HEADLINES FOR JANUARY 24, 2014
During a heavy snowfall, this ambulance was severely damaged in a head-on crash with an SUV last Saturday, Jan. 18 around 1:25 a.m. on CSAH 35 E. in Buffalo Township. Three people were seriously injured An SUV and an ambulance that collided head-on last weekend during a snowstorm are shown in the Wright County impound lot. (Photos courtesy of Sheriff's Office)
During a heavy snowfall, this ambulance was severely damaged in a head-on crash with an SUV last Saturday, Jan. 18 around 1:25 a.m. on CSAH 35 E. in Buffalo Township. Three people were seriously injured
An SUV and an ambulance that collided head-on last weekend during a snowstorm are shown in the Wright County impound lot. (Photos courtesy of Sheriff's Office)
A two-vehicle, head-on crash in Buffalo Township last Saturday, Jan. 18 involved an ambulance and resulted in serious injuries, according to the Wright County Sheriff's Office.
Snow was coming down hard at the time.
"We had trouble seeing the road on the way to the scene," said Buffalo Fire Chief John Harnois. "After putting equipment out at the scene, it was hard to find it a short time later because it was covered with snow."
A call notifying the Sheriff's Office about the crash was received at 1:26 a.m. The incident occurred on CSAH 35 E. near Eaken Ave. N.E. An initial investigation indicated that a westbound Allina Ambulance driven by Timothy Daly, 43, of Albertville collided head-on with an eastbound 2013 Lincoln SUV driven by Marilyn Paumen, 51, of Monticello.
Daly and Paramedic Brian Nagel, 30, of Greenwood (who was attending a patient in the ambulance) were transported to the Allina Hospital in Buffalo. Nagel was later transferred to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Paumen was transported directly to North Memorial. A patient in the ambulance at the time of crash may not have been injured by the collision. The patient continued to Buffalo Hospital via a different ambulance.
Media reports stated the patient called 911 immediately following the crash.
Paumen and Nagel were in critical condition as of Wednesday morning, Jan. 22. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the patient was Laura Wolsey, 35, of St. Michael.
Information about Daly and Nagel is being shared by Allina on Facebook with permission employees and/ or their families. The Facebook post follows:
During a snowstorm in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 18, an Allina Health EMS ambulance was involved in a head-on collision in Wright County. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved. This update is about the two Allina Health EMS staff members who were injured in the crash, EMT Tim Daly and Paramedic Brian Nagel.
For those who may not know Tim directly, he is described by his co-workers as a hard-working family man who lives with his wife and three teenagers in Albertville. In addition to being an Allina Health, Wright County EMT, Tim also serves as a volunteer on the Albertville Fire Department. Tim is known as the kind of partner everyone likes to work with, a quiet, "can-do" sort of guy with great commitment to his community and his patients.
When the crash occurred, Tim was driving and did his best to manage the situation, reportedly even attempting to render aid to others despite the fact that he himself suffered significant bilateral orthopedic injuries to both lower extremities. Tim faces future corrective surgery and has been told to expect up to three months or so living from a wheelchair. He is open to hearing from you; he is on the Allina Health e-mail system, and your thoughts and well wishes will no doubt be welcome.
There is a pending offer for Allina Health EMS to team up with Albertville Fire Department to build a temporary wheelchair ramp at his house. Tim is appreciative of the offer and will be letting us know in the coming days if he will need that type of support. So stay tuned, we may need your skills with a hammer and saw!
Paramedic Brian Nagel remains in the ICU, intubated and on a ventilator. His parents from Florida and sister from New York are at his side. Brian has a long road ahead, but he has literally thousands of people from across the country pulling and praying for him.
His family established a CaringBridge site, and as I write this there have been more than 5,500 visits from people from across the nation, even though the site is less than 24 hours old! Brian's family has expressed their overwhelming gratitude for the prayers and well wishes.
On a related note, Brian's family is supportive of having a uniformed Allina Health EMS staff member serve as sort of a family liaison at the hospital. Beginning tomorrow we will be staffing such a position to provide whatever support Brian's family needs. Jeff Czyson is coordinating that effort, so watch for your opportunity to help out in this way.
Remember, both colleagues will need our support for a long time to come.
Thanks to everyone for your commitment to our injured colleagues.
Brian LaCroix, President Allina Health EMS
The accident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff's Office.
Weather conditions made fire suppression efforts more difficult at the scene of a house fire in Stockholm Township last Saturday, Jan. 18, according to the Wright County Sheriff's Office.
A call notifying the Sheriff's Office about the fire was received at 4:16 a.m. A structure fire was underway at 10221 Peyton Ave. S.W. An initial investigation found the fire started in an attached garage and spread into the home. Owners Brent and Jenna Kantola and their five children were able to exit the residence uninjured.
The Cokato Fire Department responded to the scene. The house and garage were a total loss. Fire suppression efforts were significantly affected by poor weather and road conditions.
The Wright County Sheriff's Office and the Cokato Fire Department were assisted on scene by: Cokato Ambulance, the Howard Lake Fire Department, the Silver Lake Fire Department, and the Dassel Fire Department.
The American Red Cross was contacted and is assisting the family, the Sheriff's Office reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff's Office and Cokato Fire Department.
By Ed DuBois
The meeting schedule and the River Rider bus service were among topics at the Wright County Board meeting last Tuesday, Jan. 21.
The commissioners talked about canceling a meeting ahead of time in each month with five Tuesdays. This is regularly done about a month before the meeting to be canceled, but Commissioner Mark Daleiden said he likes to plan farther ahead. Commissioner Pat Sawatzke said the Board always handled the cancellations about a month ahead because everyone had a better idea what was happening one month ahead as opposed to several months ahead.
After the commissioners talked about possible cancellation dates in April and July, the decision was made to cancel meetings on April 8 and July 8.
In regard to possibly scheduling some evening meetings, Sawatzke said an occasional evening meeting could cause some confusion for people. The public is accustomed to weekly meetings at 9 a.m. each Tuesday. Sawatzke suggested that people might show up at 9 a.m. on days when an evening meeting is scheduled.
Commissioner Charlie Borrell offered a motion to continue the 9 a.m. meetings with the understanding that special meetings could be scheduled when needed to address important issues. The motion passed.
In other business:
The commissioners discussed a recent meeting in St. Michael regarding the River Rider bus service. Sawatzke said another meeting is being scheduled in February.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is working on setting up Wright County with a new joint powers agreement with other counties now that an agreement with Sherburne County is discontinuing because Sherburne County is switching to an arrangement with Stearns and Benton Counties. Wright County officials are now looking into the possibility of operating the River Rider bus service without a partnership with other counties. Borrell said Wright County has about two-thirds of the River Rider participation. Around 70,000 rides were provided last year by the bus service, the Board was told.
Borrell suggested not rushing into a new partnership urged by Mn/DOT. He also mentioned the possibility of an appeal regarding Mn/DOT's wishes, if an appeal is needed.
Sawatzke said more discussions will take place.
ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY
County Attorney Tom Kelly introduced a new assistant county attorney, Chris Jensen, who previously gained much experience with Kandiyohi County. Originally from Golden Valley, Jensen recently married an assistant county attorney serving in Meeker County, Melissa Jacobsen.
An athlete in high school and college, Jensen has completed both the Boston and New York Marathons, Kelly said.
Jensen will be handling adult crime prosecution work, as well as child protection matters.
The Board considered a change order for a major improvement project along Ditch 10 in the area south of Howard Lake. The project is underway, but concerns about removing silt and removing enough trees were expressed by Borrell. He asked for the matter to be tabled while he gathers more information. The other commissioners agreed with his request. The change order involves a cost of about $4,425 for extra clearing, grubbing and tree removal in areas not covered by the project contract.
DANGEROUS DOG FEE
The Board extended the county's dangerous dog contract with Crossroads Animal Shelter to the end of 2015. A public hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. during the board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to discuss formally raising the dangerous dog registration fee from $100 to $250.
In other actions, the Board:
* scheduled an 8:30 a.m. Personnel Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 to discuss a possible position for an assistant county coordinator; and
* approved $622,862 in claims involving 325 transactions with 180 vendors.
By Doug Voerding
Now that the work of 2014 has begun, the Buffalo City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 21 approved the purchase of several major capital improvement items that are part of the 2014 city budget.
Equipment tops the list with two new police squad cars estimated at $66,000 and a wastewater maintenance truck at $117,925, followed by mower for Wild Marsh Golf Course at $46,652. These four vehicles will be purchased under the Minnesota State Contract.
Additional items include wastewater plant computer software upgrades up to $75,000; water and electric meter reading devices at $24,699; and liquor store point-of-sale software at $9,539.
The two new squad cars would be Ford Explorer AWD Utility vehicles that would replace two 2008 Ford Crown Victoria squad cars, both on the five-year rotation plan. The budgeted amount includes the removal of the equipment in the old cars and the installation of the equipment in the new vehicles. The new vehicles would also have radio mounts, strobe lights, cages, and plastic rear seats as new equipment. The trade-in value of the Crown Victoria cars is included as part of the budgeted amount for the new vehicles.
The wastewater maintenance truck is a Ford F-550 with a fully hydraulic crane and welder/generator/air compressor combination unit. The truck is replacing a truck from 1979 and will be used primarily to service the six main lift stations in the city.
The golf course mower is a fairway mower that replaces a 1994 model.
The wastewater treatment plant software is fifteen years old, and the existing meter readers can no longer be serviced due to age. The liquor store software update is to help protect the city and buyers from credit card fraud.
Back in 1974, the city installed sanitary sewer for 44 properties on the south shore of Lake Pulaski. The properties were from 1433 Pulaski Road to 1517 Pulaski Road. That work required sanitary sewer easements, easements on the lakeside of the property.
In 2008, sanitary sewer and grinder stations were installed along the same stretch but under Pulaski Road, so now the original easements are no longer needed.
After a required public hearing, the council agreed to release and abandon the original sewer easements on those properties.
The request came when residents were selling the property. The abandonment of the entire easement will save the city time and money by not having to go through the process every time a home on Pulaski Road is sold.
LAPLANT DEMO SITE
Councilmember Paul Olson, the council representative to the Planning Commission, updated the council on a request to renew a permit.
Back in December 2007, the city issued an Interim Use Permit (IUP) to David LaPlant and LaPlant Demo, Inc. to allow the storage of roll-offs on property just north of Dan and Jerry's and west of Menard's at 1400 County Road 134.
That IUP expired in December of 2012. Since that time, LaPlant Demo has apparently been cited for trash on the ground in violation of city ordinance.
In December, 2013, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency investigated and found waste on the ground at the site.
Olson told the council that LaPlant Demo was given until January 31 to complete the cleanup and that most of it has been completed.
"The question," said Olson, "is whether to renew the IUP or issue a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the site that is zoned B-3. If this is a transfer station, it would require rezoning. Or do we look ahead to the future of that site?"
Said Olson, "This is a compatibility issue. Is the use compatible with the vision we have for this area?"
Chris Grossinger, a LaPlant Demo representative, said that the company has no plans for relocation. "June 1st is not realistic for us to find a new property, to find an I-2 zone or whatever zoning we need to be in."
Councilmember Steve Downer said that the company knew the IUP would end at a certain time because the permit was for five years.
The council, following the recommendation of the Planning Commission, voted to deny the request for an IUP or CUP and is giving LaPlant Demo until June 1 to clear the site.
FLORA OF BUFFALO
The council accepted with gratitude donations for Flora of Buffalo 2014.
Those donations include Debra Kosciololek, $65; William and Cheryl Neal, $130; Sara Wolff, $25; Vivian West, $65; Mary Jo Snare, $100; Martha and Norman Grimme, $15; Evelyn Hegeholz, $260; Richard and Michelle Flaata, $50; and Adeline and Greg Eckblad, $30.
The city continues to accept donations through utility bills, at city hall, and on the city's website. Donations generally have supported the entire cost of the summer Flora of Buffalo program.
Downer also noted that memorials for Marcia Paulson, who recently died, were donated to the Flora of Buffalo fund.
During the open forum portion of the meeting, the council heard from Irv Schmidt, who thanked the council for their support of the community center. "It has been a banner year," said Schmidt.
Schmidt also told the council of the successes of the toy operation. According to Schmidt, this year, 34 clients were provided with 7256 toys, up from last year's total of 6254.
Also in the open forum, Barbara Heinz, a resident of Gagnef Place, spoke to the council about snow plowing on the cul-de-sac where she lives.
Said Heinz, "The snowplowing is enough to make me want to move out of my home, and I've lived there for 34 years. All of the snow is being plowed into my driveway. The other five homes in my cul-de-sac should share the snow."
City Administrator Mert Auger told the council that cul-de-sacs are notoriously difficult to plow. The city is aware of Mrs. Heinz's concerns.
Heinz did say that the plowing was better after the last two snowfalls.
Olson said that he lives on a cul-de-sac also and that he waits with his snow blower until the plow comes through. "I have empathy for you," said Olson. "Maybe, like in our cul-de-sac, neighbors can help each other."
Olson reminded the residents of Buffalo that, during these cold months, there are ways to improve indoor air quality, especially in new homes that are of tighter construction.
"Indoor plants," said Olson, "can remove 87 percent of pollutants in 24 hours. One 6- to 8-inch potted plant can cover 150 square feet, so a typical home would need 15 to 20 plants. Besides cleaning the air, the plants are good to look at."
In other action, the council:
* heard from Olson about the Winter Fun Day at Lake Maria State Park from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. this Saturday.
* learned that the community center has a new stove as a result of a grant form Allina and new pots and pans through a donation from the Buffalo Lions. The kitchen appliances and utensils were removed when the Meals on Wheels preparation site was moved to Maple lake.
Operators at the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant began a controlled, non-emergency shutdown of the plant at 8:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 to repair a heat exchanger in the reactor's coolant system, according to Xcel Energy.
The plant is shutdown with all safety systems functioning, and workers will now make repairs. There was no release of radioactivity, and the situation poses no hazard to the public or plant workers.
During outages, Xcel Energy purchases electricity from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator or other utilities or increases electricity production at its other generating plants to ensure an adequate power supply for its customers.
The annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby and the 2014 Arctic Plunge will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 1.
This year's event is the 39th annual Ice Fishing Derby, and the 39th largest northern pike wins an Ice Castle Fish House.
The Arctic Plunge, which features volunteer fundraisers wearing costumes and leaping into freezing water, is getting underway at 10:30 a.m. near the Maple Lake beach along Highway 55.
At the 5th Annual Maple Lake Arctic Plunge, the brave jumpers and donors will help provide life-changing experiences to campers with disabilities at True Friends. The Maple Lake Fire Department and the Maple Lake Property Owners Association will also benefit.
A Vintage Snowmobile Show is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Ice Fishing Derby, as well as Take a Kid Fishing, will be taking place from 1-3 p.m. Tickets are $5 at local businesses, or buy them on the ice. Come on Feb. 1 and maybe win a fish house raffle.
An Ice Auger Drilling Contest is planned from 3-3:30 p.m.
An awards ceremony is scheduled to take place at 3:30.
Come to an After Party in a tent on the ice with The Naked Cowboys providing the music from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ice blocks from the Arctice Plunge site are being used to build a lighted ice bar.
The event is organized by the Maple Lake Property Owners Association, which was established in 1952 to help protect the lake and the environment around the lake. The Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby, a fundraiser for the preservation of the lake, has been going strong for 35 years. The event was originally started by the Maple Lake Jaycees in 1975.
You can learn more at www.maplelakeonline.com.
Mark your calendars and plan to wet some lines at the 16th annual St. Michael Lions Club ice fishing contest.
This family friendly event is taking place on Beebe Lake just out from the public access on Saturday, Feb. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. and will be loaded with prizes again this year. Besides a multitude of door prizes for both adults and children, there will be three cash prizes awarded in each fish category: bass, northern, crappie, and sunfish. First prize is $100, second prize is $75, and third prize is $50, so that's 12 chances to win cash.
A separate winter sport raffle offers a chance to win a Vexilar FL-20 fish finder, a portable fish house and many gift certificates.
The cost for a ticket to fish is $5 for ages 16 and under, and $10 for ages 17 and older. Each ticket will get you one hole and will enter you into the door prize drawing. Winter Sports Raffle tickets, which are separate from the fishing prizes, cost $5 each. Both fishing and raffle tickets can be purchased at St. Michael Hardware Hank or Dehmer's Meats in St. Michael.
The KRWC Road Show will offer music and games. Lunch and concessions will be available on the ice, or you may bring your own food and beverages.
For more information, call Joe Dehmer at 763-497-2455 or Jim Pichler at 763-497-3926.
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Kid from Waverly, Tim Lammers, interviews movie celebrities and wrote an eBook about Tim Burton
By Ed DuBois
The excitement of the movies and a love for writing have helped a small town farm boy from Waverly carve out a niche for himself as an entertainment journalist. These days, Tim Lammers provides reviews for KARE 11, K-TWIN 96.2 FM and BringMeTheNews.com, and he recently completed an eBook about one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Tim Burton.
Gathering information for his work involves several interviews each week with major stars and filmmakers, but surprisingly he doesn't travel much. He has been able to do it all from home on the phone, he said.
"I do a lot of interviews by phone or when they (celebrities) come to the Twin Cities," he said. "Actually, I can get more time one on one with them on the phone than I can in person."
His access to famous people has created some interesting moments for his family.
"For example, Angelina Jolie has called my home," Lammers said. "Helena Bonham Carter (of the Harry Potter series and numerous other big budget films) calls from London."
His smile implied some giddiness because he loves what he is doing and seems amazed he is making a living doing it.
"I feel like I have to pinch myself and wait to wake up," he said.
But while getting to be part of big time show business is truly exciting and fun, he has decided to stay where he grew up, just outside Waverly in Marysville Township.
"Family is bigger than any star I could ever meet," Lammers said.
Home with family
He grew up with brothers Rick, Greg "Chopper" and George, and sisters LuAnn and Lisa. He now lives with his wife, Patty, and they have four children. Dalton, their oldest child, goes to college in Ely, and the other three kids, Cleo, Quinn and Laine, all go to school in Buffalo.
A 1983 Howard Lake-Waverly High School graduate, Tim was considering a law career after earning political science and law enforcement degrees at Mankato State University. He discovered he enjoyed writing when he was serving as a deputy clerk in the Federal Bankruptcy Court and was asked to work on a newsletter.
This led to writing movie reviews for his hometown newspaper, the Herald Journal, for $5 a week. In the midst of it all, he underwent a major shift in career plans. While studying the radio and TV broadcasting at Brown Institute, he was hired in the mid-1990s as the editor of the Herald Journal.
A big break came about when he began an internship with the late Bill Carlson at WCCO-TV. Accompanying Carlson when he conducted interviews in New York and Los Angeles, Lammers entered the world of entertainment journalism, and he liked it very much.
He worked at KRWC 1360 AM in Buffalo for a while, and then Lammers began 11 years with Internet Broadcasting and served as the national entertainment news editor. At the time, the organization involved close to 70 broadcasting stations, he said.
He was the victim of cutbacks in 2011. Being laid off gave him the opportunity to do freelance work, which led to his current associations with KARE 11, K-TWIN and BringMeTheNews.com. At KARE 11, he joins Diana Pierce and Pat Evans on Friday mornings and provides movie reviews during the 11 a.m. news broadcasts.
Now an entertainment journalism veteran, Lammers, 49, said he has for a long time wanted to write a book. He considered several people and topics, and with the 20th anniversary of Tim Burton's 1993 stop-motion classic, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" coming up, he decided to write "Direct Conversations: The Animated Films of Tim Burton."
He found some adjusting was necessary to switch from writing like a journalist to writing like the author of a book, and he found some very helpful guidance from the wife of his son's elementary school teacher. Connie Carlson does consulting work in publishing and marketing, and her suggestions "steered me to become an author," Lammers said.
The book, which also focuses on "Corpse Bride" and "Frankenweenie," includes information from eight years of interviews that Lammers conducted with Burton, plus other interviews with key players connected with the films (including performer Elijah Wood).
Burton's photographer in London took the picture for the cover of the book. Lammers worked with her via email.
A very exciting moment during the process of publishing the book took place when Burton responded after seeing the book and wrote the forward for it.
"To me that was the ultimate validation for my work," Lammers said.
Burton wrote about the special place in his heart for the stop-action film art form, and he expressed appreciation for Lammers' efforts to help keep it alive.
Lammers said one of the earliest examples of stop-action filming was "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and he was delighted to learn that the film stayed with both he and Burton since childhood. He added that "Nightmare" is, in his opinion, the most acclaimed full-length animated feature film.
"Computer animation could have killed the stop-action art form, but it continues, and Burton's films are inspiring others to also do it," Lammers commented.
He likes the hands-on aspect of the process, which involves much time and patience. The process can involve moving a figure's arm just a sliver for each frame in a scene, for example. It takes a lot of painstaking effort, but the results in a film like "Nightmare" are impressive.
Writing was the easy part
Writing the book about Burton and his films was an adventure. All of the information came from his own interviews.
"I got to go back through all of this stuff I really loved," he said.
He added that writing the book was the easy part. Working on evenings and weekends, he completed the writing in about two months. The hard part was editing, rewriting and completing the publishing process.
"Direct Conversations: The Animated Films of Tim Burton" is self-published by Lammers through ebookit.com and is available at all major online retailers, including Amazon.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com, iTunes, Kobo Books, Sony's eReader Store. The eBook is also available at ebookit.com and Lammers' website, DirectConversations.com.
When talking about the book and his work, Lammers' eyes light up because he enjoys what he does and he is driven by a passion for it. He said talking to people like Burton is often electric because they feel that passion, too.
Lammers added that 99.5 percent of time, the movie people he talks to are very pleasant and willing to share some time. He tries to treat them with respect, and he is more interested in their craft than "gossipy" information. The people he interviews seem to appreciate that.
He hopes the book about Burton will be the first in a series. He would like to write books about other filmmakers, as well as some performers. In fact, his next book could be about Daniel Radcliffe, who is best known as Harry Potter but has taken on many other roles in recent years.
"I have done half a dozen interviews with him, and he is a respectful, levelheaded kid who has made great personal decisions," Lammers said.
Radcliffe could have easily been pigeonholed in roles similar to Harry Potter, but he has been willing to take risky roles and has been expanding his skills.
"It has been exciting to see him grow as a performer," Lammers said.
Be respectful and positive
Another possible book subject is director Sam Raimi, who is known for his Spiderman trilogy. He directed a film shot in Delano, "A Simple Plan."
Lammers says the book possibilities are endless. He would like to write about Helena Bonham Carter, who makes him feel star struck. Meryl Streep has been a joy to interview. She made Lammers feel like he was a lifelong friend, he said. Dustin Hoffman is the same, he added.
"People who make it are those who don't take themselves too seriously," Lammers commented. He counts Streep and Hoffman in that category.
"Being positive is everything," he added.
Being positive and enjoying what you do is something he hopes to pass on to his children.
"I hope my zest and enthusiasm rub off on them," he said. "And I tell them, 'Just be a good person.' You never know who you might influence."
Carlson lives on
Perhaps the biggest influence in his life was Bill Carlson, who passed away in 2008. He was Lammers' mentor.
"I hope I can give young people in journalism what he gave me. I would like to pay it forward. By doing that, Bill will live on. He will never die," Lammers said.
If he is fortunate to see his book become popular, a series of books could one day be converted from eBook form to hard book form and could get sold in bookstores everywhere.
He was being interviewed for this story at a local bookstore.
"I want my book in Buffalo Books and Coffee," he said. "I want my kids to pull it off the shelf and say, 'Hey, my old man wrote that!'"
With luck, the eBook could sell, and if that happens, he could secure an agent and pitch the book to publishing companies.
Burton has a huge following, and he has shared Lammers' website link with his followers.
Wants Depp interview
If the eBook really is a success and he gets an offer from a publishing company, he would need to expand the book.
He commented that he hasn't been able to line up an interview with Johnny Depp. In fact, Depp is the only key player in the Burton movies he has not interviewed.
"If the book is a success, then I will get that interview with Johnny Depp," Lammers commented.
He hopes to someday do a book reading at Buffalo Books and Coffee.
"I love small town bookstores. They are fun gathering places," he said.
He mentioned his wife devours books and as a local educator (ECFE teacher at Discovery Elementary School), she encourages their children to read.
"She and the kids have been incredibly supportive," Lammers said.
He loves his work so much it doesn't feel like work, and they understand that. So when he gets carried away and writes well into the late night hours, they don't get impatient with him.
Still waiting to wake up
So, when he thinks about being able to stay home with his family while pursuing his passion and loving the excitement of movies and the famous filmmakers and performers, he feels a need to pinch himself and wait to wake up.
The small town farm boy from Waverly still lives near his hometown, sees his wife and kids daily and gets calls at home from people like Angelina Jolie and Helena Bonham Carter.
He must be dreaming.
(You can learn more at Facebook.com/DirectConversations, Twitter.com/Tim Lammers films and DirectConversations.com.)