There are certain stories, says Cable Neuhaus, 37, PEOPLE’s Boston bureau chief, that “are emotionally depleting. You can’t just walk away from them and call it a day.” Such was the case for Cable with Stormie Jones, 7, who last Valentine’s Day became the first person ever to receive simultaneous heart and liver transplants (see page 34).
Nothing demonstrated Neuhaus’ comment more poignantly than the second day of his three-day, mid-September interview, as Stormie underwent her regular exam at the Health Science Center at the University of Texas at Dallas. “Would you hold my hand, Cable?” Stormie asked in the examining room. He did. “As the nurse poked around unsuccessfully for a vein from which to draw blood,” he recalls,” Stormie clenched my hand hard and sobbed. At times like that it’s tempting to forget that you’re a reporter assigned to get a story. Holding this tiny girl’s hand, seeing the vivid scars that crisscross her body and listening to her cries—that was painful.”
During six years as a correspondent based in Pittsburgh, before being assigned to Boston last October, Neuhaus, who now lives with wife Carol in Newton, Mass., has filed several hundred stories, including interviews with Billy Joel, ex-quarterback Terry Bradshaw and West Virginia Gov. Jay Rockefeller. But his favorites have been those about “so-called ordinary people, whose lives are often more intriguing than those of the superstars.”
Two years ago, for instance, Neuhaus reported on Sharon Clark Vigliotto and her pursuit of her bigamist husband, Giovanni (PEOPLE, April 12, 1982). Next week (October 9) CBS will broadcast Scorned and Swindled, a made-for-television movie starring Tuesday Weld and based on Cable’s own story.
Neuhaus holds a master’s degree in journalism from Penn State, where he later taught for six years. Cable, whose name matches the alacrity with which he files his stories, adds that “Stormie’s name is also appropriate for her. Today she races around her school playground, scrapes her knees, falls off exercise equipment—living proof that the surgeon’s scalpel indeed has life-giving powers. Stormie is truly one-of-a-kind!”