They say never to meet your idols … you may not like what you find.
But I’ve met mine — and they’ve been amazingly cool people.
Nowadays, when a new Star Wars movie is released, it’s fun. But back during the original Trilogy, it was a HUGE event. Just imagine having to wait three long years between films.
Springtime brings the second, long-awaited installment in the blockbuster Star Wars saga — The Empire Strikes Back. And a few months later, there’s the added gift of a TV special, showing the making of the special effects and the film.
It’s 1997. The White House, Washington, D.C.
And no one is more surprised than I am, on being escorted by a Secret Service officer into the West Wing, for an unexpected personal tour.
“And you may ask yourself … ‘How did I get here?’” 🎶
First, a bit of backstory …
One of my several careers was 15 years spent in post-production in Los Angeles, as picture editor on numerous video & television projects.
Here’s one project that was unique and memorable:
In the summer & fall of ’97, I worked with Connie Stevens on a feature documentary she directed, entitled…
Back in the day, WBCN-FM — “The Rock of Boston” — was arguably one of the most influential radio stations in the country.
Today, it’s the stuff of legend.
Going through some old papers, I found an interesting letter to friends back East … in the form of a journal entry for Tuesday, April 4, 1995.
At the time, I was an up-and-coming Avid (video) editor doing the freelance circuit in Los Angeles, living the dream of working in the world’s mecca of entertainment production — and loving every minute of it.
And sometimes, I’d visit friends also in “The Biz” to see what they were up to.
That day found me at Lantana Center, a collection of high-end TV & film production companies, located at 3000 W. …
It may be coincidence, but two of the more memorable experiences of my life both happened in our nation’s capital.
One was getting a private tour of the West Wing of the White House.
And years earlier, at age 19, I very nearly lost my virginity during a protest at the Pentagon.
I was a late bloomer, in part because I felt very insecure around women. The more beautiful the woman, the more insecure I felt. It also didn’t help that I was a very academic type, and pretty geeky (long before it was fashionable).
So I’d never had much…