"Deadly Lakes and Softball Demons" is an episode of Ferris State Live produced by the spring 2010 TVPR 499 class at Ferris State University. Produced on April 19th and aired on April 22nd of 2010, it is the thirteenth show of the spring semester of 2010 and the 26th episode of the 2009-2010 season overall.
The Not-So Great Lakes
Andy Kantar talks about his book Deadly Voyage: The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell Tragedy (not to be confused with the unrelated 1996 film Deadly Voyage,) as Leah introduces us to segment one. Andy mentioned that the Morrell sank in a storm in 1966. He also commented that the boat was only able to go 3 MPH whereas the storm had 70 MPH winds, even though the boat was pushing its engines to full speed.
Scott pondered what drew Andy's interest to the Morrell, and Andy replied that it was the largest ship to sink in Lake Huron. He mentioned that four men made it to a life raft, including a survivor named Dennis. Air temperature that night was about 33 degrees, and it took 38 hours for Dennis to be rescued. Others on the life raft didn't survive, and two missed calls from the captain were partly to blame for the Morel's disappearance taking as long as it did to be reported.
Leah pondered if there was anything significant about November for Great Lakes storms, to which Andy replied that high and low pressure fronts collide over the lakes in November consistently more violently than in other months. Therefore, it should surprise nobody that the Great Lakes sink more ships in November than any other time of year. He claims that when the Morel went down, it altered weather patterns greatly enough to dump 16 inches of snow on North Carolina.
Scott wondered if, when Andy interviews survivors, they behave as though their tragedy happened to someone else. According to Andy, that is not uncommon. He added that talking with survivors was enough to have an emotional impact on him, as if he had gone through their trauma himself. He even claims having nightmares of drowning after hearing some survivors' tales of sunken ships.
Valley of Demons
This section opened with a preview of Valley of Angels, a film by Ferris Alum Jon Rosten. Leah brought up that Jon was going to appear at the Ferris Festival that was upcoming, a claim that did not disappoint when Jon did show up. Since Jon could not make it to the show, Fred Wyman came on to talk about things instead. Fred explained that it was the Tenth Annual festival; and also mentioned that the Monday night of when Show #26 was aired, a pre-screening of the film would be shown to select Ferris students.
A flyer revealed that Ken Lesser, who was also at the show, was also a Ferris grad. Fred also made mention of the West Michigan Film Office, and praised the state for offering film incentives higher than any other place in the country.
With not much else to say, Scott and Sandy mentioned that the girl's softball team was busy doing their thing. Sandy praised the team for "going up against tough competition." Scott and Sandy also brought up that the hockey team had a "bittersweet ending" in that they'd suffered a few losses but were happy that the season had finally ended.
- Deadly Voyage at MSU's website.
Fall 2009 episodes
Spring 2010 episodes
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