Jesse Fox, a 25 year-old Valley Stream native who now lives in San Francisco, grew up watching reruns of The Simpsons. Now he writes his own television blog, “Jesse Watching TV” for Jewcy.com.
Fox attended Forest Road Elementary School in Mill Brook and is a 2003 graduate of Valley Stream South High School, where he played junior varsity basketball and volleyball for two years, then moved on to play varsity for two additional years. He was also involved in the National, Math, Spanish and Occupational Honor Societies, and Student Peer Organization. “Basketball was my favorite as I got to spend many hours with some of my best friends doing what we really enjoyed,” he said. “It was eight years ago but I am still very close with a few of my teammates.”
Fox admits he was not a good writer in high school saying, in fact, English was his worst subject. However, Fox said, his father Steven, inspired him to write while he was attending the University of Maryland. “I mentioned that I was thinking of trying to write for my school’s newspaper, The Diamondback,” Fox said. “He (my father) responds, in a particularly fatherly tone, ‘I think you could be a writer because you really believe in what you say.’”
Fox said he then began to write short music reviews for The Diamondback. He was a member of Sigma Circle, and was elected chair of the senior council’s commencement speaker selection committee and student marshal of graduation. He was also concert director for Student Entertainment Events and had his own show on the university’s radio station.
After graduating in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Fox said he wrote music reviews for Kiwibox.com, the foremost online teenage girl magazine at the time, as a freelancer. “Though I was neither a teenager or female,” Fox said, “I really enjoyed the experience writing for a group with a mindset completely different from my own.”