T.V. Acting, Lace Irish vs. Shanty Irish, and "Where Do You Go to Church?" with Patrick Cronin
Pat Cronin, a theater and acting professor at East Tennessee State University has led quite a life. Growing up in Philadelphia, the son of Irish immigrants, he developed and honed his acting skills trying to avoid being beaten up at school and performing at parties in his strictly Irish neighborhood. Pat has acted in over 200 television shows, like Star Trek, Seinfeld, Night Court, Home Improvement, and the list goes on. In addition to the T.V. shows, there have been movies, stage productions, commercials, etc. Pat has had a full life and career. While it was a major life tragedy, the passing of his wife Betsy, that initially helped to lead him to a teaching position at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, it was his love of the students and the people he came to know as friends that has kept him in Appalachia all this time. This year, he's celebrating his 20th year at the university and he's preparing to retire. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to sit down with him and hear some of his story. I know you're going to enjoy Patrick Cronin.