clearly visible in the crowd of probably a hundred or more onlookers.

    And no, I'm not going to name names.

    "Let's have that conversation" - a phrase tossed about by people who have no intention, or no ability, or both, to honestly and intelligently discuss anything.

    by lotac on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:41:21 PM PDT

    •  Well, my dear Canuck friend, you most certainly (2+ / 0-)
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      did get my attention.

      It wasn't filmed, and you might have heard this story before, but I won a hefty bet on a "who will spooge first?" contest on the street in New Orleans during Pride.  I watched it from a second floor balcony.

      The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

      by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:48:30 PM PDT

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  •  Local Houston (3+ / 0-)
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    CM hopefully you were't the lead in to Vanita Van Kaspel who was a news anchor there a long time ago.

    I was on the news on a local Austin channel twice, once describing the harmonic convergence of the planets (that dates me lol) in an interview and once in an interview on the State Capitol steps during a protest to pardon Vietnam draft evaders.

    I do not demand tolerance, I demand equal rights. --Anna Grodzka

    by VeggiElaine on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:44:40 PM PDT

  •  Back when I was a public juggler, (3+ / 0-)
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    I was twice recruited to tape a "public relations" spot for a local news program.  In one instance, I made a fast attempt to teach the anchor to juggle.  That part made it into the spot.  Nervous? No, not really.  It was fun.  I was more worried about bouncing my props into the harbor.

    But as the stark focus of attention for a longer period of time.  No thanks.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:45:56 PM PDT

  •  Never, and I plan to keep it that way...the last (3+ / 0-)
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    thing I need at this stage of my life is to be reduced to a babbling wreck in front of cameras...and that's the part where they ask me my name!

    I do wonder, though, how many of us would do really well if we didn't face the cameras and could just ignore them?  Lots of people are interesting, insightful, funny, even brilliant....as long as they're not being terrified by "the media" and that camera bank.

    Cool diary, commie.  Nice change of pace for the day!

    :-)

    We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

    by The Marti on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:45:57 PM PDT

  •  I was interviewed (4+ / 0-)

    by a local Charleston reported at the blessing of the vines at a winery.  I missed the news that night because the cable went out.

    A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

    by PSzymeczek on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:47:48 PM PDT

  •  Several Times (5+ / 0-)

    CNN, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting), BBC, PBS...I have turned down Fox twice..

    Do something...marinedefenders.com

    by profewalt on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:51:56 PM PDT

    •  With the exception of CNN, I would take CBC (2+ / 0-)
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      BBC, PBS any day before I'd ever even consider Fox.

      BTW, I should say that I was a correspondent for the ORF (Austrian Radio 2) for the 08 election. In German.

      The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

      by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:54:29 PM PDT

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  •  Yes, once upon a time, back in the Dark Ages (4+ / 0-)

    i.e. before St. Reagan ascended to the White House, as I am now verging on old-crone-hood.

    I had a regular side-gig on the local TeeVee news yapping about gardening (my actual profession).

    Apparently I have an otherwise-useless talent for keeping a steady and sincere-appearing gaze towards the camera that somehow looks great on the screen. Even though in real life I'm as shy and stammer-ish as the next person.

    I've been bitten on live TV by a milk snake I was handling to encourage people to be kinder to the reptiles they find in their gardens. And had what I thought were cold-stunned Japanese Beetles warm-up and start crawling down my blouse during a close-up while I nattered on about milky spore disease.  

    At first it seemed fun, but it got old for me really fast. Once when I was out with my Mom, who didn't lived in the area, a stranger approached us in the supermarket.

    "Aren't you that Garden Girl," they asked? (You can see this really was in the Dark Ages since Garden Girl wasn't considered politically incorrect back then.) I could feel my Mom stand up straighter, ready to preen herself. Unfortunately as was my habit, I looked straight at the stranger and with my best steady-and-sincere look on my face, I lied through my teeth: "No," I replied, "that's my cousin, who I just look like. Don't worry, it happens all the time."

    Stranger now is crestfallen and embarassed and my poor Mom is crushed, and I'm disgusted by my facile lying. But I just couldn't stand the constant sense of exposure, day in and out.  I can't imagine the psychic toll paid by The President and his family, or media-types or other famous people. I would drive me quite literally to insanity.

    Eventually I was the victim of a very serious crime as a direct result of my little fling with TV-"celebrity." I abruptly, and permanently, stopped doing TV and have never missed it, not even once.

    Araguato

  •  Yes =) (5+ / 0-)

    In the very beginning of cable, you could rent a studio for $25 or $35 an hour =) A group of us kicked in money and wrote skits, and were on cable TV in Manhattan in the late 1970's. We had SO much fun!! I think we did it every two weeks for a year or so?? Maybe once a month for two years?

    I don't want to post the name of the show. It was, um, distinctive. Would be awful if somebody managed to dig it up! In one skit, I was reading pretend news and my blouse gapped and my bra clasp showed :( I was completely oblivious and teased the next day at school. Smh.

    I think my debut was televised, can't remember. Too long ago. There were a lot of us, not just me.

    I was on the news a couple of times, but just as a face in the crowd during protests/rallies at the Capitol.

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 01:54:22 PM PDT

  •  Once (6+ / 0-)

    I'm in a local improv troupe. Our hook is that we are all over the age of 55. We did a promo for our upcoming show on a local tv station. Watching later, I noticed a couple things:

    1. I am really polite. My two teammates both talked way more than I did. My fault entirely; improvisers know we just have to leap into the void.

    2. I need a stylist, desperately. And better foundation garments.

    The cool thing was, between the 2 tv spots and a good article about us in the local newspaper, the show was completely sold out. The venue finally had to set up more chairs, then more, until they locked out people who showed up on the late side.

  •  Was grabbed by the shoulders by actor (5+ / 0-)

    Claude Aikins while the TV series Movin' On was filming a show in Norfolk, Va. I was an extra for a few minutes:)

    Also did a tap dance for Community Auditions in Boston and on the Uncle Gus Show on Channel 9 WMUR-tv NI :)

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    "It's said that the honest man has nothing to hide. Not true. The honest man has to hide himself, because honest men are the prime targets of those who lie." (TY Hannah:)

    by roseeriter on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:01:13 PM PDT

  •  A fair bit, none political. (5+ / 0-)

    Earliest significant was as an RSI sufferer, talking about adaptive technology.

    Then 4 episodes of Scrapheap Challenge/Junkyard Wars. It was a lot of fun, but a huge amount of work.  (and it was a bonus that all the filming happened in London.)

    Since then I have had brief appearances when history/tech shows need a large catapult for some reason.  (Man, Moment, Machine, Lock and Load, a rock video, and all the Punkin Chunkin specials)

    With the exception of the first interview,  all have been filmed outside in natural light, so I didn't have to cope with the hot lights, etc.  And none were scripted, so there was no "acting" involved, just answering questions, and talking about what I was doing.  So I don't have a bad taste about it.  I wasn't doing it for air time, but because they all came with the challenge of building something interesting, and I have actively persued a chance to do it again.

    I have a few gripes with the TV industry.  They are real big on hurry up then wait.  You get a lot of "can you get me something now", a promise of "hear in a week", then 4 weeks later, a fresh panicked call needing something else that very second  (and the person that contacted you the first time is now gone, and you have to start over with the new researcher...)

    My biggest issue, is that I likely give the editors fits, so many ums and ers to snip out.

    This planet needs a lot more kids who think taking a lawnmower apart is more fun than playing a videogame. Check out Hjürl (pdf) Imagine if IKEA sold siege engines.

    by rjnerd on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:02:40 PM PDT

  •  That's me in row 27,418 ... 3rd from the left. (5+ / 0-)

    Living the austerity dream.

    by jwinIL14 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:05:44 PM PDT

  •  Several times, but I don't recommend it (6+ / 0-)

    Back in the '80's, when my partner and I were playing a lot of music around the Indianapolis area--bluegrass and what we would now call Americana--we were on a few times, twice on the local PBS station, and once on a cable show produced by a  local concert promoter.  The PBS shows were showcases for local talent, and I remember 3 things; 1) we followed a dixieland band wearing candy-striped shirts, 2) the lights were bloody hot, and 3) as we were walking off we ran into the host--a prominent local radio guy--and I couldn't believe how much pancake makeup he was wearing.

    In the last few years, I've been on the local news 4-5 times as a spokesperson for local groups fighting commercial development rezones.  The local news folks are usually pretty nice (yes, even the folks from the Fox station) but I've learned that sometimes they don't know many pesky 'facts,' and often they don't know what they really want.

    Anyone been interviewed by a print reporter?  

    •  I have been interviewed several times (2+ / 0-)
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      by print reporters, including a couple from small regional papers, and I can tell you they seem to be far more savvy than their Radio and TV colleagues.

      The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

      by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:22:29 PM PDT

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    •  I had forgotten, but yes.... (2+ / 0-)
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      I made the cover of the annual women's feature of the newspaper once, and the reporter came to my home for pix and to interview me for the story.  I even went to the beauty shop to get my hair done (dual purpose; I had a hot date that night, too).

      At various times when I had roles large enough for it, I was mentioned in theatre reviews.  One highly favorable one I remember because the reviewer hated the acting on the part of the leads in Death of a Salesman, and only favorably mentioned one other character (one of the sons) and me - I had the bit part of the mistress.  [NonnyO] "...was a breath of fresh air with her brief but joltingly credible scenes."  I was terribly pleased with that line!

      :-)

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:52:03 PM PDT

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      •  How nice it is that so many of us have had (1+ / 0-)
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        a bit of success in the Theatre.

        On my end? "Lugubrious tempi"  was once mentioned. I didn't care. I got a paycheck every week. I always wanted to be a bandleader and I got to do it. With a band named not after our company, but after me. I have to say I savored that.

        The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

        by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:55:35 PM PDT

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        •  :-) Excellent! (1+ / 0-)
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          Certain compliments can make one smile with satisfaction many, many years later, and they're all the more appreciated when we know we've done a good job at whatever it was that earned the compliment.

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:01:55 PM PDT

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    •  Had to laugh about (0+ / 0-)

      "pesky facts."

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      by catilinus on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 12:41:08 AM PDT

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  •  Yes... (4+ / 0-)

    On some little local community local-interest chat show on one of those public access stations for just the town I lived in back in the mid-late '60s.  I went in uniform for the department I worked for.  I have no idea what was discussed, but the host of the show and his wife were in community theatre and that's how I got involved with the musical reviews and plays they put on.

    One of the musical reviews I was in was taped, but I don't remember the fate of the tape.  Not sure if it was for the director for his own use or for the public access channel.

    Being in front of a camera (video or still photos) has never been a problem for me.  Well, it might be now that I'm old and no longer attractive (I try to avoid photos now), but when I was young my high cheek bones were a feature the camera loved about me so I always looked better in photos than I do in person.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:24:30 PM PDT

    •  Hugs, dear NonnyO. (1+ / 0-)
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      I am sure you were wonderful on camera, and thank you for acting a little. It is so important, I think, for people to put themselves in other people's shoes.

      The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

      by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:27:13 PM PDT

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      •  {{{Hugs back, commonmass!}}} (1+ / 0-)
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        I try to 'walk a mile' in someone else's shoes - on stage or off - especially if a real person has a difficult situation and it's something I've never encountered.  I cannot succeed completely, but I try to empathize as much as possible.  [I tend to empathize too much in some cases, which also has a tendency to make me get taken advantage of, so I've had to learn balance.  I try to blame it on being a Pisces, the most empathetic sign of the zodiac, but that's a cop-out when I empathize so much I become a doormat.]

        Still, if it helps me to be more understanding, I'm all for getting into character in an acting role.

        How have you been doing Dear commonmass?  I think of you and the grieving process you've been going through and hope you are finding solace and healing.

        Scritches to Geoffrey from me!  :-)

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:41:14 PM PDT

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        •  That is so nice of you to engage me in that. (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm doing pretty well. I had to dispense with some of Terun's estate recently. The IRS was closed, but Revenue Canada was wide open. With a death certificate, they'll refund my money but I wanted to pay them.

          Geoff is sitting right here and sends big mews.

          The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

          by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:45:32 PM PDT

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          •  {{{~♥~commonmass & Geoff~♥~}}} (1+ / 0-)
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            kosrose

            :-)

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            by NonnyO on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:59:15 PM PDT

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            •  Terun and Geoffy, just a year ago: (2+ / 0-)
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              GreenMountainBoy02 and Geoffy-cat up to camp.

              The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

              by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:02:26 PM PDT

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              •  You are all such handsome fellows! (1+ / 0-)
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                IMNSHO!  :-)

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                by NonnyO on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:04:15 PM PDT

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                •  Geoff misses Terun something fierce. (1+ / 0-)
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                  Every day, after he goes down to eat and use the back yard, he come in and looks all over the condo for Terun. He can smell him, because there are still some of his clothes here. I can't get rid of them, and I don't think my cat would appreciate it either.

                  The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

                  by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:07:45 PM PDT

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              I miss my husband.

              The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

              by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:12:13 PM PDT

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              •  He died two months later. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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                The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

                by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:13:29 PM PDT

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                •  He looks like he's seeing into the future (1+ / 0-)
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                  I don't know if that makes any sense to you; it's just an instant perception on my part.

                  I'm quite sure you and Geoff miss Terun dreadfully.  He always seemed such a sweet fellow (or, at least that was my impression).

                  The worst part about being as old as I am now is that I'm all too familiar with all kinds of grief for various reasons (loss of people, places, things).  My generation is now the oldest in both families, and all my biological aunts and uncles are dead (two aunts by marriage are still alive and elderly), and various cousins and other relatives and friends have already passed on.

                  When it all becomes too much, I seek the stillness of quiet contemplation.

                  I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

                  by NonnyO on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:27:03 PM PDT

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                    and I don't want to get into that because I just had to deal with it today.

                    But I'll say, the last conversation I had with him, the night before he died went exactly like this:

                    Me: I have to go home and get some sleep. I have a meeting in the morning.

                    Him: MUST you go?

                    Me. I Have to go.

                    Him: I must leave you, too. Will you hold me?

                    I hate that crap. We loved each other so much. He was dead when I got back from work the next day. But still warm. I held him anyway, even though I knew he was dead. His twin brother was with him, thank God.

                    The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

                    by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:33:51 PM PDT

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                      ... (to me as an onlooker, that is) to know that Terun was loved so very much at the end - by you, his family, and by those whose lives he touched.

                      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

                      by NonnyO on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:39:20 PM PDT

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    on one of the shows I was on.  looooooooooooong story

  •  I was in the audience once for Bozo's Circus (3+ / 0-)
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    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:30:34 PM PDT

  •  I've also been in the band for several (2+ / 0-)
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    nationally televised sporting events, the first Inauguration of Clinton, and a Clinton rally where he played sax with us.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:32:03 PM PDT

  •  Thanksgiving 2001 (3+ / 0-)
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    We signed up to host some recruits from Naval Station Great Lakes for holiday dinner at our home. A week before the dinner, one of the local network affiliates asked Great Lakes PR if they could film recruits enjoying Thanksgiving. So we got the call and said yes.

    The recruits seemed to enjoy themselves, which was the whole point, and there were some funny stories that I cannot repeat.

    I think you have to pass a background check now in order to be a host family. When we first hosted recruits in about 1995, it was just show up and a free for all.

    People with hatred in their hearts never live up to their full potential. It's very sad.

    by Nelsons on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:36:55 PM PDT

  •  This brings back memories! (3+ / 0-)
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    I was on TV three or four times in the mid 80's on the Allentown PBS station, WLVT. They had a quiz show for high school students called Scholastic Scrimmage, hosted by Harry Price for those who remember.

    I am highly introverted IRL, which is why I write, play bass, and bring my dogs to meetups ;) OTOH being in front of an audience doesn't bother me at all. I just remember how intense the lights were, and Harry's pancake makeup, and not being sure where to look all the time.

    I looked kind of stiff in the video (which I can no longer find), but it was more about my brain being laser-focused on digging up facts at warp speed. We had such a good run I got promoted to captain which was enough for me!

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:39:23 PM PDT

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    Once on a children's show:  it was a friend's birthday and we all went on the locally hosted afternoon cartoon roundup, kind of like the Bozo the Clown show only the guy wore a garish used car salesman-type jacket and promoted local businesses.  I was fascinated by the process.  My mother complained afterward that my face was always turned away from the camera; I couldn't make her understand that checking out the studio was more interesting than smiling into a big box.  I was about seven.

    Once I was in footage of a club I belonged to that got shown as a documentary on local PBS.  Not a studio experience, though; it was taken in the field..

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    …or I should say "two circumstances" because they add up to more than twice.

    The first was when one of the networks did a remote during our 1981 job action (Saint Ronnie fired 13,000 of us—it was in all the papers) at our local where a handful of us on the local board were acting as reps for each employee during their initial meeting with management. I can't even remember the network or the reporter and I probably only got about ten seconds of exposure. Narcissist that I am, it didn't bother me a bit.

    A few years later, our local (ham) radio club got access to the local cable company's studio facilities, and a committee of the club got trained in using the equipment (one of our members was a studio tech at WGN), and it was decided to present an introductory course to ham radio. I volunteered to be the talent (see "narcissist" above). We had spouses and youngsters for students, and we taped about a dozen episodes. I had a blast.

    I actually had a stranger recognize me once after the class began airing on the cable local access channel. I enjoy public speaking and I'd do something on air again in a heartbeat if the opportunity presented itself.

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    by exatc on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 02:47:28 PM PDT

  •  one ep. of a game show during grad. school; at (3+ / 0-)
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    least one local-cable program about something library-related (I was explaining how "helpful" home repairs performed by patrons (in order to avoid damage charges) were usually more damaging than the original problem). that's all I can recall.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:10:44 PM PDT

  •  A game show and a commercial (1+ / 0-)
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    I was in a local TV game show competing with other high schools when I was in high school.  My school did not win.  It might have been my fault.  :-(

    I acted in a commercial for a new (and now failed) restaurant chain.  That one was not my fault. :-)

    Both times I did not want to do it and had to be talked into it.

  •  I haven't been on TV yet but assuming the Travel (1+ / 0-)
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    Channel picks up the pitch show "Long Weekend" I will be on the pilot as I was in the audience during the taping of the first hour of the Burlesque Bingo show.  Of course, several of the performers were pretty nervous (especially Pinny Yearned) about possibly being on national television though the producer was very happy as it would mean lots of free advertising.

    You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:22:58 PM PDT

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      having to go on television once in a while? Gosh, you all love it! ;)

      The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

      by commonmass on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:25:43 PM PDT

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      •  Well I didn't actually do anything as I was just (1+ / 0-)
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        in the audience watching the show (a round of bingo, a burlesque performance, another round of bingo, another burlesque performance, and so on for 6 bingo rounds and 6 acts).  I also do love the Randy Dandies as they are not only very talented but absolutely hilarious as well.

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 04:20:50 PM PDT

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  •  won a contest in 2nd grade, appeared on local (1+ / 0-)
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    kids show - stage fright when confronted with microphone

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:26:06 PM PDT

  •  Yes, a few times (0+ / 0-)

    I was on my high school's quiz team, and appeared on It's Academic with Mac McGarry back in 1974.

    I was also an extra in an episode of PBS' The American Experience. The title was Insanity on Trial.

    The assassination of President James Garfield in 1880 by Charles Guiteau, who believed his actions were ordained by God, resulted in a trial where the plea "innocent by reason of insanity" was used for the first time.
    The trial was filmed in the old courthouse in Westminster, Maryland, and I was in the gallery.

    I also appeared in the local news in Baltimore in a segment about stream quality monitoring. Me and a partner demonstrated how to kick seine a streambed to survey aquatic insects.

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:34:51 PM PDT

  •  When I lived in Los Angeles (0+ / 0-)

    and was in real estate finance I appeared frequently on an investment oriented cable channel. It was all live and I lived in mortal fear that I would just blank at some point when asked a question. I was on maybe 25 times and, thankfully, never had a major glitch. The entire process of makeup and sitting in the green room is all very interesting and the first time you do it, its frightening.  

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 04:14:54 PM PDT

  •  At the 2009 Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh .... (0+ / 0-)

    ...... when Bill Clinton addressed us: apparently a C-SPAN camera focused on my mug for a few seconds. Must have been a good camera operator; I had no inkling of it.

      Someone in our payroll department saw it, asked my boss the next day "Is Ed at that conference in Pittsburgh?" and my boss replied, "No idea; he's just on vacation as far as I know".

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 04:22:20 PM PDT

  •  First day of Kindergarten (0+ / 0-)

    Apparently my parents knew the local news was going to film at my bus stop as I boarded for day one of Kgtn.  They had me wearing my best tie.  Sadly I wasn't allowed to stay up for the 11 PM news to see myself.  It was a school night.  

  •  I get televised twice a month (0+ / 0-)

    Our Township Board meetings go on our local cable access channel.

    I have no idea how many people watch our (frankly, pretty boring) meetings, but I've had quite a few comment to me about something we discussed, so it must be more than a handful. And come to think of it, our meetings are no more boring than C-SPAN coverage of your average Congressional Committee.

    Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

    by memiller on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 05:12:22 PM PDT

  •  I got interviewed by a local station... (0+ / 0-)

    ...about an impending shut-down of City services years ago, when I was still working for the City of Chicago. I never saw the result, but someone told me they had edited out 2/3rd's of that short interview. I don't even remember which station.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 05:27:08 PM PDT

  •  Impromptu Interview (0+ / 0-)

    Some years ago, I was walking my Great Pyrenees downtown. She was fairly young and I am not the best dog trainer anyway. A reporter for a local TV station for one of those Man on the Street (I would say woman on the street, but that sometimes has a different meaning) stops to ask how we felt about the weather turning colder. I am giving him some silly answer about how my dog likes it so I had to be more like her. Zoe, my dog, is bored with the whole thing and she suddenly lunges at him. He moves back, nearly into the fountain that is behind us. I just walked away embarrassed, not ready for prime time.

  •  Ringer here... (0+ / 0-)

    I work in the business, more in radio than in TV, but these days if you do radio you end up needing to do video, too. So I've done my share of anchoring and program hosting and PBS begathons and live news reporting and so on.

    The good news, I guess, is that most TV lights these days are LED, not incandescent, so the days of having sweat dripping down your face from hot studio lights, if not nerves, are largely over. (And it's more energy-efficient, too.)

    During my news reporter days, back around the turn of the century, what amazed me was just how media-savvy so many "people on the street" have become. It's remarkable (and vaguely creepy) how many people can now deliver a perfect 20-second sound bite on the first try when you put a camera and mike in their faces.

    Intended to be a factual statement.

    by ipsos on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 08:12:34 PM PDT

  •  My first time on TV after the one kiddie show was (0+ / 0-)

    Korean national television. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I took lessons in the local classical music, and my teacher entered me in the Foreigners Korean Music Competition run by an English-language newspaper, the Korea Herald. He played drum and I played kayageum for my contest piece. I was then interviewed live in Korean after I won the classical division.

    I have done various shows in the US since my return, talking about high tech topics. You can see an extended interview I did about tech for global education for ending poverty.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 10:14:44 PM PDT

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