Louise Interviews Jaylens Challenge Winner- Bruce Holtgren

Listen to the interview here: Louise Interviews Bruce Holtgren

Last Summer I was asked by Robin Arnold, mom to Jaylen, the dynamo behind JaylensChallenge.org– to contribute some items for an online auction.  I decided to offer one auction winner an interview with me to discuss any family friendly topic he or she wished.  Lucky for me Bruce Holtgren won as he was a sensational interviewee!

Bruce is a man who has worked in media most of his life.  He hails from New Mexico but has lived for many, many years in Cincinnati.  He is a lover of sports, the arts and helping kids.  He also has Tourettes Syndrome.  However, Bruce didn’t want to focus his interview on being an adult with Tourettes.  Instead he wanted to emphasize that the world would be much better if we all invested in kindness and helping our children.  He also is a strong advocate for improving our current educational system.  Now it should be evident why we got along so well!  Bruce and I talked for quite some time about how adult volunteers could really be a source of support for so many children.  We also discussed how children need to have great adult role models who read to them, spend time listening to them and being proactive vs. reactive.  He had a lot of terrific ideas.

And when the serious conversation hit a natural lull I asked Bruce about a city I never have explored- Cincinnati!  He recommended his favorite chili spot, where to see the best vistas of the city and much more.  He also likes his sports teams!

And his “top pick” for a gift this holiday season?  Well, I ‘ll let you listen to the interview for that nugget! You may just be surprised!

Enjoy meeting Bruce Holtgren, a really nice guy and winner of Jaylens Challenge!

5 thoughts

  1. My mom and I listened to Bruce interview this morning and enjoyed it. We both agreed, we need more Bruce Holtgren’s in the world and maybe people would BE KIND.
    – Marques Seme

  2. Here are the websites I mentioned in the interview, in case anyone’s interested:

    Jaylen’s Challenge: jaylenschallenge.org
    A clip from “I Have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me” : http://www.tinyurl.com/2ec9yja (If you want the DVD, go to http://www.tsa-usa.org and order it from the videos section. Or ask me and I’ll send you one for free.)

    http://www.reds.com (Go Reds!)
    http://www.bengals.com (Go Bengals!)
    Cincinnati Museum Center: cincymuseum.org (AWESOME museums and an architectural treasure!)
    Cincinnati Art Museum: cincinnatiartmuseum.org (one of the finest art museums in the country for a city this size)
    Price Hill Chili: pricehillchili.com (One of Cincinnati’s many genuine chili institutions, it’s an awesome hangout.)
    http://www.nkycvb.com: Start here to explore Northern Kentucky, the “South Side of Cincinnati.” Most people start at Newport on the Levee, a big shopping complex on the Ohio River in Newport, Ky. The view of the skyline of Cincinnati is awesome. 🙂

  3. Wow, you’re fast. I tried re-sending that post with all the links re-done to be “hot” — that is, with http://www. in front of them all. Would you mind fixing them all that way … at least Jaylen’s? Thanks so much!

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