So how did this happen?
In Fall/2005, I went with my wife Wendy on one of her
company trips to Alaska. This was relatively tame compared
to their more typical far-away trips such as
polar bears in Canada or an african safari.
Ironically, I went back up there a few weeks later to go
salmon fishing in Seward Alaska
as a surprise 40th birthday for my brother.
Wendy's company had a last minute cancellation, so we got a decent deal on the trip. And I was able to drop our kids off in Salt Lake on the way up thanx to another brother and join Wendy for part of the trip. We flew into Fairbanks and drove down to Denali National Park. After spending a few very cool days in the park, we boarded the Alaska Railroad for the trip down South and had some great views of the Alaskan scenery in this awesome observation dome car.
So after a while, I walk around the train to check it out,
and see a guy toting some professional video gear. I strike up a
conversation and turns out they are shooting a PBS special on dome cars.
The producer is on the train, so I track him down
So a while later, they come up, chit-chat, etc. I figure since I had the childhood growing up with Lionel trains courtesy of my Dad that I have the inside shot on any interviews they might do for the show. But nooooooo - they end up talking with Wendy who tells them about her childhood dream of traveling on a dome car. They were there for about a half hour (and also shot some footage on the open observation platform) and it was condensed down to this 22 second segment that opens the show.
Wendy is, of course, wearing her Natural Habitat Adventures T-shirt ... too bad she wasn't wearing a Captain Crudd fishing shirt! ;-)