The blog experts say, ‘blog about yourself.’ Easy enough. I’m one, if not my biggest fan. Who in TV news doesn’t have an ego and enjoy being the center of attention? Well, actually, it wasn’t so much the “Hey, dig me. I’m on TV” thing that got me into broadcast news. It goes back a long time ago when my age was in the single digits. The summer of 1968. (This is when you imagine the picture goes all wavy and turns black and white to a time long long ago…)
I had put aside Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band long enough to discover my second passion in life. I remember sitting in front of the TV, mesmerized by the political conventions. They would go on all night! My parents watched their rather pudgy young son captivated by such grownup matters, presumably encouraged all was not lost on a boy dizzy by the phonograph turntable. Maybe they thought I’d eventually go into public service, law perhaps.
What Mom and Dad didn’t know at the time was that it wasn’t Humphrey, Nixon and the riots in the streets of Chicago that kept me pasted to the TV set that summer. It was Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, the cops manhandling Dan Rather on the convention floor.
The the utter madness and the journalists looking on and trying to make sense of it all. I was hooked. I became a news junkie.
In high school I took a journalism class and discovered that it wasn’t as easy as it looked. I had to learn how to write a newspaper article. It was difficult. But eventually I caught on. Then I went to college and enrolled in a broadcast news writing course, a completely different style of writing. And it was really hard. But eventually, I got the hang of it. And then came the internships: a weekly newspaper, then radio news, Then TV.
Yeah, a long time ago.
Fast forward to the present. A little over a year ago, I stepped away from the anchor desk to pursue yet another passion in life. I wanted to write a novel. And guess what? It’s not as easy as it looks. In fact, it’s hard as hell. But I’m catching on. Last fall I found a publisher and the book is scheduled for release. this summer.
Yeah, whadda-you know. I’m a novelist. A second novel is complete, and a third, fourth, fifth and sixth manuscript impatiently demand my attention.
So you see, I haven’t retired from the storytelling business. I’m just getting started.
And stay tuned.