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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

From 'Advanced Handcycling' to 'Zoology'

Hogle Zoo
What fun it was for Joseph to visit Utah's Hogle Zoo this week with Lisa Aldridge (before she returned to Canada on Tuesday) Gloria, Elizabeth and the kids. The facilities were top notch and the animals looked great. It is fun to be with the kids and feel their excitement and delight. The Zoo has changed and improved dramatically. Everyone even talked Gloria into getting a Grandparent Plus membership so everyone can come back often this year. When Joseph and Elizabeth were little, Tim and Gloria had a pass that let the whole family enjoy the Zoo as well as the Tracy Aviary and the Utah Symphony Orchestra over and over. It was a highlight of their young lives.

Cycling at Liberty
On Tuesday Joseph went to Liberty Park to try out Hand Cycling sponsored by the TRAILS program. He was met by great people with cycles specially designed for individuals with spinal cord injuries. It was pretty tough to fit Joseph's 6'4" frame in the bikes that were available, but with the help of some wrenches and duct tape, he was kitted out for a ride. It was awesome for Tim to watch Joseph's determined and successful effort to cycle down the sidewalk. It was like a lot of things in Joseph's life, hard work and great fun. Next time they will have some better equipment that will allow him greater mobility.

Old Friends
Maji and Sophie Tramel came by to see Tim at work this week after a session at the SL Temple.
Maji used to work for Tim a number of years ago in the Church video studio. It was so good to see them both again. They enjoyed a tour through the new AV facilities in the Conference Center.

Mormon Channel
After months of hard work by AV employees, The Church announced the new Mormon Channel this week. The Mormon Channel is the official radio station of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The channel originates from the Church Office Building and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Content for the station comes from the vast archives of the Church, along with several new series created specifically for this station.

You can listen to the Mormon Channel live online anytime at There are also downloads and podcasts of content available at the same address. A widget for social networking sites and blogs is also now available.

In addition to online delivery, the channel is available via HDRadio in every Bonneville International radio market. Among those markets are Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, Phoenix, and Seattle. For more information on getting a compatible HDRadio, visit

Additionally, soon you will be able to listen via an iPhone application. Other distribution options are currently being explored, including satellite radio and other mobile devices.

We are also working on Spanish programming for the station.


Blogger Jen and Scott said...

That is awesome Joe, handcycling looks like a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun. I also love the U-tube video post this week, it's a great reminder to ligthen someones burden.

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