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Date Posted: 14:35:51 08/28/14 Thu
Author: Eric Williams (Two thumbs up here)
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Subject: Re: Hoping to connect with old friends
In reply to: Robert Croston 's message, "Hoping to connect with old friends" on 15:10:16 01/26/14 Sun

Hey Robert! Good to hook up. In another forum (over on Facebook, actually) a classmate of ours posed a question regarding transferring to the Evergreen College. I NEVER went there. Was long gone before then.So, to you, and to the rest of my classmates here. I had left before the Evergreen school option came about. Let me just say I took a different direction. Franconia, like the Harlem Prep School where I had attended prior, were both similar schools in many ways. That is, the aspect of 'Freedom' those schools afforded, and gave a student. Freedom can also be a trap, if the individual does not have a plan. I should know, having gone through the same changes at Harlem Prep. For me, it took attending Franconia to find out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. At both 'The Prep' and at Franconia, I KNEW what I DIDN'T WANT TO do BEFORE finding my 'calling.' Prior to Franconia? I was one of those kids who ALWAYS did stuff at the school newspaper, or worked on the Yearbook where I had attended. Even wrote for some 'Underground' Newspapers while attending High School in the city. But it didn't seem a possible route for this working class Black kid at the time. That is why WOMB-AM, the radio station at Franconia, opened my head up to a lot of possibilities. During my first show there a light went off in my head, after opening the microphone the second or third time around. It was BAM! I thought, "Holy Toledo, people actually do THIS as a profession, and make a career out of it, too." And I have. Thus, I spent a lot of time at WOMB-AM 570 while a student at Franconia. Making films, reporting, writing for a publication, and getting paid, suddenly, seemed very possible and within my reach. If nothing else, my time at Franconia pointed me in a direction I might not have found until years later. Or maybe, not at all. The next step and where to go to make that move was the mystery. Ended-up in Atlanta, Philly, D.C. and later, back in NYC, where I got to take part in the Community Film Workshop Council program. The result? Been working in publishing, newspapers, journalism, and broadcasting, FOR REAL, and also, for pay, too, ever since. It was a different path, and one hell of a journey, all because of my time at Franconia College. What came out of that for me years later? Some life-long friends, incredible memories both pro and con. Hey, looking back? Gotta say, it is PRICELESS.

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