Myth or Fact?

(c) 2019 KENS TV.

The summer of 1987 was a great year for me. Similar to what 1969 was for others, 1987 left a lasting impression on me. It was the year I finally rode a bicycle; riding in circles in my grandparents’ little backyard, listening to KTFM on my radio headphones as they played Madonna, The Jets, and so many others. That summer, while listening to “You Got It All” and “Walk Like An Egyptian”, I sent out two letters that would change my fate. I’d been a writer for as long as I’d been able to put words together using a crayon and paper. I eventually graduated to typing when my father showed me how to type by teaching me how to code on an Atari 800. It was rudimentary code, but it still taught me two important things: a love of computers and how to type. Soon, I was typing away stories on a light blue typewriter that belonged to my parents but which I used more than them. It was on this typewriter that I typed two letters: one, to the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine; the other, to a local CBS affiliate, KENS-TV. I soon thereafter received a polite rejection letter from Alfred Hitchcock (the magazine, not the man). Then, I received a letter from KENS. I remember sitting on the cement steps—which had been recently been splashed with water to cool down in the heat—when the mail came in. I tore into the envelope, eager as any boy would be, to read what the letter said. It came directly from the program director who was interested in some of my ideas and wanted to meet with me and my parents. A meeting was set up, and we went to the station to meet with her and one of her producers, David Deering. They felt as most of my stories were too violent(!) or included alcohol references and were not age appropriate. However, they liked one story, “Myth or Fact?”, and wanted to turn it into a short film that would kick off a show made for and by kids called Kid Vid. It would air on a local channel called KENS II. We were given a tour of the station, and they were very nice. They sat me in front of one of the cameras and had me do a commercial for them to help promote the new show. I remember being so nervous and tightly grasping the wooden handles of the chair I sat on. I’d never been on tv before. Several days later, we had to go back so David could interview me about my story as well as other stories. I don’t recall being as nervous, but on playback, it was obvious I was. To this day, my family teases me about making kissy faces. In the end, it didn’t matter; I had gotten a taste of success as a writer. It made me want to write more, share more, and hone my craft as best as I can. I learned creative writing at three different institutes, as well as attended writing workshops on a regular basis. Kid Vid didn’t last long as a show, and I never had another story televised. I’ve written many a short story, wrote and starred in a one-act play, and have had a novel published. I continue to write, and that’s no myth. That’s a fact.

Published by Lafiro A Gomez, III

After having survived a major stroke, I became a full-time writer. I write using my iPhone and one thumb. I am the author of Parachute Island as well as other works. I studied chemistry, psychology, and art at Williams College. I write anything that piques my interest, though mostly, I write speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror). I currently reside in San Antonio, Texas.

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