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Old June 22nd, 2018, 08:08 PM   #1
Rcovering Analog Dinosaur
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Recovering Analog Dinosaur

Hi there,
I'm a 61 year old "recovering analog dinosaur" and now that I've made a few posts I thought I should share with the group.

I started out with the goal of being a radio disc jockey till I realized that DJ's starve until they hit the major markets. I was making more money at my part time dishwasher job while going to college than I was going to make at my first real radio job, at a 500 watt station up in rural Minnesota.
So I took some more courses in video editing to add to my already well rounded camera production skills and decided that I wanted to be the next Geraldo Rivera.

I wound up being (among other things) a freelance news stringer, also sometimes called a "nightcrawler". I covered car crashes, structure fires, gang shootings, even the 1992 L.A. Riots, and in between I did just about every other kind of camera job there is.

I'm also a film/video editor and for a long time I owned a small post production and duplication business until it got wiped out in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. I scuttled that and went to a fallback career in IT, then left Los Angeles after my first marriage collapsed and moved to Arkansas to be with the girl I should have married in the first place.


After thirteen years down South (Arkansas and Dallas, TX) we moved back to Southern California in 2012 and it was the smartest move we ever made.
Texas is no country for old men or old disabled women, particularly if you're liberal.
We miss all our wonderful Texas friends but we're making new ones and we both lived in SoCal back before we got together, so we knew what to expect.

I too, come from a couple of other message boards, both of which are being quickly polluted, so it's great to be here.

My name is Checkerboard Strangler but you can also call me Jeff
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