Professors step out of class, into new looks for TV show


Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 2:03 a.m.
Enlarge |

University of Florida professor Elizabeth Yeager is reflected in the mirrors of Strand Salon and Day Spa where she was undergoing a makeover Friday for the television show "Inside Edition."

(ROB C. WITZEL/The Gainesville Sun)
Dana Peterson admits he's only had three people besides himself wash his hair. And with a work uniform of baggy shorts, Van sneakers and short-sleeved buttondown shirts, the University of Florida professor isn't exactly known for his sense of fashion.
But on Friday afternoon, the 41-year-old was inside a Gainesville salon munching on a catered lunch and, with the help of a team of stylists, picking out a new pair of funky, thick-rimmed glasses. Peterson was one of six UF professors who received head-to-toe makeovers courtesy of TV newsmagazine "Inside Edition." A segment featuring the professors will air Monday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
"This is reality TV, but it doesn't have the mean element that a lot of TV shows have," "Inside Edition" producer Bill Barrett said.
"Inside Edition" did its first professor makeovers at Boston University. Barrett said the show picked UF for its next makeover show at the suggestion of an "Inside Edition" staffer who graduated from UF.
The show's camera and makeover team and the six professors - selected from a field of about 25 who responded to an e-mail from UF's news and public affairs office - spent Thursday shooting footage inside the professors' classrooms and selecting outfits at Burdines.
"We just wanted them to look different from their everyday looks, to give them something they would not ordinarily gravitate toward themselves," said Aretha Busby, a New York stylist who has dressed stars including Heather Locklear, John Travolta and Kelly Ripa.
With cameras rolling, the six strutted their new looks to students, colleagues and family members Friday afternoon in Carleton Auditorium, with their "before" pictures projected on the wall behind them.
"She was already a 10 in my book, so I don't think she could look any better," Griff Jones said after seeing his wife, UF education professor Linda Jones, walk across stage in a black-and-white ballgown and a new haircut. "But she definitely shines. She looks like a movie star."
Peterson, director of AIM, a remediation program for incoming students, and instructor in a film class, strutted across the stage dressed in suit, tie and a lime green shirt - something he said he never would have picked out without the help of his style team.
"They all tell me it matches my eyes," he said.
Ashley Rowland can be reached at 374-5095 or rowlana@ gvillesun.com.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

Comments are currently unavailable on this article

▲ Return to Top