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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' surprises Logan family

SAY GOODBYE: The Pauni family and builders stand together in front of the the family's home for the last time before it is demolished and rebuilt. / Photo by Rebekah Bradway

By Brooke Barker

October 16, 2006 | Bright and early Sunday morning, a Logan family received possibly the biggest surprise of their lives-- a new home courtesy of ABC-TV's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

"It still doesn't seem real; it's a lot at one time," said Lame Pauni, a member of the family selected for the new house.

The 22-year-old described a lot of "pushing, shoving, screaming and yelling" as he and his siblings excitedly made their way to the front yard to greet Ty Pennington, the show's host, around 9 a.m.

"I just can't explain what I feel in my heart. We knew that today was decision day and we didn't know what was going to happen," said Janet Pauni, the family's mother. "We didn't expect anything to happen this morning."

Janet Pauni and her husband, Danny Pauni, moved to Utah from Tonga in 1991. In 2004, Danny died of a heart attack, leaving Janet to care for their nine children. Although Ati, her oldest daughter, has since married and moved out of the house, the loss of Danny led the family to run four businesses to keep afloat. They have also been involved with numerous community activities.

"Projects like this help to bring a community together," said Ed Sanders, a member of the show's design team. "It's like a barn raising in modern days, and we hope that when we leave, neighbors stay friends."

After signing some paperwork and eating some lunch, nine of the 10 family members made their exit for a vacation in the Virgin Islands.

"They all work so much that they never get to spend time as a family," Sanders said. "They've taken on so much in the past few years that some of them have forgotten that they're kids, and hopefully this vacation will give them a chance to remember."

While the family is off on a much-needed vacation, thousands of volunteers and crewmembers will step up to the plate and work around the clock to create a home beyond the Pauni's expectations by Sunday, Oct. 22.

Kartchner Homes was selected as the construction company for the project and was responsible for finding several other crews to help out on the 106-hour project.

"I was obviously nervous initially, but with the support from the city and the trade contractors, we will get it done," Troy Kartchner, the project leader, said. "Besides the overwhelming joy when the family comes home, it's been good to see everyone come together and get involved-- for me that's fun."

A LIST OF EVENTS, ONE DAY AT A TIME!

Tuesday "College Day":
--Demolition kicks off at noon
--On campus there will be Lunch for the Bunch sponsored by the Latter-day Saint Association at 11:30 on the TSC patio.
--Students will have the opportunity to put together books for children in Tonga at 2 p.m. in the TSC Sunburst Lounge.
--Students will also be collecting summer clothing to send to Tonga

Wednesday "Polynesian Day":
--Pre-show party with games and activities for families beginning at 5 p.m. on the HPER field. There will be a cookout and appearances are expected by members of the Salt Lake Real and Utah Jazz.
--A benefit concert will begin in the Spectrum at 7 p.m. Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band and Isaac Hayden are scheduled to perform. There will also be Polynesian dancers and raffle prizes.

Kartchner said he has seen the show and couldn't believe that he was selected to be part of the project. Kartchner homes has built more than 750 homes in and around Cache County, Utah and southern Idaho. The Pauni's new home will be the 90th built by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

"I didn't call them back for a few days because I thought it was a joke," he said.

Throughout the next few days, Kartchner Homes and USU will be asking for volunteers to sign up to help with construction, cleanup and service projects on campus.

Those who don't have time to come up to Cache Valley or aren't able to get off work can donate to a fund for the family at any of the Cache Valley Wells Fargo Bank branches.

"This is going to be one of those things I can look back on with my grandkids and say that this was one show that made a difference in the lives of people," Sanders said. "Everyone who helps with a project like this is an angel without wings."

There will also be events throughout the week to help get the community involved. On Wednesday, there will be a concert at the USU Spectrum beginning at 7 p.m. Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band along with Isaac Hayden will come, and all proceeds will go to the family. There will also be a pre-show party beginning at 5 p.m. on the HPER field with games and a cookout. There is no set admission for the concert, but donations are required.

"We hope everyone can feel like they're getting a hand in this and that they're having a chance to help the family," said Sarah Reale, who's responsible for coordinating the pre-show party.

TY'S HERE! Extreme Makover: Home Edition's team leader Ty Pennington consults about the home after surprising the family. / Photo by Rebekah Bradway

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