an issue on “young alumni” can be an unsettling
experience for an editor who no longer falls into that category,
no matter how hard he tries.
Let me admit it right here at the start: I was born too
late for MTV. Music Television premiered in August 1981,
three months after my graduation from Holy Cross. The
first video ever played on the network was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by
The Buggles. The choice was more appropriate than I could have imagined. A child
of radio, I saw the fledgling station as a novelty, a curiosity whose chance
of survival was probably slim.
But then, I’m also the guy who told his younger sister, “In five
years, this new singer, Madonna, will be a trivia question.”
I guess the lesson is—do not come to me for pop culture prophecy.
Twenty years after its debut, MTV is a mainstay of the culture
and an entire generation has grown up on music videos.
And these days, those videos are being
introduced to us by Holy Cross’ own Dave Holmes ’94. Dave came to
the Hill from St. Louis, Mo., and caught the acting bug while performing with
the campus comedy troupe, The Crusadists. As you’ll read in his story,
he paid his dues in classic aspiring-performer fashion until he beat the odds
(4,000 to one, it turns out) to become everyone’s favorite video jock.
Elsewhere in the magazine, you’ll read about Kierán Suckling ’88,
founder of The Center for Biological Diversity, a group The New Yorker has called
one of the most powerful environmental organizations in the country. You will
also read about Maria Ferré ’89 and Loren Ferré Rangel ’92,
sisters who have turned their family-owned newspaper, El Nuevo Día, into
the largest daily in Puerto Rico while simultaneously launching other publications
When you’re done reading about these talented, intelligent, successful
young people, maybe you could send me your suggestions for our “late bloomers” issue …
Jack O’Connell ’81