Friday, December 17, 2010
Bon voyage, Tyson!


Today is Tyson Wheatley's last day in the office before taking off for new adventures at CNN's Hong Kong bureau. In honor of him, we've put together an assignment to share our memories of one of iReport's original producers. Take a look; we hope you'll enjoy the anecdotes (and creativity) from iReporters and staffers alike. It's almost enough to bring tears to horn-rimmed eyes.


The anecdotes we've gotten include Lila King in a beard made from orange pipe cleaners, Katie Hawkins-Gaar channeling ultra-mega-distance-trail-running prowess, Christina Zdanowicz reenacting an epic in-office push-ups competition, lots of standing and reclining exercise ball action from Rachel Rodriguez and David Williams (respectively), and Henry Hanks bringing the local flavor.


Others shared their well-wishes, too. Jason Asselin suggested new athletic pursuits in Hong Kong, Egberto Willies created an awesome cutout beard, director of web operations Simit Shah shared an unforgettable story about Tyson, and there were a few other surprises as well.


Hopefully, the best surprises are yet to come. Writing this as a member of the team since 2006, when we got this whole thang started, it's really strange to see a core member of the group leave. There's iReport, and there's Tyson. He's a part of our attitude and style.


Time to start singing "Memories" as we think of the wacky/wonderful office culture we've built together. Sitting on inflatable balls instead of chairs, taking walks, doing yoga and ice skating in 20-degree weather. And of course, beards, for those who can grow them or draw them in by hand. We'll miss Tyson, but we’re excited to forge ahead and make him proud as he watches iReport from afar in 2011.


If you've got well-wishes to share, please post a comment below or upload your video. Let's send Tyson off in grand style!

December 17, 2010
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Is that a cheetos's beard on Lila?

December 17, 2010
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KCRep, those are pipe cleaners. I tried the beard on, too, but it didn't look nearly as good on yours truly. :)

December 17, 2010
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They look all great put together

December 17, 2010
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Love you Nicole!

January 3, 2011
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Wish you best on your new assignment Tyson.

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