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Jonathan Moore reports in from Los Angeles, CA

Jonathan Moore, the son of Nelson and Joanna Moore, writes about the new HBO show for which he has been a writer, about his new teaching job, about plans for a documentary on Lottie Moon and the comedy screenplay he's writing, and about an lasting encounter with a young lady he met in LA who has ties to a community just 30 miles from Columbia, a community "so small you never heard of it," she said.

To Family, Friends, & Folks back home in Kentucky:

Just a quick note to say greetings from Los Angeles.

I'm still in LA and have been here for ten years now. I just completed a six-month job in the writing department for a new show on HBO entitled "John From Cincinnati." It debuts this month, I believe. I was hired by David Milch, the producer, who also wrote and produced "Deadwood."

I'm currently finishing up my first comedy screenplay and hoping to make it into a low-budget feature one of these days. And at least part of the story takes place in Kentucky.

I'm also considering trying to get some kind of narrative project off the ground about the legendary southern Baptist missionary, Lottie Moon.

And I am most pleased to report that I recently accepted a full-time teaching position in the department of cinema/television at Vanguard University, a small, Christian college in Orange County.

So these are exciting, busy times for me.

It's a small world, isn't it?

In another couple of months I will have been dating Karen Erickson for two years.

She is in the entertainment industry also, and works as the senior online videoeditor for "Last Call with Carson Daly" on NBC - the late night talk show. Originally from the bay area (San Jose) she's been in LA for about five years.

But here's the part that will stick you good: when I first met her and she discovered I was from Kentucky, she said that, oh, her grandmother was from Kentucky too - which made my figurative ears perk up as if they were attached to a bird dog.

When I asked where bouts in Kentucky, she replied that she was sure that I'd never heard of it, as it was so small.

Turns out it is Nancy, Kentucky - just down the road in Pulaski County and, if I'm not mistaken, it used to be an exit off the Cumberland Parkway. Turns out that she still has a lot of family in the Somerset area - and in Lexington.

What's even more surprising is that her great-uncle - in Lexington - is a good friend to MY uncle, my Mom's brother.

How's that for a small world?

Since we met, Karen has been to Kentucky twice with me, both short trips. She had a good time, but despite her Bluegrass lineage, she is still a city girl.

She got into a ridiculous amount of stick-tites and still finds them on her clothes from time to time, even after she got back to LA. I told her that this proves my theory that once you've been to Kentucky - you ain't never really gonna get over it...

Hope all you all in Adair County are doing well.

s/Jonathan Moore
Los Angeles, CA
Related links:

Click here for the story for December 1997, about Jonathan Moore as he was finishing his first semester in the Master's Program for movie directing at UCLA.

Click here for a story about a movie film maker Jonathan Moore shot in the Gradyville area in 2001, a movie based on a story by famed Kentucky author Chris Offutt.

This story was posted on 2007-06-03 11:21:00
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