YCQM: October 15, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. >> Announcer: FROM WCAX, THIS IS
"YOU CAN QUOTE ME."
>> Darren: GOOD MORNING,
EVERYONE.
I'M DARREN PERRON.
RIGHT NOW ON "YOU CAN QUOTE ME,"
300 AND COUNTING.
WE JUST MARKED A MILESTONE HERE
AT CHANNEL 3.
JOE CARROLL HAS TRAVELED THE
STATE LOOKING FOR SUPER SENIORS
WITH INTERESTING STORIES TO
TELL, AND HE JUST CAUGHT UP WITH
NUMBER 300.
THIS MORNING, SOME OF HIS
FAVORITES ALONG THE WAY.
AND JOE JOINS ME NOW.
GOOD MORNING TO YOU.
>> Joe: GOOD MORNING, DARREN.
>> Darren: LET'S TALK ABOUT
THIS.
300, HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.
>> Joe: EVEN MORE, 303 NOW,
PRETTY AMAZING.
IT WAS SOMETHING I STARTED AT
DOING FEATURE STORIES AND I KIND
OF GRAVITATED TOWARDS DOING
STORIES ON SENIORS.
I JUST -- I DON'T KNOW IF I HAVE
A CONNECTION WITH SOME OLDER
FOLKS.
AND EVENTUALLY THIS WENT ON THE
AIR, JUST SEGMENTS ON SENIORS,
AND THE SPONSOR CAME FORWARD, SO
WE HAD TO NAME IT.
AND SUPER SENIORS CAME ABOUT.
>> Darren: WHY DO YOU THINK YOU
GRAVITATES TOWARDS OUR ELDERS?
WHAT ABOUT THEM IS SO
INTERESTING?
>> Joe: I THINK IT'S REALLY
INTERESTING THAT THEY REALLY
OPEN UP.
THEY DON'T HOLD BACK.
THEY'RE AT A CERTAIN AGE IN
THEIR LIFE THAT THEY'RE FREE TO
EXPRESS WHAT THEY WANT, AND WHAT
I DO IS I CALL THEM UP, TALK TO
THEM ABOUT A HALF HOUR BEFORE I
DO THE INTERVIEW SO THEY KIND OF
HAVE AN IDEA WHO I AM.
AT THIS POINT, A LOT OF PEOPLE
DO.
AT FIRST IT WASN'T SO EASY.
>> Darren: I CAN IMAGINE.
CAN YOU PICK A FAVORITE OUT OF
ALL OF THESE?
>> Joe: WELL, I GUESS IF I HAVE
TO PICK MY FAVORITE, IT'S MY
DAD.
HE WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST ONES
FOR ME TO DO ALSO BECAUSE, CAN
YOU IMAGINE DOING A STORY ON
YOUR PARENTS?
>> Darren: I KNOW, IT WOULD BE
TOUGH.
>> Joe: IT WAS LIKE I HAD SO
MUCH INFORMATION, SO MUCH
KNOWLEDGE, BUT ALSO I WANTED TO
DO A GOOD JOB WITH IT, AND HE
WAS REALLY PROUD OF THE STORY.
HE WANTED TO KNOW HOW MANY
FACEBOOK LIKES IT GOT.
>> Darren: HE KNOWS ABOUT THAT?
>> Joe: OH, YEAH, HE'S ON
FACEBOOK.
>> Darren: WHAT WAS IT LIKE
DOING THE INTERVIEW WITH HIM?
>> Joe: LIKE I SAID, IT WAS
HARD.
I WAS NERVOUS, BUT IT CAME OUT
WELL BECAUSE I KEPT THE ELEMENT
OF SURPRISE THERE IN MY
STAND-UP, SAYING THIS IS MY -- I
DIDN'T SAY MY DAD RIGHT AWAY,
BUT ONE OF THE HARDEST STORIES
TO TELL BECAUSE THIS IS MY DAD
AND I WENT THROUGH SOME OLD FILM
OF HIM IN GOLFING WHEN HE WAS A
LOT YOUNGER AND I WAS A LOT
YOUNGER.
SO THAT WAS THE STORY THAT MOST
PEOPLE WILL COME UP TO ME AND
SAY, I REALLY LOVED THAT
SEGMENT.
>> Darren: LET'S GET TO SOME OF
THE OTHER FOLKS RIGHT NOW.
>> Joe: OKAY.
>> Darren: WE BEGIN WITH A MAN
WHO LOVES LOVE.
ROMEO, ROMEO, WHEREVER ARE THOU,
ROMEO?
TURNS OUT IN RANDOLPH.
>> Joe: EVERY WEEK A GROUP OF
MEN COME TOGETHER AT GIFFORD
HOSPITAL FOR BREAKFAST.
THE MEAL IS TASTY AND
INEXPENSIVE.
>> WE'RE A BUNCH OF GOOD OL'
BOYS AND WE LIKE TO TALK ABOUT
THE GOOD OL' DAYS.
>> Joe: GOOD OL' BOYS WHOSE
AVERAGE AGE IS 84.
IT'S MALE COMPANIONSHIP WITH A
SPECIAL NAME, ROAMOSE.
>> I'M RETIRED BUT I'M NOT AN
OLD MAN.
>> Joe: MELVIN, EVERYONE CALLS
HIM THE MAJOR, IS THE OLDEST OF
THE POSSE AT 94.
>> I'M THE LUCKIEST MAN WALKING
THE STREETS OF RANDOLPH.
>> Joe: AND THE MOST POSITIVE.
WE ALL KNOW HOSPITAL IS A PLACE
FOR HEALING.
DOCTORS, NURSING, PERSONNEL ALL
HAVE A PART IN HELPING THE
PATIENTS GET BETTER.
THE MAJOR'S MEDICINE AS DOUBLE
DOSE OF KINDNESS.
CAN YOU IMAGINE NOT DOING THIS?
>> NO, GIVE FORD IS MY SECOND
HOME.
>> Joe: HE'S BEEN MAKING THE
ROUNDS AT THIS SMALL HOSPITAL IS
HE HAVE DAYS WEEK FOR THE
LAST -- SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR
THE LAST 40 YEARS.
>> A DAY WITHOUT MAJOR IS A DAY
WITHOUT SUNSHINE.
>> Joe: HE'S KIND OF A
CHEERLEADER FOR THE STAFF,
MAKING EVERYONE FEEL SPECIAL
WITH ONE SENTENCE.
>> DID ANYONE TODAY TELL YOU
THAT THEY LOVE YOU?
>> Joe: DO YOU REALLY MEAN THAT?
>> YES, I DO.
>> WHO GETS SICK OF HEARING HOW
MUCH THEY'RE LOVED?
>> Joe: AS YOU CAN SEE, THE
MAJOR IS AN OLD SOFTY.
>> ANYONE TELL YOU TODAY THAT WE
LOVE YOU?
>> WE LOVE YOU TOO.
>> Joe: AND HE DOESN'T HOLD
BACK.
EVEN TELLING HIS PHRASE TO TOUGH
OLD GUYS.
>> AND I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF
PEOPLE THAT LOVE YOU.
>> I'LL BE DARNED, I'LL BE
DARNED.
>> THIS IS MY BRIDE.
>> Joe: IT'S A PHRASE HE SAID TO
HIS WIFE FLORENCE.
IT KEPT HIM IN GOOD STANDING
WITH HER AND NOW WITH THE PEOPLE
AT THE HOSPITAL.
>> THIS IS FLORENCE, AND I AM
CHINA.
>> Joe: THEY MET DURING THE
START OF WORLD WAR II.
FLORENCE WAS THE FIRST CLASS OF
FEMALE MARINES.
HE VOWED NEVER TO MARRY A WOMAN
DURING WARTIME.
A WEEK AFTER MEETING HER, HE
PROPOSED.
HIS BRIDE, AS HE CALLS HER,
PASSED AWAY TWO YEARS AGO.
THEY WERE TOGETHER FOR 66 YEARS.
HE MISSES HER, OF COURSE, BUT
FEELS HER LOVE EVERY DAY.
>> YOU'RE A RELIGIOUS MAN.
>> YES.
>> Joe: THE MAJOR AS ORDAINED
DEACON AT THE LOCAL BAPTIST
CHURCH.
YOU DON'T GET PAID FOR DOING
THIS.
>> NO, NO.
WELL, I AM PAID.
>> Joe: HOW SO?
>> HEAVENLY FATHER.
>> Joe: HE EVEN WINS PRAISES
FROM THE OFFICIAL HOSPITAL
CHAPLAIN.
NO TURF BATTLES HERE.
>> IT'S A JOINT VENTURE.
>> EXACTLY.
>> Joe: AND THE SIGN IN THE
LOBBY SEEMS UNNECESSARY WHEN YOU
HAVE A MAN LIKE THE MAJOR.
>> I LOVE YOU.
>> Joe: A GENTLEMAN WHO DOESN'T
PULL IN A SALARY, BUT HAS A
WEALTH OF FRIENDSHIPS.
>> I'M A LUCKY MAN.
>> Darren: SWEET MAN, PROBABLY
THE BEST MEDICINE THE HOSPITAL
HAS TO GIVE.
>> Joe: YES, HE WAS JUST AN
AMAZING GUY.
HE'S PASSED AWAY SINCE THE STORY
AIRED, I THINK FOUR YEARS AGO.
BUT EVERYONE LOVED THE MAJOR.
A MARINE AS YOU CAN SEE.
>> Darren: YEAH.
>> Joe: AND JUST GAVE 40 YEARS
OF HIS LIFE TO THAT HOSPITAL
SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.
>> Darren: WHAT STRUCK YOU MOST
ABOUT HIM?
>> Joe: HOW KIND HE WAS AND
GENUINE.
EVERYONE AT THE HOSPITAL KNEW
THE MAJOR.
MOST OF THE PATIENTS KNEW HIM
TOO.
HE JUST STOOD OUT AS ONE OF
THOSE GUYS THAT JUST MAKES
VERMONT SPECIAL.
>> Darren: ALL RIGHT.
AND NOW TO A LIFELONG VERMONTER
WHO DANCES TO HIS OWN TUNE.
>> IT'S A GOOD MAPLE.
>> Joe: PAUL LATURNO LOVES THE
OUTDOORS.
THERE'S NO TV OR ROO, JUST THE
SOUND OF NATURE AND HIS CHAIN
SAW.
SO YOU DON'T MIND GETTING YOUR
HAND DIRTY?
>> NO.
>> Joe: AT 85, THERE'S NOT A DAY
HE'S NOT OUTSIDE TENDING TO HIS
TREES AND STACKING WOOD.
>> MY SON-IN-LAW AND I DID IT
ALL.
I DID ALL THE CUTTING AND HE
HELPS ME SPLIT.
>> Joe: THEY ALSO TAP 7,000
SUGAR MAPLES.
>> VERY NICE COLORS.
>> Joe: HE ENJOYS THE CHANGE OF
SEASON AND EVEN THOUGH EAST AN
OUTDOOR GUY, HE HAS ANOTHER JOB
INSIDE.
>> SO TODAY IS KIND OF A SPECIAL
DAY.
VERY.
>> Joe: IT'S THE 40th
ANNIVERSARY OF PAUL'S SUGAR
HOUSE.
A PLACE TO GET DRESSED UP OR
UNWIND.
WHATEVER WAY, TODAY IS A PARTY.
>> HI.
>> SO WE'RE GOING TO PARTY?
>> Joe: PAUL'S SUGAR HOUSE IS
ACTUALLY TWO BUSINESSES.
A DANCE HALL IN THE FRONT AND A
SUGAR HOUSE IN THE BACK.
IT WAS A DEAL BETWEEN FALL AND
HIS WIFE RENA.
>> SHE SAYS WE'LL BUILD A DANCE
HOUSE AND I SAY, NO, WE'LL BUILD
A SUGAR HOUSE.
FINALLY WE SAID LET'S BUILD BOTH
OF THEM TOGETHER THEN.
>> Joe: PAUL EVEN BROUGHT BACK
THE FIRST BAND TO PLAY AT THE
DANCE HALL IN 1972, THE WARNER
BAND.
BACK THEN IT WAS A BUCK-25
COVER.
AND JUST LIKE A WEDDING, THERE'S
A FIRST DANCE.
A SWIRL WITH HIS DAUGHTER PAM.
SHE'S ONE OF EIGHT OF HIS
CHILDREN.
>> HE'S JUST MY ROCK.
WHEN YOU HAVE ONE PARENT, YOU
HAVE TO HANG ON ALL YOU CAN.
>> Joe: RENA DIED AT AGE 48 OF
LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE.
HE DECIDED TO KEEP THE BUSINESS
GOING.
NOW IT'S OPEN FOR SPECIAL
FUNCTIONS LIKE WEDDING
RECEPTIONS.
TODAY IS A REUNION.
MOST HAVEN'T BEEN HERE FOR
YEARS.
SO FOR ONE DAY, PAUL'S SUGAR
HOUSE IS A PLACE OF MEMORIES
WHERE LOVE WAS FOUND AND
SOMETIMES LOST.
>> A LOT OF LIVES CHANGED HERE.
YOU SHOULD TURN AROUND AND GIVE
HIM A BIG HAND.
>> Joe: DOES IT SEEM LIKE 40
YEARS?
>> NO, IT WENT BY VERY QUICK.
>> Joe: AS ANOTHER SEASON
PASSES, PAUL IS DETERMINED TO
KEEP GOING BOTH INSIDE AND OUT
ON HIS 75 ACRES OF PARADISE IN
THE NORTHEAST KINGDOM.
>> HE'S A WONDERFUL MAN,
HARD-WORKING MAN.
>> Darren: EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY
KNEW PAUL FOR SURE.
>> Joe: YOU'VE BEEN THERE, I
ASSUME.
>> Darren: A COUPLE OF WEDDING,
CUT A RUG MYSELF THERE A COUPLE
OF TIMES.
>> Joe: IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE
NORTHEAST KINGDOM GEMS.
YOU KNOW THE NORTHEAST KINGDOM
WELL AND THE FOLIAGE JUST STOOD
OUT.
UNFORTUNATELY, PAUL HAS PASSED
AWAY ALSO, BUT HE CERTAINLY HAD
A GREAT LIFE.
>> Darren: YEAH.
SALT OF THE EARTH FELLOW.
>> Joe: GENTLEMAN YEAH, YEAH,
AND HAD THAT NORTHEAST KINGDOM
ACCENT YOU DON'T HEAR IN
BRATTLEBORO.
>> Darren: THAT'S FOR SURE.
COMING UP NEXT, A LONG TIME
TEACHER WHO GAVE THE GIFT OF
MUSIC TO GENERATIONS OF
STUDENTS.
>> Joe: THE BANGING OF THE
LOCKERS AT FAIRHAVEN UNION HIGH
SCHOOL CAN SOMETIMES DROWN OUT
THE MORE REFINED SOUNDS IN THE
BUILDING.
AND IN MRS. LAPLAKA'S ROOM,
MUSIC INSTRUCTION IS GIVEN.
>> SHE'S A NATURAL.
WHAT I NEED TO HEAR IS THE
CRESCENDO.
>> Joe: SHE LOVES TO TEACH
MUSIC.
IN FACT, IT'S HER LIFE.
SOME PEOPLE AS THEY GET OLDER
FIND FAULT WITH THE YOUNGER
GENERATION.
THE 78-YEAR-OLD ISN'T ONE OF
THEM.
>> THERE AREN'T ENOUGH WORDS TO
PRAISE THE STUDENTS.
>> Joe: SHE'S BEEN PRAISING KIDS
FOR A LONG TIME.
FRAN HAS BEEN A TEACHER IN
FAIRHAVEN SINCE 1958.
WELL, YOU'RE PROBABLY TEACHING
SOME OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN.
>> OH YES.
TAKE IT SLOW.
>> Joe: FOR FRAN, IT'S ALL ABOUT
THE STUDENTS.
YOU DON'T WANT TO DO THIS
INTERVIEW, DO YOU?
>> NO, I DON'T.
I JUST WANT TO GIVE TRIBUTE TO
ALL THESE PEOPLE.
>> Joe: FRAN IS WELL KNOWN IN
THE FAVORHAVEN COMMUNITY.
SO WAS HER LATE HUSBAND TOM.
HE WAS A TEACHER HERE, VICE
PRINCIPAL AND FOOTBALL COACH, SO
R.ED THEY NAMED THE FIELD AFTER
HIM.
THE COUPLE MET IN COLLEGE.
SHE FROM ALBANY, NEW YORK, AND
HE FROM WEST RUTLAND.
THEY CAME TO THE SCHOOL JUST
AFTER IT WAS BUILT.
THEY WERE A TEAM, EVEN LIVING
NEXT TO THE SCHOOL WHERE THEY
RAISED FOUR CHILDREN.
TOM PASSED AWAY ALMOST 20 YEARS
AGO.
>> SHE'S IN EVERY SINGLE
YEARBOOK SINCE THIS SCHOOL
BEGAN.
>> Joe: BUT THIS WILL BE HER
LAST.
SHE'S RETIRING AT THE END OF THE
YEAR.
IT'S A BATTLE COMING IN HERE
EVERY DAY, ISN'T IT?
>> IT IS, YEAH.
>> Joe: FRAN HAS OVARIAN CANCER.
ALL THE STAFF AND STUDENTS KNOW
ABOUT HER ILLNESS.
>> JUST PUT IT OUT THERE.
THERE'S NOTHING TO KEEP SECRET
ABOUT CANCER.
>> Joe: BUT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF
CHEMO HAS FORCED THAT DIFFICULT
DECISION TO RETIRE.
ERIC RAINEY IS NOT ONLY A
COWORKER, BUT ONCE A STUDENT.
>> AND SHE CARRIES HERSELF WITH
SUCH DIGNITY AND PRIDE.
SHE TAKES ON ALL THE CHALLENGES
THAT ARE PRESENTED HERE AT
SCHOOL AND IN HER LIFE.
>> WELCOME HOME.
DON'T TRY TO RUSH.
>> Joe: LINDSEY KNOWS WHAT'S
KEEPING HER TEACHER GOING.
>> ALL THE TIME.
>> WHEN EVER WE PLAY, SHE'S
SMILING AND NO MATTER IF WE'RE
DOING TERRIBLE OR WELL, SHE'S
ALWAYS JUST PROUD OF YOU.
>> Joe: A YEARBOOK FROM OVER 50
YEARS AGO IS DEDICATED TO BOTH
LAPLAKA'S.
SHE LEFT A QUOTE THAT STILL
RINGS TRUE.
>> AS THE PATH OF LIFE LIES
BEFORE YOU LIKE A SHEET OF FRESH
FALLEN SNOW, TREAD CAREFULLY,
FOR EVERY STEP WILL SHOW.
>> Joe: A TEACHER WHO'S GUIDED
SO MANY DOWN THAT RIGHT PATH
WITH DEDICATION AND CLASS.
>> NICE.
>> Darren: NOW, SHE ALMOST
WASN'T A SUPER SENIOR.
>> Joe: I'M TRYING TO REMEMBER
IF I HAD TO -- THE SCHOOL
ADMINISTRATOR SUGGESTED THE
STORY, IF THEY TOLD HER AND I
HAD TO, LIKE, CONVINCE HER, OR
WENT IN COLD.
ANYHOW, I SPENT AN HOUR WITH HER
JUST CHATTING BEFORE I EVEN
TURNED THE CAMERA ON, AND THAT'S
PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST
POWERFUL STORIES.
AND ALSO TALKING ABOUT MY DAD
WITH FACEBOOK POSTS, THAT ONE
GOT THE MOST LIKES OF ANY STORY
ON SUPER SENIORS.
SHE HAS PASSED AWAY ALSO, AND I
DON'T WANT TO TURN THIS INTO
DOOM AND GLOOM.
>> Darren: RIGHT.
>> Joe: BUT ALL THESE SUPER
SENIORS HAVE A MAD UNDERSTANDING
AND HEALTHY TOAD TOWARDS LIFE,
OF COURSE, BUT ALSO TOWARD
DEATH.
>> Darren: WHY SO POWERFUL?
WHY DID THIS STORY STRIKE YOU?
>> Joe: THAT SHE WAS HONEST TO
HER STUDENTS ABOUT HER SICKNESS,
THAT SHE DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT.
IT WASN'T LIKE, HEY, LOOK AT ME.
SHE RELUCTANTLY SAID I WILL TALK
TO YOU, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, I
THINK IT CAME OUT PRETTY GOOD.
>> Darren: MORE WITH JOE AND OUR
SUPER SENIORS COMING UP NEXT.
>> Darren: OUR NEXT SUPER SENIOR
LOVES HIS TRUCK, BUT IT'S NOT
JUST TO LOOK AT.
>> Joe: FOR OVER 50 YEARS, CLAY
BUTTERFIELD AND HIS WIFE LOIS
HAVE BEEN LOANING OUT MEDICAL
EQUIPMENT.
>> IF YOU NEED IT AND I HAVE IT,
YOU CAN BORROW IT.
>> Joe: IT'S NOT REALLY A
BUSINESS, BUT MORE LIKE A
CALLING.
YOU GUYS GETTING RICH DOING
THIS?
>> YEAH.
[ LAUGHTER ]
I THINK WE HAD ONE CUSTOMER GIVE
US A $50 CHECK TO GO OUT TO EAT.
>> Joe: HE ASKS FOR A SMALL
DONATION, BUT IF YOU CAN'T MAKE
ONE, THAT'S OKAY.
>> SOME DAYS, WE HAVE THREE OR
FOUR AT A TIME COMING AND GOING.
>> THIS IS A LIFT CHAIR.
>> Joe: IT'S A PROGRAM RUN BY
THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS.
CLAY IS THE LOCAL COMMANDER.
THEY SERVE ANYONE IN NEED, NOT
JUST VETERANS.
>> IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD, IT
REALLY DOES.
BUSINESS CLOSED FOR THE DAY.
>> Joe: THAT BUSINESS IS CLOSED,
BUT THERE IS ANOTHER ONE THAT
HELPS PAY THE BILLS.
AND IT INVOLVES THIS ANTIQUE
TRUCK.
CLAY HAS A SPECIAL BOND WITH
THIS 1946 CHEVY PICKUP.
>> ALL SORTS OF GOODIES IN
THERE.
>> Joe: YOUR PICK-UP, PARDON ME,
LOIS, IS KIND OF LIKE YOUR
GIRLFRIEND.
>> WELL, I'M IN LOVE WITH IT.
START IT UP.
I BOUGHT IT IN 1962 AND HAVE
OWNED AND OPERATED A ROUTE FROM
THAT DAY FORWARD.
IF YOU FALL OUT, I'LL STOP.
I'LL HELP YOU GET UP.
>> Joe: IT'S A BUSINESS HE TOOK
OVER FROM HIS FATHER-IN-LAW.
EVERY WEDNESDAY, CLAY TAKES CARE
OF HIS 35 CUSTOMERS IN RANDOLPH.
STRICTLY A VILLAGE GUY.
>> VILLAGE GUY, THIS SIDE OF THE
BRIDGE VILLAGE GUY.
>> Joe: YOU'RE PICKY.
>> HEY, AT MY AGE, I CAN AFFORD
TO BE.
>> Joe: THE 82-YEAR-OLD DOESN'T
CHARGE MUCH FOR THE AVERAGE
TRASH PICKUP.
A MERE SIX BUCKS.
>> I'M SATISFIED, THEY'RE
SATISFIED.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
>> Joe: PEOPLE IN TOWN JOKE WHO
WILL LAST LONGER, THE PICKUP OR
CLAY.
HE'S ALREADY PLANNED IF HE GOES
FIRST.
IF THEY SAID DO YOU WANT TO BE
CARRIED IN THIS?
>> YEAH.
>> Joe: YOU DO THE MEASUREMENTS
YET?
>> NO BUT WE CAN ROPE IT IN.
>> Joe: THE CASKET FIT IN THERE?
I HOPE IT'S A LONG WAYS AWAY.
JUST ABOUT EVERYONE ON BELLFORD
STREET USES HIS SERVICE.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HIM?
>> I THINK HE'S GREAT.
>> Joe: CLAY IS DONE FOR ANOTHER
WEEK, BUT IT'S A SURE BET THAT
HE AND HIS 67-YEAR-OLD TRAVELING
COMPANION WILL BE BACK.
THIS SERIOUSLY HAS BECOME AN
ICON IN THE COMMUNITY.
>> ABSOLUTELY, THIS TRUCK IS
RANDOLPH.
>> Joe: SO IS CLAY.
THAT'S NO RUBBISH.
>> Darren: YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY
STRIKES ME ABOUT A LOT OF SUPER
SENIORS IS JUST HOW HARD WORKING
THEY STILL ARE AT THEIR AGE.
>> Joe: IT'S AMAZING AND I THINK
THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY
THESE SEGMENTS HAVE TAKEN OFF
IS, YOU KNOW, PERHAPS A CLICHE
OF THE OLD PERSON SITTING IN THE
ROCKING CHAIR WITH, YOU KNOW,
NOT WITH IT GOES OUT THE DOOR
WHEN YOU SEE SOME OF THESE
PEOPLE AND HOW ACTIVE THEY ARE.
>> Darren: YOU THINK IT PROBABLY
INSPIRES SOME FOLKS, EVEN NOT
FOLKS WHO ARE THEIR AGE, BUT OUR
AGE?
>> Joe: I THINK SO.
YOU KNOW, I THINK SOMETIMES
THERE'S A FEELING OF LIKE
SENIORS WATCHING SENIORS, BUT A
GREAT MAJORITY OF MY SUGGESTIONS
ARE PEOPLE IN THEIR 40s WHO
WATCH THE NEWS AND SAY, HEY, I
HAVE A RELATIVE OR A FRIEND THAT
WOULD BE A REALLY GOOD SEGMENT
FOR THAT.
>> Darren: IT'S NOT OFTEN THE
SUPER SENIORS THEMSELVES WHO ARE
NOMINATING THEMSELVES.
>> Joe: I CAN'T THINK OF JUST
MAYBE A HANDFUL AT THE MOST WHO
HAVE DONE THAT, BUT NO, MOST OF
THE TIME IT'S FROM EMAILS, PHONE
CALLS, OR JUST SNAIL MAIL,
PEOPLE WRITING IN.
>> Darren: STILL USING THE SNAIL
MAIL.
>> Joe: WELL, OLDER PEOPLE DO.
>> Darren: THEY'RE NOT ON
FACEBOOK AS MUCH, RIGHT?
LET'S TALK NOW ABOUT THIS STORY
WHICH I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, MAYBE
ONE OF MY FAVORITES.
IF YOU WERE JUST PASSING THROUGH
NEWPORT, YOU MIGHT NOT GIVE IT A
SECOND THOUGHT.
A WOMAN SWEEPING AND GARDENING
IN THE CENTER OF TOWN.
THAT IS, UNTIL YOU HEAR THIS
SUPER SENIOR'S STORY.
>> Joe: IN NEWPORT, MICHELLE
LYNN OJAY IS TREATED BIKE A
CELEBRITY.
>> HEY, DARLING, WHAT'S
HAPPENING?
>> Joe: SHE'S LOVED NOT FOR WHO
SHE IS, BUT WHAT SHE DOES.
>> I DO THIS ALL DAY.
>> Joe: SHE SHINES THE CITY.
>> IT NEEDS IT, HAS TO BE DONE.
>> Joe: SHE PICKS UP LITTER,
PRUNES THE PLANTS AND EVEN
SHOVELS THE SIDEWALK, ALL FOR
FREE.
ALL THE WHAT I TO THE STATE
BUILDING AND BACK UNDER THE
OTHER SIDE.
THAT'S PRETTY MUCH THE DOWNTOWN.
>> WE'RE APPRECIATIVE OF WHAT
YOU DO.
>> Joe: THE POLICE CHIEF HAS
BEEN IN AWESOME OF MICHELLE LYNN
FOR YEARS.
>> EVERY DAY, DOESN'T MATTER THE
WEATHER, SUNSHINE, RAIN, SNOW,
SLEET, HAIL, SHE'S OUT HERE
DOING HER THING.
>> Joe: SO WHY DOES A WOMAN
WHO'S ALMOST 70 WITH PHYSICAL
ISSUES DO HARD LABOR?
>> I REALLY ENJOYED DOING IT,
ESPECIALLY SHOVELING.
>> Joe: YOU ENJOY SHOVELING?
>> YEAH.
SO 9:00 AT NIGHT.
>> Joe: MICHELLE LYNN HAS ALWAYS
BEEN A HARD WORKER.
BORN IN QUEBEC, BUT RAISED IN
THE NORTHEAST KINGDOM, SHE WAS
THE YOUNGEST OF NINE KIDS LIVING
ON A FARM.
THE JUNIOR PROM QUEEN WAS ALSO A
TOMBOY.
IN HER WORDS, A HANDFUL WITH AN
ADVENTUROUS STREAK.
>> BEAUTIFUL, RIGHT?
>> Joe: AND SHE WANTED A
MOTORCYCLE BECAUSE ANOTHER WOMAN
AT LINDEN STATE COLLEGE HAD ONE.
THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN JUST A NO
BEFORE DISASTER STRUCK.
ON JULY 1st, 1966, SHE WAS
DRIVING HER MOTORCYCLE UP THIS
ROAD IN WESTMOORE WHEN HER LIFE
CHANGED IN AN INSTANT.
SHE HIT A BOULDER IN THE ROAD
THAT HAD JUST FALLEN OFF
TOWERING MOUNT PISKA.
>> I DID A SOMERSAULT WITH THE
BIKE AND I FELL ON THE RIGHT O
MY TUMMY FACE DOWN.
>> Joe: SHE HAD JUST TURNED 21
WITH NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD.
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER DAY
AND SHE WAS ON HER WAY TO HELP
ON THE FAMILY FARM.
INSTEAD, SHE WAS TEETERING ON
DEATH.
MICHELIN SPENT EIGHT WEEKS IN A
COMA AND MONTHS IN THE HOSPITAL
WITH MULTIPLE BROKEN BONES AND
BRAIN DAMAGE.
SHE CREDITS HER DAD FOR BEG HER
MOBILE.
>> HE WAS WITH ME EVERY NIGHT
AND MORNING.
I COULDN'T LIFT MY LEG, I
COULDN'T LIFT MY ARM UP.
>> Joe: AS SHE GOT BETTER, SHE
TOOK ODD JOBS.
FROM HOUSEKEEPING TO LAWN WORK,
SEEING HER THUMB OUT FOR A RIDE
WAS COMMON AROUND NEWPORT.
SHE NEVER MARRIED.
>> HI.
>> Joe: SHE SOMETIMES WONDERS
HOW HER LIFE WOULD HAVE BEEN
DIFFERENT IF NOT FOR THAT
FATEFUL DAY ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO.
BUT SHE LIVES IN THE PRESENT.
NOW HER ENERGY IS SPENT HELPING
HER COMMUNITY.
>> OKAY, WE'RE RIGHT.
>> Joe: AND LOVED BY ALL.
>> Darren: I COULDN'T COUNT THE
NUMBER OF TIMES, OF COURSE, AS
YOU KNOW I GREW UP IN THE
NORTHEAST KINGDOM, DRIVING DOWN
THROUGH NEWPORT AND SHE'S OUT
THERE HARD AT WORK.
>> Joe: YEAH, SHE IS PROBABLY
ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL
STORIES THAT I'VE TOLD AND JUST
A WOMAN -- NOT GETTING ANY
MONEY.
>> Darren: RIGHT.
>> Joe: BENT OVER LIKE THAT AND
HAS A CERTAIN BLOCK OF DOWNTOWN
THAT SHE WAS TAKING CARE OF,
JUST ONE OF THOSE WONDERFUL
STORIES.
>> Darren: YOU KNOW, IT'S
INTERESTING.
I WAS HAVING DINNER UP IN
NEWPORT SHORTLY AFTER THE STORY
AIRED AND I HAPPENED TO BE
WALKING BY, AND I HEARD A FEW
FOLKS YELL AT HER, HEY, SUPER
SENIOR!
AND THEY HAPPENED TO RECOGNIZE
HER.
WHAT ABOUT HER STORY DO YOU
THINK WAS SO INSPIRING?
JUST THAT SHE PULLED THROUGH AND
IS DOING SOMETHING GOOD?
>> Joe: YEAH.
I THINK EVERYBODY CAN RELATE TO
THAT.
WE ALL HAVE OUR UPS AND DOWNS,
RIGHT?
AND SHE HAD NEAR-DEATH
EXPERIENCE AND SHE CAME THROUGH.
OBVIOUSLY SHE HAS SOME PHYSICAL
ISSUES.
SHE HAD SOME MEMORY ISSUES, BUT
SHE IS GIVING OF HERSELF THE
BEST SHE CAN.
>> Darren: SHE'S CERTAINLY A
GEM.
>> Joe: HOW CAN YOU DO BETTER
THAN THAT, RIGHT?
>> Darren: YEAH, GEM IN THE
NORTHEAST KINGDOM.
WE TALKED ABOUT THIS, YOU JUST
HIT 300 AND YOU'VE ALREADY GOT A
COUPLE IF THE BAG SINCE THEN.
WHO ARE WE MEETING NEXT?
>> Joe: HIS NAME IS WARREN
RHINEHART.
HE'S A FORMER PHYSICIAN AND HE
HAS A PASSION, AVOCATION, HE'S A
BLACKSMITH, SO HE WAS AN
ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON AND NOW HE'S
POUNDING HAMMERS DOWN AT THE
MARITIME MUSEUM IN VERGENNES.
HE BUILT A SHOB FOR HIMSELF ON
ONE -- SHOP FOR HIMSELF ON ONE
SIDE AND A TEACHING AREA FOR
ANYBODY, KIDS UP TO ADULTS, WHO
WANT TO LEARN THE ART OF
BLACKSMITHING, IF THAT'S THE
RIGHT WORD, AND WHEN HE SAID HE
CAN NO LONGER DO IT OR PASSES
AWAY, THE WHOLE OPERATION WILL
BE TAKEN OVER AND IT WILL BE FOR
PUBLIC USE.
>> Darren: YOU HAD LIKE AN AGE
LIMIT WHEN YOU LOOK AT SUPER
SENIORS?
OR IS IT REALLY ABOUT THEIR
STORY?
>> Joe: WELL, LIMIT ON THE FRONT
END IS 70 AND ABOVE USUALLY IS
WHAT I LOOK AT.
A LOT OF PEOPLE GO, 70?
THAT'S NOTHING NOWADAYS.
WHICH IS PROBABLY TRUE.
I'VE PROFILED A 106-YEAR-OLD
WOMAN BORN BEFORE THE TITANIC
WENT DOWN, BEFORE WORLD WAR I,
AND SHE CERTAINLY WAS WITH IT.
HER PROBLEM WAS SHE LOVED TO
READ AND HER EYESIGHT WAS GOING
OUT, SO SHE WAS LISTENING TO
MUSIC INSTEAD.
AND LIVED INDEPENDENTLY TOO.
>> Darren: THERE'S ALWAYS A
LITTLE BIT OF A TWIST IN YOUR
STORIES THAT --
>> Joe: I TRY.
>> Darren: THAT THERE'S
SOMETHING REALLY THAT STANDS OUT
AND IT'S LIKE, BUT THIS.
>> Joe: THANK YOU, THAT'S WHAT
I'M TRYING FOR BECAUSE AS YOU
KNOW IN STORYTELLING, THE
ELEMENT OF SURPRISE IS WHAT
HOPEFULLY WILL KEEP THE VIEWER
INTERESTED IN NOT HITTING THE
CLICKER AND MOVING ON.
IT'S SOMETHING I REALLY TRY HARD
TO DO.
AND I THINK I'VE MENTIONED THIS
TO YOU IN THE PAST.
I'M PRETTY AVERAGE WRITER.
I THINK WHERE I AM GOOD AT IS
MAKING PEOPLE AT EASE WHEN I GO
ON THE STORY.
>> Darren: RELATING TO THEM.
THEY TELL THEIR STORY.
>> Joe: RIGHT, AND I TALK
ABOUT -- I'M ON THE PHONE WITH
THEM FOR A HALF HOUR BEFOREHAND
AND FRANKLY, IT'S A LOT EASIER
NOW FOR ME TO DO THESE STORIES
BECAUSE PEOPLE KNOW WHERE I'M
COMING AT.
AT THE BEGINNING, IT WAS LIKE
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
I WAS LIKE, THIS IS KIND OF LIKE
THIS IS YOUR LIFE.
REMEMBER THAT SHOW BACK IN THE
'50s?
NOW IT'S EASIER, BUT THEY OPEN
UP TO ME WITH THIS CAMERA RIGHT
THERE.
AS YOU CAN SEE, MOST OF THOSE
PEOPLE ARE PRETTY HONEST ABOUT
THEIR THOUGHTS.
>> Darren: AND WE CERTAINLY
CAN'T WAIT TO MEET THE NEXT
HOPEFULLY 300.
JOE, THANK YOU SO MUCH AND
THANKS FOR WATCHING.
THE NEWS CONTINUES NEXT RIGHT
HERE ON THE WEEKEND.
TAKE CARE.
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