As my weathercast was ending tonight, Brian Coleman our producer, clicked the button to my IFB earpiece and said, “Mt. Rushmore.”
I was walking across the studio at the time, moving from the chroma key to the “weather pod.” Looking down, I was trying not to trip on cables. Mt. Rushmore? What the hell was he talking about? Was news breaking from Mt Rushmore?
I continued my walk while explaining the details of the extended forecast, which was on-the-air. Then, as I approach the pod. I saw different images in a monitor. The most amazing fireworks were being launched from behind the Mt. Rushmore Monument. The faces of the presidents were brightly lit as the show went on overhead. Quickly I changed gears, now calling for the live video feed.
Fireworks look good on TV, but this was a few steps beyond good. It’s tough not to feel a little sense of country with that iconic sculpture in the frame.
It’s funny how sometimes you just blindly trust the Internet to have what you want. I assumed when I started writing this I’d be able to find a photo to demonstrate my point. The one above, uploaded by “Caveman10” on Flickr, really captures the essence of what I saw.