Working With A (Book)Worm!


If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me, “What do you do at work when you’re not on the news?”, I’d be richer than this Saturday’s Powerball jackpot. Well, maybe not, but you get the idea.

Much of the time the promo department has Kristin, Jennifer and I out promoting something. For example, I was shooting a kids reading promo Thursday afternoon. I’ve loved to read all my life, and now go into schools encouraging kids to fall in love with reading. For the past 15 years or so I’ve been the unofficial media spokesperson for the Tulsa City/County Library Summer Reading Program.

Every year I shoot reading promos with the local library system’s mascot Buddy the Bookworm. A lot of them can be silly in order to get kids’ attention, but this last one pushes the envelope, at least for me. They rented one of those inflatable jupiter jumps for me to bounce around in while trying to remember my lines. Someone mentioned it’s probably been decades since I’ve jumped on one. I didn’t tell them they weren’t invented until I was in high school.

Here are a few of the outtakes of the promo shoot with Buddy. It’s something you won’t see when the final promo comes out soon. Now you know what I do when I’m not reading the news. Trust me, it’s not all fun and games. Wait a second, sometimes it is!

One Comment on “Working With A (Book)Worm!

  1. I can guarantee you that Mark was an avid reader from about 1st grade on. He and his sister won all the top reading honors in those early grades. Since his dad and I have always been readers, with a book on hand to read everyday when we can rest—-we read to Mark from birth onward. Mark’s lawyer great-grandfather founded the Fort Dodge (Iowa) Public Library, and was on Iowa’s first Library Board, as president, in the early part of the 20th century. Mark’s got it “in his blood”. Mark truly is a “book worm” himself.

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