Behind the scenes

With Ted Kennedy’s cancer in the news, I was thinking about one of the first times I had to cover one of his campaign swings. This one was a biggie: none other than his nephew, John F. Kennedy Jr. — at the time single and dubbed People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” — was going to appear at Kennedy’s Pub in Marlborough to stump for his uncle.

Naturally, every woman in the Marlborough area turned out dressed in their best (I swear I saw more than one woman wearing leopard) along with a few news crews and an enterprising father who had an autographed copy of the original JFK’s “Profiles in Courage” and a cute son who, he was sure, could convince JFK Jr. to sign.

The second JFK Jr. walked into the restaurant, I was immediately whacked in the head with the boom of a news camera, jostled aside by a reporter with a microphone and I fell, quite unsexily, to the floor. It was not my finest moment (my entire career could be summed up in three words: Suburban Pratfall Barbie), and I’ve held a grudge against news cameramen ever since.

However, I won’t hold it against you if you want to take the video production class offered by Grafton Community Television, which will run for eight consecutive Monday nights, 7-9 p.m. starting on June 2. The class, which will conclude on July 21st, is held at the GCTV studios at 296 Providence Road in South Grafton.

From the GCTV news release: “The popular video production class is available at no charge to Grafton residents who are 18 years of age or older, regardless of whether or not they are cable subscribers. Taught by Danielle DeLucia, Grafton public access coordinator, the class lets participants get comfortable with the basics of using a video camera, editing their own programs and behind the scenes directing. The class includes making a short public service video. Completion of the class certifies you as a GCTV producer, enabling you to produce your own television shows on Grafton Community Television.

“The deadline for signups for this class is Friday, May 30th. To sign up please call Danielle DeLucia, Public Access Coordinator for Grafton at 508-839-2983 or email at GCTV11@charter.net

“According to Grafton Cable Television Oversight Committee Chairman Robert Hassinger, ‘Grafton Community Television is essentially a TV studio and a resource center, but unlike commercial broadcast stations, it is not staffed with TV producers, camera operators, and technicians. Grafton Community Television’s role is more like a combination school and equipment library where individuals and organizations are trained how to use TV production equipment and learn how to make TV shows, and then are provided the free use of equipment and cable channel time to produce and air their shows.'”

First lesson, free of charge: when you finally do hold that video camera in your hands, for the love of God, watch where you swing it!

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