Dave Miller, for many years the director of the innovative LFHS Telecom Department along with the current director, Steve Douglass, celebrate 50 years of remarkable success. Telecom’s influence can be measured by the real life outcomes of Dave and Steve’s teaching, mentoring, motivating and encouragement of the 100s of kids who passed through the LFHS Telecom experience. What would start out for many as a lark to be in Telecom turned out to be life changing for far more than a few.
Dave Miller not only taught the craft of storytelling through the medium of film and TV, he honed the hobby or interest in making movies to a skill and profession, even a passion. He accomplished this by recognizing the difference in his students between those who were enrolled in an interesting course and those who approached Telecom as the formation of a life’s work and career.
Dave treated everyone fairly, but the students who really got it were provided the latitude to develop their craft and the freedom to express themselves, including the nearly unlimited and unfettered use of the facilities and equipment. In short, he treated them with respect and developed their maturity beyond their years.
Our son Paul, in the early 80s, showed a strong interest in storytelling through the medium of film and video with our family Super 8 camera and one of the early boxy video cassette cameras, but it was not until his first exposure to Dave Miller and Telecom that he developed the passion and desire to pursue the profession he enjoys today, writing, producing and directing television shows.
Paul’s class of “88” was remarkable for the many successes of his buddies and classmates who found their way into the “business,” among them Dave Eggers and Vince Vaughn, who either directly or passed through Telecom and the attention and influence of Dave Miller.
As we all look back on our lives, most can identify that one person, very often a teacher, who had a profound impact on us; Dave Miller as a teacher of Telecom is just such a person. LFHS and Dave’s students drew that lucky card. Dave, thanks for your past and continuing contribution to our community.
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