Dear fellow FIA fans: I know I haven’t been the best at updating this blog. Mes excuses. But now, I feel, the culmination of all my years of loving French in Action is at hand and I have been floating on a cloud since Friday. The reason? J’ai reçu un email de notre prof, Pierre Capretz! He has graciously agreed to answer our questions. If you’ve been following the comments in our Discussion section, you know we’ve been talking about this for several months. The credit really goes to FIAfan Steve who emailed Dr Capretz a few months back and got the ball rolling on this. At that time I suggested in the Discussion comments that you send me your questions for the good professor and some of you have done this. But now this thing is really going to happen and I need each and every one of you to search your soul and give me your best questions for Professor Capretz. Pop in an FIA videocassette or DVD or watch an episode on the Annenberg site to whet your imagination. Send your questions in as comments to this article. (Don’t worry if your question doesn’t appear immediately; because of the volume of spam getting around the WordPress spam blockers, I now have to approve every comment before it appears.) I will take your questions, along with my own, put them into a semi-coherent order, and email them to him. I’ll post his responses as an article here on Mystère et boules de gomme.
Our correspondence and the comment form for you to leave your questions are below the fold:
Dear Professor Capretz,
I am a long-time admirer of yours and a fan of French In Action since it first aired and so it is with a deep sense of humility that I write you. I am the creator of the fiafans.org website that is devoted to the show you created nearly 25 years ago. I believe a frequent visitor to the site may have already contacted about your willingness to answer questions or be interviewed about French In Action. Would you be so willing? The fact that this little blog (not often updated due to my limited time) gets hundreds of hits a week is testimony to the fact that many people are seeking information and background on FIA.
If you are willing to be interviewed or answer some questions, I and the many others who love FIA will be ever so grateful! If you agree, we could do this different ways. I could submit several questions to you by email, or in a recorded phone call. I already have quite a few questions of my own and several given to me from blog visitors.
Alternatively, (and if you are game I think this would provide the most direct connection to fans of French In Action), you could respond to questions on the blog itself. We could start this as an article on the blog and keep it going as an ongoing thing (that could be terminated whenever we decide). You can monitor new questions directed to you by selecting the check box that says: « M’informer et suivre les commentaires par e-mail » that appears when you leave a comment. This way you will become aware of new questions when they appear on this article. If these emails prove too disruptive, you could always just visit fiafans.org whenever you have time and respond to any question you cared to. Before fiafans.org there was a blog called « fancyrobot » that included a discussion of FIA that Charles Mayer contributed to and it was really wonderful to hear his recollections. All of us would *love* to hear yours!
What say you, dear Professor?
Dear Mr. Sullivan,
It is a pleasure to hear from you and to have this new occasion to congratulate you for the wonderful work you doing with this blog.
I will be glad to try my best to participate in an ‘interview’
As far as I am concerned the most practical would be for you to send questions; I would do my best to answer ( In French…????), send you the answers and you could post the whole thing on the blog if you please.
Let me know if this is not satisfactory and we will try something else.
Bien à vous.
Dear Dr. Capretz,
It’s wonderful to hear back from you. I am thrilled that you’re willing to answer some questions about French in Action. I suggest that you give me and my my fellow FIAfans a bit longer to mull over our questions and then submit them to you. Si vous répondez en français tant mieux. (Ça va être amusant et utile pour apprendre le français!) However I may reserve the right to put the questions to you in English, since I am not sure I am brave enough to put my clunky French in front of your eyes and out there on the internet.
Thank you again. French in Action means so much to so many of us. We FIA fans will relish learning more about you and the history and development of French in Action!
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