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Rusty Shoop

Rusty Shoop is a "glass is half full" kind of guy. A well-known television news anchor, Rusty experienced a brain aneurysm that put his broadcast career on hold. So, he decided to revisit a novel he had written almost a decade ago. He polished the manuscript, found a publisher, and his first novel, "Blood Harvest" hit bookstores earlier this year and is now available locally.

Rusty says, "You write what you know." His book draws on his own experience as a newsman in Bakersfield. His main character, Eyewitness News anchorman Jake Adams, investigates a grisly murder in a fictitious small town, Butterfield, in the San Jacinto Valley.

In January 2007, Rusty experienced an intense headache for a couple of days, and went to see his doctor. Tests showed an artery in his brain had ruptured. His doctor told him that most people who experience this type of aneurysm have life altering complications or even die. Rusty feels the fact he survived his surgery and had a good outcome means God has plans for him. While recovering, he remembers lying in his hospital bed and asking, "What now Lord?"

A born again Christian, Rusty's mantra, "If you're not dead, you're not done," helps him keep his positive attitude. As a frequent speaker at his church as well as other churches, he uses his experience as a testimony of his faith that he gladly shares. In fact, he says his next book might be a Christian book.

Rusty's mantra: "If you're not dead, you're not done."
Since he moved to Bakersfield in 1984, he has worked at all three major news channels. Originally, he started as a weatherman on Channel 23. He then became the first anchor for Channel 17's Sunrise pro-gram. Most recently, he worked for Channel 29's morning show.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, he met his wife, Diane, while they were in college at Humboldt State in Northern California. Married for 31 years, they have four adult children and seven grandchildren. His older two step-children, Michael and Debby, live in Hawaii and Montana respectively. Debby was instrumental in helping Rusty get his novel published. In fact, Rusty dedicated his book to Debby and Diane.

His other two daughters, Sarah and Russellyn "Rusty," live locally. His wife works as a junior high school counselor where Rusty says she does an amazing job "steering the kids in the right direction.

Make your own snack crackers better than from the store...
Rusty's Favorite Cheese Crispies

1 Cup Rice Crispies Cereal
1 stick butter (room temperature)
8 oz. grated sharp cheddar
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 cup flour, unsifted
pinch salt
½ tsp. Tabasco

Let cheese and butter come to room temperature. Blend together all ingredients. Pinch into marble- sized pieces and flatten with a fork. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 400º for 8-10 minutes. Cool on paper towels. When stored in a cookie tin, keeps fresh for several weeks.
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