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When millions of people tune in tonight to watch the season six première of Lost (The Final Season), they won’t be thinking about the state of Iowa—but that doesn’t mean the show doesn’t have a Hawkeye connection. It actually has several.

Fans of the show know that fictional character Kate (Evangeline Lilly) was born and raised in Iowa. But a lot less people know that in real life both Michael Emerson (who plays Ben Linus) and Terry O’Quinn (who plays John Locke) have Iowa roots. When season five ended Ben Linus and John Locke were central figures in the final plot.

What are the odds of two actors going to college in Iowa 30 plus years ago ending up in the middle of a cultural TV phenomenon?

According to a news release at the University of Iowa, O’Quinn attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City back in ’74 & ’75 and Emerson received a BFA from Drake University in Des Moines in 1976.

According to the news release, “Both actors are also Emmy winners. O’Quinn won the Best Supporting Actor award in 2007 for his work as Locke. Emerson won for Outstanding Guest Actor/Drama in 2001 for his recurring character William Hinks, a psychotic serial killer, on the series The Practice.”

More proof that talent is talent and sometimes comes from unusual places.

Speaking of Emmys and Lost, I learned last week that a fellow I graduated from film school with (Jay Keiser) has been nominated twice for Primetime Emmy’s for sound design while working on the TV series Lost.

I look forward to this season to see how the writers pull all the storylines together.

Scott W. Smith

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Screenwriter William Blinn has been at it for more than 40 years. He won two Primetime Emmy’s for his work on Roots and Brian’s Song, and was nominated for three more for his work on Fame. He also wrote scripts for some of the classic TV programs; Gunsmoke, Bonaza and Eight is Enough, as well as being the creator of Starsky and Hutch.

Blinn also received the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television from The Writers Guild of America West. And as a quirky side note he was one of the writers for Purple Rain which starred Prince (who won an Oscar on that film for Best Music, Original Song Score). 

WGA West President Patric M. Verrone said of Blinn,”He has credits that few can match and all can envy.”  And Blinn, who is credited for changing the face for television, has Midwestern roots being born and attended public school in Akron, Ohio.

I bet William Blinn has stories to tell about a life behind the scenes of television from the 60s through today. Of course, I bring him up because the Super Bowl is today and I was looking for a writer to quote with some football connect and Brian Song is what first came to my mind. I found this video where he talks about the impact and criticism of the 1971 movie based on Gale Sayers book I Am Third.

“I can’t tell you how many times guys have said to me, ‘That’s the first time I cried around other guys.’ That sounds stupid, and it is to some degree, and now it’s on television as a cliched joke, that’s okay I got no problem with that, but there’s something to be said for that…Kurt Russell said, ‘I never cried in a movie before that.’ Manipulative? Yeah, sure it is. Sentimental? Yeah, sure it is. So what?
                                                                       William Blinn 

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