We pick our favorite stories from 2017.
The past year was a great year for storytelling in Phoenix. Here at YourPHX CW6, we in the news department chose our six favorite stories from the past year. If you have a favorite story, share with us in the comments below!
Only the Brave Movie Premiere in Phoenix
Delivering an authentic real-life story that resonates with the hearts of Arizonans. Only the Brave is based on the lives and work of the Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters. The movie tells the tale of the 19 hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in June of 2013. Josh Brolin and Miles Teller are just a couple of the stars who walked the red carpet at Tempe Marketplace. Also in attendance, Brendan McDonough, the lone Granite Mountain Hotshot survivor. We spoke to actors Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, and James Badge Dale, along with survivor Brendan McDonough.
Mind Control, the CIA, and an Arcade Game
Exploring the urban legend of mind control and an arcade game. Polybius is as much a video game as it is an urban legend. The theory surrounding the game is that it was used by the CIA for mind control in America. Many video theorists don’t even believe that the game exists, but we found it at Starfighters Arcade in Mesa, Ariz. We reached out to the CIA about the game after playing the game and sustaining the consequences.
Valley Moms Go Viral
Step aside Weird Al, you’ve got nothing on these funny moms! Two Valley moms have carved their niche into the viral video world. Leeann Dearing and Michelle Fortin parody songs to show the relatable lives of moms everywhere with brutally honest lyrics. Their parody about the obsession with Joanna Gaines drew thousands of people and even the attention of Gaines herself. The duo will offer custom song parodies for companies. Catch the backstory here.
Chi Chi the Quadriplegic Therapy Dog
Meet the therapy dog getting around just fine with four prosthetic paws. A golden retriever named Chi Chi was found in South Korea, wrapped in a plastic bag with her legs bound together. It was her smile and comfort with humans that saved her life, but all of her paws were infected and needed to be amputated. After her recovery, Chi Chi was fitted with four prosthetic paws and is now a therapy dog for other amputees.
Scottsdale Women Quits Job to Walk People
She took a leap of faith, quitting her desk job as a chemical analyst to pursue her passion … people walking. Scottsdale resident Ann Fountain calls herself a “People Whisperer.” Her services offered include, but are not limited to, walking, biking, golfing and routine household tasks. Need a walk? Check out her services here.
A Fourth Grader Makes “Buddy Bench” to Include Everyone
Olivia Feldman wanted to make sure all her classmates felt included on the playground. With the help of Families Giving Back, she created the school’s very own Buddy Bench. The ultimate goal of the bench is to make students feel included. If someone is feeling lonely, they sit on the bench signaling to others they’re in need of a friend.