Mark Allen’s Journal

Movin the Messmers

September 26th, 2012 at 5:35 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

I helped move my daughter and her family over the weekend.

No ‘big deal’, but it reminded me of a couple of things I thought I’d share. It reminded me again how much I love living in a small town. A town where friends and neighbors show up to help you move.
Not because their lives aren’t terribly busy too but because they care.
When I carried junk from the basement it reminded me how blessed I am to live in this great nation.
I could hear the chuckles and outright laughter as people piled through fifteen years of household junk.

When I watched my son-in-law haul a 15 foot trampoline spread out across my pickup truck like a giant parachute I was reminded of what a red-neck clan I call loved ones.

But I think most of all I was reminded that we weren’t there just to help them move.
We were there to help them understand how much we love them.

And for me, that makes for a very ‘big deal’ weekend.


First Day of Preschool

September 6th, 2012 at 3:09 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

Just thought I would share this beauty from Bryson and Bailey’s First Day of Preschool 2012!

Kids are the greatest and when I saw this photo of two kids of my co-worker, I laughed out loud!

Mandi Scott is our Assignments Editor here at News 10. The photo you see is of her two kids, Bryson and Bailey, taken on their first day of preschool this year.

As you will notice, her son Bryson was a “happy camper” on this morning, but Bailey, oh my, what a bad morning this turned out to be!

So, take a look and enjoy, I think you’ll smile, and maybe laugh out loud.


Uncle Sam, a local man

August 29th, 2012 at 4:34 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

Labor Day is coming soon and while it has its very own history I always think of a Wabash Valley man born on that day who made history himself.

Walter Botts was born in Sullivan, Indiana.

As a young man he was tall, lanky and had bushy eyebrows. As luck would have it, Walt was noticed by a man who was hired to create a model of American patriotism. So, if you look at famous American posters worldwide you will see your neighbor Walt.

They changed his name for the poster. You will see him titled ‘UNCLE SAM’.

When Walter Botts struck that pose saying ‘ I WANT YOU’ he became instantly famous and admired.

After all, he became a symbol of America!

So, this Labor Day I’ll take a moment to remember a Sullivan Indiana farm boy who struck a pose and went down in history

 

 


Saying goodbye to 918 Ohio Street

August 23rd, 2012 at 4:41 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

I’m watching a TV station being dismantled.

You know by now that we’re moving to a brand new, state of the art facility within the next few weeks. One of the interesting things about the move is to watch everyone begin ‘abandoning’ this old building. Days ago I walked through the newsroom and noticed shelves once filled with papers, pens and junk now bare.

Today I walked into the sales department area to find most of the cubicle walls gone. (Actually the room looked a little friendlier this way)

Anyhow, we are ‘abandoning ship’, or as Patrece would say preparing to say ‘sleep well’ one last time from the old TV station.

The clearing out and cleaning up is in high gear now. We are all chomping at the bit to move to our new home.

Stay tuned!


We’re counting down!

August 8th, 2012 at 4:54 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

Here’s a ‘behind the scenes’ look at News 10 these days.

We are packing up and moving out.

Our new building is just about finished and we’ll likely move in just a few weeks.

For those of us who have spent some time in this old building it can’t happen too soon.

This building was never meant to be a tv station.

But it served as one for a very long time.

Now we move to a place with the very latest ‘state of the art’ equipment.

I won’t bore you with the details but stay tuned. You will be amazed at our new look on the air.

In the weeks to come we’ll be giving you a sneak peak of our new home.

Hope you’ll tune in to see the building you helped build because you’ve made WTHI one of the most watched and most successful tv stations in the nation.

THANKS!

Photos of our new building


Ice cream night

July 31st, 2012 at 10:01 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

It’s ice cream night here at News 10.

I bought an electric ice cream maker at Goodwill, (one of my favorite places to shop) so tonight we are giving it a whirl, literally. Now, you may hate “when I was a kid” stories, but when I was a kid, we cranked ice cream by hand. It was a rite of passage when you were old enough to crank the freezer. I would crank as long as I could stand it, just to look strong in front of my dad and uncles.  Anyhow, I’ll stop with the reminiscing business because it looks like this batch is about ready for dipping.

Aww, the rigors of the TV news business.


Too much drought talk?

July 30th, 2012 at 9:38 am by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

This drought has made me recall a fella I did a story with a few years ago.

Jerry Shea was a kid during the 1936 drought. He talked about all the terrible suffering that happened during that drought. Hundreds of people died, mostly children and the elderly. Jerry talked about how people would line the streets at the sound of thunder, and every time though the thunder faded off in the distance and no rain fell.

It went on that way for months, but I remember one question I asked Jerry that has always stuck in my mind.
I asked “What did people say about the drought during those times?”
His simple answer….”We never spoke of it.” He went on to explain that people simply accepted it as just the way it was.

I’ve often thought since that maybe we do talk about this drought too much. In fact I just had that thought again, but then it struck me , “’oh, wait I just talked about it again.”


Thank a Vet

November 8th, 2010 at 4:40 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

Help me thank the veterans of our community by posting a comment here.

You can thank all veterans or tell us about a particular veteran in your life.

Words can’t express how much we owe these proud Americans but let’s not let Veteran’s day pass without letting them know how much we appreciate their sacrifice.

Thanks!
Mark


Old Barns and Memories

October 1st, 2010 at 3:04 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

I love old barns.

I’ve been noticing them more lately, maybe because I’m watching them disappear from our Wabash valley landscape.

For those of us who grew up in rural America barns hold some special memories.

Here’s a brief list of some of mine.

  1. I spent countless hours in our old barn with my most prized ever Christmas present, a horse.
  2. It was out behind the barn that I smoked my first cigarette.
  3. Stacking hay bales in a barn was when I knew for sure what suffering and hell must be like.
  4. A fond memory I must not talk about here.

 

Barns were the heart of every farm.

Now they’re victims of age, too old to maintain, and honestly just not needed for farming as they once were.

A while back I did a story about old Wabash valley barns.

You can check it out on our website or click here.

By the way, if you have a special ‘barn memory’, I hope you’ll share it with us.

Mark,


One Room Schoolhouse

September 24th, 2010 at 7:59 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog
THE KIDS IN THE NEWSROOM TEASE ME THAT IM SO OLD I PROBABLY WENT TO SCHOOL IN A ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE.
WELL, I’M NOT THAT OLD BUT I HAVE VISITED A ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE AND FRANKLY IT KINDA MADE ME WISH I HAD ATTENDED SCHOOL IN ONE.
TAKE A LOOK AT ‘MARK ALLEN’S JOURNAL’ CLASSIC MONDAY MORNING HERE ON OUR WEBSITE.
 SEE WHAT YOU THINK OF A SIMPLER TIME IN AMERICA .WHEN SCHOOL WAS ONE ROOM, ONE TEACHER, AND SOME VERY WELL BEHAVED STUDENTS.