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December 2015

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Diversity Employers | DiversityEmployers.com | December 2015 19 high and dove into the water. I zoomed in to fnish the shot. It was beautiful. Another favorite was flming the opening of the Morganza Spillway. Sim - ply put, the spillway is a food-control structure located along the western bank of the Mississippi River in Pointe Coupee Parish. The spillway's purpose is to divert water from the Mississippi River during major foods by redirecting the water to Atchafalaya Basin and the Atchafalaya Swamp. I told the pilot to start high and parallel the spillway, dive to a level even with the spillway, then fy alongside for a while. After that shot, he climbed again, circled the spillway twice, and we went on home. One Mardi Gras morning, while on my way to flm Big Chief "Tootie" Montana, a Mardi Gras Indian, I noticed smoke com- ing from the downtown area. I turned around and headed toward the smoke. As we approached the foot of Canal Street, the reporter and I saw a warehouse burning. I began flming, and caught the entire riverside wall, six stories, fall to the ground. That footage earned me a frst- place A.P. Spot News Award. I flmed many events leading up to and during the World's Fair, which was held in New Orleans in 1984, including the unsuccessful attempt of a tightrope walker attempting to cross the Missis - sippi River. His attempt failed due to his rigging not being as taut as it should have been. He stumbled, and had to be rescued by helicopter. A city garbage truck eighteen wheeler had gone through the railing of Huey P. Long Bridge and fallen on to the ground standing straight up between the struts of the bridge. A photographer and I few in a helicopter taping live on TV using a portable microwave, to be the frst shot on air using a portable microwave system. One of my most unbelievable stories involved two from Belle Chase. One am - bulance was dispatched to pick up a man from Buras, Louisiana and transport him to the hospital. After driving a few minutes, the ambulance caught fre. The EMTs pulled over and called for a second ambulance. When it arrived, EMTs trans- ferred the man to the second ambulance and they proceeded to the hospital. Half - way there, the second ambulance caught fre. By this time the man told the EMTs to call him a taxi cab. After I opened my own video produc- tion company, presidential candidate Bill Clinton hired me to tape him in the Su- perdome as he announced his candidacy. Later that year I was hired to produce a presentation tape for the New Orleans Black Tourism Commission. It was an eight minute tourism presentation from a Black person's perspective. Some of the people I met over the course of my career were Jessie Owens, and Pope John Paul, who touched me as he passed while I videotaped him. I also met Mohammad Ali following a fght at the Superdome. He was signing autographs for a group of Catholic nuns while I used my portable light so he could see. I got into the ring with Joe Frazier and flmed him sparring as he trained for a fght I the dome. Sports announcer, Buddy Diliberto, and I interviewed the welterweight champion boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard in his room before his fght in the dome. Reggie Jackson gave me two autographed baseballs for my boys during a summer camp in Florida during which I also met Pet Rose. Hair stylist Vidal Sassoon was in New Orleans promoting his hair products and gave me some samples. I interviewed oil well frefghter Red Adair about how he put out oil well fres on land and sea. I drove Lee Majors, the actor, to visit a child in New Orleans who was dying of cancer and wanted to meet him. Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, attired in white clothing would come to town to promote the opening of new restaurants. I interviewed Evil Knievel before and after his many jumps in this city. I also interviewed Dan Marino when he played the Sugar Bowl. Avis Landry, a photographer, and I were videotaping the game and Marino threw a touchdown pass directly in front of us; we got it on tape. In the feld of music, I taped Winton Marsalis as a young man playing and performing in New Orleans. I flmed Harry Connick, Jr. playing with the pianist who wrote the song, "Wild About Harry." I videotaped local artists Irma Thomas and the Neville Brothers. Dur- ing an appearance at the Blue Room in the Roosevelt Hotel, I taped Dianne Car- roll in her dressing room during makeup and wardrobe changes. Lastly, I taped a segment of the Oprah Winfrey Show. I've been in the company of presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, Sr., and Bill Clin - ton. In 1984 President George Bush, Sr. delivered a speech from the back of a paddle boat in New Orleans announcing the 1984 World's Fair. Yes, as one who has experienced the joy of fnding a job that I love, I can hon- estly say that after that fateful hot August day in 1969, I never again worked a day in my life. u Pope John Paul Mohammad Ali Winton Marsalis Oprah Winfrey

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