March 21: Today we are finally writing about this USA Tour. Over 3000 miles, two and a half weeks, 10 states. (Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.)
March 20: Interviewed Michael D. McCarty, a professional storyteller and bumper sticker collector and displayer. His car has over 300 bumper stickers on it. Also, we went to Newport Beach, California. There we got a few photos of bumper stickers and shots of the beach.
March 19: Traveled to LA, California
March 18: Interviewed Tarah Ausburn, in Surprise, Arizonia. Tarah lost her job last year because of a bumper sticker on her car. The sticker said: "Have you drugged your kids today." She has over 60 stickers on her car, but the 'drugging your kids one' is what caught the eye of parents at Imagine Prep School.
March 17: "Luck o' the Irish to Ya." Headed to Phoenix, Arizona and just missed an unseasonal snowstorm in Flagstaff, Arizona.
March 16: Traveled to Albuquerque, NM.
March 15: We went to the Buddy Holly Museum in Lubbock, Texas. We were given a Buddy Holly Bumper Sticker and talked to a lady who works there about the number of souvenirs peoples purchase, including bumper stickers. There is a large pair of "Buddy Holly" glasses outside the museum.
March 13: We went to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and talked with Whitney Baker, a librarian at the Spencer Research Library. Baker, specializes in ways to preserve historical memorabilia and explained how bumper stickers are made and how the process has changed over the years. Both Baker and Mr. Gilman assured us that the newer bumper stickers are much easier to remove than the older ones.
March 12: Everything you wanted to know about bumper stickers, but was a afraid to ask.
In Lenexa, Kansas we were able to talk with Gill-Line Studios Chairman of the board, Mark Gilman. He told us the fun history of bumper stickers. In fact, it was his father-in-law, Forest Gilman who is created with creating bumper stickers. We toured there factory and Mr. Gilman gave us a stack of bumper stickers.
March 10: We headed to Springfield, Mo. and was able to talk with people who are in favor of Rich Santorum for President. There were a lot of bumper stickers, yard signs, and buttons being given out or sold. Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum spoke at a rally there and we were able to record his speech.
March 9: We shot b-roll in Tennessee. Since this trip out west is going to take a lot of fuel. We created a short sequence of "filling up at exxon" in Tennessee.
March 7th: First Amendment Lawyer, David Hudson explained to us the definition of the First Amendment and what types of bumper stickers would be considered offensive and which ones would not. In July 2011 Tennessee join several other southern states in passing a law that makes "objectionable" bumper stickers illegal. Just because someone is offended by content of a bumper sticker does not make it against the law.
March 6th: Our tour began with a trip to Tennessee. While there we took the opportunity to interview locals in the Cleveland area who had voted in the Super Tuesday election. Our priority was to ask their perspective on the other side of the political spectrum from themselves. We wanted to know how they felt about electing a new president and asked them to sum up the differences between Republicans and Democrats.
USA TOUR Starts Tomorrow: March 5th, 2012
We are heading to Cleveland, Tennessee, Nashville Tennessee, and Kansas City, Kansas to talk to people about their political views on Super Tuesday, to interview a First Amendment Lawyer and to learn about the history of bumper stickers.
Gun Control Lady
Chevy Chase, Maryland, Friday, February 18, 2011
We interviewed an entertaining and very passionate woman about Gun Control. She has numerous bumper stickers all over her mini-van. Many of the stickers she designed herself: (With the picture of a gun it says: "Support the right to bear Arms. Wear a tanktoop."
Parking Lot and Bumper Stickers
American University Parking Lot, Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Today we saw and recorded numerous bumper stickers in the parking lot at American University. We were fortunate to meet the owner of the car who had the above bumper sticker. She explained that it was the first time she had ever put a bumper sticker on her car. It was a fun and interesting story.
Parking Lot and Bumper Stickers
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
American University has many people who have beliefs and are not afraid to show them. We will be taking photographs and video of cars with bumper stickers. If you are in the parking lot and want to be interviewed, we'd love to talk with you.
Interview: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland
We will be interviewing a lady who is very passionate about Gun Control.
Issue you are passionate about?
Washington, DC Area
We will come to you.
If you have a bumper sticker on your car and a belief you are passionate about contact us and we will set up a time to interview you: firstname.lastname@example.org