Telecommedy is the memoir / steamy tell-all / advice column / cathartic epression written by Scott Wilkinson. It hasn't quite been published yet, but early copies are out for review. Stop back here often or follow us on social media for the latest on the book. And by "us", we mean "me". And be "we", I mean "I". This isn't a big operation. Yet.
The main reason for writing this book is to get rich quick. What child growing up in small town America hasn’t looked with envy at the high-paid authors riding around in their expensive cars with young, nubile members of the opposite (or perhaps same) sex, dispensing cash at the local soda shop, and flaunting their solid gold author bling over the less literary.
In the off chance that fortune does not come quickly, a secondary goal is fame. I often dream about the famous authors who are mobbed by the paparazzi and hounded for autographs by young, nubile members of the opposite (or perhaps same) sex. They show up on the cover of supermarket check-out line magazines, sit courtside at all major sporting events, and sign a few napkins rather than paying for meals at all of the best restaurants in town.
In the extremely unlikely event that both fame and fortune are fleeting, the lesser of the three reasons for writing this book is to capture the excitement of a time that has passed and an amazing (for various reasons) group of people that came together at a unique time in the history of the world to make something truly special. And that truly special thing that we were attempting to make was, of course, money. Gobs of it. That most of us failed and ended up attempting to write books is merely a side note.
The material in this book comes from two primary sources. The first source is a lecture that I give semi-regularly to graduate students at Georgia Tech who are about to enter the world of gainful employment. When asked to give my first lecture in the series, I did not realize that I was supposed to be speaking about technology and instead pulled together a series of humorous stories about my career scattered with platitudes about lessons learned. The class seemed to like it and they keep asking me back. The second source is a blog that I started, worked on furiously, and ultimately abandoned during the telecomm boom that was entitled “Telecommedy” (hence the book title). The blog was my attempt at turning serious telecomm topics into more entertaining articles, with varying success and little fanfare. Those blog posts were the starting point for the little technology interludes in-between chapters that try to set the stage and perhaps educate just a little, tiny, bit about what all this telecomm hoopla is about.