Me on TV!

Discussion in 'Community' started by cleo, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. cleo macrumors 65816

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    So before Christmas I was interviewed for the local 24-hr news station, and they finally got around to showing the interview yesterday. They picked some of the dumber things I said ("It's the editing, I swear!" :)), but my service dog, Sydney, looks awful cute!

    Here's the link:
    Cleo and Sydney on Bay News 9

    My question for you guys: they're offering it in streamed Windows Media and Real; is there any way I can get a local copy of the clip and just have it in QuickTime? (I can also transfer it from my DVR, I hear, but I don't know how to do that, either.)
     
  2. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Wow. Hats off to you, what you've accomplished despite the tough things that happened to you is incredible. Really impressing and inspiring. I hope you continue to enjoy life as you do and keep on achieving what you set out to do.
    Anyway, what I really wanted to say... the dog's pretty cool. :D
     
  3. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Amazing! You are my hero! :D
     
  4. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I think that is a vert well done interview Cleo. Now I can see where your Avatar comes from, a well done caricature. Congratulations on the interview and winning the Miss Wheelchair title. You are an inspiration to many. Very impressed by Sydney also, cute, service dogs are very valuable to many. Did the doctor get into the kind of work that you are doing?
     
  5. blackvirus00 macrumors member

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    nice little tattoo you got there :D hehe. keep on doing what your doing, and your right...its something everyone should strive for!
     
  6. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    Congrats. Nice to see we a have distinguished members here at MacRumors.
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Great little interview there, the avatar makes a lot of sense now ;)

    Sorry, I have no idea how to rip those streams to convert to quicktime :(
     
  8. Hoef macrumors 6502a

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    Congratulations!!! Awesome.... keep up the good spirits and inspire us all
     
  9. Nermal Moderator

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    I know how to rip a RealPlayer stream, but I don't know how to convert it.

    Edit: Option-click me to download.

    Edit 2: It's not coming from a streaming server, just a regular web server, so you can also download the WMV version by option-clicking here. I don't know how to convert to QT in OS X, but if you have Windows you can use TMPGEnc to convert it to a QT-playable MPEG file.
     
  10. vniow macrumors G4

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    I do.
     
  11. apple2991 macrumors 6502

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    Very neat. And just south of me. Congratulations.
     
  12. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    And here it is in MP4, playable in QT, and only 3MB!!!

    here ya go cleo!
     
  13. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    thanks edesignuk, I still don't have windows media player on my mac and it prevented me from having to download it :D

    Cleo! Woohoo! A celebrity, congrats.

    D
     
  14. cleo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh my goodness!

    I'm about 17 shades of red at the moment -- I totally didn't post that to fish for compliments -- you guys are so nice! Thanks for all the kind words! (Sydney, on the other hand, is not blushing -- unlike her mom, she *loves* to be the center of attention! :))

    So much to say....

    First of all, a big fat thank you to Nermal, vniow, and edesignuk for doing the work of converting the clip for me! You rock!

    apple2991, where are you? I'm actually in Largo since graduating (that was cut off from the very beginning of their clip, the guy said something like, "Largo woman Becky Blitch... yada yada yada") Are we neighbors?

    blackvirus00, thanks for the compliments on my (visible) ink! That was another bizarre thing. See, the guy interviewed me for about an hour and a half, and they (understandably) cut out the part about me explaining that tattoo, but they still showed it all zoomed-in. Anyway, the story behind the ink can be found
    here.

    wdlove, unfortunately I feel that they could have included more on my work (public speaking, mostly at schools), but I guess they were really interested in the whole recovery angle. Not that that's not worthy of talking about... I guess it's just... well, it's what I had to do to survive, and I think that whenever someone's up against a disease that's life-threatening, whether it's depression or cancer, there's a natural instinct to survive. So I don't see that part of my story as *that* remarkable. I'm much more proud of the fact that I've been able to redirect my energy into doing healing work in the community.

    But no publicity is bad publicity! I actually got an email today from a high school friend I'd fallen out of touch with who saw the interview, so good is definitely coming from it! Also, it was good (if frightening) for me to see myself on camera. When I started doing public speaking, my tendency was to talk way too fast, so I had to work really hard on slowing down. And obviously it carried over into my normal speech patterns, because I sound like a moron. No one talks that slowly. Except motivational speakers. Hmph.

    Ok, I totally didn't start this thread to pimp myself, but since people are in fact reading it... if anyone out there is in Florida and would be interested in me speaking to your school, church, company, civic organization, bar, neighborhood watch... you get the idea :)... see BeckyBlitch.com for more info. And yes, Sydney will come too, and likely steal the show by being unbearably cute!

    Thanks again for all the nice things you've all said. It's nice to feel so accepted. :)
     
  15. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    Wow. What are you up to these days, post college Cleo? What was your degree in? Just curious.

    Did the Local News approach you in reaction to your "crowning" as Ms. wheelchair? Anything come out of that experience?

    Personally, I think you are cuter than Sydney. Just one man's opinion.

    BTW, edesign, that link resulted in html jibberish for me...don't know why.

    *edit* I guess you new post answered some of my questions...I am such a slow typer..gah.
     
  16. solvs macrumors 603

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    Same thing with a friend of mine. They told her she wouldn't live to see high school. She'll be graduating college some time next year. Sometimes I forget about what she has to go through sometimes, she's just Monica to me. :)
     
  17. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Congrats, and here's to hoping you live even longer!
     
  18. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Congrats on the 15 minutes of fame. Been there and know the rush.

    You can contact the station and they should be able to get you a tape or CD with the segment. Just be sure to let them know that it is for personal use.
     
  19. cleo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    [blackfox], my degree is in religious studies and I went to a rather hoity-toity liberal arts college, so I'm overeducated and unemployed. :) But the universe works in mysterious ways... when I graduated I was on my way to a doctoral program in Colorado when I found out I'd be getting Sydney after waiting for three years. So I deferred grad school (getting a service dog is not unlike adopting a child in terms of time, attention, and energy required, at least for the first 6 months), and as one thing led to another (recovery -- something they didn't mention in the interview is that in addition to the depression and anxiety, I was/am addicted to narcotics and got off those, then Syd, then Ms. Wheelchair), I've realized that I would be supremely unhappy in the ivory tower. I was just... that's the direction I'd been pointed in, and I didn't have the courage to change the trajectory. Now I'm planning on doing whatever graduate work I need to do to be an elementary-school guidance counselor. Working with kids is my true passion. Also, yeah, what happened is that my therapist (she was in the clip, too) is actually Dr. O'Brien's business partner, so I've known him for like 3 years now, and when I won he totally blocked my path one day before my appointment and was like, "I'm going to interview you. Say yes and I'll let you pass." :)

    Chip NoVaMac, actually I'm on like my third or fourth 15 minutes (interviewing a cute gimp is apparently the holy grail of local journalism), and I'm totally over it. But Sydney -- yay! I was so excited to see her on TV. Every dog deserves a day in the spotlight. :) Actually I was already thinking about contacting the station... the cameraman was totally in love with Sydney (could ya tell he was laying flat on his stomach to get a couple of those shots?), and he took some really great footage that I'd like to play around with in FCP just for my own amusement. Like, he had her open my door four or five times and got it from a different angle each time.

    Oh, and for anyone who now thinks I'm living on borrowed time (because when it comes to human-interest stories, simplicity is better than accuracy[/snark]), they cut out the part (and didn't mention) that they doctors were wrong... my diagnosis was officially changed a couple years ago, and I have a normal expected lifespan now (if I take care of myself, which I do). Turned out there were enough people like me that had been diagnosed with the infantile form of SMA but weren't dying off that they gave us our own designation: type II. That cracks me up, for some reason.

    :D
     
  20. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    I too had a couple of 15 minutes of fame on the same subject (ran the SAIN (STDs/AIDS Information Network BBS back in the early days of the AIDS crisis). The Washington Post ran an article on it, and the local TV stations picked up on it. Then months later CNN decided that I would be a good filler for the Easter holiday weekend (don't ask me why they thought the story was worthy of an Easter airing :confused: ). And following that the local cable TV station had me as an "expert" for a panel discussion.

    What surprised me was the amount of footage that the TV networks shot, and how little they used. Though they did a really professional job IMO in getting the right message across.

    My regret is that I did not record or ask for tapes at the time. All I have is a clipping from the Post that is long buried in my personal papers. When I do come across that clipping, I am amazed at the hair that I had back then.

    {As a side note, my employer at the time was very supportive. I never realized the "exposure" that I would get (I was young and foolish). They allowed time off to do the tapings. And when a couple of customers made a stink about my invovlement in the AIDS and Gay community (looking back, I sort of looked like the Gay clone of the time - chino slacks and the polo shirts :eek: - what was I thinking?); the owner of the company along with my general manager told them either accept me as they did in the past or they were banned from the store.}
     
  21. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    I'm a chimpanzee. I'm an expert in "Non-human primate interaction" :D

    They shoot a lot of footage because it isn't that expensive to do and its pretty easy to scrub through to get the good parts.
     
  22. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, I think that you look a lot cuter than your avatar ;)

    Wow, I must say that I'm very impressed. I'm going to email that clip to a friend of mine who used to be my downstairs neighbor until he got married about 18 months ago.

    You'll probably enjoy this recent Los Angeles Times article on him, his wife and their feisty twins....

    Here's the link if you want to read the full article...

    http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-twinsfeb20,1,1927279.story?ctrack=2&cset=true
     
  23. cleo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wow, your friends sound so awesome! They are an inspiration to me... sometimes I get so frustrated with dating, there's a very small pool of people who fall between the extremes of being disability fetishists or flat-out considering us asexual. That article definitely gives me hope! And the woman is a Ms. Wheelchair California waiting to be crowned!!

    Thanks for brightening my day :)
     
  24. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a

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    My pleasure.

    By the way, they don't think of themselves as awesome, but you and I know better ;)
     

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