March 2, 2015
In a far corner on the fifth floor of Griffin Hall sits an office that many would also consider a toy chest.
John Gibson, a professor in the electronic media and broadcasting program, sits among several toys, family pictures and a director’s chair in his eclectically designed office.
“Well, because I am a man-child, it started to look this way,” Gibson joked.
Lining most of the shelf space in his office, Gibson has proudly put on display several figures you’d recognize from movies over the years. Most prominently standing out are stormtroopers from “Star Wars” or the all-terrain transport from “Empire Strikes Back,” which was the first toy in his office.
“This was actually just a toy creep thing, I started with just a couple of items and it kind of kept creeping across,” Gibson said of how display found its origins. “I’ve always been the kind of person that I like having figures or movie memorabilia or things like that around me because I find myself, on the creative side, there’s just something about having something like that nearby, or maybe it just reminds me of a scene in a movie.”
Among the toys, pictures of Gibson’s family stand scattered throughout and also compose a favorite part of his office.
Gibson recalled the first thing ever being brought into the office was a poster-size picture of him and his father that hangs in the corner.
“I was probably four, four and a half or so, and even though people have looked at it and gone, ‘Is that your son,’ because our heads look the exact same in it,” Gibson said. “My dad passed away in April and we moved into Griffin Hall in June or July of that year… my dad never had a chance to see this office so for me at least that was going to be the first thing that gets brought in and hung up.”