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A Good Samaritan at the Food Network?
Sunday, October 29, 2006 | posted by Mike

Obviously, we love doing big things like show reviews and interviews here at TVFF.com, but we still get a kick out of finding some of the random things that we often come across on the Internet.

One of the great things about the web is that it gives anyone a platform to reach out to people. Of course, you’ve always been able to sit down and write a letter or call an 800 number, but the Internet allows you to put it out there for everyone to see. You’re able to do it in a public forum that increases your chances of finding someone that might be able to help you out.

A few days ago, we came across a post from Karl Smith, who posts as “Captain Obvious” on the PhillyBurbs.com site. (Seriously, though, we promise we aren’t turning into an all-Philly-all-the-time site!) In the post, Karl includes an open letter to the Food Network wherein he outlines his son’s love of the Network in general and of Iron Chef America in particular.
But of all the shows he loves to watch, one reigns supreme - Iron Chef America. He loves it. I know you have hardcore fanatics across the country who watch the show and simulate its environment. I’ve read all about them on your Web site and have seen the commercials highlighting their fanaticism. That being said, there’s something about a 9-year-old being wide-eyed about the show that is, I think, particularly endearing.
Karl tried to get tickets for himself, his son and his son’s friend to a taping of ICA, but was “disappointed to learn that the general public was not allowed to attend, only guests of the Iron Chefs and challengers.”

Like I said, the nice thing about the ‘net is that you always have a chance, and it looks like someone involved with the Network stumbled across the entry. Below the main post was a comment:
I work at the Food Network....and I sent this along to one of our producers. While I can't get you tickets for the round we are taping now, we can try for the next round of taping in August/Sept. Contact me, and I'll fwd your information to the right person.
I have no idea if Karl’s quest will be successful, but it’s nice to see that there’s someone trying to help him out.

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