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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19148.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19148

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1988 - Issues, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed August 30, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19148.

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Title Houstonian 1988
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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Title Issues
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript What people were seeing and what was going on was a whole different situation. Minutes after the rescue had started the word was, "it will only be an hour or so and we'll have her out." Just an hour or so turned into days. Men and machines crowded into an alley each to be used in extraction of Jessica from the well. Calls from all over the world came to local television stations, newspapers and anyone who would listen with ideas on how to get her out of the well. Those well wishers had been following the story through the eyes of the hundreds of press people, who were camped out in several back yards adjacent to the one containing Jessica's well. From the first afternoon when only a handful of local reporters had gathered to find out how things were progressing, to the zombies standing vigil over lad ders thrust into the chilled desert night air, the entire rescue had been told and shown repeatedly to the world. Every step in Jessica's underground interment was scrutinized by them, every planned rescue was questioned. Those same people stayed awake every hour, not because the rescuers were doing the same, they didn't want someone else to get the best camera shot or an exclusive interview that they could have gotten. Even the local news stations kept their people on the scene around the clock. Cameramen stayed, the talent went home and changed and showered. They used interns like me to get food from the Red Cross stand, hold cameras while the operator traipsed off to a port-a- potty, or reclined on a doghouse to take some of the strain off his/her back. The excitement for most of the 50 hours was who would kill who first in the press corps. Men and women were vying for the highest ladders, best live location and most secluded, (give me a break), spot for an exclusive interview. When Jessica was finally brought to the surface, the world wept a tear of joy, but for the press the story only took another twist. Those questions about how Jessica managed to get in the well came up again, (as if no one ever stopped asking!) even when Oprah Winfrey came to town people stood up and asked on national television. The question was never really answered, charges of neglect were brought against Jessica's parents, then dropped. Now producers want to make a made-for- television movie about the experience. As predicted the town has been turned into a turmoil of opposing views brought on by different memories of a spirited rescue. But for the one that matters the most, little Jessica, she has been spared any further hardship. At her youthful age when reporters ask her a question she can only say Pooh-Bear and grin. Jessica's story is far from over, she will always be known as the "Poor Little Well Baby," whose plight took people's mind off their own problems and caused at least for a moment the spirits of one little community to soar once again. — ALLEN MANNING Concern at the hospital. Photo by J. P. Hearn. Jessica and parents leave the hospital. Photo by J. P. Hearn Jessica 31