When I was 10 years old, I, along with my family, watched Apollo 11 land on the moon on live television. It was the most exciting moment in human history. A child of the space program, I was all things NASA as a kid. I still have my scrapbook of all the Apollo missions. But as the lunar landings wound down and enthusiasm declined, I still woke up at 4 AM to watch the live EVAs to see astronauts spin out in their moon buggy.
So what a thrill it was to produce, direct, and write The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me and document 30 years of the U.S. space program! We filmed at Kennedy Space Center, Georgia Tech, the U.S. Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, AL, and Johnson Space Center. At Johnson, we shot interviews in the older Space Shuttle mission control, which was previously mission control for the Apollo missions. Talking about touching history!
But while the Space Shuttle is a career highlight, that’s only one part of the story. I have been writing and producing in film and television for over 30 years now since graduating from Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi.
So I landed in Nashville in the late 80’s and began building a career in television. Along the way, I worked with the producers of Austin City Limits and I produced and wrote over 150 episodes of Opry Live for cable television. I’ve had the honor and fun of working with a lot of stars, including Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, and Carrie Underwood. George Jones autographed one of my scripts, so you know that is a prized possession.
Along the way, I never lost my love for science. Two of my most appreciated professional compliments came during the productions of Great Smoky Mountains: Code Blue and Earth in the Balance with Al Gore, two shows that married science and public affairs during the 90’s.
When The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me went into production for American Public Television, everything came full circle in my career. The film is now available for streaming on Prime Video.
Submitted for Emmy consideration, Flying for Me establishes TWAPictures as an elite story teller and production company. We have done many more projects since then, but we’re always ready to fly again when there is a great story to tell.