The Pop Culture Road Trip

The Pop Culture Road Trip

Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Zac Efron – how’d these people get in our house?

I get to interview some
interesting people during my travels, for my newspaper column, radio show or
even for my pop culture travel books. But not on the level of someone else in
our household– our 13-year-old daughter, Claire.

For two years now, Claire has worked as one of about 12 national reporters for Time for Kids magazine. She earned the job by
competing in Time
annual writing contest, after being an avid reader of the weekly magazine. 


My wife and I of course were very proud of Claire’s accomplishment once she got the news, but it
was sort of in the abstract–it’s hard to imagine at that point what the experience
will entail. That changed soon. Claire’s third assignment was to sit down for
one-on-one interviews with Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale before
the movie High School Musical 3
was released. This was heady stuff for a 12-year-old who was a
big fan of this particular movie franchise.


Claire with Zac Efron

Since then, I’ve watched Claire fly the Goodyear Blimp, ride a 500-foot-high zip line
and swim with Beluga whales. She’s spoken with Larry King, Miley Cyrus, Alex Trebek, writers, scientists and countless young actors and actresses. 


In addition to watching Claire grow and thrive throughout this incredible experience, we’ve also had the opportunity to see a side of celebrity that’s fairly unique – one-on-one interactions that reveal interesting sides of some of the most famous people on the planet. 

Claire with Emma Watson


I’m happy to say that as far as the high-profile interviews Claire has done, her subjects have been most gracious and giving. Whether it’s Zac Efron asking (as a former TFK reader) how Claire got the job, to Vanessa Hudgens complimenting Claire’s hair, to Larry King giving her tips on broadcast journalism, we’ve really gotten to see the good side of some people we all know. 

As I said, my wife are extremely proud of Claire. She works hard as a TFK reporter, and I think she realizes that the experience will forever affect her life for the better.


But we’re also thankful that the experience has shown her the positive side of people who, even though they are very famous, have not forgotten the importance of being friendly, open and engaging  – especially to a 13-year old reporter.

Here is Claire’s latest piece – an interview with the Jonas Brothers.


Claire with the Jonas Brothers

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Robin Solis

posted June 29, 2010 at 2:06 am

This is totally not fair!!! I want her job. Congrats to your talented offspring. Maybe she can be a female “Almost Famous” writer.

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James Bond

posted June 29, 2010 at 4:20 am

Hi folks,
Great family pictures, did Claire need to buy a new set of tyres to fly in the old Goodyear blimp??
If you want to see more on modern airships, past, present and future see: or if you just want a helium sniffing laugh try the worlds only lighter than air comedy site, with lots of funny pictures and U tube links fit for all the family.
Regards Bond, James Bond.
(Skyship blimp pilot in a View to a Kill)

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BIG JO BRO FAN!!!!!!!!!

posted June 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

what a girl ,what a job ,and such friendly celebrities !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
if I lived in america I would totally kill myself for this job!
and I have just one thing to say :
YOU GO GIRL !!!!!!!!!!

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posted August 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

keep it up

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