Veteran television personality Allyson Hennessy was someone that I admired from afar. She was always so full of energy and was never lost for words. My interactions with her were few but memorable. A couple of years ago, I was assisting an artist to get noticed and of course, one of the ways of doing this, was to have the artist interviewed by Allyson on her show. The thought of calling Allyson was daunting because the thoughts going through my head were – “would she be receptive to interviewing this unknown artist”; “what kinds of questions would she ask me”? Anyway, I picked up the phone and I called the station to speak with Allyson and her assistant indicated that I could leave a number for her to call me back as she was preparing for her show. I left the information, not really expecting a call back. But later that day, I did receive a call from Allyson asking me about the artist and his paintings. After sending her information via email, she had us on her show.
The thing that struck me about Allyson was her knack for putting people at ease and it is only after talking with her you realize that she was really cool. She had a way of making you feel like a long time friend who she had not seen in years and there was a lot of catching up to do, hence the interesting questions.
I also remember seeing Allyson sitting outside a tent by herself, where there was alot of mud at one of the Carnival shows, waiting to go on the air. I thought to myself, that is love for you. Love of the arts and having to put up with the short coming of venues in order to work at the various shows.
As a business woman, Allyson and Roses Hezekiah have made a success of the “Veni Mange” Restaurant located on 67A Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain. The restaurant is a excellent choice, for taking someone for a special lunch or dinner.