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Media Life: Tough defeat rains on Skeet Reese’s Parade magazine cover appearance

TLC “Addicted” reality series has Auburn angle; “Airplane!” star Robert Hays making local appearance
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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The curse of the Sports Illustrated cover may have just been expanded to include Parade magazine and Auburn angler Skeet Reese. Reese, the 2007 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, was on the way to a double triumph last Sunday. Parade magazine, which appears in 470 newspapers nationwide and has a readership of 73 million, featured Reese on its cover that day. On the water Sunday in Stockton, Reese was close to pulling off a come-from-behind victory and claim the $100,000 first prize at the Duel in the Delta Bassmaster Elite Series season opener. Reese, subject of a two-page spread in Parade by best-selling thriller author Harlan Cohen, was denied victory though by the ever-so slimmest of margins. Just an ounce in the weight of his aggregate catch separated Reese’s three-day total from winner John Crews of Salem, Va. The Parade magazine piece not only mentioned Auburn but also had a nice photo of the champion angler at home with wife, Kim, and daughters Leamarie, 7 and Courtney, 3. It’s a rare occasion when an Auburn resident gets national magazine cover exposure. Media Life can recall gold-medal Olympian Stacy Dragila making the front of a track and field magazine or two. And her 2000 pole-vaulting prowess also landed her picture on a Wheaties box. If there are any other “cover men” or “cover women,” Media Life would like to hear about them. AUBURN WOMAN FEATURED For Auburn-area viewers of the new TLC reality TV series “Addicted,” today's premiere episode should really hit home. The program, about drug addiction and recovery, starts off with the story of Amanda, a young mother from Auburn with a substance abuse problem. As is the case with addiction programs, no last names are given. The Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Offices Beverly Lewis worked with the courts and Granite Bay’s Skinny Fist Productions to get the footage. Each episode follows the story of a young addict in the days before their intervention, through their intervention and in the two-month-long period of recovery after intervention. Justin Coupe, of Skinny Fist Productions, said the series gets intense at times but begins with an Auburn segment that is one of the milder stories and could prove a good test for potentially squeamish viewers. The series will continue over the next four weeks. HAYS IN HANGTOWN Calling all aspiring actors, models, agents, casting directors, filmmakers, directors, videographers, screen writers, film producers and composers. The El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film & Media Office is teaming up with the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce to put on what they describe as an “I Heart Film” industry mixer. It’s going to be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and is open to the public. The kicker is that the event will bring some starpower to Hangtown. Robert Hays, best known for his role as Ted Striker in the film “Airplane!” is onboard as the featured speaker. It’s a return of sorts to the area for Hays. He played the lead role of Tom Lowry in the family movie “The Retrievers,” which was filmed almost entirely in Placerville and surrounding areas. And he actually found gold while panning in the area. Networking at “I Heart Film” starts at 5 p.m. and Hays will be speaking at 6 p.m. There’s limited seating for words of wisdom from an actor who also sat on the Screen Actors Guild board for six years. Contact Media Life’s Gus Thomson at 530-852-0232 or gust@goldcountrymedia.com.