I LOVE being on the radio, and it's all I ever wanted to do since I was a kid! So here I am living my dream, playing the music that I love! I'm married with 2 great kids. My son Jackson is 13 and my daughter Lauren is 10, and we're a tight little family unit! We go for walks and bike rides together, and we love to go for weekend trips. At our house, every Friday night is "Pizza and Star Trek Night" when we watch TV and have pizza delivered! I think everybody has one geeky obsession, and mine is the space program! No, I'm not a real astronaut, but I like to read about them , and have met most of my heroes, the US astronauts from the 60's and 70's.
I've worked in radio for 25 years, and have loved every minute of it! My wife's name is Lisa and we have two kids, ages 10 and 13. I'll be telling you a lot more about them on my show! We love to go for bike rides and weekend trips. We've gotten our kids hooked on old TV shows like "The Brady Bunch," "Star Trek," and "Batman," and every Friday night we have a pizza delivered and watch a great old show! I love to play hockey, and I read a lot about the US space program! Big fan of the 60's and 70's era astronauts! It was either astronaut or deejay for me, and, well, here I am!
Anybody want Michael Jordan's house? His Highland Park, Illinois estate is going up for auction on Nov. 22, after a year-and-a-half on the market. It was originally listed at 29 million dollars, then marked down to just 21 million. Michael says "My kids are grown so I don't need such a large house." Large? I'd call a house with 15 bathrooms "extra large!" Interested bidders must post a $250,000 deposit! Keeps the "lookey-loos" out, I guess! Here's a tour!
With not just one, but two giant oarfish washing up on Southern California beaches lately, it's got some Californians worried. An old Japanese myth is that oarfish are harbingers of earthquakes. Some believe that the giant fish, which usually stay at least 3000 feet underwater, beach themselves when a large quake is immenent.
There were reports of several oarfish washing up before major quakes in Chile in 2010 and Japan in 2011. (The one in the picture is from near San Diego in 1996.)
Scientists, both biologists and geologists say there is no known connection between the fish and earthquakes. What do you think? Could there be something to this, or does it just smell fishy?
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Thousandaire inventor Bruce Scott today unveiled plans for a new transportation system that he says could be built today, and could speed passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in "some amount of time."
The DynaPowrTrans system (short for Dynamic Power Transportation) utilizes high-tension "Next Gen" cables to send people in comfort and safety (helmets will be provided) to their destination for a fraction of the cost of airline flights.
"As for the details, well, I'll leave that to the engineers. The important thing is that I get the credit for coming up for this," says Scott. "This could revolutionize travel as we know it! You're welcome!"
The latest on Casey Kasem is that his health has apparently deteriorated further. Court records from his physician indicate that Casey has advanced Parkinson's disease, and he has major impairments in communication and logical thinking, and is also suffering from hallucinations.
And, strangely, his children from his first marriage are unable to visit him, and are battling Casey's wife Jean (shown here) for conservatorship.
Casey's 81, and I'll tell you he was a huge hero of mine. I never missed "American Top 40" and Casey was a big part of why I wanted to be a radio announcer! I hope Casey is getting the care he needs, and I hope he is allowed to be with his children soon.
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I've been watching baseball playoffs and Duck Dynasty lately, and I've come to believe that the era of the giant super-beard is back. Back in the Civil War days, you weren't a real man at all if you didn't have a beard like this, and it was only a matter of time before it came back.
Brian Wilson of the Dodgers says the last time he shaved was 2007. So if I start today, this will be me in about 2020! Are you with me?
I first noticed this years ago when a new, young guy who worked at the radio station would never, ever take his headphones off. I think he did something to do with the web site. I'm not sure, because I never actually heard him speak. I'd approach his desk with a question, and he'd look up and look at me and nod. I wasn't ever quite sure if he'd heard me or not, so I'd ask "can you hear me?" and he'd nod again.
A couple years later I was working behind the counter of my frozen yogurt store (I was fired from the radio job. Headphone guy was not) and another young man came in with sweats on and earphones jammed into both ears. I could actually hear the rap music that was playing, it was so loud. He was having trouble understanding me, so he kindly took out ONE of his earphones. He was not hired.
Don't get me wrong, I like it when you listen to the radio with your headphones on, and it's made trips to the beach much more enjoyable because we don't have to listen to the awful music those other people are listening to. But jeez, can't we all agree to take the darn things off when somebody's trying to talk to us. We've got a few of those people around our building, and they might as well put up a sign that says "Don't Talk To Me! I'm Listening To Something More Interesting Than You!"
Lots of people are looking for new jobs right now, and research shows there is one day of the week that is the best day to apply: Monday. People who apply on Mondays are far more likely to get interviewed than any other day of the week. One theory is that the first applications that come in get the most attention.
This works well for me, because Monday just happens to be the day I take my weekly bath!
I've promised to not give anything away about the new movie "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. I'll tell you the visuals were awesome, the most realistic looking space movie I've ever seen, and this is saying a lot because I've seen them all. Right down to the hardware which, for the most part looks accurate. Spring for the extra couple bucks and see it in 3D and you'll feel like you're in space.
I'm a big-time space geek and have met many of the actual astronauts and discussed their missions with them. Here are a few things I noticed that weren't quite right, but you shouldn't let these stop you from seeing it, because it's really, really good.
1. Clooney plays shuttle mission commander "Lieutenant Matt Kowalski." As far as I know, no lieutenant (a junior officer) has ever been in space. It's colonels and navy captains up there in the cockpit, or civillians of similar grade. Maybe they meant to say "Lt. Colonel?"
2. During the crisis, Kowalski asks Bullock's character, Dr. Ryan Stone some "get to know you" questions like "Where do you call home" and "Anybody waiting for you back on Earth?" By launch day, astronaut crews would have been training together day and night for years. A commander would probably know the background of each crew member better than their own family.
3. There's no way a medical doctor like Ryan would have been assigned to go up and do a Hubble telescope repair or upgrade. That's a job for an engineer, not an MD.
4. It's been mentioned to death already, but the Hubble and International Space Station are not right next door to each other. Okay, I'll give this one up! Works for the plot.
5. The astronauts keep calling each other by title: "Doctor Stone?" "Yes, Lieutenant Kowalsk?" "Have you seen Doctor Pepper?" "Yes, he and Sgt. Pepper are watching Doctor Oz." They're pretty much all PhDs and nobody flashes around titles. First names only has pretty much been the rule in space since the beginning.
6. Under space suits, they wear a bulky "long-underwear" garment, nothing like the clingy little shorts and tank top worn by fit and trim Sandra Bullock. I am totally okay with this minor detour from reality, which enhanced my viewing enjoyment by 20 percent. Is George Clooney wearning this same outfit under his space suit? I can't tell you. No spoilers, remember?
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wanted a little privacy around his Palo Alto, CA home. He heard that the property next door was for sale, and that a developer was planning to big a big mansion and market it as "Next Door To Mark Zuckerberg!" So, Zuckerberg did what any billionaire would do: he bought it. And the house behind him. And another. And another. In fact, he bought ALL the homes around him for around 30 million dollars. All for a little privacy.
I don't know about you, but when I want some privacy to, say, run naked around the house, I just do what other classy people do: I put aluminum foil in the windows.
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