No more classes for me.  Last night was it.  All I have left is to finish MC 481, which is the internship and my portfolio, not really what you would call a class.

We took a field trip to KPLR/WB11 to see their 9pm newscast.  It was a great experience.  We hung around for several hours and sat in on the newscast.  And by we I mean myself, the professor, and two other students.  One other guy was supposed to show up, but he had bad directions and I know he got lost.  WB11 seems to be out in the middle of nowhere.

The producer of the newscast, Frank Walter, graduate from SIUE, so we got the grand tour of everything.  The two names of people you may know that we talked with were Gary Seith, who does the weather, and Rick Edlund, who is the anchor and managing editor of the newscast.  Rick Edlund used to be an anchor at KSDK a few years ago.

Gary Seith was a cool guy, showing us the computer programs he uses to help him predict the weather and create computer graphics based on the satellite readings and other things.  I was surprised to find out that he does all of that on his own with no help from anybody else.  He’s going to become a chief meteorologist at the CBS affiliate in Dallas in August, which is great for him.  It means a bigger audience and a bigger paycheck.

I’m not sure why, but I expected Rick Edlund to blow us off and be an asshole.  I guess it’s just an expectation I have of people who have had any type of celebrity for many years.  He was completely the opposite.  He talked with our small group for about 20 minutes, answering any and all questions we had.  Then, just before the newscast, he started moving around chairs so that we could have a good place to sit for the second and third parts of the newscast (we sat in the control room for the first part).  He was extremely gracious and first class all the way.

And that was all part of my last official class at SIUE.  Not a bad way to end it.  I will be back at SIUE several times, namely to return my books and a couple of “internship meetings” with Dr. Voss.

I’m so close to a real job I can taste it.

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