Dick speaks with Kurt Skarjune, a retired officer, and Lee Guelff, the brother of a slain officer, about banning mail-order sales of body armor to convicted felons. They were part of a grass roots lobbying effort and persisted for years.
Polly Medlicott didn't know much about cerebral palsy when she brought her son, Christian, home from the hospital. As he got older, Chris was unable to speak, walk, feed himself, or even sit up. Until he was a young teenager, Polly assumed Chris was also mentally disabled. Then she began to work with researchers who trained Chris on a form of facilitated communication that seemed to work.
To most of us, barbecue means summer and backyard gatherings over plates of grilled chicken, pork, or burgers. For Leslie Scott, barbecue is much more. It's a way of life. As she tells Dick Gordon, making great ribs can make someone fall in love with you.
Michael Boatman is a successful actor. You might have seen him in the television shows Spin City, Arli$$, or China Beach. But when Michael was in high school his future didn't look so sunny, until he met a teacher whose unwavering encouragement and support led him down an unexpected life path.
Pat Althizer has always had a love affair with his camera lens. But his passion was just a hobby. It wasn't until Pat decided to retire that he figured out what he wanted to be when he grew up: a photo safari guide in Yosemite National Park.
Karen Brandt was a flight attendant in the 60s, and one night, Judy Garland boarded her flight from Las Vegas to New York. By the end of the flight, Karen said Judy had taught her some new skills, including how to get changed in public without showing any skin.
In 1987, Alison was newly divorced and needed a babysitter for her two boys. She looked through the classifieds. There she saw a phone number for someone named "Pat." When Alison discovered that Pat was a man she was nervous, but she met with him anyway. Pat took the job and moved into their apartment immediately. Nine months later, Pat Keenan stole their hearts, married Alison and adopted the boys. Also in this episode, Bob Hancock is a chicken farmer whose life changed dramatically when the poultry plant he did business with canceled its contract with him.
Nearly 8 million Americans say they have sampled crack at some point in their lives. Thomas Warren says he knows the devastation that using crack cocaine causes. Thomas started using in the 1980s while he was a bus repair man. Also on the show: remembering Joey.
Back in the 1980's, an aerobics craze swept the country, and millions of American women were inspired to do group exercise classes for the first time. Carol Espel was teaching close to 23 aerobics classes a week. Eventually her body paid the price, and at the age of 44 she had her first hip replacement. Also on the show: meeting the Wicked Witch of the West.