SPRINGBOARD APPEARS ON THE 5 O'CLOCK NEWS

It is said that everyone eventually is honored with their very own 15 minutes of fame. Yesterday that honor literally landed on my doorstep thanks to a local deputy who was recently charged with an OWI after being found intoxicated, sitting in his personal vehicle with his engine idling, on my street. Justin Williams, a local Fox News reporter came knocking on my door and wanted to know how I felt about the story, and with camera rolling I offered my opinion to the best of my ability—through twitchy nerves no doubt. TV is not my gig, if you know what I mean. If only they would have let me put up a link to my HubPages. Wow, imagine the traffic I might have been able to reel in off of that.

For now I'm just trying to keep as low a profile as I possibly can. Surely there are people gawking in through my living room windows as we speak trying desperately to get a closer gander at a local celebrity. It might be difficult for me to trek out to my local McDonald's for my new favorite, Angus Mushroom & Swiss burger if I get hungry, so luckily I've got plenty of ramen noodles in the cupboard. That should do the trick at least until all the hype dies down. Besides, with writer's cramp from all those autographs I'll no doubt have to sign, I probably won't be able to even hold on to my burger.

Ummm. Yeah. 

In any event, here is the news clip from the story. Springboard in all his glory on a cold winter day, with snow falling in the backdrop, on the 5 o'clock news on Fox 6.

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nicomp profile image

nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Congratulations. You need to get a hat with your HubPages link on it, like the professional poker players. When they point the camera at you, the publicity is free.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Hey, I never thought of that. Great idea. Then I just follow the news vans around and wait to be seen in the background...I'll be the one jumping up and down pointing at my hat. :)


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Wow, that was great. Honestly, you spoke beautifully and looked very composed. They really gave you a lot of air time, which is unusual. Terrific job!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

The amount of time they gave me did surprise me a bit. I thought they might just use a sentence or so. I guess I'm a real windbag. lol


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Cool...I've accidently been on the news before but I don't think they "interview" 10 year olds when the house next door catches fire! Gooo springboard!


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I want an autograph.

Keep on hubbing!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Well, you are a star now! You handled that very well and stated the things that were pertinent to the situation. good job.


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kowality 6 years ago from Everywhere

Springboard is my new hero. Are you planning the "Pilot" yet?


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kowality 6 years ago from Everywhere

Great camera presence Jim.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thanks to everyone for stopping by; I'll see if I can keep my head from exploding before all is said and done. lol. My wife has already been instrumental in deflating my personal "diva."


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA

Howdy Springboard - 15 minutes was not enough. So those of us who enjoyed your article and the video clip will here conduct a short vote to see if you may have one extra minute of fame. Reckon that will be OK. You got it.

Gus :-)))


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thank you very much Mr. Gus. I will use the extra minute to it's fullest potential.


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Obscurely Diverse 6 years ago from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos

I liked it when you said: "If only they would have let me put up a link to my HubPages. Wow, imagine the traffic I might have been able to reel in off of that."

Ha-ha! That's funny. I think I would have fell out of my chair laughing, while watching that clip, if Fox News would have gave a shot-out to HubPages. It would have been nice, though. Yeah, your traffic would have been soaring. Enjoy the fame, while it last... :)


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ehern33 6 years ago

Seems to me you are a natural. maybe you can get a gig as a Fox News Contributor. Imagine the bucks.. You did a great job and came across very credible.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

aw heck.

I'm in Cali with a weak connect. I'll have to check it out when I get back home to Texas.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

A star is born!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Obscurely Diverse—funny thing, I was on at 5pm Wednesday, repeated at 6pm, then 9pm, slightly edited version. 10pm I was cut out entirely. Thursday didn't get to watch because my wife had me doing some work on the bedroom remodel we've been working on, then my aunt calls today to say I showed up at 5pm again today just before the sheriff spoke to announce Connel will be suspended without pay...lol. So, my 15 minutes apparently continues on for just a little bit.

The shout out to HP would be awesome! :)


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

ehern—hey, that would be great. Maybe I could even get on O'Reilly? Hmm. Tantalizing. :)


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

sheila—my wife keeps rolling her eyes at me, so thanks for helping to keep it alive for me. lol


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electricsky 6 years ago from North Georgia

I did not see the news clip, but thank you for the "wierd" news as they news shows call it.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Any time I get the opportunity to contribute to "weird" I feel right at home. :) Thanks for stopping by.


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jdunbar 6 years ago

I still say my favorite part was about Joe blow. I wonder how many shout outs Joe blow gets? lol!! Great job and very well stated on all accounts! :)


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Joe blow gets way more shout outs than Springboard gets. lol.


TattoGuy 6 years ago

" Springboard in all his glory on a cold winter day, with snow falling in the backdrop, on the 5 o'clock news on Fox 6." - Lol that was funny, enjoyed it !

Can ya mail me yer autograph ; )


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

I'll do what I can. Between worn out pens and stamps I'm all tapped out... ;)


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

LOL our own hubpages celeb. You did good, I'd have been a dork. The reporter on the steps there was less eloquent than you.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

I was SURE that I was a dork. lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

This is great, Jim! You don't sound nervous at all - plus, you sound intelligent! You should have blurted out your HP profile addy. lol.

What's all that white stuff??


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Daggon snow, habee. We've got some rain forecast for the weekend, so I'm hoping it washes some of the stuff away. We've had snow on the ground since the first snowfall and I'm just loathe to look at it anymore. :)

Glad you had an opporunity to stop in a for a visit. Always great to see you here—well, great to see everyone here of course. Else why else bother with all this stuff, right? lol

Kind of nice to have fellow hubbers call me by my name BTW...not sure why it's not on my profile. I've always used it in blogs and elsewhere on the Net. Maybe I should do a little edit. :)


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Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

Your writing skills come across in the way you speak as well. I am sure that's why they gave you so much airtime. Very well done.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Well done Jim! Hope your hand has recovered from signing all those autographs, LOL! You come across warmly in spite of the snow!

Love and peace

Tony.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Mr. Glenn and Mr. Tony, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments and compliments...just enough to let me gloat in my local celebrity a few moments longer.

My wife's eyes have been rolling so much lately I can almost hear them spinning in their sockets. :)


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TINA V 6 years ago

It was really great for you to speak out in public. You are right. The safety of the community is important. Anybody who commits drunk driving is not worthy of any position in the government. You are a good example of being a proactive citizen. Keep it up!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thanks for the kind words and praises. I was happy to learn of the firing of the deputy shortly thereafter. Nice to see the rare occassion where a good decision gets made. I applaud Sherrif Clark.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

How about that! You were great on camera and I like what you said. We should all be held to the same standard of justice.


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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

Cool! Now I'm following a "famous" man! Give us an update, if you can, about the outcome of the lawman's misbehavior. I'm just curious....


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

I should actually write a hub on the whole story. You'll be happy to know that he was ultimately fired.


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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

Good! He needed to be fired. And I would love to read a Hub on the whole story!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Hello, sir! I finally made it back to civilization. . .by that I mean a place with high speed internet. I thought you did exceedingly well on that, as I would have probably jumped up and down, shouting, "THEY SHOULD LOCK THAT MOFO UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYY!"

In Texas, the good ol' boy club is systemic withing our pd's.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Anything less than high speed would be absolute torture, so glad you made it back from that. :)

As for this great piece of work, they finally fired him.


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Chaotic Chica 6 years ago

At the risk of sounding mmother hen-ish, why weren't you wearing your hat?! LOL Good work, though. I loved the hub and appreciated your 15mins of fame!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

lol. I should have been at least wearing my ball cap. :) My wife gets on me all the time about not wearing skull caps—but they make my head itch. :)


Whikat 6 years ago

Wow!

Now I feel so honored not only do I have a great writer visit my hubs from time to time, but he is a TV star as well. Wait till I tell the kids. :) Great hub springboard. You speak as great as you write my friend. Just think if you get a writer's block, you can always be a news anchor.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

lol. Hmmm. Thanks for the great compliments and accolades. I definitely appreciate them. I will try and not let it swell my head TOO much, lest the wife prompty sets out to burst it. :)

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