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Subject: Working Parents
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 21:55:54 EDT

Hello, Enjoyed your show. I work for a job placement agency as the Employment Services Director. I would love for you to come to Evansville, Indiana to talk to the clietns that we work with. Our objective for our clientele is suitable, gainful, employment. We work with Federal and State contracts to place "Welfare to Work" and individuals with disabilities into a career.

Thanks, Angela McEllhiney

Subject: Great Show!
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
From: David & Laura

We caught your show for the first time tonight, May 29. What we saw was the coverage of the window-cleaners and then the story about the volunteer oldsters.

Great documentaries!
I particularly noticed that you did NOT use sappy music during the show itself, but then used appropriate music to kind of re-cap at the end.

Will Durst is a great host, reminescent of Charles Kuralt, but even better. He seems very down-to-earth without being overly sentimental. Keep up the good work!

Subject: show
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
From: Glenda Crites

I wanted to tell how wonderful your show is. Finally these issues are being addressed. Thank you.

Glenda Crites

Subject: the show
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
From: (linda gonzalez)

I caught the show tonight, about the diff. occupations of folks who are self employed and the senior volunteers.

I am currently unemployed, and I have been racking my brain trying to figure out a business that I could start, that won't cost me an arm or a leg to get up and running. I got a couple of good ideas from your program.

THANKS, keep up the good work.


Subject: Organizing elderly volunteers
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
From: Stephen Brockwell

Your program is wonderful, thank you! I enjoyed the segment on the elderly group who provide each other with volunteer activities. I would love to organize a program like this in my community. Can you tell me how I learn more about this program?
Thank you.

Ellen Brockwell

Subject: Love the Show!
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
From: "Stephanie Searcy"

This was the first time we had viewed your show. It was excellent. I especially enjoyed the segment about the retired people who help other retired people. That woman should be commended for creating this program. Not only does it help people who are on fixed incomes afford household repairs, but, more importantly, it makes people feel useful. When they give companionship or repairs, they are making a huge difference in someones life.

John and Stephanie Searcy

Subject: What do you think you're doing?
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
From: D C Blake Jr

Dear Will:
Amazing! How did you get this show on the air? If someone told me that they saw a program that showed what real people (americans) deal with in their lives I would ask them what they where smoking. (and is there any left?) Great work. If you're not careful, you'll give PBS a good name. If this kind of stuff continues, I'll have to subscribe.

A BIG FAN. peace. duncan.

Subject: (no subject)
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998

great show, The wife loved it and made me look you guys up on your internet address. now I'm going to have to watch it again with her.

Subject: Brooklyn eldercare program
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998

I came upon your show while surfing the channels Friday night. I was very interested in the segment on the volunteer eldercare program that a women from the Brooklyn area had started. We do not have anything like this in our area, as far as I know , but I think it would benefit many of our elderly community members. Could you please send me the name of the department or person that I could write to for more information about this program and how I might be able to get something started in my hometown. Thank You for your time and for coming up with this real life program.

Subject: Elderplan
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998

I was unable to see your whole program on the Elderplan Program, but am very interested in finding out more information. Is there anyway to get more specific information regarding how the program was set up, if there are any costs to running the program,and who I might contact to get some of these questions answered to be able to start a program in my area. Thank you very much for any assistance you are able to give me.

Nancy Neyer-Kinoshita

Subject: (the email address I use most of the time)
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998

I am a working mom with two small children (my youngest had a hard time falling asleep tonight, causing me to miss a few minutes of your show) -- and on Monday afternoon, June 1st, I have to leave on a business trip the same day my 70 year old father has knee replacement surgery. Your program spoke to every issue I am currently facing -- there are so few television programs examining the kind of reality and struggles I am facing -- I so much appreciated your show for this reason. The fifth graders talking about their parents getting home from work made me cry. Keep up the great work.

Subject: bank in TENN that was featured in the first episode
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998
From: dleidich

I am unable to remember the name of the Bank mentioned in the first episode that radically changed its culture away from the "occasion" based policy. Could you please forward the name of this company so that I might be able to do more research into its strategy and methods?

Subject: Your show
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998

Thanks so much for your program! I am a working mom of two small children (my youngest had a hard time falling asleep causing me to miss a few minutes). On Monday, I am leaving on a business trip the same day that my 70 year old dad is having knee replacement surgery.... needless to say, I could completely relate to your program. There are so few television programs that speak so directly to the struggles I am experiencing in trying to set priorities and live somewhat sanely. THANKS SO MUCH. Keep up the good work.

Wendy Lukas (

Subject: Downsizing is still alive and well!
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
From: "McBride's"

Bad News First:
This is the third time I have been laid off! The president has the welfare-to-work program, I think I'm on the work-to-welfare plan. I'm a divorced mom with three girls (23,18, & 13). The 23 year old graduated last Sunday from Chico State (alleluia!). The 18 year old graduates from high school next week (college bound in the fall), and the 13 year old is graduating from eight grade. I made over $40,000 last year and now I'm searching again for a job. As a Marketing Director and at 46, I'm not in great demand. The resumes are going out at a rapid rate with responses at a snails pace.

Good News!!!
We eat every night together, my girls are honor students and atheletes. We attend church every Sunday and take an active role. I expect a lot from my girls and they haven't disappointed me. I'm not their best buddy, but I am their advocate and mentor. They look to me for guidance and I'm a strong role model.

Gratitude: I enjoyed the Eldercare segment because it showed people helping people. Truly, that's why were here!! I'm very thankful that when other families are worried about their kids having sex, doing drugs and joining gangs, I only have to think about employment.

Keep up the good quality programming!!

Best regards,
Vicki McBride

Subject: mother-daughter team
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998

I watched and enjoyed your show in the Sacramento area. Would you be so kind as to e-mail me the name of the mother-daughter in-home food preparation business? Thank you.

Ana Maria

Subject: great show
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998
From: Richard W Leopard

I saw your show for the first time last night and thought it was great.So I checked out your web address and was impressed with it also.

Subject: Great show!
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998
From: "Jeffrey A. Young"

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your show, especially the "Eldercare" segment. I loved it! The positive attitude and humor of the people proves "real" people are more entertaining than most entertainers! Also, Will Durst is one of the most skilled interviewers I have seen in a long time. He really has a knack for putting people at ease and getting to the heart of the matter.
Thanks for making my Friday night!

Wendy K. Young

Subject: Your Show
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998
From: Andres Frias-

Dear Will: Your new show is GREAT. My wife and I really enjoyed it, particularly the section on the bank in Tennessee. I looked for other info on your web page about it and I coiln't find it. Why? In any case, congratulations on a job WELL done. There should be more comics like you.

Andres Frias and Nicole Lauren (KQED members)
Santa Clara, CA

Subject: Great show
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998
From: "Brian Miller"

Hey, I saw the show, I liked what I saw. Have you ever look at the problems with all the different professional certifications?

Subject: Eldercare
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998
From: Allen & Karen Boyle

This topic captured my interest and I am curious whether there are similar Eldercare type programs here in California. If so, where are they located and how can I reach them in order to get information? I am also interested in learning what is necessary in order to start an Eldercare-type program in areas where it is not presently operating. Thank you for a very well-done and informative program on PBS.

Allen Boyle
P.O. Box 547
Marysville, CA 95901

Date: Sat, 30 May 1998
From: "charlie,janie carpenter"

I would like more info on the family program at the bank. It really seems like a program that would work for my job. This is the first time to see your show and I really enjoyed it.
Thanks JANIE

Subject: Great Show!
Date: Sun, 31 May 1998

Thanks for the great program. What a great idea to show average Americans trying to achieve the "American Dream" and have a strong family life.

I am a 36 year old woman, married 7 years to a musician/college instructor. My husband and I have two children, ages 6 and 5. We lived in Brooklyn, NY for 6 years, while my husband had a successful music career. Not being comfortable with child care, I opted to not work full time and my husband and I shared caring for our children. Although the children and I were able to see my husband during the day, since his jobs were usually in the evenings to early morning, he went on tour often all over the world; usually at a moments notice and was gone for up to 2 months at a time.

It was after my husband went on a national tour for a year in 1996, that he realized how much of our lives he was missing. Others that tour musicals spoke of emotional distance and strained relationships. He decided to end his 25+ year life's work of music performance and the 6 figure salary we were accustomed to. He accepted a job as a jazz performance instructor at a community college in Seattle, WA and I made plans to move the rest of the family across country.

We now live in a small rented house, have financial difficulties and emotional adjustments, but we are surviving. Our lives are just as hectic as before, though. I started my own business as an interviewing specialist/resume designer, and I give seminars on interviewing skills and business etiquette to high school students, college students and people on public assistance. I start work from home at 6:00-7:30am, get the kids ready for school, drive them to school, go to my office at 9:30am, but close my doors at3:00pm in time to pick up my children and continue with my other career: mom and homemaker. When the kids go to bed, I go back to work on my seminars and resume critique until at least 12:00am. My husband teaches a full day at the college, prepares 3 jazz ensemble groups for performances, teaches private students and still goes out 2-6 days a week to play gigs. He comes home around 12:00am most nights. One might ask, is it worth it? To change careers, geographical locations, take a huge cut in pay, and work 12-15 hours a day? We would say yes. Our kids have a strong, loving relationship with both of their parents-and their dad doesn't leave home for weeks upon end. For me, this past New Years my husband didn't work (New Years is a big money night for musicians). It was the first time I got to ring in the new year with my husband in 7 years. Money comes and goes - Family is everything.

Thanks for listening,
Christine Kirk

Subject: Request info about Family Matters
Date: Sun, 31 May 1998
From: The Gazeleys

I would like to find out more about the FAMILY MATTERS program at First Tennesee Bank.
Thank you.
Ralph Gazeley

Subject: WE LOVED THE SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 98
From: Judy Schwan

Hi Everyone:

We really enjoyed the program up here in Seattle. Our families in Ca loved it too. We thought the program was very well done and enjoyed it from start to finish. We didn't just watch the Ideal Meals part!!!!! We have been getting some calls already and have been amazed at the response from people out of state. They want info on starting this business in their area.

We were wondering if the show will rebroadcast at any time in the future.

Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this excellent program. We are honored that we could participate.

Also, Will, have been getting comments on how funny you are. Thought you might like that feedback since you ARE a comedienne. Anytime you want to chop chicken, we'd love to have you work with us!!!

Thanks again.

Judy Schwan
Lisa Wallace
Ideal Meals!

Subject: Terry Runte
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 12:51:48 EDT

Dear PBS. and Will Durst,

I very much enjoyed viewing last nights showing of Livelyhood, it was informative and entertaining..I was also thrilled to see Will Durst. My brother Terry spoke of him often, and I know enjoyed his company very much. I believe they met when Terry was making an attempt at being a comedian. (attempt key word !) I am writing in the hopes that Mr. Durst may someday have a moment to email me and perhaps fill me in on some memories he has of Terry. My brother was murdered in Jamaica several years ago and we miss him greatly. It would mean so much to myself and my family to hear of some of his past adventures. I was busy raising my family and he was busy writing and traveling about and there are so many friends of his I would love to hear from. I know that Will Durst was special to him and I'm sure to many, If it is ever possible for you to write me a quick note, I would so very much appreciate it. Thanks for your time in reading this, and thank you pbs for airing such an enjoyable show,

Laurie Kornowski

Subject: Question about program of June 1, 1998
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 1998
From: "R.C. McNeil"

I would like more information about Ideal Meals. I am looking for a job that will allow me to be home with my daughter in the afternoons after school. Could you send me info about how I might start a business like Ideal Meals? Thanks.

Subject: ideal meals
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998

I was watching your show a minute ago when I saw an interesting catering service by the name of Ideal Meals. I would like to know more about this company.

Subject: Note to Will Durst
Date: Tue, 02 Jun 1998

Hi Will,
I work in the University Relations Department here at UW-Waukesha and am editor of the alumni newsletter which I hope you receive. Had the opportunity to tape and watch a recent Milwaukee airing of "Livelyhood." It was wonderful! I was most impressed. My whole family watched it and could identify with much of what you were showing between family having an effect on work and vice versa. I've been telling people on campus how good the show was, only wish it would air at prime time.

Keep up the good work. This is a great show and your interjected humor makes it not only educational, but very fun to watch. Congratulations.

Bambi Butzaff Voss
University Relations
University of Wisconsin-Waukesha
Telephone: (414) 521-5445

Subject: Working Family Values
Date: Tue, 02 Jun 1998

Thanks for a great show. I really enjoyed it. I was expecially enamored about the segment that showed senior citizens volunteering to do work for others and allowing others to do work for them. I'd like to learn more about this so I may present it to my education group at my church. A little background about me: I am a Special Education teaacher for the Dallas Public Schools at the Juvenile Justice Center for children 10 thru 17 years old. I work with 5 or 6 students at a time in a computer lab environment. There I show them how to use the computer in various ways: keyboarding, reading, writing, thinking, building self-esteem, science, geography, etc. utilizing the programs the district provides, the internet and hopefully, soon, when school begins again in August, some videos such as the one I saw: Working Family Values.

Thanks for all you all have done and will continue to do.

Gratefully, Chas B

Subject: Livelyhood
Date: Tue, 02 Jun 1998
From: Volker Mueller

Wonderful Show! Please do more! How does trying to breast feed a baby impact the American woman? We are supposed to have 70% of us breastfeeding by 2000 (per American Academy of Pediatrics). The first two weeks can be very rough. That is the time period that most women quit. Many very industrious women actually try to pump at work. Then there are those of us that are redefining their jobs much as the woman with the baby in your show did. How do we Mother and Work and make everything balance?

I thought the time we spend with our children to be very revealing. I don't think most American's know what it is like to raise a child today. Most Americans already have raised their children and just say that it was hard for them as well. Those are the voters against any help with child rearing. Thank you for putting some real numbers to this problem.

Subject: Elderplan info
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
From: "M. Young"

Please send me some information on contacts in Brooklyn and the HMO that started Elderplan. I am interested in getting such a service bank started in my large city.

Melanie Young

Subject: Info about purchase.
Date: Tue, 26 May 1998
From: Linda Heal

Hello. I was wondering if the "Working Family Values" edition of "Livelyhood" is available for purchase. I know you folks from "Not in Our Town," and I think it makes sense to think about buying this tape, too.

So if you could fill me in on purchase price, shipping and handling, and anything else we need to know, that'd be great.

Linda Heal
Equity Resource Center

Subject: Livelyhood Tape Order
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
From: BlackLeather

Kindly send me information on the cost of a VHS tape of the Livelyhood tape recently broadcost on WQED, Pittsburgh. You may contact me at:
Thank you for your kind service

Mark Peters
Project CART
938 Penn Avenue
Suite 303
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Subject: Livelyhood Show: Request for VHS Video Copy
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998
From: John Bourke

Dear Friends:

Can I purchase a VHS Video copy of the Lively Hood Show? What would the cost be?

John F. Bourke

Subject: Tapes/Stats
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998

I am looking for tapes and stats on telecommuting.

Subject: tapes
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 23:16:59 EDT

Please send info about tape orders. I teach High School Home Economics, my program includes career preperation and in Texas we have a single semester course titled " Family & Career Management." The " Working Family Values" show is perfect. I wish I had a new class starting tomorrow! I feel that this series validates my teaching career ! I will need to use a PO from my school for payment.

Sandy Keller
Midlothian High School
923 S. 9th St.
Midlothian, Tx 76065

Subject: purchase of LIVELYHOOD video
Date: Tue, 02 Jun 1998
From: "Varleta, Dita"

I teach Family Life Education and the 5-31-98 episode showing on channel 13 would be perfect for my class. Please e-mail purchasing info to Thanks, Dita Varleta


Livelyhood's second one-hour special, "Working Family Values," aired on PBS in May 1998. For information on how to order the show, call 510-268-WORK.

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