John Drake Robinson
By John Robinson
Last year a film crew began retracing many of the routes my car and I traveled as King of the Road. This time around, we're driving deeper into the wilderness.
The series is called Finding Wild Missouri, and our very first episode is up for a Mid-America Emmy. “Mighty Confluence” is among three Emmy nominees for Short Format Program, according to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Chapter.
Now our rugged outdoor film crew must shift gears—and garb—to attend an indoor gala.
How “dressy” should we dress?
Funny, we always knew what to wear on the back roads. To Greer Spring, we wore sturdy shoes. On the Eleven Point River, our ears hid under good hats. We slipped into safe harness to fly along the Caveman Zipline. Ice fishing on a North Missouri lake, we wore rubber boots. Tracking elk at Peck Ranch, our colors blended into the mountain forest. Filming the dance of the Dunn Ranch prairie chickens, our own drab colors disappeared behind a bird blind, only to reappear as we ran with buffalo. And driving Erifnus Caitnop, my car, I always wore a seat belt.
It was early spring when we filmed the Emmy-nominated episode. As we paddled the Missouri River to join the Mississippi, we wore layered clothing, warm against winter's last gasp, safe unless we capsized.
Weeks passed, and we kept filming. Wolves. Eagles. Sinkholes and springs. Hideouts and takeouts. Campouts and stakeouts. Then the Emmy nomination came along and stopped us in our muddy tracks....
What shall we wear?
Soon, as the foliage prepares to change costumes from green to gold, the glitterati will gather at the Mid-America Emmy Awards. TV personalities—from St. Louis and Kansas City, Cape and Champaign, St. Jo and Kirksville, Little Rock and the Quad Cities—will dress in diamonds and gowns, black ties, and tails.
After much deliberation, our rough-and-tumble film crew has decided, win or lose, we'll all be wearing big smiles.