Who I Met Today

Conversations by Pamela Lamp

Category How Does This Work?

Frank Billingsley – KPRC’s Chief Meteorologist

According to Frank Billingsley, “It’s coming, it is going to be a big one, and it is not going to miss us.  This one is ours.”  With Hurricane Ike charging toward the Texas Gulf Coast, his Houston audience filled bathtubs with water and piled blankets, radios, water, and dog beds into interior closets of their homes.  They were ready to shelter in place.  Since 1995, Frank, the chief meteorologist at

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Jim Laurent and His Brahman Cattle

Jim Laurent is relaxing with a book in the straw-filled “home” he and his wife share in the cavernous exhibit hall.  Their area is neatly swept, and a crockpot of chili is simmering on a cloth covered portable table.  The background noise is a constant and comfortable lull – goats, pigs, and cows bellowing to get attention. One of the largest and richest rodeos in the world, the Houston Livestock

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Brian Castillo – Adaptive Snow Sports at Park City’s National Ability Center

For those of you who don’t know the quiet thrill of sliding down a mountain – carving out turns and leaving tracks in the snow, relishing the scenery and the solitude – it is exhilarating.  And always a little bit out of my comfort zone.  When I try to imagine doing this with one leg, no sight, or without the ability to fully use my body to lean into a

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Chris Pence – What Does a Sound Engineer Do?

Since moving to Nashville, I spend more time listening to live music in a variety of venues around town.  After all, this is Music City.   Aside from raw talent and lots of practice, I never really think about what else makes for an outstanding show.  According to Chris Pence, a sound engineer with country and pop bands, “When everything at a show sounds great, the artist is wonderful!  But

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Barbara Heilman and UnbuckleMe

Eager to care for her brand new granddaughter on occasion, Barbara Heilman’s first order of business was to go shopping for a car seat.  She couldn’t operate the model her daughter, Becca Davison, already owned, and she wanted something easy to use.  However, when Barb and Becca returned from their shopping trip, Barb was frustrated and slightly panicked.  She didn’t have the strength to unbuckle any of the car seats

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Brian O’Connor – Good Dye Young and a Farm with a Purpose

Thirteen years ago, Hayley William’s hair stylist was out on leave, and Brian O’Connor was her next available option. Making small talk as she sat in his chair, Brian asked Hayley the basic questions about what she was doing and where she was working. Laughing now, as he recalls their initial conversation, Brian said he secretly rolled his eyes when Hayley told him she wrote and sang songs.  Of course

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Jade Roser – Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights

On a gloomy Monday in October, this Nashville treasure is teeming with activity.  Despite the misty morning, a crew works to put finishing touches on transforming this 55-acre botanical garden into a magical, holiday wonderland.  As we stroll around the Cheekwood estate and grounds, built with the Maxwell House coffee fortune, Jade Roser gives me a behind-the-scenes look into how Holiday Lights comes together.  With his easy going, infectious enthusiasm,

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A Ride Along With Officer Allen Cantrell

The sergeant-in-command directs me to the room where roll call is beginning.   Reminiscent of police tv shows, the two sergeants discuss the priorities for the day to the 30 or so police officers gathered.   A murder suspect was apprehended overnight, so locating him is no longer a high priority item for these day shift officers.  As I sit at my table and look around at the quiet and

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Tim Halperin – Songwriter, Vocalist

If at first you don’t succeed…Tim Halperin’s first American Idol tryout was a bust.  A few years later, he borrowed a buddy’s laptop, pulled up a seat, and sang a cappella for a webcam audition. This time around, he ended up in Los Angeles on a wild, musical ride.  As we discuss Tim’s  2011 American Idol adventure, his strong faith is evident.  A finalist during season 10,  Tim truly believes

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Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project – Denver, CO

I became of age in a Heineken, Budweiser, Michelob world – and Coors, brewed with “Rocky Mountain spring water,” was something a little more special.  Admittedly, ordering a beer used to be a simple task.  Nowadays, deciphering choices in the craft beer world can be complicated and overwhelming.  Lager, ale, IPA, hops, barley, amber, abv, malt, mash – I just want something I actually like to drink.  In a city

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