“Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It’s all funny.” ~ Joan Rivers
I had a very interesting morning (understatement). Doug conducted an interview with former Humana senior executive, former director of Churchill Downs, Kentucky native, and UK Alum, Carl Pollard (far right). Meanwhile, I (wo)maned our new totally awesome Panasonic video camera, and monitored sound. Neither Doug nor I had ever touched that camera before yesterday afternoon. It’s not entirely intuitive, either. And because it is a relatively high-end camera, mistakes are glaringly obvious. Though I’ve long fancied getting into documentary production, doing an oral history on the fly with a guy who hangs out with the President of the University would not have been my first choice. That said, it was an exceptional experience! I learned more about the camera, sound, lighting, and other elements of a successful multi-media recording than I ever would have if I’d practiced on a colleague or friend. Sometimes throwing me in the deep end is the thing to do. I was also able to observe Doug in his natural habitat. He’s brilliant in the interviewer’s chair. Mr. Pollard was surprisingly shy and modest about his success. He could have left the room with the other luminaries (Doug, far left, Dean of Libraries Terry Birdwhistell and UK President Eli Capilouto) and gone on with his day, and that would have been that. Instead, he made a point to shake my hand, say he was glad to meet me, even called me young lady. I love any man that calls me young at this age, and I especially admire a man who makes it a point to talk to the help. It speaks volumes about his character. I really wish I’d gotten a better snap of him. I say throw me in the deep end again. I like it.