|Little League Brings New Friends Together|
Bob Cohen - PVNN
April 27, 2010
Early in the 2010 Puerto Vallarta Little League season I received an email from a woman who read that the league wanted to start a T Ball league and asked if her son could participate. At the time we were trying to form a league and I wrote Sylvia back telling her I would contact her if and when we were able to start.
|Aviana Productions takes us to one of this season's T Ball games, where budding baseball players, ranging from 5-8 years of age, proved that they have what it takes to be the future stars of the Puerto Vallarta Little League. (video by AvianaProductions.com)|
A month later we did get the T Ball off the ground, so I emailed Sylvia and she brought her son down to sign up and he played that day. We wound up chatting for the length of the game and not only did a new child get to play; I made a new friend.
The following week, her husband Jon came out to the Thursday T Ball and we hit it off swapping stories about when we first played to where we lived and to what type of life and work experience we had. Surprising to me, Jon was well aware of all of all the video people who've worked with BanderasNews.com, in fact he had a video company in Puerto Vallarta as well that he and his wife operated.
I went to their website, (AvianaProductions.com) and saw some fantastic work. His business card showed five Emmys on it and he told me he earned each one. I Googled Jon Duncanson, and found that he had quite a career that culminated in the U.S. as a news anchor with his wife in Chicago. He traveled much of the world on freelance assignments and some of his Emmys were filmed in war ridden Croatia in 1992, and in 1994 he won two more Emmys for his work in Bosnia.
In 1997, Jon and Sylvia left Chicago and traveled 30,000 miles together over a five year period and visited countries such as Yugoslavia, England, France, Italy, India, Thailand, China, Panama, Peru and Mexico. Nine of those months were a sailing trip that took them from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, where they purchased a home.
They went back to Chicago in 2003 after their future T Baller, Ian, was born to be the weekend co-anchors as a husband and wife team. Jon won his fourth Emmy covering the tsunami in Indonesia in 2005. After more assignments they decided to move full time to Puerto Vallarta and begin Aviana Productions.
I asked John if he would like to video the kids playing one Thursday and, the next thing I knew, I was set up for an interview and then he went out on the field and shot well over an hour of footage. As a true professional, he cut it down to a three minute segment.
The video won't win an Emmy, but I was able to make some new friends, they were able to see their son play baseball and Puerto Vallarta became even friendlier since we met.
Your support provides endless benefits for Banderas Bay area kids, who will develop the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being by participating in Puerto Vallarta Little League Baseball. To learn how you can help, send an email to Bob Cohen at bob(at)banderasnews.com. For more information about Puerto Vallarta Little League Baseball, click HERE.