Thursday, October 19, 2000

Pig finery to fly in Chicago event

        Let's see if we have this right: Karla Horn is off to run the Chicago Marathon Sunday, right? Right. And she's running in a tutu, pig snout, pig ears, pig wings and a corkscrew tail, right? Right.

        Uh, why?

        “A couple of reasons,” says Horn, a 42-year-old water and wellness consultant at Hyde Park's Tanya's Image and Wellness Salon. “Mainly I want to drum up interest in Cincinnati's Flying Pig Marathon. Get Chicago runners interested.

        “Besides, no one's going to notice me for my times, so I attract attention with my outfit. Laughs mostly.”

[photo] Karla Horn in her marathon garb.
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        Chicago will be Horn's 10th marathon, including both Flying Pigs, and she actually does attract attention for her times: Always a tad above the 4-hour mark. Her best is 4:16. Her sponsor in the race is Tanya's Salon.

        “I know it looks uncomfortable with those wings bobbing, but it's not. The problem is the snout makes breathing a little difficult. I usually take it off about mile 13, then put it back when I get to the finish line.”

        Come again? Guess she knows business and better business too, but Better Business Bureau president Jocile Ehrlich is, uh, sketchy on football.

        Witness the letter she sent to BBB members inviting them to a party Sunday at the Bengals vs. Broncos game at Paul Brown Stadium:

        The letter begins, “The new stadium is open, the season's off to a great start ... ”

        Great start?? Six straight losses? Maintaining a relentless pace to break the NFL's all-time season low scoring record? A quarterback who won't even talk about the games anymore?

        Kind of makes us wonder, what would be a bad start?

        But BBB members are buying up tickets at a brisk clip: “We originally reserved 100 seats,” Ehrlich says, “but we're already at 237 and counting.

        “I'm convinced our good karma will overcome any bad karma hanging around the team.”

        Into the caves: Going to prove once again, you don't have to be a filmmaker to help make a movie. Witness the Imax movie Journey Into Amazing Caves.

        That's the one, recall, the Museum Center started eight years ago. “We got a grant from the National Science Foundation of $1.8 million,” says Dave Duszynski, director of the museum's Omnimax theater. “Then, as the industry was growing and changing, we felt we needed a very experienced partnership to be the leader of this project with us.”

        They hooked up with MacGillivray Freeman Films, producers of the Imax hit Everest, among others. MFF liked Caves so much it kicked in a pile of its own money to finish it.

        Which will happen soon, thanks to a test audience at the Museum Center. Producers screened Caves recently, then collected audience feedback to use when applying finishing touches.

        So, what did the audience think? “You'll think I'm just saying this, but it was very positive,” Duszynski says. “So positive that if we had to release it as is, we could. But MFF always does this testing and tweaking.”

        The movie is booked into more than 50 theaters, including Cincinnati on March 10. And yes, the Museum gets a share of the profits once the bucks start rolling in.

        Contact Jim Knippenberg at 768-8513; fax: 768-8330. Read his previous columns at the Enquirer web site on Cincinnati.Com.


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