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Bill describes what he wants from the shot

Greg (in the striped shirt) produced the show. Bill was the executive producer.

(by Kiki)

Bill Suchy and I first met when he was a film major at the University of Florida and I was  a music major. A mutual friend introduced us during the shooting of Prelude, a student film project about a pianist who gets murdered.  I still remember lying on asphalt in a parking lot across from the music building gasping my last breaths as  red food coloring and corn syrup erupted from my chest, soaking my clothes.   I met Bill’s wife, Joyce, years later before we were married to our current husbands. Joyce and I stayed up many a night hanging out, puzzling over our relationships with our “boyfriends.”

 

I was thrilled to get a chance to visit with them both again. We reminisced over a chinese lunch and again later that day at Bill and Joyce’s home in Orlando after the shoot.

Joyce and Bill Suchy at their home in Orlando

Joyce and Bill Suchy at their home in Orlando

Bill and his Emmys :)

Bill and his Emmys 🙂

 

Bill has accomplished so much since we were in school together… I pulled this info about Bill from another site…

“Bill Suchy’s television and educational programs have earned numerous national awards including the Emmy winning PBS program Earl Cunningham: The Dragon of St. George Street, the WNET PBS NATURE Special Cats, the Academy Award nominated feature documentary Building Bombs, and the acclaimed PBS programs In Praise of Wild Florida, For the Love of Manatees, A Citrus LegacyFuture Vision and Nature’s LandlordsHe is presently completing the PBS HD documentary Jerry Uelsmann: Visual Poetry. He executive produced, wrote and directed the Emmy nominated syndicated children’s series Secrets of the Animal Kingdom and created the youth sports television series Sports Zone which was nominated for a 2008 Emmy. Bill is also the General Manager and Executive Producer for the local central Florida cable channels, Orange TV and Vision TV. ”

Kiki, Bill and Greg on one of the sets of Orange TV

Kiki, Bill and Greg on one of the sets of Orange TV

Priscilla came down to help out. Here we're putting on makeup before the shoot.

Priscilla came down to help out. Here we're putting on makeup before the shoot. Cilla also shot most of the blog photos.

On the set. We recorded 7 songs for Bill's station and the DVD

On the set. We recorded 7 songs for Bill's station and the DVD

Bill checks the shot

Bill checks the shot

Greg tuning up

Greg tuning up

We recorded seven songs:  Welcome the Change, A Place Beyond, Jingle Dancer, Broken Wing, This Light Becomes You, Rice Cakes from the Moon and Yes It Does.

We recorded seven songs: Welcome the Change, A Place Beyond, Jingle Dancer, Broken Wing, This Light Becomes You, Rice Cakes from the Moon and Yes It Does.

Cilla got up close and personal with Luke Skywalker on a set across the studio.

Cilla got up close and personal with Luke Skywalker on a set across the studio.

watching the taped show in the monitor

watching the taped show in the monitor

Cilla in the driver's seat

Cilla in the driver's seat

Our stand-ins for the interview.

Kiki, Greg and Bill's "stunt doubles" 🙂

Bill at the helm (you can see Cilla in the glass taking the photo.)

Bill at the helm (you can see Cilla in the glass taking the photo.)

(by Kiki)

We woke up dark and early on February 11th,  relocating our sleeping son to the back seat of the car. The two hour trip to Disney  was aided by Mom and Gordon’s GPS.  Disney was an unusual birthday choice for Greg, but Basht was highly motivated to see the mouse kingdom and we obliged.

When I was in college, my boyfriend Dave worked in Frontierland and I was afforded free access to the magic Kindom anytime I had the inclination go.  As a seventeen-year -old, I cruised Disney solo having the time of my life. By the end of the summer, I knew Disney like the freckles on my skin.

During the day at Disney with Greg and Basht, I found myself mentally preoccupied with conflicting feelings. Basht was having a blast.  Every Disney cast member who crossed Greg’s path was wishing him a happy birthday. They were obviously having a great time.  On the other hand I was continually distracted by the astronomical amount of trash being generated in the park at any given moment.  My home state of Florida no doubt is feeling the environmental stress of the mouse kingdom.

Disney has some of the more creative minds working for them. Surely if they can figure out how to hurl me through a starfield, make ghosts dance in a ballroom and fly a human Tinkerbell across the park from the top spire of Cinderella’s castle , they can figure out ways to reduce the amount of trash generated in the form of cups, plates, forks, straws and napkins.  Piles and piles of disposable goods were neatly stacked in snack stands, cafes and restaurants. They patiently waited their turn to make the trip to a nearby garbage can, stopping briefly in transit to hold a drink, balance a burger, slurp up a milkshake or wipe a mouth.

While Basht was racing down Thunder Mountain for the second time I was contemplating the fuel burned to transport the disposables into the park and then back out in the form of garbage. And where is all this garbage going? Are they incinerating it? Dumping it in a landfill? There really has to be a creative way to reduce the load.

I kept my thoughts and opinions to myself as we trotted through the Magic Kingdom enjoying a day-long whirlwhind tour of our favorite rides. Disney goes out of their way to make sure everyone has a great time. 

 

Here are the pix…

 

Greg's birthday breakfast was an apple charlotte from the main street bakery

Greg's birthday breakfast was an apple charlotte from the main street bakery

Cinderella Castle - Basht says they use an optical illusion to make the castle look taller

Cinderella Castle - Basht says they use an optical illusion to make the castle look taller

Birthday Boy waiting in line for Thunder Mountain

Birthday Boy waiting in line for Thunder Mountain

big-thunder

thunder_mountain

tombstone

Entrance to the Haunted Mansion

 

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion

Basht and Greg checking out the swords on Main Street

Basht and Greg checking out the swords on Main Street

 

disney-main-street

Main Street Gears Up for a Parade

Greg on Main Street

Greg on Main Street

Main Street is photogenic from most every vantage point

Main Street is photogenic from most every vantage point

Tony's on Main Street was inspired by the spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp. Greg was able to find a vegetarian entree for his birthday dinner.

Tony's on Main Street was inspired by the spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp. Greg was able to find a vegetarian entree for his birthday dinner.

We spent the evening in tomorrowland. This was from a Buzz Lightyear ride where Eatern's "If You Had Wings" used to be.

We spent the evening in tomorrowland. This was from a Buzz Lightyear ride where Eastern Airline's "If You Had Wings" used to be.

 

Waiting on the fireworks

Waiting on the fireworks

Cinderella's castle changed colors many times during the fireworks display

Cinderella's castle changed colors many times during the fireworks display

 

THe fireworks display was expertly choreographed to music

The fireworks display was expertly choreographed to music

 

The day ended with a bang - multiple bangs. The trip back to Gainesville ended as it started...with a happy sleeping boy in the back seat.

The day at the park ended with a bang - multiple bangs. The trip back in the car was much the same as the trip down...with a happy sleeping boy in the back seat.