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Eastern Editor’s Note


Modern Dreamer A


Te story behind our Sally Young feature


funny thing happened to me when Sally Young (BS72) visited campus last fall. Young, a producer on the Emmy-winning television comedy ‘Modern Family,’ was


here to speak with film students, aspiring writers, actors, cinematographers and other EMU students interested in the entertainment field.


Our students were looking for advice on starting their careers and possibly breaking into Hollywood. And there I was, hanging on every word she said— though I have no interest in working in television or movies. I am, however, interested in having the guts to keep trying when things aren’t working, or when I can’t find an answer.


As Young explained the stops and starts of an unpredictable 40-year career that began with secretarial work, I sat in the audience, silently cheering for someone I had never met, thrilled that her career had played out the way that it had. Tis wasn’t about the Emmy award, which was there in the room, all shiny and recognizable. Tis was about respecting someone’s work ethic. It was about witnessing an example of tenacity, right in front of me. Young’s plea to keep dreaming and to keep trying was delivered passionately, and I was grateful for the reminder.


Chris Azzopardi and Sally Young at Haab’s.


I knew then that I wanted to share her story in Eastern Magazine, and we did so in this issue (“From ‘Family Life’ to ‘Modern Family,’” p. 24). I also knew that I wanted EMU alumnus and celebrity journalist Chris Azzopardi (BS06) to be the one to write the story. Azzopardi is enjoying career success of his own: he is the editor of Q Syndicate and recently joined Entertainment Tonight as a freelance contributor. He has interviewed and writen feature stories about stars like Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Ricky Martin and Adam Levine—yet he still happily writes for Eastern Magazine.


When I jokingly ask him when he will be too “big time” for us, he says that writing is writing, and that he is always grateful for the assignments. His humility is refreshing, as is his passion for his craſt.


Bringing Young and Azzopardi together to make this story come alive was a lot of fun. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did.


Keep dreaming. —Darcy Gifford, editor 4 Eastern | SPRING 2015


SPRING 2015 Vol. 12, Issue 2


EDITOR Darcy Gifford CONTRIBUTORS Chris Azzopardi (BS06), Jason Brooks,


Patricia Cartwright, Jo Cook, Josh Elliott, Linda Hass, Geoff Larcom, Randy Mascharka (BBA85),


Eva Menezes, Jess J. Salisbury, Jeff Samoray, Hilary Simmet, Jacob Skogheim (BBA11), Amy Whitesall


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