A GUY NAMED ‘JOE’
PULSE PLUS! PRODUCER JOE WIEZYCKI TIES ONE ON WITH JACK.
JOY SHEFFIELD IS SEEN AT RIGHT
Jack had very fond memories of his co-workers at Pulse Plus!: “I loved working with Leslie Spencer because she was easy to make laugh. At the end of the show, she was always laughing.” In addition, he gave producer Wiezycki a new moniker: Joe ‘Whats-His-Name.’ “So he became forever known as Joe What’s-His-Name, which I think he liked.”
LESLIE SPENCER CRACKS UP AT JACK'S LATEST 'GUESS THE DOO-DAD'...A RUBBER CHICKEN
Always looking for a way to produce some laughs, Jack created a faux orchestra—“The Pulse Plus! Orchestra.” Using a piece of stock videotape footage of some orchestra members tuning up, the group of alleged musicians who seem as if they were performing the Pulse Plus! theme. Jack would then inform viewers that if he had time at the end of the show, he would sing ‘Feelings’ with the non-existent orchestra. Of course, he never had time. According to Jack, Joe Wiezycki didn’t see it as the best “running gag” out there: “Joe let this go on for about two weeks instead of letting this be a running gag, like for six months or a year.”
THE ONE THAT DIDN’T GET AWAY
LOVELY TO LOOK AT AND SHE CAN COOK, TOO!
JOY SHEFFIELD CHARMS VIEWERS...AND JACK AS WELL
One of Jacks favorite guests was Joy Sheffield from the Florida Department of Seafood. “She was in there to cook fish a few months after I started the show”, he recalls. Joy came from Panama City up on Florida’s panhandle, and was living in St. Petersburg. When Joy first saw Jack on TV, she assumed he was “just out of college and this was his first job”. Of course, at the time, Jack had been in the area for almost 15 years and was long out of college. Joy made enough of an impression on Jack that he invited her out to dinner. Joy recalls that Jack forgot his wallet on their first date! But after that initial bump in the road, things warmed up and Jack and Joy became another couple who met and married as a result of being at Channel 13!
Pulse Plus! was 52-weeks-a-year, five-days-a-week of live programs. Jack has fond memories of the many animals and people from Busch Gardens who would often pay him a visit on the show. Hundreds of celebrities and countless cooking sessions, viewer call-ins, remotes from the Florida State Fair, and interviews passed through the station’s transmitter and out to viewers. Jack also made friends with the crew, including directors Steve Grayson and Jimmy Lewis, floor director Eric Allen, announcer Ron Harpe, and many camera operators and production personnel.
Every Christmas the crew joined Jack on camera for a holiday celebration. Viewers will never forget the time in December, 1985, when Jack took over as camera operator and provided many shaky, zoomy, out-of-focus shots of his fellow BIG 13 comrades.
JACK SHOWS THAT HIS BEST TALENTS ARE ON CAMERA...NOT BEHIND ONE.