(DOUG JESSOP’S JESSOP’S JOURNAL – ABC4 NEWS, SALT LAKE CITY, UT) I’ve been doing a weekly digital series, Jessop’s Journal, for quite some time now. After doing over 100 online episodes, it’s time to expand into the wonderful world of a 30-minute weekly TV show.
Jessop’s Journal is a collection of Powerful, Positive and Inspirational Stories.
In this episode I sit down with Dolly Parton and Lucille Ball … well, someone that does a POWERFUL job playing them on stage, Mr. Jason CoZmo.
I also visit with a POSITIVE lady that celebrated her 100th birthday by going to one of Jason’s shows – Romaine Wahlin Zito.
In between, you’re going to get entertained with some INSPIRATIONAL music from Mac & The Messenger.
Welcome to Jessop’s Journal…
Jason told me; “I got cast is a film called Dumplin on Netflix. I was handpicked by the screenwriter. There’s a scene wear there all these Dolly drag queens. She says we need one that is a true Dolly impersonator . It was absolutely fabulous.”
Jason told me the backstory to the now famous picture; “Oh my gosh. I didn’t get a picture. And my mom was like, don’t worry. There’re all those photographers. I’m they’re not going to post any pictures of me. I’m a nobody. All these stars are out here. I just thought, that’s that. I’m not going to get any picture. And the next morning we left to come back to Salt Lake, and it was viral. Like all over the world. It’s pretty cool. So, I had to forgive my mom because the picture did get out there.”
Here is a fun sidebar – check out this message from Madam Pattirini Gin and guess which person is Jason Cozmo. Hint, he’s wearing a red ring.
One of my favorite inspirational quotes is from Audrey Hepburn, she said “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” I’m grateful to partner with Millcreek Gardens and Monrovia to feed my craving for pretty plants. Watch the show each week as I share some of my favorites #DougsPlantPics .
Everyone has a story. Sometimes these stories are told through music. It’s time for the Jessop’s Jukebox portion of the show (yes – it makes more sense to be watching and listening to the video by now…)
I went to a NAACP Martin Luther King luncheon and met two incredible musicians. Funny thing is, they didn’t know each other. I put singer “Mac” together with percussionist “The Messenger” and asked them to perform together.
The power of music is incredible. I especially like how Gospel music stirs the soul. There’s a song that started as a post-civil war song that turned into an anthem for the civil rights movement. Mac & The Messenger did a beautiful job with “Oh Freedom.”
I never met either of my grandmothers. My next guest was a pretty good stand in that reminded me to “have fun and remember to laugh.:
On a personal note, when I was twelve years old, I got a cassette recorder for Christmas. I would interview anyone and everyone that would let me. My Gramps was very patient and would let me interview him. Interviewing Romaine was kind of like interviewing my grandmother. She had a sparkle in her eye and a laugh in her soul.
I was taught that you don’t ask a woman her age, so instead I asked her when she was born. She exclaimed; “July 17, 1917. seven, seventeen, seventeen.” She went on to explain; “there are seventeen letters in my name. so seven isn’t a lucky number for me. DOUG seventeen is. Time to go to Wendover and put it on the roulette wheel. ROMAINE – that’s right.”
Romaine had fond memories of her parents. She told about getting in trouble and have the age old “wait until your father hears about this moment.” You’ll need to watch the interview to get the complete story, but her father, Walter Wahlin, seemed to have a special spot in his heart for his daughter.
Do you remember the first car that you drove? Chances are it wasn’t a 1917 Ford Coupe But that’s the sweet ride that Romaine had…and she started driving at the age of twelve. After going in the ditch her father had her practice shifting in the garage. At the age of 103 she demonstrated that she still has the shift pattern down!
Sports activities have been a big part of Romaine’s life. Everything from neighborhood baseball when she was a girl to winning a bowling tournament when she was a young woman. She showed me a newspaper clipping of getting some kind of cooking appliance as a prize. Romaine told me that she and her husband felt like millionaires when she won.
You’ll have to watch the glint in Romaine’s eyes when I ask her about getting a hole-in-one. She put up two fingers and proudly said “two. Two hole-in-ones.”
I asked Romaine what advice she had for me? She replied sweetly; “Enjoy life and like I do laugh a lot, which you do. And enjoy the friends the friends that you have. “
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ROMAINE WAHLIN ZITO
I’m known as the guy that wears hats on TV. I get asked a lot, “how many hats do you have?” Well, let’s just say enough hats for Doug’s Hat of the Week. This week it a custom-made fedora I designed at JW Custom Hats with both charcoal and burgundy felt built around a red garnet pin. It’s called “El Diablo Rojo”.
I was raised with the phrase “remember where you came from.” To me, if stories aren’t passed down to the next generation, it’s as though those people that came before us didn’t exist. It’s my honor to provide this tribute to my “Gramps.”
George Youngquist was the son of emigrant parents, Frederick, and Ida. When he was a little boy, he lived in a suburb of Chicago called Oak Park.
His mother died when he was eight years old of a burst appendix. When George was twelve, his father’s visa expired, and he had to go back to Sweden.
George was put on a train by himself to travel from Chicago to Pasadena, California. He was raised by his mother’s sister, an older single lady with no children – “Auntie Augusta”.
He met and married a beautiful nursing student, Florence and they had two lovely daughters. The oldest of which is my mother. Sadly, Florence died of breast cancer at the age of forty-three. My mother was fourteen years old. I was born six years later.
Gramps was the kindest, most gentle man I ever knew. We used to rub noses – he called them “eskimo kisses”. He’d also rub his five o’clock shadow beard on my cheek. I knew I was loved.
He would come over to our house when I was a kid. I would give him a tour of our rose garden. I still grow roses to this day and think of him.
Gramps was a sharp dresser. I inherited some of his cufflinks when he died. I incorporated them into a special hat I call “The George.”
So Gramps – when you say “please remember me” … I’ve got you covered.
Life in never boring. Sometimes you have something I like to call “The Wonderful World of Regret.” If you’ve ever had a tattoo or permanent makeup that you’ve fallen out of love with, the folks at Tatt2Away have come up with a pretty cool system that literally takes the ink out of the skin.
You think about washing your hands, but have you thought about washing your nose? Xlear Nasal Spray washes away bacteria and helps you breath better. With that thought in mind, take a deep breath, and relax… (here’s a hint…to relax even more watch the video to see one of my happy places…cue the seagulls...)
Everyone has a story. I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.”
You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people would take more time getting to knowing more about others and where they are coming from, we just might find out that we have more similarities than differences.
A big shout out goes to my collaborator, Ed Wilets who does a great job as my videographer/editor for all my stories. I invite you to watch each episode of Jessop’s Journal at www.Jessop’sJournal.com and www.ABC4.com/Journal and share these stories with your friends and neighbors. Your feedback is always welcome at DJessop@abc4.com