Off The Page with Extol
When Fuzzy Zoeller agreed to allow us to feature
him in Extol, we were thrilled. We also knew
better than to show up without a plan. So, my
team and I practiced how we would photograph
him and what the lighting would look like ahead
of time, and I had my questions ready to go.
Photographer Tony Bennett shot the cover with
our Creative Director Adam Kleinert overseeing
the shoot either before or after I conducted
the interview – I can’t recall. But, what I do
remember is how funny and “colorful” Fuzzy
was. We had wanted to respect his time, so we
were extremely efficient and fast, so much so
that when we were done Fuzzy said, “That’s it?
You don’t need anything else?” I received a lot
of positive feedback from folks after the issue
was launched, but I still chuckle at the few
negative comments. A handful of readers were
appalled that I’d allowed a few swears to make
their way into the article. While I thanked them
for the feedback, I didn’t apologize. I mean, you
don’t tone down Fuzzy Zoeller. You just don’t.
I’ve known Tricia Barnstable Brown for years
and love her heart. She and her sister, Priscilla
“Cyb” Barnstable, have raised millions for
diabetes research through their renowned
Derby fete, the Barnstable Brown Gala. The
fellas featured with her are Brent Rogers and
Chris Hughes of Sounds Unlimited Productions,
which is a Southern Indiana-based company
known across the country and locally at home
for producing parties with a purpose like no one
else. They don’t just do Derby – they are Derby.
And, wow, do they have some celeb-filled
stories to tell.
I loved this issue because it wound up
being something completely different
than what we thought it would be,
which was tough for some of us staffers
to stomach. But, that’s a good life
lesson, too. We could have stayed stuck
in the figurative mud, bummed that our
plans completely fell to the wayside,
but we didn’t. I mean, we had the next
issue to get to.
Writer Stacey Thomas penned the
cover story for this issue, which was
so heart-breaking and amazing, I wept
while editing the article. I’m forever
grateful to Jillian Becher and her family
for sharing their hearts.
48 EXTOL : FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020