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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 aboard the largest cruise ship in the world.  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 bizarre 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.  My roommate was THE topless showgirl at Bally's Casino.  Brandy was on billboards all over town and rode a Harley to work! I worked at the local FM talk radio station, HOT TALK 105.1 and eventually hosted my own weekend show 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.  It's very hard not to become star struck by these people.  

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On weekends I dusted off my DJ skills and worked as a wedding DJ for the top 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, moving the symphony around, and as the group coordinator at a water park on the strip.  For a while I had a job filling orders for sex toys from a website!  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.

 

A high school friend and I moved to L.A. to work with a buddy of ours who had become a bigshot producer in Hollywood.  He hired us as punch-up writers for a show called "Hidden Hills" on NBC.  We were also hired 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 L.A. seem worthwhile.  My writing partner and I chose separate addictions to manage the stress which led to the end of our partnership and my work on the show.  I guess that's a pretty typical Hollywood story.

 

T​he L.A. drug scene was wild. 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 for many years, but we helped each other get sober, quit the life, and move out of L.A.  I got to see her reconnect with her family, graduate college, get married, and have kids.  We remained friends for 12 years.

After sobering up I left L.A. 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.  Together, my father and I have helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for non-profit organizations all over the country. It's a legacy we will always share.  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 carries trauma, gets kicked by life, and 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. 

After the financial crisis of 2008, I designed and built a photobooth (3 of them) with my family members to earn extra income.  ePod Talking Photobooth was the only photobooth that talked back to you based on the face you made in the last photo.  I used cart software from my radio days and a hidden webcam to make it seem like the booth was responding autonomously using clips from movies and TV shows.  The company lasted for 7 years and was eventually sold.

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, jetting from California to Norway, meeting in New York City for a weekend, but eventually the distance became to much.  We reunited 2019 and celebrated with an 8 day vacation in Vegas where we fell in love 10 years earlier, and got some new tattoos.  I am the "Bonus Dad" to her two daughters whose fathers are absent and recently took her youngest to Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Sea World on the most amazing family vacation any kid could wish for!  They are my Norwegian family. 

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My closest  intellectual friend and spiritual sister is an intelligent, empathic and very lovely hippie girl, dancer, and singer who lives with her DJ husband and their wolf dogs.  An amazing friend, she has guided me to many people and experiences that have changed my life for the better.  I suffer from a rare form of anxiety disorder, but thanks to her influence have left medication behind in favor of healthy living and a strong social life.  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.  I am currently working with a number of other artists both recording and editing vocals and producing music videos, which I find very gratifying.  

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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.  I have produced a TV show concept called "Build It Betties" for a friend who is an amazing artist and performer who is constructing her own mini-house from scratch using her girlfriends as the crew.  She is approaching HGTV.  I published a book (one of several) cowritten with my father called WATCH OUT!  A teenagers guide to avoiding sociopaths, psychopaths, and narcissists.  The book is currently available on Amazon.  We are developing a 3 episode series based on the book which we will shop to Netflix. See the teaser below.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!

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