Thursday, March 13, 2008

Local Boy On the Silver Screen

Having taught in a small Wyoming school (at its peak, an enrollment of 180 students in grades 9 -12), I don't often have the opportunity to say, "I knew him when. . ." or "I had the privilege to have him in one of my classes." Yet, this former student is the exception.

I remember the buzz that went through the community when Matt (as I know him) modeled for a catalog. The buzz increased to a roar when he starred in the series "Party of Five" and progressed to the hit series, "Lost." I have been watching Matthew Fox's career with great interest, and I admit that I am proud of his accomplishments.

Last week a friend and I went to Matt's latest movie, "Vantage Point." I was not disappointed. The film is not a typical suspense film and requires the viewer to evaluate the surroundings and the events as they appear. These events are shown from numerous "vantage points" during the film and soon the pieces fall into place. I found the film to be fresh and well written although reviews on the net are mixed. I don't really care what others think of the film because I liked it. Matt played his character well.

I am proud of the young man who sat in my classroom and who represents his community and values well.


  1. Awww, I'm glad you feel proud of of one of your students. :)

    Was he as rowdy of a kid as he claims he was? :D

  2. I don’t remember Matt as being rowdy in class. He was personable and flashed his trademark smile often.

    Matt was a good student, athlete, and leader. He competed in football, basketball, and track and was in FFA. His family’s ranch was at least a 30-mile drive to the high school, so his participation in sports and organizations was a real commitment.

  3. How neat to see one of your students succeed in such a competitive profession!


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