Introduced by Kyrie O’Connor of the "Houston Chronicle" and NPR’s "Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!"
An original comedy shot in Houston, Rushmore launched the career of director Wes Anderson. The film's plot follows 15-year-old Max (Jason Schwartzman), an underachieving yet overconfident student at Rushmore Academy who has romantic designs on teacher Miss Cross (Olivia Williams). In his quest to impress her, Max enlists the help of wealthy alum Herman Blume (Bill Murray)—who also falls for Miss Cross—instigating a war of nasty tricks between the two quirky rivals.
Kyrie O'Connor is a writer and editor. Born in Rochester, New York, she graduated cum laude from Wesleyan University in 1976. She worked for 14 years at the "Hartford Courant," rising to the rank of assistant managing editor for features. At the "Houston Chronicle," she wrote a daily memo to her staff about trends in popular culture and discoveries she made about life in Houston, eventually turning the memo into "MeMo," one of that newspaper's first blogs. As of 2007 she remains deputy managing editor of the "Chronicle" and a frequent panelist on the National Public Radio show "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!"