My granddaughter, Jordan, had just recently taken her first black bear and written a story about her experience on the hunt. The story was then published in the Alaska Professional Hunter Magazine in the fall of 2003. Coincidentally, at about the same time, Boston Gravity was searching for a young, Alaskan outdoor enthusiast to do a guest segment for the PBS children's show, Zoom. Somehow, while completing their search, the Alaska Professional Hunter's Association (APHA) office manager directed them to contact me. In the end, the Boston Gravity team, Alan Grazioso and Steve Eliopoulos, selected Jordan as the "Alaska Girl" for the project.
We decided on a red salmon fishing trip on the Kenai River for the third week in July. Both Alan and Steve were from the East Coast so they had a long flight all the way to Anchorage. They stayed at our cabin with us while filming the project and also had the opportunity to do some fishing of their own. They had a true Alaskan experience, it was great fun. Alan and Steve were great guests and super nice individuals. Everyone had a blast during the filming and the project was an absolute success. The final cut is below, check it out!