A Voice From ETC's Past
To whomever Vidiot, Plumbicon, or Fridley Communications Workshop Alumni this may reach-
My name is David St. John. From ages 10 to 12 (1979-81), I lived for ETC 12. Through some good fortune, my friend Mike and I found ourselves a great creative outlet in a basement TV studio called Everyone's Television Channel.
People like Mark Scott, John King, Mike Bednarchuk, and Terry Lovaas were on-site...Will Loew-Blosser stands out as the one who would show us how to use cameras, character generators...let us experiment for hours with props, matte key effects, or take a porta-pak for days...
His encouragement (and tolerance) helped us with some shows that were aired often, primarily something called The Frank and St. John Show...something I haven't seen since our family moved to Las Vegas in 1982. It was about 20 minutes of my pal Mike and myself doing silly skits (Traveler's Check ad parody, Short People music video, Six Million Dollar Man parody) in Studio B.
It even earned us a "Willy Award", bestowed to us by the same adults that helped facilitate our show in the first place. Very cool.
We also had a call-in show we did live a few times on Saturday mornings called Everyone's Vote...
We were on the ETC 12 float in the parade...Plumbicons, Hellbound Train, Innertube (Nugent interview by Brian, my cousins boyfriend), Air Guitar Contest, Under 16, Telethon, Willy Awards, I was in studio for much of it.
I sure hope this reaches someone who remembers this stuff so I can thank them personally. A huge bonus would be to connect with the keeper of this large underground tape library (Unknown DJ?) because I would ABSOLUTELY TREASURE any material from that era of ETC 12...the experience taught me a lot and stuck with me forever (I now perform, write and produce large-scale stage shows
in Las Vegas).
AMEN to FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Thank you!
David St. John