I first met Gil Cates when I was an undergrad, an older undergrad, at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Cates was the head of the department and already shaking things up in a great way. He would come and see our performances, cheer on the students when they had any sort of success. I shook his hand when I finally got my degree, an eternal fuck up in life made good, the only person in my family to graduate college. What I remember about him then was that he was a force for good at UCLA. He changed it from being just the film school – with theater kind of pushed to one side. By putting it all under one umbrella, there was more prestige to graduate from the School of Theater, Film and Television. Theater majors were all really pleased by this. Film students might have been a little bugged. Cates brought his many Hollywood connections to UCLA and really changed things mostly overnight. His legacy is felt there still.