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What’s happened? It was Easter break and I’m chasing a drunk driver, going 80 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone. Now it’s up to you to find that reason.’ He continued, ‘And it was two years later when I met Chris that we found that reason.’, Andrew Steele, who plays the role as Frank Shankwitz talks to the young actor playing Chris Greicius during a poignant scene in the film, Actors Andrew Steele and Kirby Blanton (left) stand next to the real Kitty Carlisle and Frank Shankwitz. I met Greg Reed in 2011. More importantly, Frank knew he needed professional help from the non-profit world: ‘You’ve heard the phrase, ‘surround yourself with people smarter than you’ right? About 8 a.m., we’re in a real nice neighborhood in Scottsdale — red lights and sirens. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); EXPRESS DIGEST This man worked. And he said, no for your personal speaking events. We arrive in Chicago. It’s not something I ever strove for. All of sudden there’s a knock on the door. Not quite. His choices eventually led to several brushes with death and a chance meeting with a dying child - all of which answered a question we all face. But a mentor in Seligman, Arizona, Juan Delgadillo, became my first father figure. Exactly, it would be a documentary, so that’s why it’s “based on a true story.”. So, I said, talk to me, Greg. You are authorized to go Phoenix and visit him.”, I walked in a hospital room. Then it dawned on me, she has her seven-year-old back.’. They’re hoping for a September release at the Toronto Film Festival. It took a lot of lobbying to do that. And then suddenly, at 12-years-old, Frank’s mother abandoned him again: ‘I had just started seventh grade and my mother said she was leaving, that she’s going to move to Prescott and I’m on my own.’ He pauses, ‘and that kind-of devastated me.’, Distraught, Frank turned to Juan for help. © 2008-2020 Copyright by VegasNET Media LLC. Just as I look ahead, he rolls his truck and another drunk driver pulls right in front of me and I hit him broadside at 80. It’s a mess. The most important thing — it gives me a little bit of credibility on how to tell people how to give back to their community. There were some difficult times for Shankwitz too, the film delves into a story line that shows Frank Shankwitz being framed for a police-brutality incident by a fellow cop. When asked if he wanted to discuss the claims, Shankwitz said: ‘No. On location, you’ve got to be careful that a modern car doesn’t drive by, or that the actors are dressed appropriately for this period piece. They wanted me to do a cameo, and I said, “No, let’s let the real [actors] do that.” I am in a closing shot [of Wish Man], and it’s a typical Hollywood thing: you see this guy on a motorcycle riding into the sunset. Frank and Kitty continued to work full time at the police department while trying to balance the non-profit in 20-hour long days. He graduated from high school in Prescott in 1961, joined the Air Force, and after returning to Arizona in 1965 earned a degree from Phoenix College in 1970. As a leading authority in new media production and Las Vegas media services, VegasNET Media LLC prepares, produces and promotes ONLY positive media that serves to inspire, motivate, educate, empower, encourage and entertain a global audience. ( Log Out /  Like I said, Andrew Steel, who plays me, I worked with him for over a year and a half, but Kirby Bliss Blanton, [who] plays Kitty Carlisle, now Kitty Shankwitz, [and] we needed that personality, because she was going to be playing Kitty in her young twenties, and she just rocked it. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. A Las Vegas based media company and home of THE STRIP LIVE celebrity talk show and it’s spin-off show MASTERCAST LIVE broadcasting globally live and on-demand 24/7 on VegasNET TV and VipNET TV along with online distribution partner sites. [I] had so much fun on that. Then he meet Kitty Carlisle, a DPS secretary, who volunteered to help him get back on his career path, and at the same time help Shankwitz start the charity. Carlisle was working as a secretary for the police department when she was asked by the commander to monitor Frank in the immediate days after he was released from the hospital. Tom’s wife was a friend of Chris’ mother — a single divorced mom. I’m gonna let you sit in there, three or four hours a day, every day, to do what you need to do. They wanted some excitement to keep it from being a boring documentary. Frank Shankwitz: We didn’t do our first official foundation wish until March 1981. He gave me an example: “Look at the Widow Sanchez. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Frank Shankwitz and Andrew Steel (Courtesy of Wish ... and actors Bruce Davison (Shankwitz Sr.), Kirby Bliss Blanton (Kitty Carlisle, Shankwitz' wife), Robert Pine (Sgt. Looking for a Memory Book for your Adopted Baby or Toddler? I had been involved with a couple of TV productions. Tom Austin, Customs Agent, was a friend of Ron Cox, one of our undercover narcotics agents. In 1975, Shankwitz was transferred to the Phoenix area to be part of a new 10-man Motorcycle Tactical Unit designed to work throughout the state. Wish Man is available online? Make-A-Wish sent me to Guam, Saipan and Tinian; 11 exhausting days. Thirty-four years later, in 2014, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has grown to 64 chapters in the United States, 36 International chapters, covering 5 continents, and has granted over 300,000 wishes worldwide, with a wish being granted somewhere in the world on an average of every 38 minutes. Instead he was being asked for a favour by a Customs Agent named Tom Austin who had befriended a little boy named Chris Greicius with leukemia. Unfortunately, he died a couple days later. So I got to be the location manager on that, and was actually a cast member, but unfortunately that never got on the air. They paid for Frank to attend college on the G.I. They ran out- it’s about the third printing now. Shankwitz continues to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a Wish Ambassador and key-note speaker at a fund-raising event for chapters throughout the United States, as well as a former board member of the Arizona chapter. Here’s my badge number. Maria and Ray’s passion and expertise is in the field of CELEBRITY POSITIONING. [Laughs] Well, don’t get too shiny on us. The state itself, because of these tax credits – they’re in New Mexico; they’re in Utah; they’re everywhere around us. She comes in and gives me a hug and starts crying. Chris was the inspiration for Shankwitz's idea to start a non-profit foundation that would let children "make-a-wish" and have it come true.[8]. She was right there. A day [would] usually quit around 8:30, but the crew was there until 10:30 because they were setting up for the next day. It needs painting and sanding. Kitty Shankwitz: They gave him a copper plaque they made at the mine. Our mission is to inspire, motivate, educate, empower, encourage, and entertain a global audience of success seekers. What’s your personal reaction to that kind of recognition? Forbes Magazine named Shankwitz in 2016 one of the “Top 10 Keynote Speakers.”. . Coming home, I just started thinking, “Here’s a little boy that had a wish, and we made it happen. I want to do this in memory of your son.”, Ralph Milstead, head of DPS, calls me one day and said, “Frank, I know what you’re doing. This website does not host any text, images, or audio content. Exactly, a little boy. We’re gonna get so much press out of this, it’s gonna put us on the map, nationwide.” Luckily, they agreed. That’s when the idea was born. Mason), Danny Trejo (as Jose), Frank Whaley (as Tom Wells) Πρεμιέρα (US): 07/06/19 If you ever get hurt, get an off-duty nurse. You want to but can’t. He also taught me a work ethic. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. What was the worst you remember? But I tan easily so I could’ve been Ponch, who was Hispanic. And then also, we had to teach him motorcycle training, weapons training, police tactics, because he’s playing a motorcycle officer with the Arizona Highway Patrol. When Chris is coming in, he can look out the helicopter nose and see you.”. ‘Lets just put it this way, it wasn’t a love/hate relationship. Very poor, dirt floors on the house, outhouse for plumbing. They’ll come up and say, “I’m a ‘Wish’ kid.”. ( Log Out /  In off time we’d watch CHiPs. He introduced me to sports. Some [people] may remember “CHiPs,” the television show. Each of these moments of generosity laid the path for Frank to walk and to choose a life of giving - to his country and then his community. I said, “What’s that all about?” And he says, “My girlfriend loves it.” [laughs] My wife, Kitty, she got to be in a scene. They corrected it; they put in a pacemaker this past December, and everything is great. T (702) 706-8478 | Kitty and I live on retirements, but we are able to give a lot of our time to help people out. Yes. In 2004, Shankwitz received The President's Call To Service Award from President George W. Bush for service and civic participation, and recognition and appreciation for the commitment to strengthen our Nation and for making a difference through volunteer service. He died a few days later. Shankwitz retired as a homicide detective from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, returned as a sworn Reserve Detective, assigned to the Prescott Police Department's Cold Case Homicide Unit, and is a member of the Yavapai County Mounted Sheriff's Posse. Especially when we were up in Seligman- there’s no grocery stores up in Seligman, so he had to put that stuff in a van, and haul everything up there. Maybe twist an arm or two. Kitty Shankwitz: I must have called Disneyland 10 times and told them, “This is the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” and nobody had heard of us. We’re getting along fine. Just very happy times.’ His charmed childhood would come to an abrupt halt when his mother came back into his life, plucking him off the playground of his Kindergarten school. These are wish kids waiting on me. ‘The next positive, she’s the best cook in town. But I got a call from a friend: Jerry Foster, a helicopter pilot for Channel 12 NBC in Phoenix. “Frank, we’re going to take you and a lot of wish kids to this special, private beach.” So we go to this beach. Very humbling. When I lobbied for Prescott. They would send me a scene and tell me find a location. We have lost a fellow officer. Following high school, Shankwitz enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, was stationed in England, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1965. Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2017. But I need one dollar, so she gave me a dollar, and that was my fee.” (laughs). To watch more media interviews showcasing success stories from top celebrities entrepreneurs, and industry experts live from Las Vegas and around the world, visit Anything you’d like readers to take away? Frank Shankwitz: And the people from the movie would go around the town and ask people, “Can we use your house?” (laughs). But I tan easily so I could’ve been Ponch, who was Hispanic. It was while recovering from the accident that Frank met his current wife, Kitty Carlisle. In 2010, Shankwitz received the Tempe, Arizona Sister Cities "Making A World of Difference" award. They wanted some excitement to keep it from being a boring documentary. We’ll let the movie speak for itself, it’s over and done. I worked with him first of all to get rid of the Australian accent – we would dialog constantly. He had a huge chip on his shoulder as big as Texas, and he wasn’t very fond of women you could tell,’ she told There's a problem loading this menu right now. We’re going to have bake sales and car washes.” So, we go over to Bagdad. How did you become a public speaker for hire? [It was] just this most amazing thing to bury this little boy.

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