Local cow gets moment of fame | TheUnion.com

Local cow gets moment of fame

John Hart
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Hannah drew double-takes Wednesday as she patiently waited in front of Clare and Del Brown’s pastel Victorian house on South Pine Street in Nevada City for a film crew to arrive.

Hannah, a 1,600-pound Holstein dairy cow with a sweet disposition, was there to film “Journey,” a Ford Corp. truck commercial that could be shown nationwide before the end of the year. The commercial, which features old and new Ford trucks, was scripted with Norman Rockwell in mind.

Hannah, as it turns out, could have the right stuff for stardom.

“It’s a winner,” declared Jon Parkinson, creative director with J. Walter Thompson, Ford’s advertising agency, after watching a shot featuring Hannah eating alfalfa near a 1979 Ford truck.

As director Leslie Dektor shot the scenes, Hannah’s owner, 11 year-old Graham Blagg, stood nearby. Graham, a student at Seven Hills School in Nevada City, waited with his cousin Kelsey Blagg, 15, a sophomore at Bear River High School.

Hannah received $250 for her efforts, with more money due her owner for his time and transport costs.

Most of Wednesday’s scenes were filmed along Broad Street.

“This is the perfect backdrop,” said Parkinson as Dektor filmed scenes near City Hall.

William Toensing, 69, who lives near Grass Valley, said he was flagged down by a member of the film crew as he drove his 1930 Model-A coupe through Nevada City, after having breakfast with members of the Gra-Neva Model A Club.

Toensing, who has appeared in commercials in the past, was hired to drive his car in front of a new Ford pickup truck pulling a trailer laden with pumpkins down Broad Street.

He was paid $150 for the use of his car, Toensing said, and is willing to do it again.

“For that kind of money, sure I would,” he said.

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