Basil grew up during the “golden age of television” in the NYC metro area. An early memory was being in the kid section of the “Rootie Kazootie Show.”
He served as principal clarinetist and vocalist with the U.S. Air Force in Europe Band. During that time, the band performed on German national TV. So when it was time to exit music and the Air Force, pursuing a career in television seemed like a good choice.
After 24 years of gray and wet skies in New York and Germany, he decided to find some sun, and entered the Broadcasting program at ASU. While there, he was able to pick up a part time position in production at KTVK-TV, then the ABC affiliate for Phoenix. After graduation, he transferred into the promotion department, and then was promoted into sales. It was during this time he served as president of what was then the Arizona Chapter of NATAS. Prior to becoming president, he served as VP, and at the June, 1987 luncheon, when the glib and entertaining president, Bill Stull, couldn’t attend, the responsibility of emceeing the event fell upon him. Unfortunately, the guest speaker never arrived. Even more unfortunately, it was because he was being bludgeoned to death. That was Bob Crane of “Hogan’s Heroes.”
After a few more years of sales and sales management in Texas, Nevada, and Kentucky, Basil wanted to get back to using more of his creative skills. While completing a Master’s degree at the University of Kentucky, he landed a job producing videos for the City of Lexington, KY. This began a career where he was able to develop his talents in every aspect of video production primarily creating informational and training videos. He worked with Fairfax County Schools in Virginia (at the time, 9th largest district in the country) and the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, MO (2 largest basic training post as well as home of the Military Police, Engineer, and Chemical schools).
He became producer/director of video for the Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Commerce, which included diverse agencies such as NOAA,, Census, Patents and Trademarks, and the International Trade Administration.
His final position was as branch chief for the video section of Training and Personnel, for the Federal Air Marshal Service, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security.
After retiring from federal employment, he moved to the other side of the camera, and was a background extra on “Veep” and “House of Cards” as well as shows for PBS, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel.
Basil and his wife have now returned to the sunny Southwest and live in SaddleBrooke, AZ just north of Tucson.