The piece of advice from Evelyn McDonnell (pictured) that likely resounded most last Friday with students at Beloit Memorial High School is the honoree’s assertion that 30 years from now, no one will remember whether they were asked out to the prom. ‘Really!?’ we can almost hear half the room exclaiming to themselves, with a mixture of relief and disbelief.
The Glendale native, who moved east at a young age and presently resides in San Pedro, was there to be inducted into her high school Hall of Fame. Her fourth book, Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, is due out in July. From a report in the Beloit Daily News:
Now with a young son in Los Angeles public schools, McDonnell said she’s worried about cuts to public education and said she was very thankful she was able to have a public education. Although she went on to private higher educational institutions, BMHS was the foundation of her learning.
That subsequent path McDonnell is alluding to encompassed Brown University and various professional stints including Village Voice senior editor and associate editor of SF Weekly. More recently, she was a specialized journalism Annenberg Fellow at USC and currently teaches journalism at Loyola Marymount.
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