Ford’s Funeral

Saturday, December 30, 2006 Concept/Objective:

Assignment ConstructIn an unexpected turn of events, President Ford died, and I needed to change plans to cover the ceremonies.


Visiting the site before the actual ceremony let me see how the casket would be moved, allowed to plan for what would happen, and where to be pre-positioned in.


It was cold, and we were stacked up behind the military detail. Mrs. Ford was positioned at the top of the stairs, and I wanted a straight-on shot up the stairs.


Even though it was late at night, we needed to file the images immediately.

Final Analysis:

The challenge for this event, was this night was when my wife was throwing my 40th birthday party – a surprise. My family had flown out, and I had to cover this, until 7pm. I immediately left the event, knowing she had planned something, but not knowing what.  We arrived at the restaurant, and friends who had been at the Capitol were also there to meet and see me – it was an awesome surprise, I just wish it hadn’t been displaced by the breaking news!Assignment Construct
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Posted by John Harrington on 12/30
EventsHard NewsPlacesCapitol HillThe White House
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