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Couple shines on national TV

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August 23rd, 2010

[caption id="attachment_13896" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Marian and Leroy Jenkins are stars in a national advertising campaign for Linden Ponds parent company. (Photo by Scott Lowden)"][/caption] Leroy and Marian Jenkins were accustomed to being household faces at Linden Ponds, but their national television debut this summer took their fame to a new level. The Jenkins are featured in TV, print, and web advertisements as part of Erickson Living s national campaign. The one-minute commercial features the Jenkins, regulars in the Linden Ponds TV studio (LPTV6), as part of a montage of Erickson residents from around the country. A longer video on the Erickson website tells the Jenkins story through interviews with the couple. They basically just filmed us doing what we do, and that is enjoying our life here and being part of the community, Mrs. Jenkins says of the three days they spent working with the camera crew for the commercial. Mrs. Jenkins hosts Let s Talk, in which she interviews people from Linden Ponds, and LPTV6 s weekday talk show Live from Linden Ponds. Mr. Jenkins created the station s live sports show and is in the planning phases of a comedic talk show, which he will host to showcase the lighter side of Linden Ponds, he says. Despite his hosting talent, Mr. Jenkins spends most of his time behind the camera. I call him my personal cameraman, Mrs. Jenkins jokes. Neither one had previous experience in TV before moving to Linden Ponds from Randolph, Mass., five years ago. While the Jenkins were naturals on camera, Mr. Jenkins says the commercial served as a learning experience. I picked up a lot of things from the crew that was here, he says. He took careful note of the camera angles they used. I m always looking for tips, and they were more than helpful they showed me different tricks I could use. [caption id="attachment_13900" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Linden Ponds Leroy Jenkins gets camera-ready with assistance from a makeup artist. (Photo by Zach Cheney)"][/caption] Since the commercials began airing, the Jenkins have received tremendous feedback from friends and family around the country. It s been exciting for us, and I hope it makes [other people] say, Why are they so happy? Mrs. Jenkins says. We feel that Erickson Living is the way to live and we hope other people will see it and really want to experience it as we have. She assures them, It is indeed what we say it is.