On July 30, I met with Billy McGuigan for our second interview. Six years ago I went to the Omaha Community Playhouse as a freshman in high school to interview Billy for a school project. Tuesday I met with him as a junior in college, writing an article for a professional publication.
The subject was the same: his Beatles tribute show, Yesterday and Today, that I fell in love with in 2007 in its first season.
I took a shot all those years ago reaching out to this local group for an interview. I guess I got lucky. Unfortunately the video my partner and I were supposed to be filming was never captured, but I promise it was an awesome interview.
Now, I’ve been to the show at least seven times and I thought it would be great for the Bellevue community to get to know one of its own, why the show is so successful and how he came up with the unique concept of a all-request Beatles show where the audience shares their stories with Billy and his brothers.
Billy set up an interview at his alma mater Bellevue East High School and we both had the chance to reflect on the years since our last interview — me and my progress with journalism and him and his progress with the show.
In addition to the Billy story that made the front page of the Bellevue Leader, my byline landed the front page of the Ralston Recorder for a story on an old building with a new owner.
That story took some time, but I met some great people with a great vision. This story reminded me that in every town, there are places that are cool and have the potential to bring the community together. The Old Ralston Granary is one of those places and Klare Ellis is a man with a great vision. I wish him the best of luck and can’t wait to come home in a year and see the vision taking shape.
Finishing my internship with two front-page features gives me confidence since I have claimed feature writing to be my weakness. Maybe I really have grown as a journalist this summer. Thanks to the community and the staff that has helped me achieve this.