Blog Posts by Katie Kindelan

  • Good Morning America” hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos have seen and done it all, from interviewing world leaders to covering natural disasters and more.

    They always stay cool, calm and collected under even the most stressful of circumstances or the most demanding interview.

    But today on “GMA,” one celebrity guest and one pop culture phenomenon had the two anchors pounding the anchor table in "protest."

    Who is the celebrity?  Here’s a hint:  he just can’t stop dancing.

    Take a look:

     

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  • Video: Kayaker Gets Up Close and Personal With Blue Whales

    ABC News’ David Wright reports:

    There is whale watching, and then there is this.

    A kayaker came up close and personal with a pod of blue whales off the coast of California in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, all captured on camera.

    Blue whales are the planet’s largest creatures, bigger than any dinosaur.  Their hearts alone are the size of a compact car.

    They can capsize boats with the flick of a flipper.

    But Rick Coleman, the kayaker who took on the whales, says it was worth the risk.

    “Oh, they are just a beautiful, magnificent creature,” Coleman said.  “So we’re just blessed these last few weeks that we get to go out there and share the same water as them.”

    Coleman captured the footage of the blue whales while kayaking about four miles off the coast of King Harbor in California’s Redondo Beach Oct. 8.

    He got so close to the sea animals, which can measure 100 feet and weigh up to 150 tons, that he could literally reach out and touch one.

    “This really got my heart pounding,”

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  • Carson's 'Dancing With the Stars' Pro He First Wanted

    Carson Kressley’s time on the “ Dancing With the Starsdance floor was cut short Tuesday night when low judges’ scores and a lack of fan votes sent him, and professional partner Anna Trebunskaya, packing.

    His exit, five weeks into the show, was a far cry from his debut, he revealed today on “ Good Morning America.”

    On that day, when he first stepped onto the ballroom dance floor and the crowd went wild, he believed the show’s coveted Mirrorball Trophy could be his to hold.

    “I was like, ‘they like me, they really like me,’” Kressley recalled.  “The ballroom was on its feet.”

    Kressley said his and Trebunskaya’s Cha Cha to the hit song  ’Moves Like Jagger’ in the   Sept. 19 season premier was his favorite experience on “DWTS.”

    Click here to go to abc.com to watch Carson’s journey on the show

    Four weeks later, however, the fashion guru’s obvious enthusiasm for his ballroom dance routines wasn’t enough to make up for his lack of technical ability that

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  • Daughter, 9, Is Dad’s Designated Driver


    A father in a Detroit suburb faces charges of child abuse after making his 9-year-old daughter drive him to a service station because he was too drunk to take the wheel, police said.

    The outing was caught-on-tape by the station’s surveillance video, which shows the van pulling up to the station around 3 a.m. on Oct. 8, and the man, identified as 39-year-old Shawn Weimer, walking in with his daughter.

    “Nine years old.  Nine! Gas, break, listen, we’re leaving, and she’s driving.  I’m drunk,” he can be heard saying to a clerk in the store.

    Weimer was arrested after police officers in Brownstown Township, southwest of Detroit, were alerted by a 911 call.

    “A 7-year-old is driving it and her dad is drunk and he’s in the passenger side,” the caller, who watched the girl get in the driver’s seat at the service station and pull the vehicle onto the road, told a 911 dispatcher.

    “Are you sure the child’s driving, sir?” the dispatcher asks the caller.

    When police stopped the car a few

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  • Basketball Player Slam Dunks Over His Mom

    College basketball player Josh Thompson can go home for Thanksgiving, after all.

    The 6-foot-5, 200-pound forward from Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., risked a tough welcome home had he not successfully completed a daring dunk that placed his mom at risk of a crushing blow.

    Thompson wanted to do something that would make him stand apart from other competitors in the dunk contest held during Wagner’s Midnight Madness basketball event last Friday night.

    So he turned to the woman who brought him into the world, lining his mom up in front of the basket, with her back facing him.

    As the crowd, not to mention his mom, held their breath, Thompson jumped over his mom on his way to successfully completing a slam dunk.

    Though a happy ending, Thompson’s daring dunk wasn’t entirely smooth soaring.  He just barely cleared his mom’s head on the way up to the net.

    But, ball in net, son on ground and mom with no visible bruises or injuries, all walked away happy.

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  • Barry Manilow Saves the Music in Joplin, Mo.

    Don’t be surprised if you hear a little “Copacabana” played by the Joplin High School marching band during halftime at the tornado-stricken school’s football games this season.

    The school’s band members have the man who made that song famous, Barry Manilow, to thank for getting them back on the field, with shiny new instruments in hand.

    The iconic American singer is using his Manilow Music Project to refurbish the instruments, sheet music and more the band lost when the town of Joplin was ravaged by a tornado last May 22.

    The tornado, one of the deadliest in U.S. history, wiped out nearly one-third of the small Missouri town, and killed 162 of its residents.

    The storm hit Joplin High School particularly hard, tearing down buildings and wiping away nearly the school’s entire library of music and instruments.

    Thanks largely to community support, students returned to school Aug. 17, as scheduled, for the first day of the new school year, holding classes in

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  • Caught On Camera: Baby Elephant’s Big First Steps

    Every parent wants their baby’s first steps captured on camera.

    When you have only a long trunk though, sometimes you have to rely on the help of others.

    And when you live in a zoo, you have to accept that a recording of your first steps will be spread virally around the world, for everyone to see.

    And so is the tale of a baby elephant at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, England whose first steps, normally the stuff of family videos and baby books, have become a YouTube sensation.

    A tourist captured the tiny elephant trying to figure out what, exactly, the gigantic feet at the end of his four stubby legs are, and how that long trunk thing attached to his head fits into it all.

    While the adults stand back, the elephant figures out his way by kicking his legs up and down, wobbly putting one foot in front of the other, and twirling his trunk all the while.

    He gets twisted up and tangled around, but manages to stay upright the entire time, a true testament to elephants’

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  • Elephant Seal Dives Into Penguin Photo Shoot

    Elephant Seal Photo BombPenguins?  What penguins?

    Seals can be so slippery, but this particularly extroverted elephant seal was simply greedy for his 15 minutes of fame when he jumped into the frame of photographers staked out at the UK’s Saint Andrew’s Bay to capture the royal penguins the remote island is known for.

    The seal must have known this was his chance to steal the show from the crowd of black-and-white penguins when he jumped out from behind a dune, and engaged in a game of pop-up for the assembled photogs, disappearing and re-appearing several times.

    The camera-happy seal delivered his own brand of a model pose, appearing with mouth wide open, back ram-rod straight and apparently oblivious to the shoot’s real subjects, the hundreds of penguins milling around him.

    The seal’s home of Saint Andrew’s Bay is a remote sub-Antarctic island near the Falkland Islands whose location makes it not-your-average tourist destination.

    It may be, then, that this elephant seal, which can weigh as

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  • Cheerleader Makes a ‘Splash’ at Pan-Am Games

    Things were going swimmingly for cheerleader Mariana de Leon at the Pan-American Games this weekend, right up until she made a real splash.

    De Leon was performing a cheer with her team during the morning swimming competition of the Games’ 16th annual event in Mexico on Saturday when she danced herself a bit too close to the edge of the pool, and fell right into the water.

    She went into the pool feet first, drawing huge gasps from the crowd.  De Leon got the cheers she’s more used to, however, when one of her teammates stopped to help her out of the pool, drawing cheers and applause from the crowd.

    “I went too far back and just slipped,” the 21-year-old said. “It was a small accident, but I’m fine. This had never happened to me.”

    Despite the mistake that could have soaked their routine, De Leon and her team earned a “10″ for recovery.  The rest of the cheerleaders didn’t miss a beat during de Leon’s fall and were quickly rejoined by de Leon in finishing their

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  • 'I Love Lucy' Turns 60

    Sixty years later, and everybody still loves Lucy.

    I Love Lucy,” the classic TV series that gave birth to the modern sitcom and left the nation with countless hilarious and indelible images, turns 60 today.

    The comedy featuring Lucille Ball and real-life husband Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo made its TV debut Oct. 15, 1951 in a half-hour episode on CBS.

    PHOTOS: Look back at the best of Lucille Ball’s “I Love Lucy” moments.

    The relationship between the fearless, red-headed Ball and Arnaz as “the Ricardos” was the center of the show’s 179 half-hour episodes and 13 hour-long specials over nine seasons.

    Fans loved to watch the couple deal with Lucy’s screw-ups, and listen to Ricky switch from English to Spanish in his exasperated reactions.

    They also loved how the couple brought their off-screen life onto the TV screen, even incorporating Ball’s pregnancy into the show.  She and her “I Love Lucy”

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