Saturday, September 11, 2010

VE on TV...Again

First of all...I'll be in St. Louis for the next four days (starting Sun) so if you're close by and want to visit VE in person...I'm at a conference right by the arch...

Now on to the ridiculousness...

Maybe I was related to Forrest Gump. Remember his line, “So I went and met the President of the United States…again.” Of course, that’s not something many people get to do in their average lives; particularly at the White House.


A week from now I’ll be the spotlight of a TV feature. No, this isn’t a remake of Little Gnome on the Prairie or something. This will be a feature on my crayon collection. Seems when you have several thousand crayon boxes displayed in one room, you get media attention.

Again.

And this is where the Forrest Gump tie in is. He seemed to easily step into famous and fantastical things unbeknownst to him; he was just doing whatever he was doing.

Me too. Well, perhaps not nearly on such a grand scale. But consider how many times you’ve been on TV or in the paper unrelated to your job (should that increase it). Never? Once? Twice? Three times a Lady? Oops, sorry, 70s flashback nightmare starting there…

Well check out my media history

- I had a two page feature in the paper back in 1978 as a teen for mazes that I drew.

- I was in the news when I created a 10K running race for the Coast Guard back in 1983

- I had a picture of me climbing and some interview quotes back in 1988 for helping a friend create the second indoor rock climbing gym in the USA (he missed being first by only a couple months)

- I was on Night Line in 1988 as they filmed the devastation of Hurricane Gilbert in Cancun, Mexico

- I was interviewed by all three local Portland news crews for being one of the first people back from Cancun after the hurricane

- I was featured in a video for inline skates back in 1992

- I had a picture and a short interview in the paper back in 2006 for getting a ticket while on my bicycle in the middle of nowhere for an infraction I didn’t commit (the police in the town were corrupt and under scrutiny for money making from citations)

- I was interviewed on the nightly news in April 2010 as a news crew happened to be hanging around our sub-development looking for a story on why so many home buyers were ignoring the economy and buying homes in our area. I just made up my own opinion and they showed it. Ridiculous.

- I had a two and a half page feature on my crayon collection and hobby in the local paper in Aug 2010

And now I’ll be on TV. Again.


Not that I’m necessarily complaining but I’m not a media hound either (well not chronic…). Add to this all the whacky episodes in my life from airplane engines on fire over the Amazon to jumping from ship to ship in the Bering sea to a blown engine in the Mojave desert and what’s it all add up to? Some parallel universe where I’m Forest Gump minus all the money! On the positive side, no matter how many campouts I do, I’ll always have a fresh campfire story to tell….because we all saw a fur bicycle on our last road trip, right?

28 comments:

Peggy said...

I did some of that fancy googling and found the newspaper article of Aug 2010. I had to show my husband the picture of the massive crayon collection. He always gives me a hard time because I had the box of 64 crayons when I was young and all he had were broken pieces from a box of 8 crayons. He says that's why I know more color names than he does.

The Incredible Woody said...

Are you going to be on Hoarders?

Roy said...

I bet you don't go shrimping, either.

Crayon boxes, eh? Are there any crayons in them?

Roy Scribner said...

Shoot, Woody beat me to it! I am pretty sure that I have only been on TV once. Every other time, I've either ducked, turned the other way, or somehow escaped the camera. According to some friends, though, I made CNN back in 1991. I have never seen it - I was out of the country at the time :)

ReformingGeek said...

I still say that I'm never getting on an airplane with you.

lime said...

actually i've been in the paper a bunch. my grandmother worked for the local paper and frequently when they needed a couple of kids for some feature on a local event or spot they'd make my brother and me go have our pictures taken. also performed on live radio in a radio drama competition. haven't been on tv though. been in the paper for other reasons since i grew up too.

Subby said...

"Media Junkie"!

Dang! All I've had is a front page pic in one of our local papers and a rushed telly interview fae the '93 blizzard ( still wondering how the reporters made it there.... )

And your crayons deserve the attention!!

Have fun in St. Louis :)

Carla said...

I want to see a picture of that crayon collection. Heck, I'd like a whole post on that...suppose you're going to tell me I missed it.

Megan said...

Congratulations on your long and brilliant career! (Is it over yet?)

Elizabeth said...

Congrats! Have fun being on TV. And I wanted to ask, why the heck were you jumping from ship to ship in the Bering sea??

Janna said...

Wow, you're here and here!

Stop being so famous.
You're making the rest of us look bad. :)

P.S. Favorite quote from the article: "I don't even smell them anymore."

Tom said...

sounds like you may have even missed some oportunities to be in the news more. i gotta check out Janna's links

Jaime said...

just how large is this crayon collection of yours?

Monkey Man said...

Now I feel so fortunate to be able to read your blog. Will soon have to fill out a form in order to be able to qualify to open your page? Such fame...we are not worthy. Jeez.

Sans Pantaloons said...

Such dedication and organisation counterpoints exquisitely the outpouring of fantastical nonsense. A toast to a Renaissance Gentleman is in order!

Cheers VE!

VE said...

Peggy – It’s probably true…the bigger the box, the more crazy colors they put into them!

Incredible – Nope…my collection doesn’t spill out of the collection room and nearly everything is on display…

Roy – Oh yes, most are in unused condition even though they may be up to 100 years old! Oh, and shrimping…no, I was in the Coast Guard, I know better!

Roy S – I’ll have the gnomes dig it up from their archives…should be good You Tube parody material!

Reforminggeek – That’s good advice!

Lime – “other reasons” huh? The secret side of Lime we don’t know about!

Subby – Front page isn’t bad! I never had a front page…

Megan – Not yet…I haven’t crashed and burned despite fate’s attempts…

Elizabeth – There’s a long story behind that. I jumped from a Coast Guard ship to a smaller Navy ship because the Red Cross demanded I go home for a family funeral and we were riding out a storm and couldn’t get into any of the Aleutian islands but the smaller Navy ship could. Quite scary to jump way out there in terrible weather!

Janna – You found me! Yes, the not noticing the smell is sort of the same effect I noticed with my Aunt. They lived on a houseboat not too far from the Portland Airport and the plane noise was deafening when we went to visit but they’d lived there so long they didn’t even notice...

Jaime – Not exactly sure. Somewhere between 2500 and 3000 crayon boxes which represents about 40,000 to 60,000 actual crayons…

Monkey man – Don’t worry, I’ll give you a VIP pass…you’ve read enough to earn it!

Sans pantaloons – I’m always in for a toast! Here, here!

nursemyra said...

Thank you Janna for the link. That's an impressive collection VE!

Subby said...

Cool article, Janna :) And wiki?

Wondering if your crayola site is still up, VE? I lost th' link in th' last crash :(

VE said...

nursemyra - Thanks. It's probably lacking some of the Aussie crayons. I haven't gotten some in the past but its difficult due to shipping...

subby - It's still there. It's located at www.crayoncollecting.com

Janna said...

You said:
"Yes, the not noticing the smell is sort of the same effect I noticed with my Aunt."

LOL!
At first when I read this, I thought you were saying you couldn't smell your aunt any more.

Mrsupole said...

If you keep this up then one day we will be able to say, "We knew VE before he became famous." Wow that would be so cool if that happened or would we give you an ewwwwww.

God bless.

Subby said...

VE, thanks:) I dinna run across many older boxes in my travels but if I e'er do... ;)

Jacki said...

Dude, you are even an entry on Wikipedia!

I also Googled the article and read it. Now I can say I know someone famous.

Emma was in our local paper recently...she had her picture on the front page, for the feature "back to school" article.

VE said...

janna - Funny...now that I think about it, I haven't noticed my Aunt's smell...

mrsupole - I'll take the ewww and a big fat royalty check would be nice too...

subby - I know you'll look though...

jacki - You're right, I am an entry. I think I qualify for "America's Got Obsessions"...a spin off from "America's Got Talent"

Janna said...

One more thought:
I remember when I was a little kid, I usually used Crayolas. Once in awhile I got stuck with K-Mart brand crayons.

But once I remember having these freaky crayons that barely colored the paper at all. The brand name (printed on the side) was "PlastiCrayon".

I hated them. They were SO hard to color with. Instead of being rich and colorful like all my other crayons, they barely made a mark on the page, and I had to push down so hard they almost ripped the page.

Did I mention I hated them?
I hated them.

And the curious thing is that I've never seen them in stores.
I even tried Googling "PlastiCrayon" and couldn't find anything about them.

Have you ever heard of the "PlastiCrayon" brand?
Do you own any?

CatLadyLarew said...

So, where are the pictures of that crayon collection? I'm sure you could color a picture of it, what with all those spectacular hues.

Annie Ha said...

I would never had suspected you to be an Ed.

gab said...

Im sorry I missed you on TV but I did go google you and your collection. Very nice all orginized too. My collection(S) are right now all packed away. But when unpacked they are not orginized at all just put into place any place will do