The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


June 5, 2013

A Don McCormack column: Leary’s leap on ‘Veep’

Former Falcon has second on-screen role on HBO series

Paying a visit to the variety store...

A star is born

Caitlynn Leary’s move from behind the camera to in front of it seems natural.

After all, her mother, Lynn (Rollman) Leary, was homecoming queen at Jefferson in 1970 and she followed in her footsteps, being voted the same honor by her classmates in 2006.

Her brother, Sean, is the drummer for a band with fellow Jefferson graduate Andrew Graham, Andrew Graham and the Swarming Branch.

Having served as production manager for the HBO series, “Veep,” and assistant to the co-producer of “Banshee” on HBO’s sister network Cinemax, Caitlynn Leary got her feet wet in the world of major television.

Last Sunday night, Leary, a 2007 graduate of Jefferson, where she was involved in pretty much every activity and ran cross country and track during her time there, made her second on-screen appearance on “Veep.”

The show stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a female vice-president.

Leary is a 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

At Jefferson, she served as class president all four years during high school, participated in Model UN debates, winning several awards. Her classmates voted her “most likely to succeed,” “most kind natured” and “most likely to write a book.”

While at Jefferson, Leary founded the “Pink Falcon” program for breast cancer awareness.

Leary has also appeared in commercials for Citi Bank as a curtsey girl, Buddy’s Jewelry as a wife, Trolly Stop Hot Dogs as a shop attendant and National Speed as a girlfriend.

Oh, by the way, her dad, Gregg, served as my 10th-grade English teacher. In the future, we’ll ask Gregg to let us know ahead of time when Caitlynn has an on-screen role and we can let the world know.

No average Joe

We don’t touch on many items that appear in our Briefing section because, quite frankly, there are simply too many of them.

However, when one comes across my desk with the name “Joe Pete” attached, it deserves — and will receive — preferential treatment.

And for the night owls of this world, this one’s right up your alley.

The second annual Joe “Pigskin” Pete Memorial All-Nite Men’s Softball Tournament will be held Saturday, June 22 at Massucci Field and Columbus Field here in Ashtabula.

The format that will be used that night will be determined by the number of teams that enter.

All of the proceeds from the tournament will go to the Joe Pete Scholarship fund.

Anyone wanting to participate should call Dan Juhola at 812-7607.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at

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