I was one of those people very good at a few things, and very bad at a number of others. I was looking to find my place in the world, and to find something I could do well.
In high school I found one thing I was good at in sports, I could sack quarterbacks. My joy in this new ability did not include a knowledge of protocol, so I didn’t understand how in practice one’s own quarterback is off limits. I was taught that lesson through a process called triple teaming which left me with a knee to remind me of the event to this day.
Excluded now from athletic prowess, I was encouraged to try acting, and given the lead role in a very adult play, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. My memory of being behind the curtain before the play began also sticks with me to this day. Compared to football - - in theatre I had all of the attention, none of the pain.
Wally Kennedy, my high school drama teacher, made the biggest impact on my life of any teacher I’ve ever studied with, and perhaps of any person outside of my immediate family.
I’m still trying to live up to his example. Still trying to be good at something.