Friday, November 2, 2007

The Today Show With Ann Curry Comes To Penguin Ranch -- Really!

The Today Show has sent down a camera crew with Ann Curry to film in Antarctica. I think that their ultimate goal is to reach the South Pole Station, but while they were in McMurdo, they have visited a couple of research projects and Penguin Ranch was one of them.

Below is a photo of Matt and Ann Curry in our kitchen hut. She is a very smart and very nice person. I would say that she wears her celebrity well.

Ann Curry is a woman of many talents. Below is a photo of her taking shots of our birds. She showed us some of her shots. It is apparent that she has a very good eye; they were excellent shots.

Although the bulk of the interview was done in our lab hut, they decided to do some of the footage outside in the wind and cold -- all for atmosphere, I guess, but with the winds blowing, the wind chill was below -40 C. Here's Ann Curry and Paul standing by the corral. I felt sorry for the cameraman and soundman having to hold those heavy, cold devices in that wind.

Here's our group with Ann Curry. Left to right, starting at the back is Paul, me, and Cory. In the front is Matt, Jessica, Ann Curry, and Cass.

Okay, I had to add this one. This is a shot with Paul, me, and Ann Curry.

The two-hour live broadcasts are scheduled on Monday Nov. 5 and Tuesday Nov. 6, beginning at 7 a.m. Eastern, which means they would begin broadcasting at 11 p.m., McMurdo time.