Hello fellow Normites,
After a few trips to the New Yankee Cam when nothing was going on, I finally
was able to see Norm working on something today. I saved some of the pics
and put them here.
Take a look if you missed it. Looks like they are building a chair today.
<<Maybe there is another "real" story, but the rap at the time was that Bob
Vila had to go because he wanted to pitch Sears stuff in commercials on
commercial TV while hosting TOH on PBS and that was a deal breaker with
The Sears deal came along after the flap that caused Vila to depart TOH. At
the time, Vila signed on as the spokesman for Rickel. Since Home Depot was
underwriting the TOH broadcasts on many PBS stations throughout the South,
they squawked. Bowing to that pressure, PBS then made Vila choose between
TOH or his endorsement deal. And he followed the money. Left without a
show to host, Vila came up with "Home Again," his own replica of TOS. He
probably offered it to Rickel first but they went down the dumper, and
that's when Sears entered the picture. And the rest is history.
Many folks complained about Bob Vila because he asked too many dumb
questions of the contractors working on the show, but I always thought he
asked those questions because "I" would have. I'm no housebuilder and so
the stupid questions were for my benefit. Steve Thomas is a nice narrator,
but he seldom brings the type of insights that Vila did, I also think he is
...donning flame retardant suit
One more observation:
Lots of the photos in the first half or so show him standing around
while 2 or 3 other people are discussing something or other, then...
Sometime after 2:30 or so everyone leaves.
_Then_ Norm gets to work. :)
Now I understand why so many of his shows have him saying:
"I stayed late last night and turned all the spindles / glued up the
other 3 panels / etc..." ;>
Informative, but not something I'll be watching on a regular basis...
Yeah the no toolbelt is a different look for Norm, but we may have made a
discovery. Think about it. With as high-tech as the New Yankee Workshop is
becoming (webcam and all) I bet Norm hasn't worn a toolbelt in years. They
just add it digitally in post production.
Well I finally cleared space off my personal web page to put one of
the two time lapsed videos of the NYW web cam. Go to
http://mywpages.comcast.net/woreid/ to get the first one. I'll leave
it there for a week or so then put the other one up. The first one is
16.3 MB, the second is 20.0 MB. That's why I can't put them up
Wow. At one point, there are about 15 people in the shop. Who are all
these people? Is the NYW now "filmed in front of a live studio audience"?
Now I see why the shop is so big. If that many people were in the
Woodrights shop, Roy wouldn't be able to flail around like he always does.
How can Roy do all those projects without a manufacturer-sponsored
laser-guided chop saw?
He gets sweaty and winded trying to finish in his half hour while Norm
spends half the time in meetings.
Is there any wonder about the weight differential?
I was going to say that filming a national TV show does take
a lot of people: director, producer(s), camera, lighting,
sound, etc. And perhaps some of those people where fulfilling
those roles (I particulary like the sweepup person at the end), but
I'd say, there WAS an audience of people watching Norm at work. They
might have been production staff of a magazine or his local PBS
station or even contest winners(?). Other shots that I've seen,
there never was a crowd like you captured.
Thanks for doing this, can't wait until the next season starts up!
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