⭐ We were Married in the Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King wrote "THE SHINING" in Estes Park, Colorado (10 November 2010)
⭐ Together we Produced a local Television Show that aired on Ion Television in Phoenix, called "SOMEWHERE IN ARIZONA" (see IMDB)
⭐ We are Sports Media Professionals working for competing Broadcasting Networks (FOX Networks, AT&T SportsNet)
⭐ Our son, Xander Yousse was not named specifically so his initials would be the Male XY-chromosome. But that is kind of cool.
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Angela has spent her entire life in broadcasting and advertising since growing up in a successful family owned radio business in West Texas.
HOUSTON, TX (AUG 25-31, 2017) Hurricane Harvey hit, and the rain completely submerged the majority of our neighborhood along Cypress Creek. Homes 200 yards away were under water. Families were being evacuated by boats, Coast Guard, and National Guard. Our home sits on the highest point of the street, at 101.5 ft. above sea level. The projections for flooding, based on the charts, would reach 102 ft. above sea level. With that information, we determined that we would have damage, but our lives would not be in danger, and we decided the safest place for us was to stay in our home. We prepared our home for the flooding, taking all precautions, moving everything we needed to the second floor. We would ride this storm the best we could, and get through this event together, along with out 17 month old son, Xander.
I want to thank my wife, Angela. She trusted my decision. We had numerous options and several people offered help (thank you all) and she watched as families, children, pets were being rescued, and evacuated all day long and into the night. She watched as the power company came in and disconnected us from the grid, telling us 'The neighborhood would be under water by morning, we didn't need power anymore.' I tell you all, our decisions weren't easy ones. I wasn't being brave, stupid, or stubborn. I was making decisions based on the information we had, my experience with water survival, and the assessments of our surroundings. I kept telling Angela, "Those people in the boats, their homes are gone. Their lives are in danger. We're inconvenienced, but our lives aren't threatened. If ever there is a point where our lives are in danger, I promise you I'll get us out." She trusted and had faith in me. She stood by me, she remained strong, and we made it through the entire event together. That's a true life companion.
Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football
by Bower Yousse (Author), Thomas J. Cryan (Author)
Freddie Steinmark started at safety for the undefeated University of Texas Longhorns in 1969. In the thrilling “Game of the Century,” a come-from-behind victory against Arkansas that ensured Texas the national championship, Steinmark played with pain in his left leg. Two days later, X-rays revealed a bone tumor so large that it seemed a miracle Steinmark could walk, let alone play football. Within a week of the Arkansas game, his leg was amputated.
Features interesting people, places, and events that are beneficial to the communities of Arizona. A lot can happen down the roads less traveled, Somewhere in Arizona.
The Stanley Hotel is a 140-room Colonial Revival hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Located within sight of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of the Rockies. It was built byFreelan Oscar Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the American upper class at the turn of the century. The hotel and its surrounding lands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Stanley Hotel also hosted the horror novelist Stephen King, serving as inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in his 1977 bestseller The Shining.
Angela left Clear Channel for a position as the Station Manager at Ion Television in Phoenix. During meetings with the Exec's in Los Angeles, it was discussed that the TV station needed to find local programming. With my degree in Media Arts and Film Production, and Angela's station needs, we thought, "We'll make our own TV show. How hard can that be?" We'll head out and do an informative show about discovering Arizona. We'll call it "Somewhere in Arizona." It would be fun and give us an opportunity to get around and see the state for ourselves, all while doing something I love. Making a TV show.
Turns out, it wasn't that easy at all. It was technologically challenging. It was mentally challenging. It was physically exhausting. It was time consuming. Our budget was less than $50.00 per 28 minute episode. We didn't know anything about Produced Segments,Tease to Breaks, In's and Out's, or Stand Up's. Our teleprompter was black marker on poster board taped to the camera.
We had no idea what we were doing. We just did it and learned as we went. Somehow we got the show put together, approved, and put on air.
The real excitement came when the first time we saw "Somewhere in Arizona" listed on the Direct TV Chanel Guide at 4 am. After four episodes, I started working for ABC15 on the Morning News and Sonoran Living. Continuing on with SIA would be too much for me to handle while working Morning Show hours. So we quietly put our adventurous television program to rest. Now after working in TV for over 5 years, I look back and think.... If only I knew then, what I know now, I'd probably have a nice glass case full of Emmy's and other fine awards.
ARIZONA (2005) -- Angela and I worked together at Clear Channel Radio in Phoenix. We didn't have much interaction at work, but we became friends on MySpace, and at some point we discovered we lived in the same complex. So naturally, we got together to enjoy some imported Mexican Tequila and watch The Shining. In the first few weeks, Angela told me she wanted to buy a dog. Cute little puppies just weren't my thing. I tried to talk her out of it. Not only was she determined to buy a dog, but she was going to purchase it from a stranger, in a deserted parking lot, in the dangerous part of Phoenix. For her safety, I agreed to go with her, but with conditions. 1. Don't ask me what I think of it. 2. Don't ask me to hold it. 3. Don't ask me to name it. 4. Don't ask me if I like it. I don't like it, and I'm only going for your protection. So buy the thing and let's get the hell out of there.
The first thing she did was ask me to Hold Gisele while she got the money from her purse. And there I stood, in a deserted parking lot, sirens and gun shots going off all around us in the distance, holding a puppy about seven weeks old, wanting to protect it from all the danger surrounding us.
I held Gisele for the rest of the day. I knew this little girl needed me to protect her, and help get her through life. She was taken from her parents much too young, so I knew she was going to need a good set of parents to raise her and ensure she had the best possible life a dog could have. Shortly after getting Gisele, we decided to move in together and share a very small apartment close to our work, so we could easily go home at lunch and check on Gisele.
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Andrew has been working in Media producing Digital Content since his Honorable Discharge from the Marines in 2003.
Angela Yousse attending a special Book Signing with the Author of "Freddie Steinmark: Faith. Family. Football" who happens to be my very own Dad, Bower Yousse.
A close friend and teammate of Freddie Steinmark as a teenager, BOWER later became an award-winning creative executive with Young & Rubicam and other advertising agencies. Since leaving the industry, he has enjoyed a successful career as a freelance copywriter and producer. He has written screenplays, magazine articles, and novel-to-screenplay adaptations. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Written with unfettered access to the Steinmark family and archives, Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football is the exploration of a brief but full life, one that began humbly but ended on a grand stage. It is a fitting tribute to a legendary Longhorn whose photograph, emblazoned with the word “Heart,” flashes on the Freddie Steinmark Scoreboard’s Jumbotron prior to each home football game in UT’s Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium at Joe Jamail Field.
Over time Angela and I realized a very important detail about working in Media, in Phoenix. The pay is low and promotion is slow. As it was once told to me, "If you want to move up, you've got to move." That's how it works in Media. We wanted to move up.
The goal in Media is to always move up to a higher Market. Angela is a native Texan, so she began her search in Dallas, and Houston. Both Markets sitting in the Top 10. Through some Internet searches, phone calls, Sending Resumes, intense interviews, and a whole bundle of good things that just fell in the right place at the right time, we both ended up with great jobs in Houston. Angela would advance her career in the Management side of Television, accepting a position as the Network Management Control, Manager for Fox Networks in the Woodlands. I accepted a position as Graphics Developer with Comcast SportsNet Houston, the Television Home of the Houston Astros (MLB), Rockets (NBA), and Dynamo (MLS).
In two years the Network would dissolve and be purchased by DirectTV Regional Sports Network and become (currently) ROOT Sports Southwest.
They say the three most stressful events in a couples life are A New Job, Moving, and a Wedding. In the middle of getting new jobs and moving to a new state, we were also planning a wedding. Our move from Phoenix to Houston was scheduled for October 2012, and our Wedding was scheduled for November 10th in Estes Park, Colorado. Our date and location was carefully selected based on two things. November 10th is the Marine Corps Birthday, and the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is home of Stephen King's "The Shining." (See Gallery Below)