Daniel Hajek

Daniel Hajek appears in the following:

An Aerobatics Pilot Spins (And Rolls, And Loops) A Career From A Crash

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Award-winning aviator Patty Wagstaff tackles the extreme, but she was inspired by a simple takeoff gone wrong. Crawling out of the plane, she looked at her pilot and thought, "I can do a lot better."


Coffee Dates And Dropped Cue Cards: Ted Danson's Path To 'Cheers'

Sunday, August 09, 2015

The actor says he got his big break because of a college crush. When she went on an audition, he tagged along, inadvertently starting a career in cologne ads, soap operas — and hit TV shows.


Reggie Watts, Man Of Many Voices, Improvised His Way To Success

Saturday, August 01, 2015

The comedian and Late, Late Show band leader beatboxes, imitates and impersonates with amazing accuracy. It was a phone call from Conan O'Brien that put Watts' one-man show into the spotlight.


How One Photographer Captured A Piercing Gaze That Shook The World

Sunday, July 26, 2015

In 1984, Steve McCurry was in Pakistan covering a refugee crisis for National Geographic. Captivated by a young girl's eyes, he clicked the shutter — and took one of the magazine's most iconic photos.


From Adman To Stand-Up: Jim Gaffigan's Transition Took A Few Good Naps

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The comedian once worked in advertising — until he got caught dozing on the job. So, he took his savings and stepped on stage. Still, it was years before he hit his big break: a gig on the Late Show.


Amid Devastation, Tig Notaro Searched For A Sense Of Humor

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Days after the comedian was diagnosed with breast cancer, she performed at the Largo nightclub in Los Angeles. Her stand-up routine, which became an album titled Live, was an instant hit.


Before 'I See Dead People,' Haley Joel Osment Saw Casting Agents At Ikea

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Discovered at an Ikea in Burbank, Calif., he was a Hollywood actor by the time he was 5. But it was his performance as Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense that propelled a career that's lasted over 20 years.


Wimbledon 1980: Wooden Racquets, Short Shorts And The Ultimate Showdown

Saturday, July 11, 2015

On July 5, 1980, the stage was set for the greatest rivalry in tennis: Iceman Björn Borg versus hothead John McEnroe. The match lasted four hours — and was one of the best in Wimbledon history.


For Danny Elfman, The Strange Worlds Of Tim Burton Just Make Sense

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Tim Burton's shadowy tales have taken us from a pastel suburban paradise to the dark streets of Gotham City. But what would Burton's mysterious films be without Danny Elfman's iconic music?


The Man Who Saved Southwest Airlines With A '10-Minute' Idea

Sunday, June 28, 2015

When a little startup called Southwest Airlines was on the brink of failure in 1972, an executive named Bill Franklin had a simple solution that saved the company: the "10-Minute Turn."


The Man Behind 'The Most Interesting Man' Is Interesting, Too

Saturday, June 20, 2015

He drove a garbage truck in LA and fibbed his way into Hollywood westerns. But Jonathan Goldsmith's big break was getting cast in Dos Equis beer commercials as "The Most Interesting Man in the World."


Bankrolling A Dinosaur Dig And Unearthing A Giant: The Giganotosaurus

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Don Lessem was the dinosaur adviser for the first Jurassic Park, a job he says sounds more impressive than it was. His real big-dinosaur break happened years later, thanks to a blurry photo of a bone.


From Cuba To Florida: Diana Nyad's Final Attempt At A Record-Breaking Swim

Sunday, May 31, 2015

When the distance swimmer turned 60, she vowed to complete her life's biggest challenge: a 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West. It was her fifth attempt at the feat — and, ultimately, a triumph.


How Running Away From Home Opened Doors In Hollywood

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Actor Kenneth Choi is best known as the boisterous Chester Ming in The Wolf of Wall Street. Growing up in Chicago, acting was his passion, but his dad didn't approve. So he ran away — to Hollywood.


A 13-Year-Old, A Burlap Dress And A Career Launch That Took 'Grit'

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ethan and Joel Coen spent months searching for the right actress to play Mattie Ross in their 2010 film True Grit. Then, just weeks before filming, Hailee Steinfeld showed up — dressed in character.


After A Fiery Speech, A Top-Secret Job Offer In The Desert

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A young Air Force captain thought his career was over. Instead, he was invited to join a stealth program — and told, "You've got 30 seconds and if you don't say yes, this conversation never happened."


20 Years Later, Sabotage Of Amtrak's Sunset Limited Still A Mystery

Sunday, April 12, 2015

In October 1995, a passenger train was bound for Los Angeles. But it never reached its destination. The train derailed in the Arizona desert, killing one and injuring dozens — and it was no accident.


LA's Ragtag Army Of Graffiti Busters Fight A Perpetual Battle

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Larry Bender has been a Los Angeles graffiti buster for 20 years, hunting down and painting over gang tags around the city. He's one of hundreds of unseen, early-morning beautification workers.


After Tentative Port Deal, Container Ships Still Line The Horizon

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Shipping companies and dock workers reached a tentative deal after labor disputes jammed cargo along the West Coast. But at the nation's largest port, you can still see the backlog of container ships.


Facing 1,000 Miles Of Frigid Winds With Loyal Dogs And Willpower

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The 1,000-mile-long Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race is underway Saturday. It's not so much a race as it is a test of survival — and veteran musher Lance Mackey knows all about fighting for the finish.