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Shoals man featured on show
By Ty West
Staff Writer

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Channel surfers in Lauderdale County might see some familiar places and faces on the Discovery Science Channel this weekend.

H.H. "Hoot" Haddock, of Central Heights, will be featured on the network's "Discoveries This Week" program, which will air for the first time tonight at 7. The program, a collection of various science and technology stories, will have a segment about Haddock's Thermasave building panels undergoing an earthquake test.

"We're excited," Haddock said. "They've already shown it in Canada, and we've gotten a good response."

The majority of the segment shows interviews with Haddock and various scientists, while his crew assembles a two-story house made of Thermasave building panels in preparation for the earthquake test.

The Federation of American Scientists sponsored the test, which was performed in January at a laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The test was designed to see how the panels, which are polystyrene-insulated building panels, would fare in a large-scale earthquake.

Much of the footage was shot in Cincinnati, but some footage was also shot in Lauderdale County, including an interview with Macedonia Church of Christ minister Randy Hargett. The church is built with Thermasave panels.

Haddock said the Discovery Channel crew filmed more than 16 hours of footage for the segment, which lasts approximately 8 minutes.

"They told me that I would get tired of them because they filmed almost two hours for every minute they use," Haddock said.

According to the Comcast Cable lineup, the Discovery Science Channel is channel 110.

The schedule on the Discovery Channel's Web site said the show will also air at 10 p.m. tonight, at 3 a.m., 6 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday, and Monday at 3 a.m., 6 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The footage from the segment can also be found in the Daily Planet section of the Discovery Channel's Web site.

Ty West can be reached at 740-5720 or ty.west@timesdaily.com.


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