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Deja Vu

My youngest son, Blair, is 13 years old today.  A teenager.  Now I have two of them.  I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. Last night I was in his room, sitting on his bed, leaning against the wall, when I had a powerful deja vu.  Just days after his birth I was in the same place, sitting on a futon, holding him in front of me so I could look directly in his eyes, and I was talking to this baby we tried so desperately hard to have.  “Blair, you complete me.”

I was on maternity leave from my “permalance” television production job at NBC News, hoping to get the call that I was being brought on staff.  I was hugely pregnant when they flew me to New York right before Christmas for my interviews at 30 Rock and MSNBC, then I heard nothing.  A month later I left to have a baby and still nothing.  Blair was born on February 1 and I was well into my leave with no word.  I was starting to give up hope that I would get the job.  I remember holding my baby and telling him that it didn’t matter.  “Blair, you complete me.”

Shortly after, the most enormous bouquet of flowers showed up at my door.  It was the kind you see in a hotel lobby.  The card read “Your friends at NBC News would like to welcome Blair Aaron to the world and welcome you to the NBC Family.”  It was one of the most stunning and unexpected gestures I had ever experienced.  Last night I sat on Blair’s bed, cuddling my 13 year old son and I told him that story about how two dreams had come true.  A big boy snuggled in my arms this time and I repeated what I had told him so long ago.  “Blair, you complete me.”

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Blair’s First Filmmaking Job

My 12 year old son, Blair Ewalt, a budding filmmaker and 7th grade student at Denver School of the Arts, just produced his first professional film.  It is a two and a half minute promotional piece for an exhibit called “The 4000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks” at Denver’s Mizel Museum. The exhibit opens on February 2, 2011.  

It took Blair less than two weeks to produce the video.  He shot it in high definition and edited it on Final Cut. He did the videotaping over Christmas break so he didn’t miss any school.  What makes me particularly proud about this is that his father and I didn’t get him the job.  The marketing manager of the Mizel Museum, Sue Stoveall, remembered his audition film for DSA, a short called “A Christmas Gift,” and thought he had the right stuff.

He will have his first paycheck soon and the museum is sending a press release out to the Denver Post and other media singing the praises of the middle school kid who they hired.  Congratulations, Blair.  Someday I’m sure we will all be working for you.

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The Audition Tape

My 11 year old son, Blair, wants to be a movie director when he grows up and asked if he could attend Denver School of the Arts so he has a better shot at getting into a good film program someday. The audition process was as grueling as getting into college. He needed a 2:00 film, an essay, a resume, a storyboard and examples of his graphic work. Then there was the interview and test. And of course he needed to show passion and enthusiasm. A process not for the faint of heart. We are still waiting to hear if he got in but I thought you might be interested in seeing his film. He has been at this since he was 7 and even has his own company called Figure Productions. The motto is “Go Figure.” You can see more of his work and ideas at http://youtube.com/bewalt12345. He’s very talented (if I do say so myself) and I’m so proud of my little Steven Spielberg.

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Blair and the Balloon Boy

Balloon Boy Media Circus

Balloon Boy Media Circus

My 11 year old son, Blair, wanted to go to Cirque du Soleil this year, but because our schedules were so busy, we missed it.  Instead he went to the Balloon Boy media circus.  Because my husband was traveling and I was a single mom over the weekend I didn’t want to leave him at home while I was working 24/7 for NBC News.  Instead I took him with me and put him to work.  We have not seen a story like this in Colorado since John Mark Carr claimed he killed Jonbenet Ramsey.  News media came from all over the world.  There were London newpapers, two Brazilian networks, Japanese TV and tabloid shows.  Booking for guests was knock down drag out competitive.  At one point there were 20 cameras and nine live trucks outside the Heene house.  There was even a fistfight when an irate neighbor got into it with Fox News.  It was a total zoo.

To review, Richard and Mayumi Heene from Fort Collins, Colorado launched a flying saucer and alerted the media and authorities that their six year old son, Falcon, was aboard.  The whole world watched and prayed for the little boy tumbling in the sky as the drama unfolded on television.  Across the globe people celebrated the joyous news when Falcon was found alive, hiding in the attic all along.  Then whoops!  Falcon blurts out on CNN’s Larry King Live that he was hiding “because you said it was for the show.”  He threw up the next morning on NBC’s Today Show.  Sheriff Jim Alderden now says it was all a hoax so that the family could get a reality show of their own.  Unlikely that will happen any more but they could get jail time for felony charges.  Attorney David Lane is on the case.  The Heene’s certainly are infamous now.   

Initially, my son Blair hoped to meet young Falcon.  That didn’t happen and in the end he was an extra set of eyes on the Heene’s back yard and the Larimer County Sheriff’s back door.  He helped get the crews lunch, hung out with onlookers and media and even videotaped on his camera.  At one point he told a neighbor friend of the Heene’s “he was digging up dirt for his mom.”  Ouch!  Out of the mouths of babes.  We had to have the talk about discretion after the same neighbor told me it was tacky.  Blair went home from “take your kid to work day” with a better view of the intensity and insanity that comes with a huge story.  He even got interviewed for Entertainment Tonight!

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Therapy

Today as we were driving in my car I was talking to my 11 year old son, Blair, about the various and sundry things that were stressing me out.  He listened then told me to be patient.  All of his solutions to my issues were so simple and sensible.  At one point, after we passed through the toll booth, he started to scribble with a pen on his hand.  Ah!  He’s taking notes.  I asked what he was writing.  He told me he was jotting down the name of the band Death Cab For Cuties.  Made me wonder if therapists write nonsense on their pads when they are bored.  I figured my session was over.  Then he shared his secret saying for living a worry free life.  “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why its called the present.”  Who needs therapy when this kind of wisdom and perspective is available for free out of the mouths of babes!

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Future Filmmaker

Blair Ewalt with Feathered Friend

My ten year old son, Blair, wants to be the next Steven Spielberg or John Lasseter or George Lucas. He is already shooting short films, editing them on I-Movie, composing original music on his keyboard and posting his work on his website at YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/bewalt12345. The name of his company is Figure Productions. His motto is… you guessed it… Go Figure.  Tonight he was rendering the 3D logo he created. He is a computer whiz.  The other day he was creating fonts and letterhead. This has been going on since he was seven. I have been in the television business for over 25 years. Things are changing and I need to add shooting and editing to my repertoire. My Blair could teach me how it’s done. Last night we were watching TV together. He blew by “Hannah Montana” and “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody.” He decided we were going to watch Leslie Iwerks documentary called “The Story of Pixar.” Who knows if he will move on from this interest, like he did from his dream of being an architect/engineer, but for the moment I am seeing the fire in him that I felt when I was first getting in the business. Blair says our television careers have inspired him but he inspires me.  He is already thinking of what film school he will attend. Blair also says he is going to be wildly successful as a director and promises to build me the house on the beach that I’m dreaming about. I will sit on my porch and watch the sun set then go inside and enjoy my kid’s films. Now wouldn’t that be a happy ending.

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