9News Video Tributes to David (5/8/2007)

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9NEWS looking for David's friends

Postby Dan9NEWS » Tue May 08, 2007 2:52 pm

Hi this is Dan Boniface from 9NEWS.com - I just figured out how to get registered on here.

As Bill mentioned in his post, we would really like to put together a nice piece on David and would love anyone who wants to tell some stories from his life to call Anastasiya Bolton. She is out in the field now and would like to record this as soon as possible so they can edit a nice package on it. Please call her at 303-653-6753 if you would like to share your stories about David.


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Postby colopilot2002 » Tue May 08, 2007 2:59 pm

Hey guys, I just recieved an email in my myspace for a staff writer from the Denver Post, however I will leave this to those that better knew David in person...

Email recived.

My name is Manny Gonzales, I'm a staff writer for the Denver Post reporting on David's death. Please contact me as soon as you can. My number 303-954-1537
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Postby RenoBob » Tue May 08, 2007 3:19 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:9News is looking for some of David's close friends to maybe provide a camera interview today for a story TONIGHT at 9pm. I've emailed a couple of you already, but if you were close to David and would like to help out, please contact Anastasiya Bolton (9News) at 303-653-6753.

Would you please copy this newscast to the website for those of us out of town?
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Postby BillMiddlebrook » Tue May 08, 2007 8:44 pm

I've added the latest video piece from 9News, which includes an interview with Caroline.

Click on the photo to see the video on David's tribute page.

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Postby BillMiddlebrook » Tue May 08, 2007 9:13 pm

The 10pm live broadcast was the same, just with a different news anchor.

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Postby Nathan Hale » Wed May 09, 2007 5:39 pm

Haven't noticed any links to it, but the Rocky Mountain News did a story:

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/l ... 90,00.html

A few factual problems (Mount Humboldt?) but generally accurate.
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Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed May 09, 2007 7:30 pm

Thanks, Nathan.

I added the link to David's tribute page.

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Postby denalibound » Wed May 09, 2007 8:37 pm

To be completely honest I am a little disappointed in the Rocky Mountain News article. When I initially sent a message to most of the local news outlets several required a phone number. I got a few calls from different places, but the guy from RMN seemed a little off from the start of our conversation.

After being told that he wanted to tell the story of David Worthington and not report on the incident, I directed him to speak to individuals who had actually spent time with him, in hopes that a more complete picture could be painted by those closer to him than I. After skirting questions that were asked about David on a personal level (because I have never actually met him in person), I answered a couple of questions about how I knew TM, for how long, and what make him popular on the site.

It seems that the article fell short of unwrapping TM personally, and did indeed focus on the incident. I'm a little upset that virtually all of the very brief comments I made were the basis for his look into the life of David Worthington.

By sending my original message, I did a small part in helping the world know that this indeed was a story that needed to be told, but I apologize to those who know David better than I for the inclusion of my words in these stories. I did know TalusMonkey, but I didn't know David, and as such I am in no real position to tell his story. His full story should be told in a way only his real life friends can tell it. I am just a small portion maybe worthy of a paragraph in the book.

They also spelled my name wrong. :evil:

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Postby jimlup » Wed May 09, 2007 9:15 pm

Hey Denalibound!

Thanks for helping to bring David's story to the world. I've learned never to trust a reporter's claimed direction. Perhaps the editor forced the story to be mostly about the accident.

As a couple of days pass, I think we all realize the true weight of David's story, or rather, I should say: "The Legend of the Great Talus Monkey!"

For me, that we are the real keepers of this story, makes it all the more special because it is something given to us directly by the amazing universe that we got to share with David for just a little while.
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Postby Aubrey » Wed May 09, 2007 9:36 pm

denalibound, don't beat yourself up about this at all. You've done a wonderful job at spreading the word, and ensuring that it's the right "word."

And media does tend to lean toward incidents and "shocking" accidents rather than "life story" pieces. Sad but true. Good thing is, this 14ers.com forum has spread David's story much more than any other source possible. Bill has -- once again -- stepped up to the plate. Awesome work. I truly believe TalusMonkey would be proud ... er, shocked, rather, by just how much people cared about him.

I've worked in the newspaper biz for the past eight years, and not to denigrate my industry, but even if you gave them 100.0 % correct info, they'd still skew or screw something up. Hell, the Camera, where I work, hasn't even covered this story, and that's kind of pissed me off (although, it really is only a Boulder County paper).

Overall I've been pretty happy with the 9News coverage. And the reporter that logged on here was right on. Very professional, sensitive to the situation and compassionate. I forgot which thread that was on, but if anyone knows, send me the name. I'd like to send a note to that reporter.

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Postby ontopoftheworld » Wed May 09, 2007 10:29 pm

Aubrey wrote:Bill has -- once again -- stepped up to the plate. Awesome work. I truly believe TalusMonkey would be proud ... er, shocked, rather, by just how much people cared about him.

I would also like to thank Bill for his amazing work once again. The quick action of putting together a TM memorial page just shows Bill's dedication to this community. I just entered 4 entries in the REI contest because I felt the desire to do something to say thanks.


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