Lou Antonelli was a member of the University Senate representing Columbia College from 1980 to 1981. In that capacity he was also a member of the Columbia College Student Council. He was the first Columbia College undergraduate to ever hold those posts as well as serving on a committee of the University Trustees (Building and Grounds) and a university search committee (Vice President for Health Sciences - Dr. Robert Goldberger).
Antonelli was a reporter with the Columbia Daily Spectator from 1975 to 1977 and again in 1980. He served as a member of the administrative staff from 1981 to 1984 and was the Night Manager for the Office of Student Affairs. He is the only person who ever was a member of Spectator, the College Student Council, and the Office of Student Affairs - the three main occupants of the former student center Ferris Booth Hall.
A Libertarian/Republican, Antonelli ran for Congress on the Republican line in 1982 (against Theodore Weiss) and for Assemblyman in 1984 (against Ed Sullivan).
He moved to Texas in 1985 and is a journalist. He has won awards from the Texas Press Association for news, column, feature and editorial writing. He is currently the managing editor of the Mount Pleasant (Tx.) Daily Tribune.
He is also an internationally-published author of science fiction and fantasy. He has been published in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. His Texas steampunk story "A Rocket for the Republic" was third in the annual Readers Poll in the Short Story category for Asimov's Science Fiction in 2006.
He served as an elected member of the Cedar Hill (Tx.) school board from 1992 to 1995. He is married to Patricia (Randolph), a Dallas native. They have no children.