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Dave Bortner headed towards Algonac on the St Clair

This past Sunday the universe got to see a 5 minute glimpse into our little world. And what a snap shot it was. The crew from CBS Sunday Morning News, Reorter Conor Knighton, Producer Reid Overdahl did an amazing job. But so did some dedicated Woody Boaters. Today we tell you how it all came about, and how it almost didn’t.

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Algonac on the way to the picnic

It all started with a call to Don Ayers of the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club. Don led them to some folks, like us here at Woody Boater, we in turn gave CBS a bunch of names and a destinations. They wanted to shoot soon and the Algonac show was soon, and a perfect setting for the history of Chris-Craft and Gar Wood.

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Headed back from the picnic

After countless phone calls and information sharing, the shoot was set. As we arrived to the show, it was clear the weather was not going to cooperate, in fact it just dumped rain, then more rain, and to top it all off, more rain. The gang running the show from the Michigan Chapter of The ACBS tried to stop the rain, but to no avail.  There was a short window of not rain where our interview was done.

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Wayne Everso and Coner in the Varnish room.

Wayne Everso’s from Everso marine interview was earlier and Pete Bouregards was in the rain if the old factory.

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Our pal Pete talking up Algonac.

Dave Botner of Freedom Boat Service and his famous shorts were shot at the picnic right before the rain.

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Bortner and his shorts

The crew was there for three days shooting and interviewing, but was going to shoot boats on Sunday which never happened.

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Lake Tahoe footage

So step in Don Ayers again, who supplied some wonderful drone footage by Glenn Campbell.. Not the signer, but a drone shooter guy. Not that he shoots at drones, .. OK, you know what I mean. and then Mark Sutterholm from Minnesota recalled footage that Ryan Rogers shot of the Gull lake show who supplied amazing footage .That’s the show footage in the sun that you see.

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Footage from Minnesota

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More Minnesota footage

All the other stuff was from Woody Boater and the Couburg Kids files of ads.

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Old ads

Texx jumped in with some stuff. No one was asking for credit, or wanting money.  Even Norman Thayer made an apearence.

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Thayer IV off to the fishing hole!

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M-fine sans Bacon, Tommy from Katzs Marina and the YNOT Yacht guys made the cut as well!

The gang all just supplied what was needed for the culture to look good. And man oh man it looked great. I will add that there was a ton of stuff said. Each one of us was interviewed for over an hr.

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I don’t recall a thing I said. But it must have been funny

To the CBS gangs credit, they did an amazing job writing, editor, Shilpi Gupta’s editing and making stuff look great and captured a perfect picture of who we all are in a short time. Any longer would have gotten a bit geekyer. I will add that 5 minutes of national TV on a award winning program is an amazing thing. You can not imagine what it would have cost just to run a 30 second TV commercial, not to mention shooting it. We are talking about 5 million people in our perfect demographic. It’s an easy $500,000 of exposure. Possibly more. So, for those of you that have yet to see the segment. You can see it here just by clicking and read the text on the CBS Sunday Morning site.

And if you dont want to even click on a link, here is the segment. You will still need to click something though, sorry.

21 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    It always amazes me how much it takes to get a short segment to flow as well as this piece did.

    Matt: I can hear you in that still, “there are no fiberglass trees”.

    Great Job by everybody!

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    Ha, I love that line. It was written by Bruce Bildsten ” Rabbit” for one of our ads, and it captures everything!

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Congrats to all on a job VERY WELL DONE and also for the exposure for the hobby. The masses were watching. I had several people come up to me at work yesterday and ask if I was on TV Sunday morning, including some of the youngin’s.

  4. Terry
    Terry says:

    Loved the segment. I watch the show every week and set my DVR to record this special one. I even got my wife up early to watch it with me. Fantastic job everyone. Loved it.

  5. Rick
    Rick says:

    With all this coverage our little holiday party is going to be looking more like a Jobbie Nooner Beach Party on Gull Island. Great job to all those involved.

  6. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    It was all so well edited that most people will never know photos were used from far away places like Dora! Great job everyone!

    • Wilson
      Wilson says:

      Not to mention the 1930’s factory film that was edited in the show…It was a great job by all and tremendous exposure for the hobby…Like none ever before…

    • Dave Nau
      Dave Nau says:

      Beautiful segment! Could not see how they could possibly fit more information about the hobby into such a relatively short period of air time.

      Well done, guys!

  7. Bill Loomis
    Bill Loomis says:

    Wow thanks to Matt and Woody Boater for all you do for the hobby! I have had several inquiries from younger people interested in boats. That was extremely well done and very classy!

  8. Rdaley
    Rdaley says:

    Not sure why but video apparently not available in Canada.
    Would love to see it not sure if there is another way

  9. Don Ayers
    Don Ayers says:

    Great job again Matt;

    Got to give credit where it is due. I think it was Patti at the MM that sent Reid my way. Pretty sure.

    Patti does this a lot and we all appreciate it when she directs communication to us out here in Woodyboater land.

    If you have never met Patti from the Mariners Museum she is a wonderful girl. I spent time with her during a Corp Chris-Craft meeting in Florida and i even talked her into being in the photo shoot.

    • Ed F.
      Ed F. says:

      I echo all the sentiments above and would like to thank Wayne Eversol for his candid comments about getting that elusive final coat of varnish. It’s encouraging to varnishers far and wide to we aren’t alone in that struggle

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