Dracut Couple Come From Behind The Cameras To Win Community Champions Award
Nov 29, 2018 09:27PM
By Lisa Redmond
DRACUT – From taking a licking from a bull during an episode with Farmer Dave to some close encounters with the spirit world, Dracut’s Bob and Gay Corey have had a plethora of wild experiences during their 30 years volunteering at Dracut Access Television Inc.
After three decades, this Dracut couple has become a familiar sight filming at most events in Dracut and area town. Bob Corey is behind the camera and Gay Corey is manning the microphone. Their motto is: If you call us, we will come.
“You can’t think of Dracut Access TV without thinking of Bob and Gay Corey,’’ Debbie Callery said introducing the couple at the 24th Annual Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Meeting at Lenzi’s restaurant.
The couple received Dracut’s 2018 Steve Jones Community Champions award which is given to a recipient in each town. It is named after Steve Jones, who passed away suddenly in September 2016. Jones, who was a fixture in the community, serving on a bevy of boards and committees for nonprofit agencies.
“It was quite an honor,’’ Gay Corey said during a telephone interview with YourDracutToday. “We’ve enjoyed what we’ve done for 30 years.’’
This husband and wife team have been on the airwaves at DATV from the start. Their interest in public access cable started on a lark, when the took a six-month course in Andover to learn the equipment, TV production, lighting a d editing.
Over the years they have recorded the meetings of the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, the Dracut telethon, Memorial Day Parade, the town Christmas Tree Lighting and Old Home Day, to name just a few. If there is a public event in Dracut, the Coreys will be taping it to be shown on DATV (www.dracuttv.org).
They have hosted their own events and programs, such as ‘’As Time Goes By.’’ One of their funniest shows involved walking in a field with Farmer Dave and having a large bull approach them. While this one ton animal looked formidable, it only licked Bob Corey’s camera lens.
Some shows are more serious, such as the spooky encounter at a haunted house and when Gay Corey wore a hazmat suit to explore the dangers of black mold. Despite the subject matter, Gay Corey said she later learned she had her mask on backward.
While fixtures in Dracut, the couple has traveled throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire to cover events.
“People call us, and if available, we will go,’’ she said. Their schedule is so busy that their grown children know they need to reserve time with their parents, she said laughing.
Why do they do it? “We’ve met so many interesting people and had a lot of interesting experiences,’’ Gay Corey said.
The couple is happily retired. Bob Corey,78, served in the U.S. Air Force before a 27-year career with the Department of Defense. He’s been in a submarine, tank and helicopter as part of his work. He wrote a book and movie that is used for military training.
He is also on the board of DATV and serves on several town board boards, including Finance Committee and as an elected member of the Dracut Water Commission.
Gay Corey,68, can also been seen at the polls during elections as she volunteers as a poll worker. She has been by her husband’s side for 35 years for a life together that has been full of laughter. It is rare to see one without the other at events.
“We’re a team,’’ she said. “This is fun.’’