From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry ( ann-parry.com )
July 8, 2017
“American Grit” Season 2 contestant Chris Edom lives right here in Merrick!
Chris – who described himself on the Fox reality TV show as being picked last for teams when he was a kid – invited every adult neighbor on both sides of the block to his family’s Viewing Party for the premiere of the new season.
- Click to see another view of Chris & Joan Edom
The night of the party, when I parked my car, slung my camera across my chest, and walked across the dead end street, I thought back to the 1960s when it was actually a mostly-dead end (as Miracle Max from Princess Bride might put it).
Back then, its rounded end had a limited outlet that brought extra cars and pedestrians, including my best friend Judy and me walking to and from school each day.
- Click to see full slideshow of “American Grit” Viewing Party
Eventually the outlet closed altogether, and now curbside basketball hoops bloom each summer, and it’s common to see families chatting, children playing….
But that Sunday night, the block felt – uncommon. The air itself seemed charged with some special energy that grew stronger when I joined the crowd at the Viewing Party.
What a turnout! About 60 of Chris and his wife Joan’s family, neighbors and other friends filled the Edoms’ backyard to watch the first episode, cheer when Chris appeared on screen, hold their breath when things got tough – especially when he was suspended upside down over a lake – and find out:
Will Chris be picked for one of the 4 teams — or will “the last kid picked for teams” be the first contestant “ringing out” of the competition and the chance to win the $250,000 cash prize at the end of “American Grit”?
- UPDATE July 16, 2017: Chris made two important decisions during tonight’s episode, and still is a contestant on American Grit.
Chris Edom’s twitter: @chris_edom