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Matt Roloff Chat Transcript

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Matt Roloff from Little People Big World chat transcript. See more pictures of the Roloff family.
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On December 16, 2006, TLC.com hosted another live chat event with Matt Roloff of Little People Big World. Here is a transcript of the event. Look for new episodes of Little People Big World in March at a new time, Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Matt: Amy and I and the family are overwhelmed with all the positive response we're getting from everyone about our show. We're appreciative of everyone's positive response, and we look forward to answering a few questions tonight.

Digger: Are Jacob and Mike OK after that terrible accident? What happened?

Matt: They are going to be fine. There are definitely some scars and bruises, but both of them are up and about. I think Jacob was up the day or so after the accident, walking around. I noticed today that he has his bandages off and he has a pretty nasty scar under his chin that will be permanent. Jacob also has a scar on his forehead, above his eyebrow where he got nailed. But he's going to be fine.

Ricky: Is Jeremy still dating his girlfriend that he took to prom?

Matt: Actually Jeremy is not dating Sarah any more, but he has kind of opened himself up and is seeing some other young ladies. Maybe I shouldn't be answering this without him around!

Kate: So Matt, how did the pumpkin crop turn out this year?

Matt: The pumpkin crop was fabulous. I think we grew 4 times as many pumpkins as we did last year. Unfortunately it was still not enough, so we had to import some. But we had tremendous response to folks wanting to come in and see the farm and purchase a pumpkin. It was a lot of fun - people took photos with us, and it was a real rewarding time. Next year we'll plant even more acres. We're consulting with soil specialists now to see if we can get more yield per acre.

Hober: First, I want to thank you for allowing us fans to share in your family lives. Just saw the episode with Chance - can you give an update on him?

Matt: I was going to try to get a call in to him today, but I've heard he's doing quite well and getting acclimated to his new family. He's happy to have a home that's nurturing him and taking care of him.

Webps: What is your favorite episode of

Matt: I think the camping episode sticks out in my mind, where we went and kind of hung out. That was probably one of my favorite episodes.

Riggs: Hey Matt, I heard you guys had some bad weather over the last few days. How did the peach orchard do with all the high winds?

Matt: Our peach orchard is something we're reevaluating this year to decide whether to continue with it. The pumpkins were so successful that we're trying to decide whether to eliminate peaches and just go with pumpkins. With that said, though, the peaches didn't suffer particularly from the weather; however there's a good chance we won't do peaches next year and will just concentrate on pumpkins.

Mollynkevin: Matt, do you ever find it just exhausting to have that camera crew in your personal life all the time?

Matt: I think it's exhausting just to be Matt Roloff! I live a very full life. I think it's true that it's exhausting just doing what I do, and the camera crews add another level to that. So it's exhausting and energizing all at the same time.

Shalitaus: What words of hope would you give someone going through medical problems?

Matt: There's always light at the end of the tunnel. I think you have already used the right word when you said words of "hope." Hope is having dreams, thinking about the future - these are what sustain us during difficult times. Stay focused on what might be or what could be or what can be if you keep your spirits up and stay resilient. My dad always says just to put one foot in front of the other.

Kits4: A constitution for little people was drawn up by the Billy Barty Foundation. How does yours differ?

Matt: As many of you may know, Billy Barty unfortunately passed away some years ago. The purpose of non-profit CoDA is very similar to what Billy Barty attempted to do for little people in years past.

Dreyna: I love your show!! I commend both you and Amy on your parenting skills. Any advice for myself as a future parent?

Matt: I think just keeping the communication lines open. Even when you're frustrated and you want to bark back, you have to exercise restraint and realize that there was a time when you were once in this mindset that they're in. Never forget that. Just realize that your children are going through what you might have gone through, and appreciate the differences in personality and mindset that everyone as individuals goes through.

Malkaa: You have inspired me to turn a medical situation for me into helping others that suffer the same condition. What would be your advice to get started?

Matt: The first thing is to see if there's an existing non-profit organization that you could participate in with your time and resources. If not, consider starting your own non-profit that's dedicated to these specific needs.

Bobby: Are you working on any other products to assist little people?

Matt: At the moment we're exploring several other products for airplanes and grocery stores and public restaurants.

Ohiochick: How is your dad, Matt? After watching your show every weekend, your parents are wonderful people.

Matt: My folks are doing great. They've been traveling the last couple of weeks and will be visiting Zachary, who's undergoing his surgery soon. They're doing very well, they're very active, and they're out having a great time.

Dusty: Are you still traveling to talk to schools about little people? If so, what states do you visit?

Matt: With my current schedule and working full-time selling software, it's become increasingly difficult to spend as much time talking in schools as I would like. However, I do try to do it from time to time, and it's something I certainly enjoy doing. I wish I had more time to talk to kids in school but I don't have anything scheduled at this point.

MumfmLsbrg: Hi Matt. Sorry if this has been asked, but have you considered a corn maze?

Matt: Yes, we've considered a corn maze but I don't think our property is conducive to that activity. I think that the attractions we offer differentiate us from those that offer a corn maze. We're looking at a number of new attractions that we think will be every bit as interesting as those that are able to offer a corn maze.

Burns58: I wanted to know how traffic on the farm has changed since the show started?

Matt: When we're open for pumpkin season, it's been amazing how many people come visit us to buy pumpkins.

Angela: What's the furthest person you had come to your pumpkin patch?

Matt: We've had people from all over Canada. I recall New Jersey, Florida, Texas... I'm sure we had visitors from other countries. But it just seemed like people came from all over the world!

Charlotte: You mentioned on one of your previous shows that because of your bad hips, you may end up in a wheel chair. Is it possible for hip replacement with all the new medical work they have done in that field? Love your family and love your show, keep up the good work.

Matt: Hip replacement has been something I've continually considered throughout my life. However, currently I'm not in a tremendous amount of pain so the doctors continue to recommend against such a drastic procedure. Thank you for your kind words regarding our family.

Crimepuppy: Can the episodes of your show be purchased?

Matt: As I understand it, the first season is now available at Amazon.com. We hope to release a DVD for the second season too. I think iTunes offers the episodes as well. You can also purchase the documentary that originally aired, "Little People Big Dreams" at the Discovery Store.

Kinko27: Do you ever plan to move from the farm?

Matt: Not at the moment, no! Amy and I have discussed this over the years, but the farm is such a big part of our lives that it's difficult for us to imagine moving away from our home.

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Bill0: Hi Matt, I am a pilot and I was wondering if you have ever considered making LP pilot kits for commercial and recreational planes. The show is so inspiring that I could see a future for Zach in the aviation biz.

Matt: There are a few little people that do have their private pilot licenses. I don't recall Zach ever expressing an interest in it, but if he did, I would certainly encourage him to explore the possibility.

Editboy: Matt, what's the deal with your dog Rocky?

Matt: Rocky is a very sleepy dog who's part of the family. He's extremely friendly.

Matt: How did Little People Big World get started?

Matt: The Roloff family has always been up to activities that seem to draw the attention of the media - not intentionally, but just as part of our daily routine. There were a few specials that took place some years ago, and I think Discovery Channel realized there was a lot to learn about little people, and TLC was the perfect channel to explore in depth the lives of little people. Thanks to you fans, the show has been not just educational but entertaining as well.

Amommyto3cut: I just want to say my kids and I love the show and your family. I was rooting for Jeremy out loud when he was trying out for the soccer team and tearing up when your son and Mike got hurt. I was wondering where and how you and your wife met, and how long have you been married?

Matt: Amy and I have been married for 19 years. We met at a LPA convention in her home town of Detroit, Michigan back in 1986. Thank you for your support.

Kiki: I noticed in tonight's episodes that you are a very natural speaker. Have you ever considered running for office?

Matt: I have considered running for public office, but I'm more interested in working on various initiatives and issues than actually holding office as a politician.

Toritor5: Do you watch the show when it comes on?

Matt: I try to catch the episodes, but most of the family feels like they've already seen that part of their lives, so they don't often watch the episodes.

MarkCanada: Do LP-type conditions affect all races to the same extent? Both genders to the same extent? I noticed that there were few African-American people at the LP conference, which caused me to wonder if certain racial groups are more prone to LP conditions than others.

Matt: I'm not aware of any data or statistics on that. As far as I know, little people are distributed across all races.

Kendall26: Do you become good friends with the camera crews?

Matt: We develop a relationship that allows us to coexist within the home. We like all the members of our crew, and do consider them friends.

Burns58: Any big plans for the holidays?

Matt: Amy left with Zachary, Molly and Jacob this afternoon for California, where Zachary will be undergoing surgery just a few days before Christmas. Zachary will be having his leg straightened and we're taking advantage of his time off school to get this done. Jeremy and I will be flying down for the surgery in the next couple of days. So our Christmas will be somewhat scattered, and more focused on Zachary's surgery than our usual Christmas.

Valerie: How was that trip to Hawaii? We leave on the 26th for our first trip to Oahu. Any advice?

Matt: (laughing) Don't plan too many activities! Leave some time to relax. And try surfing - you'll love it!

Crv1200: Matt, did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams that the show would be so popular?

Matt: No, not in our wildest dreams. We thought the show would be a one-hour special, and that would be enough to satisfy everyone's appetite. It's been very surprising to see the ongoing popularity of the show.

Matt: For those still asking about Mike and Jacob's condition after the accident, I want to put everyone's mind at ease - they are doing quite well and are making full recoveries. They both have quite a few scars and bumps and bruises, but both will make a complete recovery. The episode featuring the accident footage and Mike's and Jacob's recovery will air in March.

Ctfans1: Do the twins have plans to continue on to college, and if so do they have any careers in mind?

Matt: We're working on that. Stay tuned for more episodes!

KimberlyTank: I see that there is a poll up for where the Roloffs should go on their next vacation. Has there been any determination as of yet?

Matt: No, not yet.

Swimfreak55: As a fellow little person who is about to graduate from college, what advice can you give me about moving into the

Matt: Show confidence, and realize that you may have to work harder to earn the respect you deserve. Even though it's not always fair, the rewards will be worth it.

Mek412: Does your family realize the positive impact you have had on families by offering great TV for parents and kids to watch together?

Matt: It's a strange position to be living your life and having people finding it inspirational. I'm not sure the kids fully understand the impact they might be having, and that's probably a good thing, as Amy and I just want them to continue living their lives as normally as possible.

Milo: Tell me more about CoDA - what does it do?

Matt: CoDA is a lean, mean, low-overhead non-profit organization that is going to augment the good work of Little People of America (LPA). LPA has a very broad agenda which can often dilute its resources. CoDA's intent is to have a small number of very specific objectives that can have high impact on the lives of little people. The CoDA website is www.coda-lp.org (note: You will be leaving TLC.com)

Trdbomb: What kind of software you sell?

Matt: I sell software targeting large customer service and field service organizations. Specifically, my expertise is around parts logistics, service contracts, and call center operations.

PF3412: How many hours a week is the camera crew at your house?

Matt: That's a tough one, because each week varies. But on average, it ranges from 14-16 hours a day, five days a week.

DonH: Matt, do you plan to continue flying helicopters - taking lessons, that is?

Matt: I've kind of put the helicopter lessons on hold at the moment. We have so many things on the go that I haven't been able to dedicate the time that would be necessary to tackle that endeavor correctly.

Soaks: What will you do with the trebuchet now?

Matt: Make it safer, and fire it further!

ClaudeLC: What do you have planned for next season?

Matt: During the summer, we spent a lot of time traveling and having fun off the farm. But now during the cold months, we have a lot of activities planned right here on the farm, just being a family together.

LMand JB: Who has been your greatest inspiration?

Matt: My father. Papa Ron's resiliency and faith in God has always been a pillar to everything I'm about.

Discovery: Matt, thanks so much for being with us tonight! Any last thoughts, before we have to close?

Matt: I just want to thank all the people and fans that are so kind to us, and have sent us such warm words of encouragement. It's these sentiments that continue to encourage us to share our lives with everyone. Be sure to tune in in March - now that we've been doing this for a while, I think you'll continue to see deeper and deeper into our lives.

Discovery: Well, thanks for joining our live chat. And don't forget to check the Little People Big World site for exclusive video and other exciting interactive features!

Make sure to look for more new episodes of Little People Big World coming in March on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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