I got my chops covering Hawaii politics; Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos (no shoes involved); the Pro Bowl (Joe Montana in a towel); and every dignitary who came to visit (even side tackled the Governor to snag an interview with the off-limits Belgium Prince).
I'm nosy. That's what got me interested.
I had visions of covering the war in El Salvador and going down in a helicopter. But I couldn't take flying in a helicopter over the Pacific ocean covering the RIMPAC exercises. So I stayed on the ground.
I wanted more adventure so goodbye Hawaii.
Hello Texas. Dallas-Fort Worth to be specific.
Great news towns. Morning interview at Denny's with the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan wearing his 10-gallon hat... and me. An afternoon interview with Ross Perot on the topic of "that giant sucking sound." And an evening interview with gang members in a highway underpass.
I've chased tornadoes; watched a man be put to death: and pedaled through a drug raid with cops on bikes. I didn't sleep much then, but it was worth it.
Then "The World" called. I retired the 5 lb Marantz recorder and went behind the scenes as a producer and director. I've been with "The World" since its inception in 1995, minus a couple years.
In my other life, I'm a wannabe Tiger Mom with a soft spot... and an accident prone who still loves an adventure -- but no helicopters!