The Columnists Out and About

By Diane Feldman

The Fire Life columnists are always out and about plugging their columns and their interests/professions/hobbies. Here are some columnists in action.


1. At FDIC 2012 in Indianapolis in April, Kevin Shea, of “Off Duty with Kevin Shea” fame, tries to convince the Yenta that he will draw a crowd to his first “Hunting and Fishing Club” meeting, to be held later that week in the Fire Engineering/FDIC booth in the Indianapolis Convention Center during FDIC. She promised to give him a dollar for every person who showed up of their own volition.


2. At dinner that week, Kevin tries to actively recruit people who attended dinner to his club meeting by promising them 50 cents of each dollar the Yenta promised to pay him for their attendance.


3. Anne Gagliano (left), of “What Every Firefighter’s Spouse Should Know” fame, works the Fire Engineering/FDIC booth at FDIC with Eileen Brennan Cress, daughter of the late Fire Engineering Editor Tom Brennan, and the Yenta.


4. The Yenta and Anne Gagliano work the booth while the Convention Center staff gives away chili samples, made from Ian’s Chili Recipe, featured on Fire Life. 


5. Sports columnist Derek Rosenfeld (right) talks the finer points of the games with Online editor Chris (you can call him Opie) McLoone.


6. Anne Gagliano works the booth.


7. Anne Gagliano takes a closer look at Kevin Shea’s antler and dead duck display, which really set the Fire Engineering booth apart from the other 900-plus exhibits (and not necessarily in a good way)!


8. A close up of the antlers and ducks, staged for the first meeting of the “Hunting and Fishing Club.”


9. The club meets. Looks like the Yenta owes Kevin $4 or $5!


10. Rip Esselstyn appears at Whole Foods in Paramus, New Jersey (shown with the Yenta, a big fan!), and promotes his Engine 2 Diet and healthy eating to a standing-room-only crowd. His columns are all available on Fire Life.


11. Fire Life sports videographer Tony Greco in action behind the scenes. He is the man who gave you such famous footage we like to call “batting tips on an incredibly windy day” and “kayaking in below-freezing temps”! Only Tony and only on Fire Life!


The Yenta
Diane Feldman, a 22-year veteran of PennWell Corp., is executive editor of Fire Engineering and conference director of FDIC. She has a B.A. in English communications. She has been a yenta (look it up) for most of her life. If you have a story for the Yenta, e-mail

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