Harold among latest additions to wall

Chris Dunham

October 8, 2012

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Television producer Holly Harold is one of four people who will be honored by signing a star on the floodwall in Portsmouth.

Harold, writer and Co-Executive Producer of the SyFy Channel’s, “Warehouse 13,” will sign the wall during a 10 a.m. ceremony on Oct. 20.

“I wear a lot of hats,” Harold said. “It’s a big job but we have a great cast and crew, so it’s not as hard as it could be. It’s really wonderful, and I get a lot of input into the show. That makes it all so much more fun.”

So how does she feel about getting to sign a star?

“I am incredibly flattered and completely overwhelmed,” Harold said Monday. “I’ve seen a lot of the names that have gone up there and I’m in the most amazing company and would not have imagined it. It’s just nutty and wonderful all at the same time.”

Harold, a 1983 graduate of Portsmouth High School is the daughter of Tim Harold of West Portsmouth and Phyllis Harold of Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to joining the staff at “Warehouse 13,” Harold worked on “The Forgotten,” Starring Christian Slater; was a writer and producer for the hit TV series “Criminal Minds,” and before that “Smallville.”

“When you’ve been gone for such a long time you think that nobody thinks of you or remember you,” Harold said. “It’s crazy to be remembered and very nice.”

Harold is, as always, on the move.

“I’m working on ‘Warehouse 13’ and I just wrote the season finale for that, and I got very good reviews, and that’s very nice,” Harold said. “The finale of season No. 4 just aired, and I am on my way from Los Angeles to Canada at the end of this week to shoot episode nine of the next season, which will air in the spring.”

In addition to Harold, three other people will be placed on stars posthumously - Gordon M. Freeman, local IBEW union president who became the International IBEW president, served on the Committee for Employment of the Physical Handicapped, appointed by Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhoer, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.

Hoad Copas was a well known musician, comedian and songwriter in the forties, fifties and sixties, and was known as the Laughing Hillbilly from his song, “The Laughing Song.”

Hezekiah Leroy Gordon “Stuff” Smith was one of the best known jazz musicians from the twenties through the sixties. Smith, a violinist, singer and composer, played with many of the jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson and Cozy Cole.

A reception will follow the ceremony from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Oscar’s, located in the Holiday Inn on Second Street.

“I am actually flying from Toronto to come in and do it,” Harold said. “I’ve got to drive fast from Columbus, but I should be there. I’m hoping the weather is OK. I am looking forward to seeing family and friends. It will be a quick trip because I’m shooting on Monday (Oct. 22). It’s always fun to come home. You don’t walk anywhere without seeing someone you know.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com