Earlier, I hinted at a once in a lifetime date night. I think it’s going to take a few posts to capture the whole thing, but I want to begin at the beginning.
Mr. R. works as an assignment editor at our local ABC affiliate. He’s the guy who takes the phone calls and gets the e-mails when there’s an event or other news story. A couple of weeks ago he mentioned to me that he’d been contacted by public relations people for Princess Cruises. Princess is celebrating 50 years of cruising and they have a brand new ship, the Regal Princess. The media was being invited to cover a celebration of their Golden Anniversary and christening the new cruise liner. The entire cast of The Love Boat television series would be in attendance along with several celebrity guest stars of the show.
I thought that sounded like a really cool assignment for somebody from the station. Mr. R. also mentioned to me that he’d received a huge box from the press people containing some Love Boat souvenirs. He brought it home one day. When you open the box, it plays an instrumental version of the Love Boat theme. Inside were two captain’s hats, a Love Boat clipboard, two confetti poppers, and a squeezy Love Boat.
The trouble is, nobody at the station was very interested in covering the event. A few days later, we kicked around the idea of us covering it. After all, Mr. R. is an accomplished photojournalist, and I occasionally blog.
Long story (slightly) shorter, we accepted the invitation, signed up for Media Passes, and made the necessary arrangements to cover the Princess Cruises 50th Anniversary and Christening of the Regal Princess in Ft. Lauderdale.
To be continued…