KEEPING COOL IN THE FAN BLEACHERS

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Fran and Elmer Armstrong are awards show veterans, joining throngs of fans for at least their sixth Emmy Awards Show on a sweltering Sunday afternoon.

The retired St. Louis couple’s quest for a front row seat in the fan bleachers beside the red carpet began when they lined up outside the Nokia Theater around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. As the day progressed, and temperatures rose, they hung in there, cheering as the cameras from E! Entertainment television filmed pre-show segments.

“Goodbye Guiliana,” 70-year-old Elmer Armstrong shouted to anchor Giuliana Rancic as the E Entertainment crew wrapped up.

With temperatures topping 90 degrees, he and his 71-year-old wife were like many in the stands _ trying to keep cool with water and wet paper towels. At least this year’s stands are shaded. Elmer Armstrong recalled one year when fans were forced to sit in the blazing sun.

That’s not the only change to this year’s fan seating _ a tall wall keeps fans from glad-handing or even getting autographs from cooperative celebrities.

Elmer Armstrong remains at the ready, however _ keeping his digital SLR camera and telephoto lens handy to get shots of the stars.

_ Anthony McCartney _ Twitter _http://twitter.com/McCartneyAP

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