THE WEBLOG ARCHIVE: The Early Years
April 18, 2006
The Early Years: Recommendation from a Friend | 01:50 PM
Recently unearthed: My good friend Dave Stern (more recently seen as "Buddy" in Buddy Cianci:The Musical) wrote this recommendation for me at the tender age of 18. I think I can aver, without hesitation, that it was these kind words that got me into college. (Poor quality of document can be attributed to its location for the intervening 14 years: attached, by magnet, to the refrigerator at my mother's apartment, directly above the stove.)
February 21, 2006
The Early Years: Documents Relating to My Education | 12:07 PM
In the summer of 1992, I went to China. The group consisted of: HS Chinese teacher Guo YuMing, her daughter Nie Nie (Elizabeth), Shana Norberg-[McClain], David Stern, Iwao Kato, Yael Kropsky, Leslie [Lee] Bowe, Jean Lau Kee (a non-HS student who didn't quite know what she was getting into), and several other people whose names escape me at the moment.
As a result of a three-week intensive course in the Chinese language, in which I learned just how little Chinese I had managed to retain from my previous six years of study, I was awarded this certificate:
(Photo detail after the jump)
shana comments: "oh hi there. I just googled peter leventhal, on an insomniac whim, and found myself. zhen qiguai."
corie comments: "did your neck get shorter with age?"
JVG comments: "I had a neck-shortening operation Junior year of college."
corie comments: "well, better than a head enlargement."
April 04, 2005
PS3 Rides Again | 11:51 AM
Hm. Turns out I went to Grade School with The Bachelor. He's not on this page of the yearbook, but does appear a few pages earlier. (Scan to follow when scanner becomes a working device. Won't that be fun?)
December 05, 2003
The Early Years: Old Friends | 06:05 PM
Going through the Van Gieson Archives (available to the public by appointment only), I happened across my 5th Grade yearbook which, on the autographs page, contained heartwarming messages from my closest grade school friends.
Such fond memories. Though I'm still in contact with some associates from that era, including Miranda, Sarah, and David (author of the note "Your weird" above all these years later, has your opinion changed, David? HAS IT?) I have lost touch with most of these fond autographers. And yet I wonder, what are they up to these days? Have they fulfilled their childhood ambitions as outlined on the yearbook's "What I Want to Be When I Grow Up" page? Are they living out their 5th Grade dreams? Sadly, several minutes of Google searching reveals that the answer, most likely, is no.
Well, friends, I hope you're all happy in your new careers, and not feeling too harshly the shame of having disappointed your 5th Grade selves. If you're ever in the neighborhood, drop a note in the comments.
Friend comments: "Shut up, pee."
miranda comments: "Oh, I am so going to have to dig up my 5th grade yearbook now. I remember Eben Davidson signing my yearbook in a big orange marker, and that weird x-shaped snake thingy looks shockingly familiar. Someone left a similar imprint on my yrbk. I don't remember if Amilcar signed mine, but I remember that pic of him & Eben at halloween, one of them in drag and the other lookin' like a biker boy... do you have that somewhere?"
JVG comments: "Photo is here. That wasn't Almicar, that was this guy. And do you recognize one of the clowns in the next photo over?"
m comments: "Oh yeah! Wow, we have a lot of actors in our alumni, huh. Eben looks fierce there, yo. Actually I recognize three out of four clowns :)"
Eben comments: "wow... I dont remember much. but it's cool that Amilcar is in LA since I live out here now, I will look him up. ... "
Colin comments: "Well imagine my surprise when I googled myself I found my 5th grade entry in your yearbook is the number one hit on my name/career. I knew my accomplishments peaked early."
Sarah Killeen comments: "I googled Jessica Schwarting, to track her down, and found this. I was in the same class but have blocked out many memories. remember your name but not your face. Hm. Will go look it up. Where are your comics syndicated? "
Jessica S comments: "What a blast from the past. Hey that's me, I'm one of the clowns! I think that's Antonia next to me. "
June 30, 2003
The Early Years: Press | 01:22 PM
At the tender of age of thirteen, my remarkable acting talent was already gracing the stages of one of the outer boroughs.
And, as always, the forth estate was there. The press photo for To Kill A Mockingbird, in this clipping from a local newspaper, hints at the passionate depths of my performance. In this one moment, captured forever only on paper, I am able to convey so many things standing, looking, wearing overalls that one cannot help but wish that one could travel back through time, if only to watch a few moments of my remarkable portrayal of "Jem" live.
I received, of course, a rave review:
May 16, 2003
The Early Years: Works | 10:20 AM
In 1992, at the tender age of 18, I was required to submit a 25 page portfolio for my writing class. After much discussion, our teacher settled on this definition of a "page" of poetry: 10 lines.
The result: no less than five poems in my portfolio titled "filler," each one a masterpiece of lyrical avoidance, and all exactly 10 lines. Finally, three of these poems are available for public enjoyment.
Filler 4: the final straw
April 22, 2003
The Early Years: Today in History | 10:26 AM
In this report, filed twenty-one years ago today, I carefully balance a number of disparate elements: news report, drawing of a castle, and math quiz. Needless to say, the effort is deemed "excellent" by the reviewers.
March 27, 2003
The Early Years: Works | 01:37 PM
From the tender age of 18 to 22, my comic strip "Tales From The Established Norm" ran in the school paper, and garnered some criticism from my friends, who felt that the storylines ran a bit too close to their own lives for comfort. They claimed, for instance, that the main character, Norm, bore a striking resemblance to me. (This is, of course, ridiculous. I have long hair, Norm had a pompadour.) They alleged that certain events happening in the strip love, breakups, facial hair, student elections, alcoholism, housing problems, bisexuality, failed classes, parole occurred in conjunction with their own similar experiences.
March 17, 2003
Employment History: VCIX (Oct 1999 - May 2000) | 10:07 AM
Gosh, it looks like my old VCIX bosses are in trouble again. I feel for them, I really do. After all, we parted on amicable terms: They said they weren't happy with my "commitment to the team" and that I had a week to "prove myself," and I responded by demanding unilateral control of my department and a $20,000 raise. We compromised at two weeks severance, leaving me with fonder feelings towards them than the folks who stuck it out to the end and got completely shafted.
March 05, 2003
The Early Years: Today in History | 10:37 AM
An exciting discovery: this report, filed twenty-one years ago today, may just be the first journalistic effort ever by the author.
February 07, 2003
The Early Years: Today in History | 02:21 AM
After such blazing brilliance in previous news reports, this sample, filed nineteen years ago today, is to say the least somewhat disappointing.
February 04, 2003
The Early Years: Awards & Honors | 09:57 AM
Many of you, I am sure, frequently wonder; "Sure, he's famous, but can he handle a sword?" Pontificate no longer. The answer resides in one of the most highly prized in my collection of awards: the Templars MVP Trophy, won at the tender age of eighteen years.
January 30, 2003
The Early Years: Today in History | 08:38 PM
In non-Lockhart news, regular jvg.com browser RhodeKill writes: "Put up more drawings on your Web site." Always happy to oblige my fans: This report, filed twenty years ago today, showcases my early breakthroughs in editorial cartooning.
January 26, 2003
The Early Years: Today in History | 06:30 PM
Another foray into the fourth estate, this one filed nineteen years ago today. Even the most cursory of glances makes it clear that I had developed considerably as a journalist and, indeed, as a human being in the one year and two days since the previous report.
January 24, 2003
The Early Years: Today in History | 01:56 AM
Like a vintage copy of the New York World, my early journalistic endeavors afford an invaluable glance into the pulse of a bygone era. This report, filed twenty years ago today, captures on paper a moment in time.
January 21, 2003
The Early Years: Awards & Honors | 01:12 PM
As might be expected, my myriad abilities were worthy of recognition even in the very blush of youth. This highly-coveted award, bestowed upon me at the tender age of six years, celebrates not only my unparalleled athletic prowess, but also my artistic genius and love of the environment.
January 02, 2003
The Early Years: Early Works | 01:37 AM
SL likes to say "There's no 'off' button on the genius switch." Nowhere is that more evident than in this brilliant Star Wars Parody from my "Pop Art" period.
December 17, 2002
The Early Years: Press | 02:40 PM
A sharp-eyed Daily News photog catches me off-guard at the tender age of 17 months in a contemplative mood and a fashionable shirt. What brilliance was I in the process of creating? Sadly, lost in the sands of time.
December 15, 2002
The Early Years: Press | 12:09 AM
December 14, 2002
The Early Years | 02:42 AM
Many celebrities are kind enough to share of themselves in the form of an autobiography. I shall endeavor to be no less magnanimous. To begin, I present these recently uncovered documents relating to my birth.
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