20 years ago John Wilson wrote a letter to himself at Thornden School in Chandler’s Ford.
Now, a 33-year-old journalist from the University of Winchester, John opens the letter, which was kindly corrected by his teacher 20 years ago.
You now have the privilege to follow John while he takes a hilarious and poignant trip back to 1994, to capture his teenage self in Chandler’s Ford.
What were John Wilson’s dreams 20 years ago?
Twenty years ago, when John was an Year 8 student at Thornden School in Chandler’s Ford, he dreamt about being a millionaire, not poor, and being married.
John wrote the letter in 1994. It was still sealed, and the content was a mystery. Facing the camera, John showed the names of his school friends written on the back of a brown A4 envelope. “Have their lives gone to plan?” John wondered.
In a video titled “Letter Opening”, John sat on a bench at the Rec at Hiltingbury, “our local park”, John said, where he used to play football with his old school friends (and “talking about girls we fancied…”).
Then at time 2.03 into the film, John started opening the letter. “My life in 1994. Diary Entry, John Wilson, … Letter to myself for 20 years’ time.”
John conducted a project called ‘Dear John’. He interviewed his long-lost school friends at Thornden School.
I’ll not spoil your joy watching this amusing, heart-warming video clip (18 minutes), so I won’t reveal more.
So far, John has interviewed these old school friends:
- Alex Ross (Toss, Licks)
- Jamiel Nurmohamed (Jez)
- Simon Tomlinson (Si, Tumb)
- Michael Talbot (Talbot)
- Michael Douglas
You can catch up with John Wilson and his interviews of his old school friends at Thornden School in 1994 in his WordPress blog post: Dear John.
You can follow John Wilson on Twitter @snoop2003.
About John Wilson
John Wilson is a BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council) award winning multimedia journalist. His work has been published on The Guardian, Southampton Airport website and Italy Star Association.
John Wilson grew up in Chandler’s Ford. He went to Thornden School and Barton Peveril College. He completed a linguistics degree at The University of Manchester in 2003, and later studied MA Journalism at The University of Winchester.