It’s a rare occasion when an A&M Consolidated High School alumnus becomes famous or does something remarkable or gets their name mentioned in the news – and when it happens, a flurry of gossip ensues.
Such was the case when Class of ’94 graduate Tommy Sadoski made the CNN webpage for impregnating Hollywood actress Amanda Seyfried.
To Sadoski’s credit, he’s actually made quite a name for himself as an actor on Broadway and in the great Aaron Sorkin HBO drama “Newsroom.” He even starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in the Oscar-nominated “Wild.”
But we who remember him from our glory days in College Station know that his dad was a Texas A&M University professor, his mom worked at Aerofit gym and he, frankly, was a weird theater kid.
Being the news junkie that I am, I saw the story on CNN recently and promptly texted it to a few high school buddies.
Nothing brings a group closer together than an acquaintance who is showing up in our newsfeed for a brush with stardom.
My high school friend Brandon Makovy – an actor in his own right who recently appeared on the TV show “Pitch” – said he was happy for Tommy and recalled times of skateboarding with him in the sixth grade.
Another friend who lives in Los Angeles and remains perpetually starstruck was baffled that our very own Tommy Sadoski has officially moved on up. Suffice it to say that our text exchange ended in her writing, “Well … your mama shops at Wal-Mart.”
I pretty much hated high school. I didn’t make excellent grades, I wasn’t good at sports and I had a lot of anxiety about wanting to be pretty and popular. Such is the life of every teenage girl, right?
But I have had pretty good success with friendships, relationships, jobs and life in general as an adult. I like to think that I’m genuinely happy for my classmates who have done well and are pursuing their dreams. I attended my 10-year and 20-year high school reunions and actually enjoyed the conversation and the fact that the pretty girls were still pretty, the jocks were still jocks and the weird theater kids were scoring tickets to the Academy Awards.
My glory days weren’t particularly legendary – I didn’t throw the game-winning touchdown pass at the Homecoming game – but they were my glory days and I’m grateful that I made it to the other side.
April Towery is the editor of the Meteor. She can be reached at (936) 348-3505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.