As many of you undoubtedly know by now, several of the Movie Morlocks bloggers were asked to participate in a night of Guest Programming at TCM that is being broadcast on November 30th. I still can't believe that this has happened. Here are my impressions of the events surrounding this milestone...My Adventures in TCM land are detailed beginning below:
Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” - Henry James
Those words keep echoing in my mind whenever I think of my trip to TCM a few months ago. I was asked to be one of the Morlocks who appeared as a guest programmer on the evening of Friday, November 30th earlier this year. Saying “Yes” to this experience was transformative. I used to just be a hardcore fan of old movies. After this visit, I am also a fan of the people who work at Turner Classic Movies--and with good reason.
Getting to know the people who make Turner Classic Movies the network that inspires so much intense joy among its viewers has been a long learning experience. That the network does this by continuously striving to offer a feast of classic films to a world starved for storytelling that speaks directly to the human experience is key to the network’s success. The overwhelming kindness of the individuals associated with the network both in person and online has brightened a life that has taken more than a few hairpin turns in the last few years.
Of course the initial excitement, terror and “who, me?” quality of the whole thing was pretty overwhelming. It became even more surreal after a series of medical emergencies almost led me to miss this opportunity. I had originally been scheduled to visit Atlanta with my fellow Morlocks, Susan Doll, Richard Harland Smith, and Pablo Kjolseth, who will be seen with Robert Osborne this evening introducing three films they cherish: The Locket (1946), Dracula’s Daughter (1936) and Five Million Years to Earth (1968)...
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