Bud Rusho - 4-30-1961 - AZ Rep, PHX, Pg 34
Glen Canyon Movies Pride Of Bud Rusho By JEAN DUFFY PAGE—"The girl let out a blood-curdling scream, then just kept screaming and whimpering. All I could do was pick her up and carry her back to the car. Then she fainted." W. L. (Bud) Rusho was 'recalling an incident on one of his guided tours at the Glen Canyon Dam.-This happened on the foot- brid'ge, a one-quarter mile a stretch of open mesh, suspended 700? feet from the canyon floor. • /;. ' " ,To cross it for the first time is r t - "i . • arifordeal for the bravest of men. "Fifteen minutes later I looked up arid there she was," Rusho continued, "marching across the bridge* like a tin soldier, staring straight ahead and hanging grimly onto the arm of a man on either.side. She was determin- ed'to conquer her fear." '. RUSHO has been employed by the Bureau : of Reclamation here as-special services: officer since Maiy/pf 1958. Although ;the Bureau Bureau of Reclamation operates in 17'Western states, it has infor- iriation offices only in Washington, Washington, D. C., in Denver, Salt Lake City,'Boise, Boulder City; and in Page. : The' Glen Canyon Dam construction construction job is the only project in the United States with its own Bureau of Reclamation public relations office. The job of these offices'is to meet the demand for keeping the public informed. The guided tours are only one phase of Rusho's duties as head of the bureau's office in Page. Working with ideas, Rushoan- itiates movies, still photographs and slides. He spends much time in correspondence, answering answering : questions and sending pictures-'and pictures-'and data to newspapers and. magazines. A clipping service service in his department supplies the bureau with an over-all view of the information which is reaching the public. His office is responsible for the guide service on the. Glen Canyon bridge, maintaining facilities, an adequate adequate staff and keeping exhibits up to date. WORKING with people, Rusho conducts tours of visiting dignitaries, dignitaries, reporters, and various groups who come to look over the construction site and the town. ' ' •" Rusho's main interest is his movie work which normally occupies occupies about one-third of his time. He has produced two movies movies on the Glen'Canyon project, "Canyon Conquest" and the new film "Operation Glen Canyon," which was premiered this week at the civil engineers' convention convention in Phoenix. Wh'en. Rusho made his first movie, activity on the project was confined largely to excavation. excavation. Human interest was needed needed in the film. A local Navajo, Alvin Tsiniginie, was hired, and directed through an interpreter to pose as a visitor to the dam. At the end of the show he/ is shown waving goodby a s 'h e drives his buckboard into the sunset. His aim in producing these films is not to tell people how. to make dams, but, he says, "to give .them the feeling you get when you tour the dam. .-. "Emotion is a very powerful thing. Of course we give them information but if they will react react favorably toward the dam, the Colorado River Project, and the B u r ea ii of Reclamation, that's what we want. That's what our public relations job is actually all about."