Sid’s Sense- The Story of Susanella
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New Oxford American Dictionary:
an impossible dream: unattainable, unachievable, unobtainable, unwinnable, hopeless, impractical, implausible, far-fetched, outrageous, preposterous, ridiculous, absurd, impracticable, unworkable, futile.
Not your ordinary wedding video
The year was 1985. The year I got married. Camcorders just came out on the market. Not the kind of camcorders you and I are familiar with now. Think of the largest, heaviest hand held camcorder you’ve ever seen. Now think of a VCR machine. Now strap both around your neck and you’ll have a better feel of what a “camcorder” was in 1985.
With the help of a close buddy and a long time radio host in Kansas City, my father was the “executive producer” of a video for my wedding reception. My husband and I appeared at the beginning and end of the video without a clue of what was in the middle.
Susanella at the Ball
Dressed in prom-like attire and wearing eye masks (think of Zorro!), my husband had to wear these painted, bright red dress shoes. We were taken downtown to a real life “ball”. Next thing I know we were slow dancing under dim lights next to beautifully dressed strangers.
The Red Shoe
Soon thereafter I was left abandoned on the dance floor for no reason. I did what I was told and ran outside the building only to find an enormous, over-sized, red shoe. I was told to pick up the red shoe and act like I was going to cry. I turned my real humiliation of the ballroom experience into a pathetic acting debut of a damsel in distress who was abandoned suddenly by her “prince.”
Susanella enlists the help of the FBI.
The next “scene” involved me going to meet Clarence Kelley, the former director of the FBI (no joke). I took the gynormous red shoe and asked Clarence Kelley for help in finding my Prince Charming. Given a script by my father and his stagehands, Mr. Kelley played along. He directed his chief inspector, “Joe Thursday” (my father’s friend), to find Susanella’s Prince Charming and not stop until the job was done! In trench coat and hat, looking like he walked out of a Pink Panther movie, the chief inspector went on the hunt.
Community joins forces to help Susanella find her Prince Charming.
Loaded up with that cumbersome camcorder, Joe Thursday and my father made the rounds searching for Prince Charming.
Sid became fiercely determined but needed a whole lot of cooperation to pull off his vision.
Holding the red shoe, Joe Thursday questioned the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, the starting center for the Chiefs, George Brett at home plate in Royals stadium, wrestlers on the mat at a major wrestling event, a prominent radio psychologist, our head Kansas City news anchor, Super Bowl quarterback, Len Dawson, the Mayor of Kansas City, Richard Berkeley, and last but certainly not least, the Governor of the State of Missouri at that time, John Ashcroft. THAT was no easy task and about as difficult as calling the Pope!
Clarence Kelley came through for me. I was reunited with my Prince Charming. The ending was sappy as hell and has brought many laughs to our kids.
Fierce determination builds momentum and is contagious.
Those around you want to become part of the mission. Enthusiasm and sincerity are qualities that can create alliances quickly.
Raise the bar of what you think is possible in YOUR life.
The purpose of the Sid Sense series isn’t to brag about my Dad and his extraordinary shenanigans.
If through these stories you change your attitude from “That isn’t possible!” to “Is that impossible?” then WOW, the future may unfold in a whole new way when you have the courage to unleash yourself.
The famous red shoe is now encased in lucite. Its enormous size is a reminder to stomp out fear and act boldly.
Twenty-six years have passed but the magic of that red shoe still remains.
Here is a 2 1/2 minute condensed version of the video.