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ThumbsUp for the Inspirational Kerry Gruson

ThumbsUp for the Inspirational Kerry Gruson

 

 





Introduction to Kerry Gruson.   2:17 min.  Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Camera + Post-Production:  Lee Skye.  Recorded: 6/6/2021, Miami.

 

KERRY GRUSON is an inspiration to all.

I was introduced to Kerry Gruson by Dr. Eva Ritvo, one of the leaders of the Bold Beauty Project (see our Inspicio Arts video interview) in 2021.

Gruson was born in London in 1947 but grew up all over the world because both of her parents were journalists who were asked to relocate periodically.

Gruson graduated from Harvard University, where she wrote for the Harvard Crimson.  In 1974, she cobbled together assignments from several newspapers to report on the end of the Vietnam War, which had faded from the headlines in the U.S.

She stopped in Hawaii on her way to Vietnam and interviewed a Green Beret, who had a hallucination, thought Gruson was an attacking Vietcong, and strangled her – leaving her for dead.

Gruson survived and was flown to New York City for treatment, but remained permanently paralyzed, her head tilted to the right and her speech impaired and difficult to understand.

Most people would have given in to these circumstances, but Kerry flew to Puerto Rico to be with her boyfriend, a marine biology student, whom she eventually married and lived with in Miami, where she eventually worked for the New York Times for 27 years.

But Gruson truly started to envision her life’s purpose when she teamed with others — most especially her soulmate Caryn Lubetsky — to participate in competitive sports such as marathons, triathlons, and sailing – eventually co-founding ThumbsUp International.org.

Caryn Lubetsky is a mother of three, an endurance athlete, an attorney, a coach, an educator and Kerry Gruson’s racing partner.

It was an honor to interview Kerry Gruson in her apartment on Venetian Causeway, where she has a spectacular view of Biscayne Bay and the city of Miami.

— Raymond Elman

 

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KERRY GRUSON SAILING:   3:46 min.





Producer:  Nick Maslow.

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:   0:54 sec.





Where did you grow up and what was your first awareness of art of any discipline?

 

OPEN TO CHANGE, FLEXIBILITY:  1:26 min.





Because your parents were journalists, you moved so many times and lived in so many countries. Did you embrace that or hate it?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:  1:28 min.





Did your mother work for multiple publications over time?

 

CREATIVE FLEXIBILITY:  1:03 min.





When did you realize that you wanted to be a journalist?

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE:  0:42 sec.





Were you already working at the Harvard Crimson when you decided to major in journalism?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:   0:56 sec.





Do you feel that journalism is an art form?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:  0:53





Were you on assignment for the New York Times when you were attacked and left for dead in Hawaii on your way to Vietnam in 1974?

 

SERENDIPITY:  1:06 min.





What happened after your attack in Hawaii and your rehabilitation in New York City?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:  1:30 min.





How did your relationship with the New York Times evolve?

 

RESILIENCE:  0:37 sec.





How would you describe the role of humor in your sense of well being?

 

RESPECTS OTHERS POINTS OF VIEW:  1:59 min.





Who are your role models and influencers?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  1:26 min.





How did you get started with competitive sports?

 

 





Introduction to Caryn Lubetsky.  0:23 sec.  Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Post-Production:  Lee Skye.  Recorded via Zoom: 3/2/2022, Miami. 

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  4:27 min.





How did you first meet Kerry Gruson?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  10:23 min.





You and Kerry Gruson overcame daunting circumstances to complete the 2022 Miami Marathon. Please tell us the story.

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  8:16 min.





Tell us about your first “ironman” with Kerry in Panama City, Florida.

 

STRONG DRIVE FOR ACHIEVEMENT:  1:48 min.





When did you start sailing and how did you become so competent?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  0:57 sec.





What do you enjoy most about SCUBA diving?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  1:04 min.





What are your criteria for taking on a project?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  0:50 sec.





What’s your favorite movie?

 

COLLABORATION:  0:47 sec.





Please talk about your award-winning documentary film, “May I Help You?”

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  0:55 sec.





What are some of the key elements of your vision moving forward?