Thursday, August 25, 2011
The phone rang but I ignored it because I was writing a description of Mozart's "Eurobot" composition in order to place it in a music library. Then I heard the phone speaker say the word "Tribune". Oh! Maybe they want to publish my article about the Arboretum! If so, I will have a free membership coming. I dove for the phone.
A deep friendly voice spoke faster than I could process. He introduced himself as "Lafayette...like the general", and said something about "Chicken Soup".
A general? Chicken Soup?
"Yes, Chicken Soup sent us some information on you, and we'd like to interview you about your recently published article."
Me? An article about my article? How could that be interesting? But he thought it would. So I agreed to meet him at Longden school, where I work.
Later we sat in front of the office on a long low bench built for little people. I gazed across the grassy field. He patiently held a pad and pencil, and asked me lot's of questions.
The more questions he asked, the more I wanted to talk.
"How much room do you have?" I asked.
"All the room you want."
"Okay, I'll tell you about my dirt bike."
When the interview was over, we walked around the school looking for a good spot for a picture. After about 12 shots, Lafayette decided on the one you see.
"Now that we're done, can I interview you?" I asked.
Lafayette gave me lot's of writing tips, especially relating to journalism. He has been with the Tribune for 12 years, and he is also a professional photographer.
Thank you Lafayette!
In order to read the article, click on the picture and put on your glasses. The white spots are where I took out my last name for privacy purposes. I couldn't find it on-line. If you want to read it let me know, and I'll type it out.