Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 6, 2012

More on a video photographer and a look at a Girl Scouts display

Pat Smith
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Last week, I wrote of Hoosier Linda Horton who has worked as a freelance video photographer on Good Morning America for 15 years.

I’ve not heard from her since Sandy hit New York, but I’ll continue her story as she answered my questions about her job. I do hope to hear from her soon.

Linda met her husband, a stagehand in television and Broadway, 15 years ago on the set of Good Morning America (GMA). He worked on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway play Cats for its entire Broadway run. In addition to GMA, her job has given her opportunities to work at the United Nations operating a camera at the General Assembly where she saw presidents of the world’s nations speak, including President Obama. “Listening to almost every nation in the world speak, I believe that, despite all its conflicts, peoples of the world desire to live in peace,” she said.

Working on GMA, she said, is a 3 a.m. start time and our studio is located in the heart of Times Square in a city that truly never sleeps. We rehearse in the early hours before the show starts. The hosts of the show are as nice as they seem. What you see is who they really are. Everybody, production staff to technical crew, enjoys working together as a cohesive and devoted team to make the show a success. It’s always fun seeing some of the greatest artists of our time close up and I’ve seen them all over the 15 years: Bon Jovi, Tony Bennett, Green Day, to mention a few.

Last summer Linda was hired for the camera crew shooting the christening ceremonies on the new Disney Cruise ship Fantasy, hosted by guest celebrities Maria Cary and Neil Patrick Harris. Walking around this massive ship on my break was magical.

She enjoyed shooting on locations such as a Cirque du Soleil performance or Broadway performances for Good Morning America segments. She went to Washington, D.C. to shoot Good Morning America, broadcasting from the Library of Congress during the second Inauguration of President Bush.

Working in the sports studio at Madison Square Garden, she walked up the ramp and stood backstage in the concert arena on the upper levels of MSG while on her lunch break to watch the likes of Elton John, the Rolling Stones and others performing.

“For two years, she said, “I’ve worked with the Australian morning talk show Today cast broadcast live from New York. Duchess Fergie was charming and shook my hand which is unusual.

I asked Linda who have been some of her favorite guests on GMA.

With no hesitation she said, “ ack Hanna, a wonderful person dedicated to the animal world; Sesame Street puppeteer of Oscar and Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, who still loves to entertain people after all these years; President Carter; Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) and Mike Seidel.”

She had great respect for the late Dick Clark and considered it an honor to work Clark’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” show. Linda worked Clark’s camera in studio as well as shooting from on top of tall buildings. “There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as the roar of the crowds and confetti blowing on you at midnight as the ball drops in Times Square!”

When I stopped at the Historical Society museum on North Franklin Street last week, Marilyn Beaver, Charity Mitchell and Executive Director Dustin White were busy working on the Girl Scout display. It reminded me that in last week’s column Linda Horton said, “Girl Scouting played a huge role in my life throughout childhood and into high school.”

From now until Thanksgiving, the museum has a display of Girl Scouting. It was quite an eye opener to see uniforms over many years, some from Indianapolis, one that famous Bill Blass designed and seeing changes from the 1930s through the 1970s and beyond.

Girl Scout dolls and paper dolls, sewing kits, 1934 to 1957 catalogs, items Marilyn and Carol Anne Millis brought to share, scrapsbooks from Cheryl Pleak Linville and wonderful hats – on a tree!

There are also pictures of the first African American troop from Indianapolis taken in the 1920s.

I didn’t know Garfield loved Girl Scout cookies so much, but there is a T-shirt on display proclaiming his love.

There are boxes of Girl Scout cookie boxes (sans cookies) when they were 40 cents a box — maybe 1935 or so? Even King Kong is shown protecting his Girl Scout cookies. I can’t mention everything, but you won’t be sorry if you make time to see it.

One more thing: When you’re there, notice the unusual triangle chair that came from the DeArmond Hotel smoking room.