Thursday, November 22, 2007
I worked on a fun and surprisingly touching broadcast set to air Friday 11/23/07 at 10pm on 20/20 about the Guinness World Record Book Phenomenon.
I specifically worked on the piece about Guinness By Choice. The world's longest fingernails and world's smallest waist. Lee and Cathie are both lovely women and I am happy for all the success their records have brought them
Check out our article here: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=3893475&page=1
Check out a short version of our piece here: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=3893432
See slides of the smallest waist: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/popup?id=3897714
See slides of the longest nails: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/popup?id=3897859
Read a bio and more answers about Lee and Cathie: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=3906738&page=1
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
It's never too early to start shopping for your holiday tech gadget gifts and over at ABCNEWS.com we are starting to post some of our holiday picks.
Here are a few of my early suggestions:
Green gift ideas: iMac, APC Power, 1 Laptop Per Child, Lamp, and Video Game
Wii Classic Controller:
OtterBox Rugged Phone/PDA Cases:
Club Pogo (Online Casual Gaming Service):
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
I love getting rewards for showing loyalty to a company and whenever I travel I try and stay at Marriott hotels. With well over 400,000 reward points now I hope to one day retire and move into a hotel for free :-)
Help me out by signing up for the free Marriott Rewards program, staying at a Marriott and then we will both get bonus points. Yeah bonus points!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Have you heard the news? The CDC now encourages citizens to cease sneezing into our hands and instead sneezing into our sleeves! Check out this funny video, but first look over these a few things you can do to prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses.
- For more information on Pandemic Influenza, go to: http://www.pandemicflu.gov/general/index.html
- Wash your hands often and wash with warm water and soap for 15-20 seconds. This is the most important this you can due to prevent the spread of germs.
- If you are sick, stay home and away from other people as much as possible.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover you mouth and nose. Please watch this short video about the new “sneeze in your sleeve” technique the CDC is recommending we all learn. http://www.newfluwiki2.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=125
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Thanks to my pal Pam Allison for bringing me as her guest when we sat in the front row to watch Serena Williams and Roger Federer up close and even for taking me the next day when we sat in the 1003 row :-)
Check out my online article by Eric M. Strauss on ABC News:
"A high-tech infrastructure is what makes all this instant data available. About 100 yards down the hall from the plush-carpeted player's lounge, where Maria Sharapova, the 20-year-old Russian champion could be found recently psyching herself up for a match by listening to her iPod, and where other players relaxed playing Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation 3 video games, sat a nondescript high-tech data center that would rival that of any Fortune 500 company."
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Part of my job as a Producer for ABC News Magazines includes meeting people who have done horrible things or have had horrible things happen to them and seeing a lot of senseless violence. People always ask me how I deal with it and I often wonder myself. I think the day that I no longer feel sadness for others is the day I've seen too much.
A friend of mine - who I met while producing a story in Louisville, KY - Dan Chesser is the chief videographer for WHAS-TV. Dan was videotaping a breaking news story last week from the station's helicopter, and one of his cameramen Ron Johnson was 70 yards away from the action. The action was a bank robbery gone wrong and the police shot the suspect as he exited the door. WHAS decided not to show the shooting on TV.
Here are some of Dan's thoughts that were published in a local KY paper.
I was in the helicopter yesterday// But then we knew from the scanner traffic in the newsroom that things were winding down just before noon. After the four hostages were released, things moved quickly. The pilot was flying figure eight patterns so that we could see both the side and rear doors without going around the whole building. // The pilot has just made his turn and the skid cleared my shot and I zoomed in to reframe the shot when we saw Guy exit the bank. The next ten seconds will always be etched in my memory. We both could not believe what we witnessed. The camera is always in high speed shutter in daylight to sharpen the images. The streaks of red seem to show four to five feet in front of Guy as he fell to the ground. Toward the end, something flew away from Guy and landed on the ground several feet away, never figured out what that was.
I didn't know until later that Ron was so close and got the scene as well. As the news hour was about over, I heard through the radio in Sky11 that Ron was not feeling well afterward. When we landed at Bowman Field, I drove over to the scene and found Ron. What he had witnessed and the heat together was getting the best of him. We sat in the truck and decompressed for a few moments. We both in our careers had never witnessed something like this before. We both agreed that we hope that we never will again.
I was not involved in the decision making process to show the video but feel that the station handled things properly. Viewers needed to be able to see that Guy was leaving that bank at that moment to die.
Friday, August 03, 2007
My dad and I were able to attend a day of NY Jets Training Camp thanks to the generosity of Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton. Coach Sutton arranged for an awesome behind the scenes tour. Extra special thanks to Jay Mandolesi, Coordinator of College Scouting who showed us around, introduced us to everyone, bought us lunch and answered all one million of our questions.
See the photos here: http://flickr.com/photos/ericmstrauss/sets/72157601184909315/
Everyone we met went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and we had a terrific day!
Special thanks to all that were so welcoming to us including...
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The actor gave "Primetime" unprecedented access as he struggled for his life. He was addicted to smoking cocaine, and with legal, financial and health problems breathing down his neck, he allowed cameras to track his successes and failures at a $50,000-a-month rehabilitation center in Malibu, Calif.
Addiction is a powerful, progressive disease that touches 25 percent of American families, afflicts all classes, races and genders and can bring even the strongest to their knees.
What lessons does this 46-year-old addict share with others who suffer from the same disease? What steps will he take as he tries to help himself and offer advice to others? Go behind the doors of rehab with Daniel Baldwin Tuesday, July 17, on "Primetime: Family Secrets" at 10 p.m. EDT
Please send in your comments here.
Monday, July 09, 2007
A great project I worked on last year has been nominated for a 2007 Emmy in the category of Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine.
A Call to Action: Saving Our Children about Foster Care in America anchored by Diane Sawyer.
Senior Producer: Jon Meyersohn
Producers: Claire Weinraub, Eric M. Strauss, Greg Fisher
Associate Producers: Keturah Grey, Christina Krol
Editors: Bram Harris, Gina Pampinella, Jack Pyle, Vanessa Cochran, David Ward, Joe Schanzer, Faith Jones
Executive Producers: Jessica Velmans and David Sloan
Cross your fingers for us. On September 24th we'll find out if we won.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Upcoming: ABC News PrimeTime:"Baldwin Rehab" July, 17th - 10pm
Update your calendar. Tell a friend. Plan a party...
Daniel Baldwin is the second oldest of the famed Baldwin acting clan, he has appeared in over 70 movies, but he may be most famous for his addiction to crack cocaine. Daniel has been battling drug addiction for 18 years and has allowed our cameras unprecedented access to document his 90 days of struggle at an exclusive Malibu rehabilitation facility. Daniel will share his personal thoughts as he participates in group and individual therapy, as he struggles with his family issues, and as he goes to court to beg for his freedom. From detox to release Daniel's experience is a tool to illustrate the issues surrounding addiction and his personal attempt towards a sober and productive existence.
Tune in Tuesday night - July 17th at 10 p.m. on ABC
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Charlie Gibson's introduction: "And now, we're going to turn to the story of a young woman, who made a big impression on all of us here at "Primetime." She has an extraordinary story of survival, and we keep asking how did she do it? How did she survive one terrible night at the hands of a crazed attacker. And what happened inside of her? How did she end up concluding that what happened wasn't something to be ashamed of? And how did she decide that women deserve a voice? And how did she find her voice?"
Cincinnati Enquirer Column:
Friday, May 25, 2007
I was part of the team that issued a Call to Action: to examine the US foster care system, and challenged ourselves to ask -- what are we doing wrong, and how can things be better?
It was a rewarding program to produce for and quite an honor for our team to receive. I was able to fly to Washington DC with three of my colleagues to attend the awards reception.
Photos from the event:
RFK Award winners can be seen here: http://www.rfkmemorial.org/legacyinaction/2007BJAnnounce/
About our show: http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2008981&page=1
Here is an article about a Kentucky social worker I shot and produced:
Watch the video here
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
My sister the world famous celebrity baker and author created a completely edible RIM Blackberry made out of cake. Her cakes usually start at $1000, but this one was for her fiance' who is leaving a job at New York's City Hall for the private sector. He will leave his Blackberry behind, but Elisa will still use her old-school Treo :-)
Friday, May 04, 2007
|My Sister Elisa Strauss on the Today show 5/2/07|
"The Confetti Cakes Cookbook"
Buy her book http://confetticakes.com/book.html
The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City's Famed Bakery
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Every citizen is allowed a free credit report every 12 months. There are a lot of scams online that try and get you to pay for this free service. Don't fall for it.
There are three ways to get the free reports:
MAIL: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.
(A form must be printed from http://ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/credit
More info from the Federal Gov't:
Monday, April 09, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
ABC News Internship info.
Monday, March 05, 2007
"Have you ever wanted to convert files without the need to download software ?"
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
By MICHAEL STARR
February 26, 2007 --
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Cool job with the NY Jets. Feel free to apply and get me free tickets when you get hired :-)
Overview: A graduate assistant in the New York Jets Media Relations Department is a key member of the media relations staff. Our goal is to provide you with on-the-job training, real-life work experiences and a hands-on knowledge of every aspect of what is required to work in the NFL, in a major market, in media relations. This graduate assistantship could be the last step in your sports public relations training. We are looking for qualified individuals who have proven themselves at the college level or have excelled in similar positions in the NFL or in other major sports
bachelors degree in journalism or related field preferred
sports public relations experience necessary
Apply for this position
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Adapted from "The Confetti Cakes Cookbook" by Elisa Strauss (Little, Brown, to be published in May). Purchase now for big savings.
Time: 90 minutes, plus cooling
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3½ cups cake flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa (not Dutch process)
1½ teaspoons salt
2 cups canola oil
2¼ cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) red food coloring
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1¼ cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
2½ teaspoons white vinegar.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place teaspoon of butter in each of 3 round 9-inch layer cake pans and place pans in oven for a few minutes until butter melts. Remove pans from oven, brush interior bottom and sides of each with butter and line bottoms with parchment.
2. Whisk cake flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl.
3. Place oil and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer and beat at medium speed until well-blended. Beat in eggs one at a time. With machine on low, very slowly add red food coloring. (Take care: it may splash.) Add vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk in two batches. Scrape down bowl and beat just long enough to combine.
4. Place baking soda in a small dish, stir in vinegar and add to batter with machine running. Beat for 10 seconds.
5. Divide batter among pans, place in oven and bake until a cake tester comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pans 20 minutes. Then remove from pans, flip layers over and peel off parchment. Cool completely before frosting.
Yield: 3 cake layers.