Oregon Public Broadcasting has a new marketing campaign with a redone logo, slogan and commercials. The commercials were done by a local ad agency, but they were filmed by my friend Rob Tyler, a superb local filmmaker.
A couple months ago, I got an impromptu call from Rob asking if he could film me right away at a pedestrian bridge overlooking Interstate 5. (The light was good so he was in a hurry.) So I quickly drove over there and stared down at traffic for several minutes while he filmed.
And recently the result began playing on OPB. My head is the second in a montage you see of the backs of people's heads, each looking at some different urban or rural scene. The idea is that OPB is TV for people who think. The commercial is playing regularly during primetime at the beginning and end of shows, and it's also available for viewing online here.
And yes, I know I've lost some hair.
It's funny: I have no real desire to be famous, but somehow getting on television regularly but only with the back of my head seems fitting. Once several years ago I remember having a dream in which I could fly, but could only ever get a few feet off the ground.