Bogart: Good evening folks! I’m Bogart D. Richards III and I’m your host. Welcome to the very first ‘Bogart and the Interesting People Show!’ A little later on we’ll have an exclusive interview with hockey veteran Mr. Martin Gélinas. Right now we’re going to read some letters from you, our viewers. Let me just see how many letters we have…. One? Well, I guess that’s not bad for our first show. Maybe next time we’ll have two. Heh, heh. Okay, let’s see what our lucky fan has to say. Ahem:
Congratulations getting your own talk show. I always knew you had it in you. Although now you’re so busy, we don’t get to see you much anymore. Just give us a call once in a while. It wouldn’t hurt you to pick up the phone! P.S. Will you be home for your Dad’s birthday?” Love, Mom
B: Aha, well. That’s our first, uhm, letter. How… interesting. No other letters? Just the one, Quidge?
Quidge: Yup, That’s it.
B: Quidge, my studio assistant, tells me for sure that’s the only one. Well folks, why don’t you drop us a line then. Tell us what you like about ‘Bogart and the Interesting People Show’ and any questions you’d like to ask. Okay, moving right along. It is with great pleasure that I introduce, live via satellite, our very first guest, left winger for the Florida Panthers: Mr. Martin Gélinas! (Martin shows up on the televised screen)
B: Martin, thanks so much for appearing on our show. It looks like we’re catching you at one of your practices. How’s the weather there in Florida?
Martin Gélinas: Very comfortable, it is usually about 80 degrees here this time of year. What more can you ask for?
B: Sounds like you’ve got it made. So, you’re doing well?
MG: Doing well ..Bogart. I happened to see your picture the other day. Have you always been that way? With the moose head, I mean.
B: Oh, it’s a long story.
MG: But how do you drive a car?
B: I have a convertible.
B: Yes, lots of good fresh air up the nostrils. So, tell us what’s going on in your life?
MG: Well, I have a great family. My wife’s name is Jane and we have three children. My son Matthew, daughter Morgan, and Cameron is our youngest.
B: So, are you a hockey family?
MG: Yeah. My oldest son and daughter are very active with hockey.
B: Makes sense. What’s it been like being a father and a busy hockey player?
MG: We do spend lots of time on the road and I miss on a lot of my kid’s activities, which is hard. Whenever I get a chance to be at the rink with them, I am there.
B: What sort of family fun do you like to do when you’re not on the road?
MG: We go to movies, play board games, street hockey or swim. Lots to do in Florida.
B: I guess there must be. Now, let’s get to your professional life. How does it feel to have been playing in the NHL for the past 18 years?
MG: Feels awesome! I am making a living playing a game that I love and I will keep playing as long as I enjoy it.
B: What have been some of the highlights of your career so far?
MG: I had a chance to go to four Stanley Cup Finals and a chance to win one with the Edmonton Oilers. I was also really proud when I played my 1000th game in the NHL a few years back.
B: Well, you’ve had a great career so far. What kinds of things do you like to do in the off season?
MG: I have to stay fit, so I spend lots of time at the gym training. I also try to spend as much time as I can with my kids, playing water sports etc.
B: Speaking of kids, what about your childhood? You were born in Shawinigen, Quebec. What’s there to do for a kid growing up there?
MG: Lots to do. I played hockey, soccer, and baseball. I did summer camp. I was a scout. I played with my friends. I kept really busy.
B: Sounds like it. Say, you ever go to La Maurice National Park? Over three hundred moose live there, you know.
MG: I sure did. I love the outdoors and did some canoeing there. It is beautiful. Three hundred moose, eh? You know Bogart, I thought you looked familiar.
B: Very funny. So, did you always want to be a hockey player, or were there other things you wanted to be when you were growing up?
MG: It was always my dream to play in the NHL, but my parents made sure that school was a priority. Apart from hockey, I always wanted to work with my hands in construction.
B: So, Martin. You’re pretty much living the dream of a lot of Canadian kids. What advice could you give our audience about achieving their dreams?
MG: Give yourself 100% to what you believe in and that you are good at. Believe in yourself and follow your dream. The sky is the limit.
B: Okay, on a serious note. If a donkey and a baboon had a fight, who do you think would win and why?
MG: I think the baboon would. He is a lot faster.
B: Hmm, I’d have to go with the donkey myself.
MG: No way. The baboon for sure. No contest.
B: Alright, alright, you’ve the guest. In closing, is there anything you’d like to say to our young audience knowing the challenges they can face in their lives today?
MG: Well, life is hard and to do the right things is even harder. But the reward is success. In life you will always get back what you put in.
B: Well said. Oh! One last question: If you were stranded on a raft at sea, which of these seemingly unrelated items would be the most valuable? A cheeseburger, a remote control airplane, or a fish bowl.
MG: Remote control airplane, so I could send SOS messages far away.
B: Good answer! Well, Martin, again I’d like to thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule and we’ll let you get back to your practice.
MG: No problem, Bogart. Thank you.
B: Well forks, there you have it. The first guest on ‘Bogart and the Interesting People Show!’ Thanks for joining us today and see you next time, folks!
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