My name is Tracy Miller. I founded Arlene Miller Creative Writing in memory of my mother Arlene Miller (August 24,1924-May 10,2005) to recognize & support all forms of creative expression. To achieve this goal, Arlene Miller Creative Writing has been profiling actors, artists, authors and musicians with articles showcasing their work.
When I was in high school from 1979 through 1983, nerd was that dreaded four letter word. The high school climate seemingly fed upon the need for social acceptance, that unspoken “survival of the fittest” where the self-proclaimed “haves” christened themselves as the arbiters for determining others’ status within the high school hierarchy. The nerd, it was decided, occupied one of the lowest rungs.
Before skilled actor Curtis Armstrong became Metatron, the infamous Scribe of God in The CW’s longest running show Supernatural, he was famous as one of us, a nerd that is, as Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies. Through his talent and hard work, Armstrong has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the entertainment industry. Sadly, the bright lights of Hollywood don’t often melt the icy veneer of the entertainment business which arguably doesn’t appear to have its performers best interests at heart. Yet, Armstrong has not only been able to negotiate through the bumps, but has earned the respect and accolades of his fans and his peers.
Armstrong reminds us that it is more than okay to be that authentic you rather than some well constructed illusion. Because of people like Curtis Armstrong, the word nerd is no longer a dreaded label nor does it sentence one into a bottomless pit of obscurity.
On July 11, 2017, Armstrong will release his memoir Revenge of the Nerd: Or… The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger. I’m eagerly anticipating this book. I thank Curtis Armstrong for allowing us to experience his journey. Hopefully for anyone who is uncertain about their place in this vast and complicated world, Armstrong’s story will remind us that appreciating our uniqueness offers the necessary blueprint for discovering that which brings us joy.