Twenty-five years ago, on April 2, 1986, a new series debuted on ICB-TV 13, Ithaca College's student-run television station. The series was called ANTHOLOGY, and that's what it was: an anthology of short films created by students in the college's cinema department, as well as original scripts written and produced for the series. And the first such script, chosen to launch the series, was a story called "God's Game," written by a young IC freshman named William Leisner.
Not only was this my first piece of writing ever seen by a wider audience (though it is rather questionable how wide an audience our ten-hours-a-week cable channel actually had). It was also the first piece of writing I had ever intended for an audience outside of myself, and perhaps a few family members or close friends. And the fact that people outside of that comfortable circle were so complimentary of this effort convinced me to try it again, and see if this was just a fluke. It wasn't -- a year later, my second script kicked off the show's second season. Subsequent efforts were not snapped up in such rapid-fire fashion, but by then, there was no going back.
I was a writer.
Working on ANTHOLOGY was the highlight of my college career, and the people who I worked with on that show, like Cory Conley, Sandra McDonald, Diana Brodie, and John Barrile, continue to be friends. And as I write this, I realize that if not for that experience, I would not feel so guilty for writing this nostalgic blather as a way of procrastinating work on my novel in progress.