Although I really did not know you in high school, we certainly were in Play Pro together. I won't temper my words. You were the truly talented one and to some extent the annointed one. This is meant as praise, not envy. I will presume that you've read all of the other entries in the Play Pro section, so you undoubtedly know about my post Play Pro life with regards to acting, directing, and theater. Scant as it is, I've never fully lost that thing that makes you think, "What if?" Without going into detail, I will say that my interest in theater played a pivotal part in my meeting my wife of nearly thirty years. Overall, and fortunately, my coming of age years - and arriving there - leave me with no regrets.
Reading your entry brings to mind Joel Colodner, Joel, who was a friend during my early years because we grew up in the same building, preceded you as the "Richard Burbage" in Play Pro, and like you, he pursued a career in theater after completing his education. As you may know, he had a good deal of success and appeared in numerous episodes of series TV in the 70's through the 90's. He and I reconnected last year via the internet and exchanged a few emails. He is well, has led a very full life, and is still acting. However that seems to be limited to the Boston theater scene where he is involved with a Shakespearian company. (I think that this is a pretty accurate accounting).
In my senior(class of 65) year, as I recall, a fellow named Eric Bass was the primary actor.
Anyway, it is great to hear that life has treated you well. Our FHHS years were good ones. When you consider that upon graduation, we had to face the real world of late 60's & early 70's America with all of its travails and pitfalls (not to mention that little thing known as Viet Nam), the high school years come across as the proverbial calm before the storm. Although I guess we were pretty sophisticated NYC kids, in the real scheme of things, we were actually rather innocent. Those were good years.
I'm getting far too philosophical for the this venue. Therefore, I will close by wishing you and yours well.
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