So Far From Fletcher, Coming Full Circle with Whiplash

February 17, 2015 9:01 PM

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So Far From Fletcher, Coming Full Circle with Whiplash

Growing up a fat kid in Yonkers, NY (that'd be the title of my autobiography by the way), my number one way to escape the middle school jerks and the growing waistline was going to the movies. I would see two each weekend (it didn't matter which ones - usually one good, one painfully awful), and I gained a rep in school as "the movie guy." Heck, I used to take Variety's "For Your Consideration" ads and post them on my wall. So, why am I telling you this? Well, it's certainly not to make you think I'm cool. The reason is to simply paint a picture of a boy/young man who was obsessed with the screen and the stars to survive the school daze.

As I grew up, the obsession faded a bit but the infatuation continued. In 1999, when I was a local newspaper reporter in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, I sought out local personalities (the village was rich in talent) to interview to balance the local news stories that always seemed to be on the same topic...

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