I was exposed to Public Access many years ago when the studio was on Court Street. My sister Amy Abercrombie had a long-time comedy show featuring her children and her animals,
mostly shot at her Sassafras Farm off Route 56.
While visiting, my husband and I were drafted to appear in The Story of Abraham - a take-off on the Biblical tale.
We were also in The Purple Star, from a short story written by our grandmother, using the elegant furnishings of the old Baker Center. Then there was the real estate tour of an Appalachian shack.
My sister found us a Sheriff's sale house in Nelsonville, and after Jack Ross died in 2010 I packed up the cats and abandoned Daytona Beach for my Poplar Street home, sight unseen.
Since that time, I've managed to add solar panels to the roof and trade in an old Tercel for a Nissan LEAF to run on Appalachian sunshine, and documented these feats on Around Athens.
It was on a trip to the Columbus Statehouse with Lois Whealey for a celebration of Women of Ohio that I met Nan Mykel who encouraged me to join the tribe of Public Access producers. I've appeared on Nan and Lois's shows but mostly videotape events that interest me - Sustainable Living Tours, art openings at Nelsonville's Final Friday, local political speeches by Bill and Hillary Clinton, and most recently a global heating conference in Oberlin - After Fossil Fuels The Next Economy featuring Bill McKibben and ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
From tours of historic houses and the Asylum to the county fair, from demonstrations against injection wells to public hearings, from political debates to children's art, my work for Access is never dull. In fact it astonishes me there is not a line out the door of people eager to use the studio's tools - cameras, tripods, lights, editing computers - to
have their say. I don't know if I have an audience - I do not get the station where I live - but it's good to know most of the footage is available on YouTube at any time.