Aiming for the Head

Aug. 18 2005 11:14 a.m.
Mexico City

Setting up for a live shot at 6 a.m. here in the main square, up on the roof of a hotel opposite the enormous Metropolitan Cathedral — gorgeous domes and stones. Towards 7 a.m. the sun rises behind it.

To do live shots sometimes it helps to edit and feed a short report in advance to wrap around. You put the script of the report in the computer. The following script is our encounter with the head of a major armored car factory here:

So, as a joke I said to the head of the armored car factory here, "Since you believe in your product so much, why don't you stand behind the glass?" And now he's going to do it.

It's going to be a 9mm shot. They are loading it up now.

So it's turned into a bit of a debate here. The head engineer is trying to dissuade his boss from getting on the other side of the glass.

Once again it will take just a simple push of the red button.

You want me to pull the trigger? What will be my liability should the bullet go through the glass and into your forehead?

Yes I will pull the trigger.

What, you say your boss is crazy?

You know, I've never really fired a gun at a human being. I'm going to have someone else pull the trigger. I want you to pull the trigger.

Here it comes. Oh.

Let's go shake his hand. Congratulations.

So that was not even the first shot into this glass. You were willing to take the risk on shot number two.

You know, sometimes you think your job is hard.

E-mail Harrigan

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— Patrick

Hi Steve,

I really enjoy reading your notes. My 76-year-old Mom sent me envelope last week, taped over the flap, of course. And I remember visiting her Mom in an old, warm apartment in Hollywood that had a Murphy bed. We thought Grandma was eccentric – she bought my sisters fishnet tights in the 70’s & took us out on public transportation - the bus. Thanks for taking me there again, Steve.

Stay safe,


I admire you so much for what you are doing and the story you are trying to uncover but it almost seems to be an impossible situation. We pray for your safety and admire your courage.



Thanks for the great reporting about the ongoing troubles here on the US/Mexican border. We live just south of Laredo, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. We are extremely pleased that someone is finally exposing this corrupt and dangerous area to the rest of our nation.

Keep up the good work!

Harlingen, Texas