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Media Life: It’s been a wonderful Media Life in 2010

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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In the spirit of the Christmas holidays, here’s a look back at some of Media Life's highlights over the past 12 months: Reese reaches millions Pro angler Skeet Reese featured on the cover of Parade magazine, reaching tens of millions of readers and giving his hometown of Auburn a ton of ink. Shaver celebrates acquittal Country music outlaw Billy Joe Shaver triumphantly taking the stage for June’s Party in the Park in Auburn after being acquitted weeks before of aggravated assault by a Texas jury. Shaver shot a man in the face outside a bar but pleaded self-defense. Deed of the year Tsuda’s owner Alexandra Carnahan’s good deed not going unrewarded. She’d opened the doors of her closed restaurant for a group of out-of-towners one night and one happened to be the editor of Sunset magazine. The May edition of Sunset included Tsuda’s Old Town Eatery in its list of “Roadside Meals Worth a Stop.” Endurance on display Emmy Award-winning Ginger Kathrens’ documentary on the Western States Trail reaching a wider audience when it aired last spring on KVIE’s “Viewfinder.” Familiar faces interviewed for “They Crossed the Mountains: The History of the Western States Trail: included Tevis Cup champ Hal Hall, Western States 100 pioneer Gordy Ainsleigh and Keith Lukens, whose father was part of a 1931 expedition that provided vintage film footage used in the documentary. Titles featured in hit movie Auburn’s Gareth Smith continuing to wow movie audiences with title sequences for the box-office hit “Up in the Air.” Smith created title designs with his wife, Jenny Lee, that provided a plane’s-eye-view of the world. Tough assignment Lotus videographer Todd Stanley finding himself on one of his most challenging – and heart-wrenching – “Deadliest Catch” assignments as he caught the courage and sadness of the last days of Capt. Phil Harris. Todd and his brother, Doug – already Emmy winners – vied for one more Emmy in late summer but didn’t win this time around. Capturing cowboys Doug Stanley, who lives in Auburn, having his talents for capturing the grit and sinew of real-life work highlighted on the reality series “The Last American Cowboy” on Animal Planet. Bridge now No. 4 Foresthill Bridge losing some status with the completion of the 890-foot-high Mike O’Callahan-Pat Tilman Memorial Bridge over the Colorado River. At 730-feet above the riverbed, the bridge just outside Auburn has now dropped to fourth highest nationally. It’s still the highest in California, though. Lance & Co. The Amgen Tour of California rolling through Auburn (and Cool and Meadow Vista), with onlookers getting a quick glance at Lance Armstrong. Endurance-event organizer Brad Kearns reminded Media Life readers that the Armstrong connection came close to being much stronger five years earlier when he seriously considered using the tough foothills roads as a training base for his Tour de France triumph. “Protocol” back in Auburn Goldie Hawn’s memorable film-making stint in Old Town Auburn remembered with the first public screening in the city of her 1984 comedy “Protocol” in probably a quarter century as one of the outdoor Auburn Movie Nights during the summer. A big parade scene was shot in Auburn with plenty of local extras. Shanghai comeback Richard and Herb Yue, plus plenty of fans of the late-great Shanghai Bar and Restaurant, bringing the longtime Old Town business back to life for one memorable night in June. It had closed suddenly and regrettably, five years earlier. Lost footage found Long thought to be lost, footage of the 1959 Little League World Series final between Hamtramck, Mich. and the Auburn squad surfacing in a documentary made by a Michigan filmmaker on Art “Pinky” Deras. Deras, considered by some to be the greatest Little Leaguer ever, shut the Auburn team down in the final 12-0. Recipe for success TV newswoman and Colfax High grad Jodi Hernandez capitalizing on some instant foodie fame when the San Francisco restaurant she co-owns was highlighted on a “Throwdown” with Iron Chef Bobby Flay episode. By the end of the year, the Papalote eatery’s partnership had come out with a new enterprise making and marketing jars of its famous salsa. Stately status The reconstituted State Theater capturing the interest of Auburnites with a solid lineup of live performances and a film series that promises to continue to draw sold-out audiences. At last count, the Downtown Auburn theater was moving in on the 8,000 mark in attendance in the 22 months it has been re-opened. Next week: The annual Media Lifer awards.