Robert Morast’s nerd revelation

Robert Morast

Robert Morast joined us just before he skipped town. (Photo: We found it on the Internet, because he also skipped out before we captured our monthly storytellers’ pic. Our fault. Not his!)

We gathered in May to tell stories of courage. With the Tidewater Comicon on the same weekend and the tradition of May the Fourth at the beginning of the month, we figured a little nod to all the month’s geekiness was in order.

Enter Robert Morast, a former features editor for The Virginian-Pilot, with a story about a trip to Star Wars Celebration, a sci-fi convention that celebrates the opening of “Star Wars” films. So far, there have been nine Star Wars Celebrations. Two were held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Robert and his bad-ass gang of “Star Wars” nerd friends attended one of the two in Indianapolis.

Luckily, Robert appeared on our storytelling stage barely a week before he left town for dryer pastures in Arizona. Here’s a hunk from his bio on “A North Dakota native raised on a ranch by true cowboys, Morast is a 1999 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead who traded his role in a small-time punk rock band for a gig reporting on professional cowboys for the ProRodeo Sports News in Colorado Springs, Colo. From there, Morast moved on to the Argus Leader newspaper in Sioux Falls, S.D., earning awards for column writing and his coverage of the state’s Native American culture. After that stint, Morast returned to his home state as an editor at Fargo’s daily newspaper, The Forum.”

One thing not in his Virginian-Pilot bio, Robert co-wrote “The Girl in the Photographs,” a screenplay being made into a movie by Wes Craven and starring Kal Penn. As of today’s date, iMDB says we’ll see the film in theaters some time this year.

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