I was born & raised in Norristown, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia)---moved & now live in Oss, Netherlands (an hour & a half south of Amsterdam)---vacationed in Rome, Italy this weekend---interviewed by major Philadelphia news outlet in front of St. Peter's Square, Vatican City. Crazy world.
|Thanks Bonnie for your TV pic!|
|He taped a story while in Rome about buying a crappy umbrella from a street vendor|
Brian, to his credit, quickly responded:
I wasn't comfortable tweeting my email (but in retrospect would it have mattered? I dunno.) So I asked him if I could "DM" (Twitter speak for "Direct Message") my address to him. No response. So a day goes by and I tweet him again:
Still no response. I thought, "Hmmm, he's blowing me off." Ducis Rogers immediately becomes my new front runner to take over for the legendary anchorman Jim Gardner.
|Ducis Rogers the next Jim Gardner?|
Since I was too cheap to splurge for the €2 to activate the internet on my phone, we were just using Vicki's phone for data outside WiFi zones. We were both in St Peter's square when I "borrowed" Vicki's phone and tweeted this breaking story from Vicki's twitter account "by mistake":
Then all this happened:
|In case you needed proof the interview was really in Rome, see bus|
So, did I ever unveil my diabolical interview plot to Brian Taff. Nah, I was testing his investigating reporting skills. Sadly, he did not put it together that I was the one who orginally tweeted him or that I used Vicki's twitter to pose as "Some broad you might wanna know" making a duck face in their twitter profile. I have no doubt Alicia Vitarelli would have uncovered my scheme. She's just that good.
But again, to their credit Brian and his crew put together a great piece with all the best sound bites and Emmy worthy B-roll.
|"Okay Vic, laugh on my count....3,2,1..." Classic B-Roll (Photo Credit: Sean O'Neill)|
|More classic B-Roll with nondescript, labeless water bottle (Photo Credit: Kris Goorsky)|
So now I bring you, THE BIG STORY ON ACTION NEWS.
These will probably be our new facebook profile pictures forever. Thanks Sean!
Here's my entire uncut interview. I'll admit, I was a little nervous. You try looking at those sunglasses. Well, thank goodness for editing. I wasn't fast enough on the draw to record Vicki's interview unfortunately. She was just so awesome I was simply captivated by her responses.
|Moving closer to our world with friend Brian Taff (@briantaff6abc)|
Oh, and if you're wondering what happened to his jacket. Brian lent it to a fellow journalist from I'm guessing somewhere in South America. True story, the reporter walks up and asks Brian for his jacket so they can tape a spot. Brian obliges and lends his coat. Stand up guy that Brian Taff but he needs to back off the hand on the hip thing; that's Alicia Vitarelli's thing.
Thanks everyone for reading and thank you all for the feedback through facebook & twitter. We've greatly enjoyed our 15 minutes of fame.