'Do you remember when you weren't in the TV business?' asked the on-line thread...
I remember when the six o clock news seemed like a dispatch from God, delivered by silver-haired, infallible beings in sharp suits and huge lapel microphones.
I remember when the rundown shack of a radio station down the street enthralled me with the magic voices that emanated from within.
I remember when the burned-out hippie photog from the local newspaper struck me as the most dashing human on the planet.
I remember dropping to my knees in adolescent wonder as the Raleigh TV station unveiled their latest toy - an honest to God news chopper named 'Sky Five'.
I remember being interviewed by a local reporter about the weather, and then racing to my girlfriend's house to catch my dopey mug on Tee-Vee.
I remember watching young reporters in my small market town and imagining what their glitzy, glamour-filled lives must be like.
I remember riding past the ramshackle CBS affiliate two towns over and coveting the fate of those lucky enough to be allowed inside.
I remember shooting pool with my old man and proudly announcing I'd scored a production job at that very station. He broke into a wide grin and slapped me on the back, congratulating me for landing the minimum-wage gig.
After that, it's pretty much a blur...