Thursday, March 20, 2008
Rust College junior puts together package on city’s history, Pilgrimage
By SUE WATSON
You can hear the gratitude in Ricky Johnson’s voice when he tells about a history project he is working on at Rust College for airing on RC/TV-2. He said both the content of his interviews and the subjects were very interesting by way of providing insights into the history of this small Mississippi town.
From Washington, D.C., Johnson said he picked Rust College after attending one semester at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.
“Basically, I picked Rust College because of the one-on-one attention from professors and the small college atmosphere,” he said.
As a broadcast journalism major, Johnson said at Rust even a freshman gets to touch radio and television equipment while at other larger colleges students don’t get to touch equipment until their junior year.
His professor, Hortensia Dean, assigned him a project to do 30-minute segments on historical buildings and interviews with the owners or those responsible for the buildings. Each is divided into about 15 minutes of interviewing of the individuals and about 15 minutes of filming of the historical sites.
Included in his assignment were the filming of Montrose and interview of Pilgrimage queen Regan Murphy and escort Tyler Childers at the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery; a tour of Walter Place with Jorja Lynn, a visit with Lois Swanee at the Marshall County Historical Museum, an interview with Stephanie Movre at the Holly Springs Tourism and Recreation Bureau, and an interview with chancery clerk Chuck Thomas at the Marshall County Courthouse.
Each site and set of interviews will air separately.
“I found out a great deal about the town I didn’t know,” Johnson said. “I didn’t realize what the city had to offer and where it came from.”
At Walter Place Johnson was shown hand-made bricks with the fingerprints and markings of the makers placed in the front portico.
He also enjoyed a visit with Movre, who he said opened his eyes to the tour packages available.
“I would push everyone to talk to Ms. Movre and start getting tours around Holly Springs,” he said.
Some of Johnson’s favorite interviews were with Swanee and Thomas.
“The best was the museum tour and Lois Swanee,” he said. “I also did an interview with Chuck Thomas. Those two stood out for me. It was their receiving me so well (and willingness to participate). They were great.”
Thomas said his interview with Johnson was the first time to get to show off the courthouse.
“I thought it was just a class project,” Thomas said. “I didn’t realize it was going on television.”
He was impressed with Johnson.
“He was just a super easy guy to work with and very interested in our community,” Thomas said. “Great attitude.”
Swanee said TV interviews are not frequent at the museum.
“He was very polite and gracious and intelligent,” she said of Johnson.
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