He falls to the ground, victim of a heart attack. The medics arrive.
“Good God, get him to a hospital, quick…”
There are helicopters overhead, sirens, flashing lights, breaking glass.
It’s all in a day’s work for actor Phil Sheridan. The 74–year–old began acting in college and has been at it ever since. Being practical, he got a degree in library science from U.C., Berkeley, in the mid 1960s.
“The ink was still wet on my degree, and I high tailed it over to the Marin Civic Center library and asked for a job,” he said. “They asked if I could start the next day.”
That was the beginning of a career that has taken the Southern California transplant to San Quentin as a librarian. Then there was the book store he owned in Ross and the years he worked as a diamond broker.
While he still works as a fill in reference librarian for the county, nothing has suited him nor pleased him more than his current life’s work: telling stories to children. He tells stories two mornings a week at the library in Mill Valley, his home town for more than 40 years, once a week at the Sausalito library and the Hunter’s Point YMCA and at children’s birthday parties. His dream is to tell stories to children on television.
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