For those of you who live in Indianapolis, you know of the spoof on The Flat Stanley Project from WTHR’s morning weatherman, Chuck Lofton. Like with Flat Stanley, participants take a “flat” cut-out version of the weatherman on their varied adventures and document with a unique photograph. In the WTHR version, the COVETED PRIZE is getting a photo chosen by the TV station as Chuck’s “adventure of the day.” The prize for all this effort: a Flat Chuck t-shirt, 15 seconds of fame, and bragging rights to all your friends.
Being a travel junkie, this challenge was right up my alley! It was easy enough to download Chuck from WTHR.com, cut him out and pack him in my suitcase. Unfortunately, getting a photo chosen by the station was not an easy score.
Chuck went biking though the Canadian Rockies in August with AJ & I. While there, we snagged photos with Chuck on a glacier, with an elk, at the top of a mountain and white water rafting. Convinced WTHR would jump at one of these photos, I watched the news with anticipation each morning at 6:30am – for 2 months! Nothing. I now have scores of vacation photos littered with the weatherman, and for what….not even the t-shirt or bragging rights.
Determined not to be defeated, Chuck made the journey to Thailand in November. The two weeks in Asia were a treat, and Chuck was in tow during the awesome adventure. This time, I sent a couple of special pictures to WTHR thinking “these have to score a win.” Sure, enough, the very same week, WTHR posted two photos from Thailand! One with an elephant, and the other where we launched Chuck into outer space tied to a hot air lantern – during a National Holiday tradition called Loi Kratong.
The adventure was fun, as many other tourists were enrolled in the “game.” Thanks WTHR for choosing my photo.
If you have a Flat Stanley (or Flat Chuck) story, I’d love to hear about it. And, of course you can stop by my office anytime to see my Flat Chuck t-shirt.