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BIOGRAPHY

ABOUT ME

Height: 5"11'   |   Eyes: Brown   |   Hair: Real

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At age 57 I have already lead an interesting life.  I found the theater in high school, then started as a wedding DJ back in 1986. Being a DJ took me to the high seas where I spent ten years working on cruise ships and eventually worked my way up to Cruise Director for Royal Caribbean International.  I ran the entertainment department and was host and entertainer for over a million people while I was at sea.  I was lucky enough to work with entertainment legends like Norm Crosby, Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Diller, The Fifth Dimension, Bowser, David Brenner, Jerry VanDyke, Fred Travalena, and Sweet Louie & the Checkmates, to name just a few.

 

 I've sailed to Alaska, Panama Canal, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Mexican Baja, Mexican Riviera, Acapulco, Jamaica, US Virgin Islands, Bahamas, The Cayman  Islands, Key West, and many smaller islands in the Caribbean like St. John, St Thomas, St. Lucia and Mazatlán.  I spent a lot of time in the Bermuda Triangle and the  only strange thing I ever saw was people drinking too much.

After the cruise ships I moved to Las Vegas where several friends from the ships had landed.  I had one of the most beautiful, topless Bally's showgirls sharing my house while I worked at the local FM talk radio station, HOT TALK 105.1.  Brandy was on billboards all over town and rode a Harley to work. I eventually hosted my own weekend talk show at the station broaching such critical topics as why parents lie about Santa Claus!  Radio in Vegas also allowed me to meet and talk with celebrities like Gladys Knight, Rick Springfield, Cameron Diaz, Richard Dreyfuss, and more while I worked at 97.1 FM, THE POINT, and Talk America, a small national network.  OK I'm name dropping a little, but wouldn't you?  It's very hard not to become star struck by these people.  

On weekends I dusted off my DJ skills and became the top wedding DJ for the leading company in Las Vegas.  It allowed me to work at nearly every hotel on the strip at that time. I figure I've DJ'd for about 130,000 wedding guests between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.  For extra income I had some crappy jobs like loading trucks with sound and lighting equipment, and  as the group coordinator at a water park on the strip.  Later I was at an airport location working a job doing morning traffic broadcasts when 9/11 took place.  It was a very scary day to work at the airport.   I left Vegas and some good friends behind to take a shot at TV.

My high school friend and I had a buddy who we knew from our days working at the Theatre Center as technicians that had become a big shot in Hollywood. We moved to L.A. to work with him as punch up writers on a show called Hidden Hills on NBC.  We were also hired as new writers to help save the Tom Green show, but when we showed up on Monday morning the show had been cancelled and the cast locked out!  Once we left a bowling ball with our phone number scrolled on it instead of a business card to get the attention of an NBC executive... we got the meeting with her!

 

We eventually worked on the pilot for Rodney, a sitcom on CBS featuring comedian Rodney Carrington.  I'd say we were responsible for 60% of the jokes in that first episode.  On that show I got to meet Mac Davis who played the grandfather of the shows family.  He told us stories about working with Elvis that made all of the crap in LA seem worthwhile.  My writing partner and I chose separate addictions to ease the stress.  That lead to the end of our partnership and my work on the show.  I guess that's a pretty typical Hollywood story.

In the L.A. drug scene I befriended a $3000 a night call girl and former porn star, knew people in the Italian, Korean, and Mexican mafias, and had a drug dealer who was a shopaholic with a movie producer husband who took her daughter out on "deliveries".  With a permanent DJ setup in our living room our loft was party central downtown. The building had armed guards since I lived with the toy district on one side of me and skid row on the other. My closest friend there was a young woman who had been an escort and stripper but we helped each other get sober and quit the life and remained friends for 12 years. 

After sobering up I left LA and started Legacy Productions in Seattle.  While in L.A. I had started to teach myself video editing and once I had moved north my focus turned to non-profit work, since my father had been a fundraising consultant as well as a philanthropist.  Ten years later I was ready to write a book teaching others how to create fundraising videos that really work!  "Secrets to Big Money Using Video" is available on Amazon.  It's been a wonderful way to honor my father's legacy of raising hundreds of millions of dollars for non-profit organizations all over the country. 

In the course of my work as a producer I was embedded for a month at a camp for kids with cancer, spent the night on the street with homeless teens in Seattle, had heart to-heart-talks with women rescued from prostitution, and braved the wilds of  Georgia to tell the story of a kid who helps veterans.  What I've learned is everyone suffers, everyone gets kicked by life, and everyone needs a hand up now and then.  My hope is that the work I have done with my father will help to bolster the social safety net that our nation's nonprofit organizations provide.  You never know when it will be YOU who needs their help. 

I fell in love with a beautiful Norwegian girl which is so funny since I worked on Norwegian cruise ships for so long.  It was the most intense relationship of my life but eventually the distance became to much.  We reunited before the pandemic and celebrated with an 8 day vacation to Vegas and some new tattoos.  I am the "Bonus Dad" to her two daughters whose fathers are absent.  My closest  intellectual friend and spiritual sister is an intelligent, empathic and very lovely hippie girl who lives with her DJ husband and their wolf dogs.  I've continued to write music throughout my life, but nurturing her musical talent has been a special joy and together we've made some great music.

 

A few years ago I was producer of a TV show about people helping people; heroes of the nonprofit world.  Before we could get it to air, our CEO died suddenly and the project fell apart.  I had a near miss with a golf show that got squashed by the pandemic that had Peter Jacobson as the host.  

 

As for my most recent adventure, I have published a book cowritten with my father and my close friend Andrew called HUMAN PREDATORS - How To Recognize, Avoid and Defend Yourself Against Liars, Cheaters, Manipulators and Abusers.  We have also published WATCH OUT!  A teenagers guide to avoiding sociopaths, psychopaths, and narcissists.  The book is for sale now on Amazon.

 

We are currently using the book to aid in the sale of a 3 episode series based on the book.  See the teaser below.

Decoding Assholes -  Series Teaser
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