Thursday, February 15, 2007

Polygraphing Chad

Coworker Polygraph
Please give it up for my co-worker Chad Arndt, who sacrificed his time and perhaps his dignity late yesterday - all in the name of news. The late show producer even maintained his composure - despite pinchy fingertip sensors, silly questions and profuse giggling from the cheap seats. He must have realized he was upholding a long TV tradition: Warm Prop Assistance. Yes, over the years I've subjected friends and colleagues to all manners of on-camera torture, mostly so whatever cheesy franchise piece I was working on wouldn't have gaping black holes in it. Come to think of it, Chad got off pretty easy. Back during the re-enactment craze of the early 90's, I remember rolling a certain tape editor off the hood of a parked police car over and over again until I got the back-light just right. Makes passing a fake lie detector test seem pretty cushy...

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