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Campus Beat LogoSF State President Robert A. Corrigan stands between Rosemary and Peter Casey. All Five gleaming gold Emmy statuettes are on a table next to the smiling trio. Photo by Gino de Grandis

Good Night Seattle, Hello SF State

Peter 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 "Frasier."

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."


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