Waiting out this rain delay, I imagine this is what it’s like for folks
with a desk job who say, “I got caught up on paperwork today.”…except
my desk job isn’t really a typical desk job, and my paperwork is really
Blobwork…so, with that, I give you….(insert drumroll here)…
Know Your YES Crew, Part 2 !! It’s been my stated goal to introduce you to the great people I get to work with here at YES…We previously met Camera #3 operator,
Paul Ferrigno…now, welcome to The Blob, Camera # 2 operator Chris
Luppi ! (Cue studio applause)…Note in the pictures, Chris is the
“long arm of the law” when it comes to camera operators…he works the
jib camera, which has a long extension arm which he can move all over
Lifer (so far): Chris is a YES Network original, plucked from the NFL Sunday Ticket studio, which was run out of here, by our own Supervising Producer Woody Freiman. His entire career encompasses studio camera work, field ENG (electronic news gathering) and work as a lighting director. Note the weights on the handles of his close-up shot. Those are about 250 lbs. of counterweights to offset the camera and arm on his jib camera…and he has to wrangle with that about 300 or more times a year.
Which Leads Me To… What Chris likes to do in his free time. He’s at the gym nearly every morning, throwing around the iron, surely in part to move the jib around so deftly…Chris is a man’s man, so he ain’t doing any Jazzercise classes when he gets to the gym! He also likes home improvement projects (working on a new deck and firepit combo), photography, hiking, fishing, hunting and hitting the open road on his 2004 Harley Davidson Fat Boy…Chris knew he was going to get one when that model debuted in 1999, and lo and behold, 5 years later he dropped the dime and put one in his garage.
You Went Where?! Chris has traveled the world for his work and seen a lot…all over Europe, Central America, the pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt…even Africa, where he covered the Sudan Civil War. I asked Chris if his life was ever in danger, and he said once…he was in southern Sudan with the People’s Liberation Army, and they encountered incoming shell fire from government forces…I had a similar life-or-death experience…I tripped on a microphone cable at the ballpark and nearly fell head-first into a dugout! Good Grief, Looper! Glad to have you back home!
Let Chris Be Your Tour Guide Now, Chris isn’t an “all work, no play” kinda guy when he’s out…He loves to travel, experience different cultures and cuisines…among his favorite places, Rome and Venice…being Italian, that had to top his list, right?!…and maybe tops on his list is Lago Maggiore, in the Italian Alps north of Milan. Chris has a lot of family there on his mom’s side…I asked him if he ever enjoyed any wine while he was there (knowing full well the answer)…and he gave me one of the best lines ever…
“We Italians have a saying…’We only drink wine twice a day. With our meals, and without our meals.’ ” CLASSIC. It’s so good that I’m gonna try to use a modified form of that and apply it to my Czech heritage.
Food Finale I gave Chris no choice…one meal for the rest of your life…he picked pasta with his mother’s sauce (red sauce, homemade…she’s Italian, fer cryin’ out loud!…meat sauce). As for the catered food here, he said…”anything Italian”…what’d ya expect?! Pork rinds?!
Incomplete Resume Chris has piloted glider planes, so cross that off the list…but he says he would like to direct some documentaries and maybe an independent film. As for his life resume, he says he’s still looking for Mrs. Right…but while that search continues, he’s also looking for Mrs. Right Now…not kidding…he said it with a glint in his eye.
That’s Chris for ya…or should I say…Mr. Big?