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Groves and Seaholm grads behind NBC’s Undateable
Hollywood is a long way from Birmingham, but two Birmingham Public School graduates brought their roots with them to Tinseltown. Show creator Adam Szytkiel, a 1996 graduate of Groves, and Executive Producer Jeff Ingold, a 1986 graduate of Seaholm, are behind the NBC summer sitcom, Undateable, which heavily features a Detroit locale.
Ingold currently serves as president of Doozer, the production company behind Cougar Town, Ground Floor, and Undateable.
Undateable aired on Thursday nights on NBC in June and July.
It’s not a secret that Birmingham Public Schools helps shape some of the brightest minds and talents around. Our alumni have made an impression in a variety of fields and many serve as mentors from afar or nearby to our current student population. Nick Lang, a 2004 Groves High School graduate, recently had the opportunity to work with students in the Groves Theatre Department, his old home-away-from-home.
Discovering the beauty of Northern Michigan
Her greatest successes are her four children and “truly wonderful” husband, but Deborah Wyatt Fellows, a 1974 Seaholm High School graduate, has also helped celebrate and protect Northern Michigan.
After graduating from Seaholm, Fellows went on to Albion College, where she graduated in 1978. But she wasn’t sure what she’d do next. After extensive traveling and a few jobs that seemed to make better stories than anything else, she found herself in Northern Michigan, a place she had loved since childhood, and started Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
“It has been such an honor to know that, through words, photos, ideas and tips, we are helping families and friends find themselves and each other in this incredible part of Michigan,” Fellows said. “Northern Michigan has always been a place where people come to celebrate, contemplate, grieve, explore, play and connect. We have played and continue to play a key role in insuring that Northern Michigan’s beauty and experiences live on for generations to come.”
Since starting Traverse in 1981 when she was 24, Fellow’s company, MyNorth, now has an audience of 1.4 million people a year and includes 11 magazines, 5 eNewsletters, MyNorth.com, MyNorthTickets and ShopMyNorth. Despite the economic downturn in 2008, Fellows was able to keep her employees, never miss a publication and add 7 new products to the company.
Her roots in Birmingham haven’t been forgotten. She still remembers walks to school, bike rides through the neighborhoods, playing Capture the Flag, and her friendships.
“It was always meaningful to me that (Birmingham had) leafy, lovely neighborhoods and a true downtown,” Fellow said. “I loved that there was a village green that hosted different events like the fair. I became very committed at an early age to the idea of real downtowns and we are so lucky that Birmingham has maintained that quality. And I’m lucky to live in a region now that features vibrant small towns.”
It was also in Birmingham Public Schools that Fellows first learned her love of writing. Today, she helps Leland Public School students with literacy, high school writing and the “Writing for the Web” course at the high school. Her company also welcomes interns each year in writing, photography and marketing.
Congratulations to two BPS graduates on their NBC sitcom, Undateable. Adam Sztykiel (Groves High School) created the comedy, while and Jeff Ingold (Seaholm High School) serves as a producer. The show airs on Thursday nights at 9:00 p.m.
Three former students from Seaholm High School graduated this year from West Point Military Academy. Second Lt. Calla Glavin, Second Lt. Charles Kelly and Second Lt. Cabot Howell received their diplomas from the President of the United States in June.
Birmingham Public Schools is proud to be an exemplary school district, inspiring learners through educational excellence for a lifetime of global learners. Our students and alumni have the advantage of being part of a school district that has continuously ranked among the highest achieving in the State of Michigan and served as a Lighthouse district for others in the area.
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