John Gibson is a lecturer and a media producer at NKU. He received his undergraduate degree in history and his graduate degree in mass communication from Murray State University. When he’s not in the classroom, he can usually be found working on productions in various capacities, writing stories/film scripts, or diligently zombie-proofing his home. His first feature film, Revelation Trail, was released in North America in August 2014, and he is currently in development on the sequel to be shot in July 2016.
In addition to teaching, Gibson also works with students at NorseMedia, NKU’s campus television station, to produce documentary content, and to cover events around campus and the community.
He and his wife, Candace, married in Metropolis, IL; their first dance was on a stage at a banquet hall in town. A few years later they met the original Boba Fett and Chewbacca on the very same stage at a sci-fi convention, so that’s pretty cool, and will probably be featured on bar trivia some day. John also has an impressive collection of action figures, a collection that he hopes his three year old son Silas and infant daughter Emery don’t discover before Gibson’s able to install the laser sensors and alarms.
What is your favorite TV show and why? Very tough call; my tastes are kinda all over the place when it comes to television, so I’ll focus on what has been most recent fav: Parks and Recreation. Amazing characters, great storylines, and an ending that was one of the most satisfying endings for a show I’ve ever seen. Knope for President ’16.
What is your favorite media site or blog and why? For local news, The River News (good content, writing, and overall presentation). National news, CNN.com (I like the print presentation, but loathe watching CNN on TV). General entertainment, science, etc: io9.com (great presentation, good content, and my good friend Rob is a writer for the site, so gotta support my peeps).
What is your most memorable moment and why? I attended a lecture/presentation by Danny Glover at Murray State University one year when I was a student, and in front of a crowd of a hundreds of people, I got him to autograph a toilet seat as an homage/nod to his role as Sgt. Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon (specifically, the scene where there is a bomb attached to the toilet that he is sitting on). He wrote, “I’m getting too old for this. Danny Glover,” I shook his hand, the crowd went nuts, and I still have in my possession a signed toilet seat. (Also, it was brand new out of the package when I had him sign it, folks…I mean, c’mon…I’m not that weird.)
If there was a movie of your life, what genre would it be and who should play your character? I’ve been told that I have a pretty strong resemblance (when I don’t sport a beard) to Adam Scott (Ben Wyatt from Parks and Rec), so here’s the actor. As for the genre, I’m going to go with a sci-fi film directed by Wes Anderson set in the 1880s. That seems thoroughly screwed up enough.
What is one thing you’d put on your bucket list and why? Successfully answering all these questions. HEY! Look there. Just checked that one off. So, if I have to add something new, I’d say making a stop motion movie with my kids some day. Or going to Pearl Harbor or Normandy some day.