Sunday, 04 September 2005

VIDEO: A handful of heros rescues ten people - The rescue takes two hours, and they only moved about a quarter of a mile. It illustrates how difficult the effort really is.

Makes me wonder, too - if NBC reporter Carl Quintanilla hadn't been there, would these have been saved? Reporters in the region are certainly pushing for people to do the right thing. There are times when it just makes sense for reporters to get involved in the story, despite any J-school training and industry dogma that might dictate otherwise.

I have to assume (from the name and the face) that the Carl Quintanilla on the screen is the same kid I grew up with in Los Alamos, New Mexico. We were friends for a while when we lived near each other, and I seem to remember him telling me with certainty that he was going to be on TV, he was going to report the news to people. Sure enough, there he is, and he's doing a great job. It was quite a surprise to wake up the other morning, having fallen asleep with the TV on, to look at the screen and see someone that looked and sounded remotely familiar, and then to see the name under the face.

But not completely surprising. Carl's one of those people you grew up with who, when you think back, stood out - even as a kid - as someone you could just tell was going to do something important.

And now he is, more so than ever.

Sunday, 04 September 2005 12:42:46 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
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