Saturday, January 13, 2007

high five

Willem and Shannon van Tol are the parents of three-year-old quintuplets. We belong to the same parish but had never officially met until yesterday. Last Easter I wrote about an email I had received from Willem. We continue to correspond, especially when he sees something in my blog that interests him. A week ago, Willem sent me an invitation to a birthday party for the quintuplets at the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. I wasn't sure if I could make it because the party was scheduled to start while I would be at work. I realized that I had to find a way to be there after receiving a fascinating email early yesterday morning.

The new email was from Willem's long lost uncle in the Netherlands. He had done a Google search for "Willem van Tol Tennessee email" which brought him to my blog entry. The uncle was hoping that I would forward his message to Willem. I did him one better. I printed the email and brought it to the birthday party at the hospital.
Last night I got another email from Willem's uncle thanking me for helping him reconnect with his Knoxville relatives.

offense to the cute quintuplets but for me the highlight of the party was seeing Stacy McCloud of WVLT-TV for the first time in a long while. She was reporting on the party for last night's news. Stacy spotted me from across the room and didn't try to flee. In fact, she came over to where I was chatting with Willem to say hi.

Well-equipped radio studios have TVs mounted on the wall for the deejays to keep an eye on the news or even to just get a current temperature. The sound is kept muted. Other local news anchors may be getting all the attention lately but I must confess that I would look at Stacy on the studio monitor every morning that I worked at a local oldies station. Seeing her at the desk took some of the pain out of hearing ridiculous songs like "Judy in Disguise" and "Li'l Red Riding Hood" over and over and over again.

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Anonymous Kim said...

Frank, how is it that EVERYTHING leads back to the beautiful blond anchors with you? Even a child's birthday party!

Anonymous Stacy McCloud said...


A friend told me you wrote about me on your blog, so I thought I would wander over and say hello & thanks for the shout out! It was great to see you too!!

You always think the worst when you hear you are being talked about about online,haha, so i was relieved to hear it was on your blog :)
You have always had nothing but nice things to say and I appreciate that very much!

Please tell Mark and Kim hello for me!



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