Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lucy and Ethel make their debut on PBS

Remember back in spring when Ethel came to visit and we went up in a hot air balloon and a film crew from the PBS series The Aviators happened to be in our basket? Probably not. Here's a link to that post if you missed it.

Well lo and behold the episode aired Monday night, but my local PBS station doesn't carry the series so I sort of forgot about it until I saw on facebook yesterday that the episode was available on iTunes. I paid my $2.99 and downloaded it (it's episode 10 of season 3 if anybody wants to come along for the ride).

It's not every day that a professional film crew records a souvenir from one of my adventures,
so it was pretty cool to watch it and re-live the experience.

And get this ... I even have a speaking part! Granted, it was unscripted, but still...

It's the scene where the pilot is briefing us passengers just prior to liftoff. On screen, we see the pilot on the left, Ethel smiling in the middle, and shortstuff me down in the bottom right corner. My nose and the bill of my pink 7MSN baseball cap are barely visible. I'll transcribe what the pilot says leading up to my line:

Balloon Pilot: There's no first class or coach here. The balloon will rotate throughout the flight. Everybody, just turn and face outwards and watch the world go by, ok?

This is what happens next (apparently my voice wasn't loud enough, so the editor commemorated my words with a subtitle):

Mercifully, the rest of the segment focuses on the technical aspects of hot air ballooning and it really is quite interesting.


  1. Wow, how exciting. I'm going to check it out.

  2. You. crack. me. up!!! :)
    (Oh how I'd like to have seen the pilot's reaction! I imagine a half second of speechless disbelief, and then him cracking up too?)

  3. Well, where are they eh? ;-)
    off to PBS website......

  4. wow, we have a TV star in our midst. and your question is why i would not go up in a balloon, and the other reason is FEAR...

  5. Way to represent. That's too funny. I'll have to watch it.

  6. You are SO VERY silly! :) Thanks for the giggle this morning.

  7. Michelle from BC11/21/12, 7:54 AM

    LOL! trust me that would be and always is my first question too!

  8. Would not miss the chance to see Lucy and Ethel in fun is this? And your comment....well you crack me up.
    Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. xoxo Oma Linda

  9. That is so funny! Gave me a great laugh. How fun is it you were on T.V. you guys are stars! I'll have to look for it.

  10. What a hoot! And, yeah, even though I've only met you through Blogdom, I think it is what one would expect! Congrats on your supporting role!

  11. LOL!! Oh my gawd, they should have paid you royalties for that one liner! *still laughing*