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27 May 2011

Behind the Scenes with Dorreen Dickinson

Dorreen is the IT Manager at Mugar Enterprises, Inc. At the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, she is responsible for the IT setup and management of the production trailers and the Unified Command Center. Her job includes managing and maintaining much of the technology that is used behind-the-scenes at the event.

Q: What are you doing the day before the event?
A: Working, working, working. :-)

Q: What are you doing the day of the event?
A: Working, working, working, and more working, but more relaxed because all the preparation beforehand should pay off. There is also a great sense of camaraderie that exists during the event that I just love.

Q: When you hear “Fourth of July,” what do you think of?
A: The American Flag.

Q: What is your favorite part of the Fourth of July celebration?
A: That it is one of the few remaining family events. It is just good simple fun and allows us to celebrate our good fortune and show our patriotism.

Q: If you could meet anyone in history, who would you meet?
A: No question - Abraham Lincoln.

Q: What are the three objects you can’t live without on the Fourth?
A: My team, my bike, and my iPhone.

Q: How did you get involved with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular?
A: I got really, really lucky when I was looking for a new job. I went from working in a very corporate, unimaginative environment to this one. I can honestly say that I love what I do again.

Q: How has the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular changed since you started?
A: It has gotten bigger and better. Because of David Mugar, and the sense of community, you really feel every role is as important as the next. Despite the long hours it is surprisingly something I miss and look forward to every year.

Q: What effect has working on the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular had on you?
A: I have been very fortunate to be able to work with the folks that I do during the event. I have an appreciation of all the planning that goes into the event and also for the public safety people that help keep this event a fun, safe family oriented event. It is a lot of hard work but no one seems to mind. This includes all the people that come to the show. I can't imagine any other event or venue where so many people are packed into a small space that are so friendly and cordial to each other regardless of whether it is a 70 degree beautiful sunny day or cold and torrential downpours. I like to think that this event really represents America.

Q: What are some of the challenges you have had to overcome to make the event possible?
A: In what I do, every day presents a new challenge so it is hard to point to one. Plus, if you start talking about IT stuff everyone is going to just start yawning! The fun thing about challenges in this environment though is that you get to be creative about solutions. All I can say is there has been a lot of running around (literally) and I have had to use a good amount of duct tape, climbed trees, and other odd ball fixes to things.

Q: What are you thinking/feeling on the day of the show, after all of your preparation is done?
A: Phew!
 

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