PIERSON TO PERSON
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Longtime documentary and non-fiction TV producer Brent Pierson talks with a variety of colorful people about everything from living in Los Angeles and working in the entertainment business and other interesting fields to creative expression, pursuing one's passion, and the many nuances of the human condition.
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THE DIVINE MRS. M
CARRIE MORITA spent 36 years teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Although she had several opportunities to work closer to home, Mrs. Morita endured a daily 75-mile, bumper-to-bumper roundtrip commute to teach at Eagle Rock Elementary School because of the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of its large student body. (45ish) Many thanks to the composers of the music featured in this episode royalty free through Creative Commons licensing: 1. "Easy Lemon" by Kevin MacLeod - incompetech.com 2. "Wait for Me" by Aaron Mist - aaronomist.bandcamp.com/releases 3. "Micro" by the Blue Dot Sessions - sessions.blue/sessions/ 4. "Tranceless" by the Blue Dot Sessions - sessions.blue/sessions/ 5. "Isn't the Rain Nice Today" by Scott Currie/BBATV - bbatv.bancamp.com 6. "Pomp and Circumstance" loop by Miguel Flores -youtube.com/watch?v=Kw-_Ew5bVxs EPISODE NOTES - Posted June 10, 2017: I cannot bring myself to call CARRIE MORITA by her first name. She was both my daughters Taite and Quinn’s kindergarten teacher at Eagle Rock Elementary School and has always been – and always will be – MRS. MORITA to me. PHOTO: Carrie Morita at her retirement party in June 2011. Hundreds of friends, colleagues, former students and their families came to wish her well. It does, as they say, “seem like only yesterday” that Jillian and I took our little 5-year-old Taite Rose Pierson to Mrs. Morita’s kindergarten classroom for her first day of school. Taite’s now 18 and, indeed, it was only yesterday that she graduated as one of Eagle Rock High School’s two valedictorians. And, true to faithful form, Mrs. Morita was there to hear Taite deliver her valedictory speech. Mrs. Morita has shown up to support Taite many times throughout her K-12 journey. Taite recently made her penultimate appearance with the Pasadena Civic Ballet as the flying-carpet-riding genie in “Aladdin” and, like so many of her past performances, Mrs. Morita was there with flowers in hand. PHOTOS: Carrie Morita with my daughter, Taite Pierson, on her last day of kindergarten in June 2005; and Mrs. Morita with Taite in February 2017 after her performance in "Aladdin." Mrs. Morita even helped Taite learn how to drive a car, which came about shortly after my second and last time in the passenger seat ended with me yelling: “When I say stop, I mean STOP!” Mrs. Morita’s Zen-like patience and affection for one of her long-ago kindergarten kiddos definitely contributed to Ta