This month has been very different for me and Michael Hughes, who lives and works at El Ranchito Rokette which translates into “The Little Rocket Ranch.” The projects we are working on are really building momentum but there was much more happening there recently also.
First, during the last month I shot a television segment for the Discovery Channel that aired on Discovery Planet as well as two pilots for TV shows that are in the works. That was very unusual work for me as well as extremely time consuming. I was literally followed around by production crews and cameras for days on end with the director constantly saying…”That is great Waldo but could you say it again with more energy?” More energy…more energy and more energy, I heard that term five hundred times. I guess I am a bit more of a serious, solemn man than an energetic, bouncing, raving TV madman.
One production company had me climb to the top of Granite Mountain in Apple Valley not once but twice for the camera shots. It really was a lot of work when I look back at it. But I also have a new respect for the creativity of production company people as they worked very hard, long hours and they have a great work ethic. I have to thank Rob and Jake for showing me how it all works. No matter what happens with all this I learned a lot from them.
Strangely enough, last month I was offered “host” character jobs on two television shows if you can believe that. They are programs on the OLN network which broadcasts mainly in Canada. I dig Canada and Canadians but I turned the programs down because I felt the production of these programs would cut deeply into the time I have to finish building the Sonic Wind LSRV.
I had close friends and family tell me that I must be out of my ever living mind not to jump on these opportunities because of the personal exposure and money that was being offered me to do them. But I guess they don’t know me as well as they think they do.
I am willing to do TV shows in order to promote the Sonic Wind LSRV project but not just to do TV shows as I don’t see myself as any sort of a celebrity or game show host at all. I just build rocket cars and work on fantastic vehicles. That is all I do or have ever wanted to do. If a TV program will help me promote the Sonic Wind LSRV rocket car well then I will do it but if it doesn’t I really am not interested in using my precious time doing it.
If I was twenty years old and had another thirty years of time to screw around with I would do TV shows for the bread and the hell of it but at 56 years old my time to build this incredible machine is precious to me, actually “priceless” as far as I am concerned. The way I see it, if I am lucky, God smiles on me and I stay strong I probably have a good 15 years of heavy lifting and wrench swinging that I can count on to build the things that I want to build before my creator takes me home. So nowadays I have to spend my time wisely.
Then again, there is another TV program that is in the works as well as a few other production companies that have shown interest in me and my projects and if these things pan out they would probably be neat things to do. I am seriously considering doing these other TV programs because they would be interesting and educational as well as help promote the Sonic Wind LSRV project. I don’t want to talk anymore about them as I don’t want to jinx it all but if it happens I will keep you all updated as things develop.
Alright enough fame and fortune fantasy for this month now lets’ get to the fun stuff, building rocket cars….When the Popular Mechanics article came out in the December 2011 issue, the writer John Pearly Huffman wrote that I was building a 2,000 mile per hour rocket car. That statement turned the World on its side and me and Sonic Wind LSRV became the focus of hundreds of articles and blogs around the world. Then FOX News kicked in and it all got even larger by a factor of ten. There were so many blogs and articles written discussing my project that I couldn’t read them all. Many of the blogs were written in countries with languages I couldn’t even understand. Suffice it to say Sonic Wind LSRV and I went global.