Local Photo Makes Leno's Headlines

By Elvira Sakmari and Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM CDT
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Fort Worth Photo Featured on Leno

Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram

Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief called attention to TCU's football team at the start of the city council meeting and called for everyone in the city offices to wear purple on Friday.

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Fort Worth Photo Featured on Leno

A photo taken by a photographer at the Star-Telegram gained national attention when it was featured in The Jay Leno Show.
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One of Jay Leno's most popular segments is Headlines, where he highlights gaffes, typos and other oddities from newspapers around the country.

On Monday's show, featured in the popular segment was a photo of Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief with horns from the city's logo positioned perfectly behind his head -- giving the impression they were protruding from his skull.

Star-Telegram photographer Max Faulkner was the man behind the camera. On Nov. 10, Faulkner was at council chambers to cover the regular council meeting but also expected Moncrief to display a purple TCU T-shirt during his call for the city to wear purple in support of the Horned Frogs.

What happened next was pure coincidence, said Faulkner. Moncrief raised the T-shirt while calling for city-wide support of the Frogs and then promptly moved on with regular city business. No pomp and circumstance with the shirt, no "photo op" for the photographers covering council.

Faulkner tells NBCDFW as he was editing his photo he really saw the full impact of the framing. The photo wasn't used until Nov. 13 when the Star-Telegram featured a write up on the mayor's proclamation that Friday be "Go Purple Day."

Faulkner didn't see clip from The Jay Leno Show until Tuesday morning, but knew earlier his photo was used when his email inbox began to fill up with messages from photographers and friends as far away as Baltimore -- all writing to say they saw his photo on TV.

Moncrief, who also saw the photo, said he thought it was funny and didn't mind being featured on Leno. In fact, he welcomes all publicity that shines a light on TCU's success.

Meanwhile, Faulkner gives some credit to the person who back-lit the city of Fort Worth's longhorn logo so beautifully.

We must say, the photo is fabulous in full color!

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