The second call I had was with a producer I know who I worked with on the History Channel's WWII in HD. I was one of 14 editors on that show last year. I am thrilled to discover he wants to come on board and help me with developing the show. He has great integrity, he's a good guy, and he "gets it." We're going to make a great team no matter where the show ends up.
Regarding the idea that 13 is an unlucky number.....here's an interesting story... my grandfather Abe was one of the first electricians in the country. He started out working for DW Griffith, the film director, at the age of 14 and eventually became a projectionist for him. In fact, he toured the country projecting Birth of a Nation with Griffith and showed it to President Wilson at the White House. Incidentally, that was the very first film ever shown at the White House. Later when he started his own business as an electrical contractor in Newburgh NY, he was a charter member of the local electrician's union. My father, who also became an electrician told me that because Abe was Jewish, the building department issued him a permit to work as an electrician with the unlucky number 13, so he would fail. Abe made good and left his sons a thriving electrical contracting business many years later.