Editorial Q and A (April 14-20)

Name: Elisabeth Waldon

What do you predict to be the biggest movie and best sleeper movie of the summer? Over-the-top superhero movies always seem to be summer blockbusters, so probably “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ or “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” or “Transformers” or “X-Men.” As far as sleepers go, there are two upcoming sports dramas that look pretty good: “Million Dollar Arm” (based on the true story of two baseball pitchers who were discovered after winning a reality TV contest in India) and “When The Game Stands Tall” (based on the true story of a record-setting high school football team’s winning streak in California … 151 games straight from 1992 to 2003!).

What is one unique thing you accomplished during your high school years? I worked at the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library in Howard City during my homeschooled high school years. It was a great experience and I’m still friends with my former colleagues today. I learned the Dewey Decimal System there, which unexpectedly came in handy several years later when I ended up in charge of organizing an entire college library in a small town in India (that’s a whole ‘nother story).

In the works:
• Montcalm County Board of Commissioners committee meetings Monday morning, April 14, in Stanton
• Preparing preview stories and information for multiple ballot issues set to be voted on locallyMay 6
• Coordinating local graduation coverage (we cover commencement exercises at 10 area schools and five of those graduations fall on the same day this year … June 1 will be an interesting day for us reporters)

Contact info:
ewaldon@staffordgroup.com
(616) 548-8276
Twitter: @elisabethwaldon

 

Name: Mike Taylor

What do you predict to be the biggest movie and best sleeper movie of the summer? I predict “The Fluffy Movie” will be the biggest movie and sleeper hit of the summer. Though, it may not do well at the box office, I see it becoming a cult classic on a par with “Eraserhead” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” One day, in the distant future, “The Fluffy Movie” will stand alongside “Citizen Kane” as an enduring genre classic and scathing commentary on the social mores of a generation.

What is one unique thing you accomplished during your high school years? I was living on my own by my senior year of high school; I had a dumpy, little apartment in Detroit, worked at my old man’s restaurant, where I was grossly overpaid, and dated a beautiful, coltish marathon runner named Corrine Turner, who turned heads wherever we went. I drove an old Harley Sportster. My one unique accomplishment that year was that I managed to not overdose on happiness. It was a pretty good year, made all the more so by viewing it through the rose-colored glasses of time.

In the works:
• Covering Lakeview’s School Board for Tuesday’s Daily News
• Working on feature piece about woman who has made a remarkable recovery from diabetes
• Writing my Reality Check column, though I don’t have a topic yet

Contact info:
mtaylor@staffordgroup.com
(616) 548-8273
Twitter: @mike_taylor_dn

 

Name: Ryan “Scoop” Schlehuber

What do you predict to be the biggest movie and best sleeper movie of the summer? I think Guardians of the Galaxy will be the biggest movie of the summer because it’s the lead-up to Avengers 2. Sleeper movie, I believe, could be Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy” action movie. I really liked the preview.

What is one unique thing you accomplished during your high school years? I actually was the first recipient of the Spirit Award in band. So, somewhere in the halls of LaSalle High School bears a plaque with my name for being goofy and outgoing…in band.

In the works:
• Looking for contact information and a story on Zach Stokes, formerly of Sheridan, who supposedly was a part of an Oscar-winning team for the animated film, “Frozen”
• Working on page layouts for Graduation feature section (May 16) and the Danish Festival booklet (June 27), which should be a collector’s item since it’s the 50th celebration of the event
• Working on page layout of SHE’s Spring Cleaning section (Daily News, April 19)

Contact info:
scoop@staffordgroup.com
(616) 548-8279
Twitter: @scoopahloop

 

Name: Stacie Rose

What do you predict to be the biggest movie and best sleeper movie of the summer? I think that “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will be a big hit because it will draw a multi-generational audience based on the popularity of the turtles beginning in the 1980s and returning again in the early 2000s and moving forward.

What is one unique thing you accomplished during your high school years? This was a tough one for me as I really wasn’t a big fan of high school and enjoyed college much more. I stayed on the straight and narrow and was selected as a freshman to attend a bio-chem lab at MSU when more than 90 percent of the other students were seniors.

In the works:
• Tips to hosting an affordable, unique and fun graduation open house for May’s issue of SHE (Daily News, May 17)
• Parenting a college student, the different challenges when your child is an adult for May’s SHE (Daily News, May 17)
• A look into what cupping is in massage therapy and what it is used to treat (SHE, Daily News, May 17)

Contact info:
srose@staffordgroup.com
(616) 548-8269
Twitter: @mumzystacie

 

Name: Darrin Clark

What do you predict to be the biggest movie and best sleeper movie of the summer? Hit: “The Fluffy Movie” is going to be huge. Sleeper: I’m predicting one of the comic book movies will finally break out.

What is one unique thing you accomplished during your high school years? I was a highly accomplished benchwarmer.

In the works:
• Every day DN direction
• A couple of job reviews
• Preparing a few things to be done before a vacation

Contact info:
dclark@staffordgroup.com
(616) 548-8272
Twitter: @darrinjayclark

 

Name: Cory Smith

What do you predict to be the biggest movie and best sleeper movie of the summer? The biggest movie will be “Transformers 4,” mainly because it is coming out near the 4th of July weekend, and also, because this movie includes the Dino-bots! I think the best sleeper movie will be the comedy, “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” at least for comedies.

What is one unique thing you accomplished during your high school years? Not to one-up Scoop, but my major accomplishment in high school was also in band. I was recognized as the “Best Musician” my senior year, and my name still stands on a plaque today in the Greenville High School band room.

In the works:
• Carson City-Crystal School Board mtg., April 14, 7 p.m., Carson City-Crystal Schools Admin Building
• Belding City Council meeting, April 15, 7 p.m., Pere Marquette Depot

Contact info:
csmith@staffordgroup.com
(616) 548-8277
Twitter: @CorySmith_DN

 

Name: Curtis Wildfong

What do you predict to be the biggest movie and best sleeper movie of the summer? The biggest box office movie will probably be Transformers; Age of Extinction, but I’m sure it will be just as terrible as the rest. A sleeper for me will be Get On Up, a biopic about the great James Brown and how he rose from extreme poverty to a become a powerful musician.

What is one unique thing you accomplished during your high school years? A stroll down memory lane, huh? I accomplished some noteworthy goals in high school, but unique is not a word for them. I guess as far as something few others did, I filmed a lot of silly home movies with friends, several of which we ended up selling copies to classmates. Our proudest “film” was probably “Pepperoni Massacre,” a tale of Italian mobsters who made the wrong deal with the wrong Russians. I guess people thought they were funny. We had a blast making them.

In the works:
• Eureka Township meeting, Monday at 7 p.m.
• Greenville DDA meeting, Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
• A feature on a running club at a pair of Greenville elementary schools

Contact info:
cwildfong@staffordgroup.com
(616) 548-8289
Twitter: @curtiswildfong

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