Rick, Rupert and Me
Last Monday, I wrote about how the local newspaper here in Robbinsville picked up my story about Rick Scharnikow and his 9/11 Memorial.
Somehow, that article got into the hands of a producer for Fox & Friends, a weekend show in the Fox News family.
The show’s producers tracked Rick down late last week, and arranged to get him into New York early on Sunday morning for an interview. Unbeknownst to me, on Friday, they were trying to contact me as well. They wanted to use my photos of Rick to go along with the story.
The rub there was, I was a little busy. I was with my wife in the hospital on Friday. She was taking on the task of giving birth to our second son – a whopping 10 lb 15 oz baby boy. I didn’t get the voice mails and emails until late Friday night, when I got home from the hospital. I was already jacked up from the birth of my son. Add to that answering emails and sending images to a couple of Rupert Murdoch’s producers and, well, it took me awhile to get to sleep on Friday.
No worries, though. The producers got what they needed from me and the interview with Rick went great.
In addition to those screen caps, Fox & Friends also “teased” the interview about three times going into commercial, prior to Rick being on the show. They used this image (Rick’s personal favorite and one I made a nice large print of mounted on foamcore from Mpix for him. Used one Canon 430 EX Speedlight to help me get this shot.)
I stopped by Rick’s house last evening, to drop off the prints. He was outside grilling, still on a high from the morning. Fox & Friends sent a car to pick him up (at 4:30 a.m.), drive him into Manhattan. His spot aired at 6:50 a.m. and it was the fastest two minutes of his life, he said. He had so much he wanted to get in about his project, and it just whizzed by.
By the time he got home later that morning, his voicemail box was full….friends, neighbors, had been calling. And because of the story in the newspaper, two former Marine buddies that he hadn’t heard from in in 30 years ago contacted him to congratulate him on his project.
When I saw him last evening, he was apologetic that he forgot to mention my name , and JerseyStyle Photography, on the air.
Please, I said. The goal of my shooting him was to make some nice images, and to get his story out. I think we’re accomplishing that. I also know that when that red light goes on, unless you’re a seasoned pro, it all goes out the window and time speeds up.
I’m happy where this has gone for the both of us. The story has gone from this little blog, to the local newspaper, to one of the highest-rated Sunday morning Fox programs out of New York City. My name and photos got plenty of air time.
Click here to view Rick’s clip on Fox & Friends.
Overall, I’d say it was a pretty exciting weekend, one I’ll remember for a long time.
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Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 50D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS4 or PSE6 and Nik Software.