Night Seattle, Hello SF State
Casey (B.A., '75), cocreator and executive producer
of "Frasier," has given students a powerful reminder of the
places they can go with an SF State education: five Emmy statuettes,
now on display in the Creative Arts building.
"I want students to sees these statuettes and realize that their
dreams and career goals are possible," says Casey, who has won
seven Emmys during a prolific career in television comedy.
Helping the next generation of writers, producers and directors is nothing
new for Casey. He has visited television writing classes and invited
alumni to the set of "Frasier." In March, he hosted the Broadcast
and Electronic Communication Arts Department's 60th-anniversary media
symposium, where he told students that attending a similar conference
at SF State during the 1970s "provided me with the inspiration
to give Hollywood a try."
After graduating with a degree in radio and television, Casey wrote
scripts relentlessly until he sold his first episode to "The Jeffersons."
He supported himself with odd jobs, including selling sandwiches on
Paramount's Stage 25, where he later worked as a writer and producer
for "Cheers" before moving on to "Wings" and then
The statuettes, which honored Seattle-based "Frasier" as Outstanding
Comedy Series for five consecutive years, are prominently displayed
in a glass case at the entrance of the Creative Arts building. Above
the display, Casey's words remind students, "It's all possible,
and it all begins here at SF State."