Bethel Park High School Creative Writing and Video Production students welcomed back WQED Producer Rick Sebak to his Alma Mater!
Mr. Sebak is a 1971 graduate of Bethel Park High School and for the past 30 years, he has worked as a Producer for WQED-TV, making award winning programs such as "Kennywood Memories" and "A Hot Dog Program."
He spoke with the students about the things he did as a Bethel Park High School student, including Drama Club and becoming a Foreign Exchange Student in Brazil. After graduating from high school, Mr. Sebak attended the University of North Carolina, where he initially majored in English and Theater, but dropped the Theater major a year later to add Radio, Television and Motion Pictures as his second major.
After working for 10 years at a PBS television station in South Carolina, Mr. Sebak returned to Pittsburgh and has worked for WQED since his return. He also writes for Pittsburgh Magazine.
The BPHS students had several questions for Mr. Sebak, which prompted him to tell some interesting stories about some things he's done over the years, including unsuccessful interview with Muppets creator Jim Henson for a job, his world-wide travels to places like Australia and Alaska, and how Alexander Hamilton was responsible for coining the name, "Whiskey Rebellion."
One of the many pieces of advice he shared with the students came from his job interview with Jim Henson, who told him, "If you want to work in television, when someone asks you, 'What kinds of things are you interested in?' the answer is 'I'm interested in everything.'"
He couldn't name a favorite program that he produced, but he especially enjoyed working on "Houses Around Here" and "Cemetaries."
His time with the students went by quickly. At the end of his presentation, he distributed DVD copies of some of his documentaries to the students.
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to read more about Mr. Sebak's visit in The Almanac