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The Exploding Whale: And Other Remarkable Stories From the Evening News

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This lively and entertaining autobiography about the career of a television news reporter begins and ends with the one story he covered early in this career that just won't go away.

 

The scene made "cult-classic status" right from the start: here's rookie broadcast newsman Paul Linnman in the foreground, reporting on a tricky situation at the Oregon coast. State government officials have been working to remove the body of a beached whale, long dead and now rotting. The ...

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Overview

This lively and entertaining autobiography about the career of a television news reporter begins and ends with the one story he covered early in this career that just won't go away.

 

The scene made "cult-classic status" right from the start: here's rookie broadcast newsman Paul Linnman in the foreground, reporting on a tricky situation at the Oregon coast. State government officials have been working to remove the body of a beached whale, long dead and now rotting. The solution: explosives. As Linnman ducks, the skies issue forth chunks of whale meat, and Linnman's live-action reporting takes its place in broadcast history.

 

The title piece is merely one career highlight among many for Linnman, who writes from the inside about his work in this glamorous field.  Linnman reflects on the inspiring people and incredible events, as well as the just plain oddities that he's witnessed over the years. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you will enjoy this behind scenes look at life on camera.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558687431
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL LINNMAN has worked in television broadcasting for more than thirty years and has won numerous awards for his exemplary reporting. An avid golfer, Paul is also the author of OREGON GOLF (page 72).

DOUG BRAZIL was behind the camera on that fateful exploding-whale day. He has enjoyed a long and fruitful career as a television cameraman, and his video images have been captured for the photography that illustrates this book.

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