Our Hosts' Favorite Field Trips
Before they were on Travel Channel, they were going back to school. Our hosts share memories from their school days, including the trips and the teachers who inspired them.
Bert Kreischer, Trip FlipMy favorite field trip was … "in eighth grade I went ice skating with my whole class. I don't remember anything about the ice skating. What I remember was in the back of the bus Brian Callahan pulled out a Walkman and played Sam Kinison. We took turns listening to Kinison and laughing our heads off, and I distinctly remember that as being the best field trip ever!"
My favorite teacher was … "I don't remember his name, but he was a writing teacher in college who inspired me to start writing every day in the middle of the semester. He died riding his motorcycle."
Nick Groff, Ghost AdventuresMy favorite field trip was … "Washington, DC. It was the first time I went to DC to see the White House and tour it."
My favorite teacher was … "UNLV film class [professor] Francisco Menendez. Good teacher; I learned a lot and how to tell the story first."
Anthony Melchiorri, Hotel ImpossibleMy favorite field trip was … "Shea Stadium. It was my first ball game."
My favorite teacher was … "Mrs McCoy in fourth grade. She always went out of her way to help me. Plus she was really pretty!"
Billy Leroy, Baggage BattlesMy favorite field trip was … "Gettysburg -- lots of ghosts there."
My favorite teacher was … "Tom Farmen at Rumsey Hall School because he was very supportive in anything I did, [particularly] football."
Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods AmericaMy favorite field trip was … "Otis Farm, third grade, the Dalton School, 1969. I ate my first tadpole."
My favorite teacher was … "Connie Mayer. She taught me how to write, read and think critically."
Amy Allan, The Dead FilesMy favorite field trip was … Outdoor Lab, when I was in 6th grade in the Rocky Mountains. We learned how to survive in the wilderness and had a LOT of fun. My first real taste of being an explorer and I LOVED IT!
My favorite teacher was … Miss Long, my special education teacher, she took the time to figure out the best way for me to learn and she was psychic and taught me how to ground out and protect myself. I was in her class all through elementary school.
Jordan Hembrough, Toy HunterMy favorite field trip was … "attending a statewide [theater] competition/workshop with other school districts. It was held in Ship Bottom NJ, down at the shore. It was really a chance to interact with other students who shared a love for the arts, whether it was theatre or music. I can remember going out at night and walking along the beach with lots of other students and re-enacting famous movie scenes… right on the beach!"
My favorite teacher was … "my drama teacher Mr. Hurley in high school. He really introduced me to the theatre and encouraged me to try out for all the plays and musicals. It was because of his teaching and mentoring that I had the courage to perform at Bucks County Playhouse in [Pennsylvania]."
Don Wildman, Off LimitsMy favorite field trip was ... “to the Ben Franklin Institute in Philly and we'd all head straight for "The Heart" just to feel the walls of the aorta and scream.”
My favorite teacher was … “Mrs. Gambogi, Fourth Grade. Without knowing it, while posted on her stool at the front of the class, reading Charlotte's Web, she introduced me to the lovely charms of a woman's calf. She probably ignored the fact that I was staring.”
Ed Edmunds, Making MonstersMy favorite field trip was … “going to Bozo's circus [TV show] in Chicago! The Museum of Natural History or Museum Science and Industry were cool but ... you can't beat the REAL BOZO!”
My favorite teacher was … “Don McFarland, he let me sculpt masks in a drawing class for college credit. Years later I hired him to draw some stuff for Distortions. The teacher that would have been my favorite was my dentist’s brother who was head of the art department at UCSC; he saw some of my masks in high school and offered me a scholarship on the spot to sculpt masks ... I turned him down, thinking ‘I can't make money doing that.'”
Mark Meyer, Baggage BattlesMy favorite teacher was … “[My] philosophy professor in college, very inspiring and he never took attendance.”
My favorite field trip was … “[My] middle school trip to Frost Valley -- too many kids and too few chaperones."
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