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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)

Woman drives 312 miles to cry with Pauni family

JUST GOTTA SEE IT: Diane Wright, left, drove from Nampa, Idaho, to see the unveiling of the Pauni home. / Photo by Irene Gudmundson

By Irene Gudmundson

October 23, 2006 | Diane Wright sold her Brooks & Dunn tickets to drive 312 miles just to see the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

"My husband asked me why I wanted to come because all I do when I watch the show is cry," she said.

She left her home in Nampa, Idaho, at 9 a.m. Friday and arrived in Logan around 2 p.m. Last week, she started to receive emails from her mother-in-law with all these construction crews and an old home. She didn't get it.

But when she saw some famous faces in the shots, she recognized right away as her favorite show that she's watched every week since it aired, and she knew she had to come and see it in person. One hundred dollars later, sales from her concert tickets, Wright enjoyed every minute of the construction.

Wright planned to be at the site by 8 a.m. Sunday. With no tears Saturday, Wright expected to cry Sunday after hearing those famous heart-wrenching words, "Move that bus!"

Wright wasn't alone Saturday. As the sun reflected off their white and orange helmets, the construction crew worked on finishing touches on the exterior of a huge new home; painting the garage door a dark brown, and metal roofing over it; setting up flower pots and the backyard. People from around the area came to check out the home, which was revealed Sunday in the early afternoon after the Paunis returned from the Virgin Islands.

Saturday's work was filled with lots of volunteers, from Utah State University students to Logan Cub Scout troop 227, members of which were filmed by ABC's crew as they set in place several plant and flower displays by the new front door.

Thanks to an anonymous donation, even a well-known local celebrity visited the site. Brent Carpenter, best known for his energetic bike horn and smiling wave, was part of the first group of those not associated with the construction team to tour the interior of the home.

With few words but lots of smiles and giggles, Carpenter rode onto the site, quickly put on his Home Makeover T-shirt and in his words, "cold" blue helmet. The $2,000 donor asked that from that gift four people from the community receive a tour.

FAMILIAR FACE: Logan's bike-riding ambassador of goodwill, Brent Carpenter, arrives at the Pauni home Sunday. / Photo by Irene Gudmundson

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