hits home run
Harshbarger '96 is enjoying more fanfare and accolades for her feature
film A Little Inside. After a nationwide premiere at Fort Worth's Sundance
Square in February 2002, the film has continued to be a hit with television
execs and audiences alike. United Airlines and Delta Air Lines featured
A Little Inside as their in-flight movie in June, and HBO will begin airing
it in October, followed by Showtime and the PAX network. It can be found
on VHS and DVD in many Hollywood Videos and Blockbusters around the country.
It's also for sale in many grocery store chains and Amazon.com. The movie,
which began as a 15-minute "short" and was selected for the prestigious
Lifetime Women's Film Festival in June 1999, stars 8-year-old Hallie Kate
Eisenberg as Abby and her father Ed (Benjamin King) sharing the game of
baseball while they cope with the loss of Abby's mother. "The movie has
just continued to be popular because it's heartwarming and its themes
are timeless," says Harshbarger. For information, visit www.alittleinside.com.
Growing old gracefully
Lloyd Allen '44 (BD '48) reached the age of 79, he decided to keep
a running account of his progress into "old age." After 10 years of chronicling
his aging experiences, Allen compiled his thoughts into a book, which
became How I Am Coping with Growing Old, published by Smithfield Press
in North Richland Hills this year. "I'm an old man who enjoys life," says
Allen, now 89. "Because I feel grateful for the length of my life, I wanted
to encourage others to approach aging not with dread, but with excitement.
So I wrote my story." Allen's "story," which describes his life of faith,
family and some golf, is receiving rave reviews from the lucky few who
have a copy. "I'm not selling the books, I'm just giving them to friends,"
he says. "So even though I've had to weigh the compliments I've received,
I've still been very pleased with the response." Allen, who holds degrees
in sociology and divinity, was a Disciples of Christ minister for 55 years.
As he approaches his 90th birthday, Allen is still "excited about life,"
Chip on the block
said, "youth is wasted on the young" had obviously never met Chip Haass
'00. In May, Haass, 25, became the youngest city councilman in the
history of the city of San Antonio. He used his youth to his advantage.
His fresh perspective in his approach to city government impressed voters
in his district; he won 54 percent of the vote. Haass defeated a well-connected
and well-funded opponent on a shoestring budget, proposing an end to "business
as usual" politics. He sees a move to more grass-roots campaigns in the
future. "We're leaving the days where money is the end-all, be-all," he
said. "Volunteers and community support are where it's at." St. Mary's
Hall, a private school in San Antonio, will be without one of its American
government and history teachers for the duration of Haass' term.
with all the answers
a morning radio personality, Greg Lazor '94 has a reputation for
on-air shenanigans. "Lazerman," as he is known on the Magic
Morning Show on top 40 radio station KKMG-FM in Colorado Springs, Colo.,
thought both he and his listeners would get a kick out of his auditioning
to appear on a game show. "The Weakest Link," a nationally syndicated
trivia show, did a contestant search in Colorado Springs. Lazor took a
written test, and then participated in a mock version of the show. "I
just tried out for the fun of it," he said. "But I had always
wanted to be on a game show." So when the show's producers called
and offered to fly him to Los Angeles for the show, he happily accepted.
The show is known for its often-harsh humor, lampooning contestants who
give wrong answers. "They asked questions and made fun of us,"
Lazor said. "It was a lot of fun." When it came time for the
taped episode, Lazor didn't answer too many questions wrong, either. At
the end of the show, he was the strongest link, winning a cool $3,500
in prize money.
a life of service
Gerard Kaye '50 (MA '51) recently received the 50-year Legion of
Honor Award for a half century of service to Kiwanis International. It
is quite an distinction—less than 1 percent of all Kiwanians reach this
honor. Kaye, along with his wife Mildred '51, also received the
Hugh O'Brian Foundation 10-year, 10,000-mile, 10,000-hour service award
given for their volunteer work with high school students. In the 46 years
of the foundation, which uplifts the American free enterprise system,
only 17 have been granted. The Kayes are the first to receive it as a
couple. Outside of Kiwanis, the Kayes are retired after 42 years in education
and ministry. They continue to live in Albuquerque, N.M.
The American Advertising Federation awards silver rather than gold medals
to "champions" in the profession. Susan Cook Adkins '78
recently received the AAF Silver Medal Award from the Advertising Club
of Fort Worth, the highest honor bestowed on an advertising practitioner
at the local level. Adkins, owner and founder of Adkins and Associates
Advertising, credits the support of colleagues for the honor. "I
am so lucky," she said. "I feel like my TCU education gave me
a perfect foundation for what I wanted to do in real life," she said.
TCU advertising professor Jack Raskopf, who was Adkins' academic advisor
when she was a student, chaired the eight-member selection committee.
"While operating her own business, Susan still finds time to devote
to professional advertising programs locally and regionally plus donating
her communication skills to civic, educational and charitable activities,"
flair for design
of Big D's hottest interior designers is James McInroe '81, according
to the Dallas Home Design magazine. McInroe and partner Marcia
Curtis-Hornsby have captured the attention of the interior design world
recently with a unique flair for mix-mastering—juxtaposing seemingly disparate
elements into one cohesive pattern or environment. Despite heavy demand,
they keep their client list small to give personal attention to every
detail. "The result is a powerful combination," the magazine