April 18, 2012
NEWARK — Frank Field couldn’t have asked for a better spokesman.
The retired TV weatherman and legions of fire-safety advocates have long said Field’s self-produced videos deserve widespread exposure.
Last week, Field’s DVDs got that hoped-for plug: They were put in Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s bandaged right hand by a city fire chief as Booker, during a press conference, recapped his role in saving a neighbor from her burning home.
And although Field knew of Booker’s deed, only after friends telephoned did he understand that Booker was pictured at the press conference holding the DVD case for “Fire Is … ” — Field’s decades-in-the-making enterprise. He had finally and unwittingly reached the audience that so far had been so frustratingly elusive.
And that, said Field, a former Montclair resident, could finally kick start the fire-safety campaign he has been advocating for decades.
“The mayor should be a poster boy,” he said from his Boca Raton, Fla., home today.