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Wednesday, March 23, 2011Josh Jackson ran cross country and track for Lipscomb University, and is now a script supervisor for televised music events, and has had the opportunity to work with popular events such as the Grammys and the CMA Awards. He now lives just west of Nashville with his wife Beth and their two children, Anne Elise and Morgan. He took a few minutes to talk with lipscombsports.com about his time at Lipscomb University.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I ran Cross Country and Track at Lipscomb from 1990-1994 under coach Kent Johnson.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“I always loved the road trips. Getting to travel with my teammates to compete against other schools was exciting, and a bonding event for us as a team. Even if we were all crammed into a 15 passenger van for hours at a time and then expected to get out and run as fast as we could for 5 miles in the heat or cold, it was a great time.
“Non-specific to my sport were the `Battle of the Boulevard’ basketball games that were played to capacity crowds at Vanderbilt and following John Pierce as he broke the all-time scoring record in basketball.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Looking back, Coach Johnson was always a fine Christian example to us , which was something most of us as young men really needed at the time. I remember him hosting devotionals for us in his home and always making sure we weren’t fooling around – too much. I would also say my teammates. They always pushed me to excel in practice and at meets, as well as in life.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“My fondest memory would definitely be meeting my wife across Granny White at Pizza Perfect. I went in for a slice of pizza and left with a best friend and future wife! Also, hanging out with the many great teammates I had through the years. It’s like we were a family. We did everything together and I have so many wonderful memories of my time with them.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“My time at Lipscomb was all about growing up and learning responsibility. I’m so glad I chose Lipscomb since that made that task a little easier than a lot of places would have.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“I had several favorite instructors at Lipscomb. However, I will never forget being one of less than ten people in Dr. Harvey Floyd’s Bible class and being challenged beyond belief! I also enjoyed John Conger’s classes on family and Dr. Charles McVey for German.”
Where do you live now?
“I live in Pegram, Tenn., which is about 30 miles west of Nashville.
“My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I am self-employed as a script supervisor for televised music events. In the last several years, I have had the honor of working on the Grammy Awards, CMA Awards, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions and worked at the White House several times for the PBS series, In Performance at the White House.
“While much of my job entails dealing with the scripted dialogue of the show, I also lyrically and musically break down performances into a predetermined format so that the director can plan out the shots that you end up seeing on TV. I then go to rehearsals to verify the band/staging plot and the arrangement being performed.
“I make sure the lyrics are correct for the teleprompter and take notes on various aspects of the performance. If any changes are made, which always happens, I report back to the associate director and have the needed paperwork distributed to the crew.”
Tell us about your family.
“I have been married to Beth Sexton (LU ‘95) for 12 years. We have two children, Ann Elise (8) and Morgan (5). To make my kids happy, we also have a cat named Jasper and a brand new puppy named McCartney.”