- On Saturday, February 8, 2020, hundreds from all walks of life turned out to pay their last respects to James Talbot, founder of TNT Video Productions – the team that brought you Cup Match Live on over-the-air television in Bermuda. Words cannot express the impact of this loss in many circles, including Bermuda’s Broadcast Media Family. As a colleague and former television news anchor we’re having a hard time with this final countdown. We made history together with ‘Life Behind Bars’ in 2007, as the first television crew allowed to film interviews for this documentary for the first-time ever at Westgate Correctional Facility. This man was the first to put me in the Director’s seat – I learned how to fly on his wings – promise to keep FLYING James to honour your memory fpr REA;! RIP Beloved
The dictionary defines a renaissance man as one with many talents or areas of knowledge.
In the simplest terms, a renaissance man is a person with competence in and an understanding of multiple different fields, all of which complement one another to make him a more talented and productive person. If that is the definition we choose to use, then McLaren James Talbot, better known to almost all of us simply as James
, was a true renaissance man.
James was a son, brother, husband and father. Moreover, he was a videographer, computer engineer, a lover of music (especially soul and Motown!), a dancer, a lover of classic bikes, a golfer, a football player/fan, an NFL fan, an avid card player, a soft-ball player, a snooker-player, a runner and a chef. James knew something about just about everything and was always willing to both share what he knew and learn more.
Born January 9th, 1957 to the late Harrison and Blossom Talbot, James’s upbringing on Trinity Church Road, Bailey’s Bay was fun but structured. With applied Bible principals to ensure the best life his parents could give for 11 children, and with James being the third oldest, Harrison and Blossom set rules in the house to help keep order. They also used to do things like have regular family bible studies and family fun outings, such as going on picnics and eating out occasionally.
James attended Francis Patton Primary School, St George’s Secondary and Bermuda Technical Institute. He enjoyed competing in every sport and worked hard to come first or help his team to come first. In high school he loved wood and metal works, building with whatever he could put his hands on. During his school years he would work part time doing odds and end jobs. One of his first was that of selling papers on the side of the road with his brother Roydon, where they would stand hollering as the cars went by “PAPER, PAPER”. He also had a paper route delivering them directly to people’s homes. With this job James and Roydon saved up enough money to take their first trip to New York with their mom and sister Roseanne.
After Trinity Church Road, James and family moved to Claytown, Bailey’s Bay for approximately 10 to 12 years where James mastered diving off the rocks and shooting marbles with all the neighborhood kids. He’d also have fish frys on the rocks that didn’t always go so well; you can ask some of his friends and family about that story.
“I’m gonna do all the things for you, A girl wants a man to do, Oh Baby…Every minute, every hour, I’m gonna shower you with love and affection. Look out, it’s coming in your direction! I’m gonna make you love me, Oh yes I will!” – The Temptations.
You may be curious about how James met Lynda. Well, according to Lynda’s version of the story, James used to ride up (on a pedal bike because he was off the road!) just as she was getting off the bus at Crow Lane to walk to the Sixth Form Centre on Robert’s Avenue in Devonshire. She said she initially used to think, “Oh no! Not him again!”, as this appeared to be a weekly ritual (of course, he had it timed!). Nevertheless, these meetings resulted in a friendship being established between the two of them.
Shortly afterwards when Lynda got her bike she was on her way to a friend’s house and saw James walking. She jammed on her brakes and asked him if he wanted a ride. Needless to say, James was off the road AGAIN!(For 5 years this time, but that’s a different story!). She gave him a ride on her bike to Devonshire and he invited her to watch him play softball. This resulted in a lunch date at Buckaroo, which was the beginning of the romance! They then met each other’s families and Lynda had a difficult time remembering the names of his siblings because there were ten of them and their names were all unique.
During that period, one of James’s jobs was working part time as a DJ at Disco 40 and Lynda worked part time as a cashier at Henry VIII. She recalls many an early morning leaving Henry VIII at 1:00 a.m. to meet James at Disco 40 because he finished work at 3:00 a.m. Lynda’s brother Allan had met James at Disco 40 so when Lynda introduced James to her family, he already had Allan’s approval. Allan, a fisherman by trade, tried many times to take James fishing on the boat, but James could not handle it and according to Lynda, he even got sea-sick by simply standing near the ocean on the rocks!
James and Lynda dated for five years before finally getting married. Having enjoyed their honeymoon cruise so much, they decided to cruise every other year, and once Aljé was born, he cruised with them. As a family they would often attend house parties with friends, relatives and their kids. They would have dinners at each other’s homes, parties, surprise cruises with “Charzima” like the one at Albouy’s Point organized by the ladies, Good Friday gatherings, Super Bowl parties, summer BBQs and, of course, travelling.
If there was such a thing, James would definitely have won the “Charisma” prize for rhythm! His dancing skills carried on from his younger years, and whenever the Electric Slide played, he would always run to the dance floor to do his signature multi step. He also loved oldie goldies and would (like when he was younger blasting music at home) wake up the entire Spring Benny/Tribe Road neighborhood with Bobby Blue Bland, The Chi-lites, Al Green, and The Commodores, to name a few. In addition, when his youngest nieces Noelle and Allana would come up to visit, he would sing the words one of his favorite songs “Boogie Oogie Oogie” so that they would (even at the age of 1) reply with “Get Down” .
“There’s a spark of magic in your eyes. Candyland appears each time you smile. Never thought that fairy tales came true, But they come true when I’m near you.” – The Stylistics
There is no doubt that one of the most significant moments in James’s life was Aljé’s birth on the 30th of August 1988. James was deeply moved by the entire birthing process and continually marveled at this new little addition to their family. For 2 weeks James and Lynda didn’t have a name for their son and called him Pookie. Just in case you ever wondered about the origin of Aljé’s name though think about it: Lynda and James=L J = Aljé!
James loved Aljé unconditionally from the start and set out to teach him as much as possible about navigating life. That’s probably one reason why Aljé remembers his daddy as a father who never stopped giving lessons. James worked on computers at Bermuda Business Machines and would have Aljé put together old parts to understand the way computers were built. He then went on to get brand new parts for his son to build his first computer at age 12. Aljé believes that even though it took work to get his first computer, these experiences ultimately led him to unexpectedly winning two awards at his High School Graduation: the B-TEC and Computer Hardware Award. They were also the reason Aljé chose working with computers as a profession; that is, until his father introduced him to the world of videography.
As already indicated, James loved all kinds of sports but was particularly good at softball. Many years ago, he played in the slow-pitch softball league where he eventually became coach of his own team. Aljé recalls them going on to win the entire league. James also played for Wolves where he was a Left Wing Back, often telling Aljé how he had a powerful shot with his left foot. Lynda also recalls the first time James ran the annual 24th May Marathon. There she was, big and pregnant, at the foot of Burnt House Hill, loudly cheering on James as only Lynda could!
We all know that James LOVED to play cards. But he had some secrets too! He knew how to stack the deck…a “skill” he’s been teaching to his son. Now you know! Aljé once recalls his father going out to help organize a Euchre Tournament only to see him return with the trophy for the Tournament he helped organize!
From the age of 13 James worked at the famous long-time restaurant The Green Lantern on Serpentine Road where he learned to cook his favorite dishes, mac and cheese and custard pie. He loved to cook, later in life finding gourmet dishes on YouTube which he then would cook up for Lynda and Aljé.
He then got a job at night working at ZFB. After leaving ZFB, James worked at Fresh TV and then RF Communications before starting his own video production business, T&T Video Productions with his family. He was known for broadcasting the Annual Cup Match Classic, bringing it to the homes of 1000’s of people for many years. During his career James also covered such events as The Convening of Parliament, The Heritage Day Parade, The Annual Candle Light Service, PLP Campaigns and the funerals of dignitaries. James filmed local shows at the Fairmount Southampton and various other venues in Bermuda as well. He was the ‘go to’ guy for live broadcast around the Island and often helped with weddings, funerals, and tributes for both family and friends.
McLaren James Talbot is survived by Wife Lyndamae Talbot, Son Aljé Talbot, brothers Roydon (Vicki), Patrick, Philemon (Barbara), Leander, and Lovenston, sisters Roseann, Melody (Jeff) Rouseau, Mayetta (Michael) Pearman, Marcia and Deedra (Kersely) Nanette, and an adored uncle to a host of nieces and nephews.
James is also survived by his brothers-in-law Allan Jr (Claire), Cornell (Lisa), Delvin (Nikai), and Marc (Simone) Bean, uncles Prinsen Bailey and Clarence Smith, aunts Betty Daniels, Lovina Flood, Marlene Bailey and Carolyn Tankard. He will be sorely missed by the Bailey, Francis, Woods, Bean, Burrows, Tucker, Swan, Outerbridge families, Charizma, Bermuda Broadcasting, Warwick Workman’s Club and T&T Video Productions family as well as cousins, god-children and special friends far too numerous to mention.
Pre-deceased by his parents Harrison and Blossom Talbot, his father-in-law and mother-in-law Allan Leroy and Corallyn (Covey) Bean and his beloved niece Kimree.
Lovingly submitted by the Family