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SSFPD-Normandy-2007 I have the pleasure of working with Lt. Alan Normandy at the South San Francisco Police Department. Alan serves as a patrol division watch commander and I am responsible for telecommunications and information systems. Alan also serves as the firearms expert on the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters television program.

MythBusters is one of my favorite television programs and Alan recently arranged for a tour of the M5 Industries shop in San Francisco where most of the gadgets used on the show are constructed. It was a fascinating tour and I was surprised to learn that the M5 facility is very much like my own shop.

Alan also invited me to attend the first annual MythBuster’s fan club meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Burlingame on October 6, 2007. Most of the cast and crew were present. About 80 fans from all over the United States attended.

One of the highlights of the evening was talking with Alice Dallow who is a producer for the show. Alice is from Australia and works for Beyond Productions. She is one of the most fascinating people I’ve met in a long time and I will remember her as my favorite MythBuster, even though she rarely appears on camera.

If you’re not familiar with the MythBusters, I highly recommend that you take the time to watch a few episodes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.