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1 Randy and the Tornado Randy and the Kansas Twister… …or Dorothy got off easy!

2 Randy and the Tornado Overview Friday, May 23rd, 2008 I was driving (alone) from Denver to Hutchinson for the Memorial Weekend. Then, on I-70 between the Kansas metropoli of Park and Quinter…

3 Randy and the Tornado Actual Location

4 Randy and the Tornado What It Looked Like to Me I-70 Kansas: approx 400 x 200 = 80,000 sq. miles

5 Randy and the Tornado Car/Tornado Paths Tornado Path I-70 East I-70 West Car Path

6 Randy and the Tornado Storm-Chaser Report, Photos, and Video May 23, 2008 Tornado Outbreak near Quinter, Kansas

7 Randy and the Tornado Tornado Photo 2

8 Randy and the Tornado Tornado Photo 3

9 Randy and the Tornado Aftermath

10 Randy and the Tornado Car Photos

11 Randy and the Tornado Car Photos

12 Randy and the Tornado Car Photos

13 Randy and the Tornado Car Photos

14 Randy and the Tornado Car Photos

15 Randy and the Tornado Car Photos

16 Randy and the Tornado Injuries Cracked right rib Collapsed right lung Ruptured left eardrum Pulled neck muscles Many scrapes and bruises Dorothy Gale: “Ooh, you got a nasty bump on the head!”

17 Randy and the Tornado Hospital Staff Gift

18 Randy and the Tornado Head Abrasions

19 Randy and the Tornado Left Elbow

20 Randy and the Tornado Right Upper Arm

21 Randy and the Tornado Left Forearm

22 Randy and the Tornado Body Parts Intact No leg injuries except for one bruise No other broken bones or sprains No serious head or neck injuries

23 Randy and the Tornado Rocky Ford Couple Killed by Tornado

24 Randy and the Tornado Items Lost/Destroyed (pt 1) 2002 Honda Accord: $9500 (insured) Glasses: (progressive lenses): $484 Carry-on bag (found 2 weeks later, wet-- contents destroyed) – PDA –Camera: ($100 (Ebay) –Laptop – Binoculars: $25 3 Audiobooks from library: $122

25 Randy and the Tornado Items Lost/Destroyed (pt 2) Cellphone Garage Door opener: $40 Watch: $25 Jacket: $25 1 soccer shoe: $100 (new pair) 1 goalie glove: $60 (new pair) Keys Ericsson badge: 98¢

26 Randy and the Tornado Items recovered Flashlight (in glove box) 1 soccer shoe 1 goalie glove Soccer Goalie shirt Suitcase

27 Randy and the Tornado 11 Days Short-Term Disability Not exactly a Vacation! Hospital: 3 days Sleeping –9 hours per night –At least one and occasionally two naps/day Doctors –GP: 1 + 1 follow-up –Ear Doctor: 2 + 1 follow-up –Dentist: 1 (check for TMJ)

28 Randy and the Tornado Short-Term Disability (con’t) Correspondence with friends, relatives, storm chasers Replacing lost items, car shopping

29 Randy and the Tornado Recovery Hearing in left ear: 100% after ~5 Weeks Rib: almost healed in 6 weeks, no pain after 10 weeks. Neck muscles: 3+ weeks Energy level: 3+ weeks

30 Randy and the Tornado Ambulance Chaser Letter “We were very sorry to hear about your terrible auto accident. Our law office would like to do an investigation about the driver of the other vehicle. …Your case may be worth $25,000, $50,000 or more.”

31 Randy and the Tornado My Reply “Thank you for your letter… Unfortunately the incident was a hit-and-run, so I do not have any contact information for the responsible party. However, I am including a photo of the perpetrator… I thank you for your careful research and dedication to individual customer needs.”

32 Randy and the Tornado Stardom! Storm chaser passed my info on to Pioneer Productions, a London-based production company. Doing a series for the Discovery Channel “Raging Planet” series on bad weather— including Tornadoes. Interview dates were July 16-17, 2008 in Wichita (where the car was in a salvage yard)

33 Randy and the Tornado Stardom (2) 1-1/2 days of interesting but often tedious filming and answering the same set of questions in 3-4 different scenes: --Stationary “head shot” --Driving --Alongside the wrecked car 1-2 days to edit the footage into a couple of minutes of air time. Original air date was August 9, 2009. Clip is now on YouTubeYouTube

34 Randy and the Tornado Production Crew

35 Randy and the Tornado First-location Setup

36 Randy and the Tornado Director and Cameraman

37 Randy and the Tornado Simon the Sound Man

38 Randy and the Tornado Car at Salvage Yard


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