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Andrew & Riley Appear on Sally Jessy Raphael

by Paul Arneberg

Two Jugheads, Andrew and Riley, appeared on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show on Tuesday, October 2, 2001.

Andrew and Riley (10 and 11, respectively) were chaperoned by Darcy (Andrew's mom) and me for an overnight stay in New York City September 23-24. I chose them due to the age limits imposed on me by the show (12 years old or younger) and the fact that these boys have a history of working well together, especially with club passing.

We stayed in the Hotel Pennsylvania, across the street from Madison Square Garden. Our hotel was also the lodging site of some 600 New York State Patrol Officers, stationed in 7 day shifts in NYC to assist with security in the wake of the attack on our nation just two weeks ago.

While the Sally Show was a fun and worthwhile experience, our highlight was visiting the original Planet Hollywood restaurant and store in Times Square. I told the waitress about our upcoming Sally Show appearance, she told her manager, and he then asked the boys to do a short show. Performing with borrowed bounce balls on the same small stage which has seen personalities such as Britney Spears and N'Sync, Andrew and Riley juggled up to 5 balls each and passed 7 to music pumped over the sound system. All of the patrons and crew watched, the boys got to keep the balls, and the manager waived our food bill! Talk about NYC hospitality! Who'd've thunk it?!?

We also saw a group of talented breakdancers on the street, and had an in-depth conversation with Jim Ryan, a writer for CBS News. (He overheard our questions about various buildings in Times Square.) Although we wanted to view the war zone at Ground Zero of the terrorist attacks (I keep hearing about the impact of seeing it in person), time did not permit, as we only had a few hours on Sunday night and were in the studios all day on Monday.

This gig was over as quick as it began. We flew out Sunday morning and home Monday night. The only thing we did to "deserve" being considered was having a professionally-designed Web site, thanks to Wendy. (Ironically, neither the I.J.A. nor any juggling celebrities recommended us to the show; our credibility was all based on jugheads.com!) My hope is that this may open other fun possibilities such as an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. However, far from being an attempt to clamor at fame, I would most like another opportunity to visit a city for which I have only grown in respect over the past 2.5 weeks.

(By the way, the boys' appearance was in the context of a talent show
involving kids from Kansas City, Nashville, Portland, Queens, and three other
cities that slip my mind. It was a very good display of talent and would be
worth your while to see. Nothing controversial! :-)