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Ivan Rana- ep 18

Ivan Rana is a true dreamer. But he doesn’t just dream, he really hustles to get things done. I met him him when I was a producer and editor at Zee TV, the Indian Television network that’s on satellite in the US. I was the first non-Asian hired at the North American headquarters which happened to be in Arlington Texas. Ivan was also a producer and editor but he was actually from India. We worked closely together for years. We were essentially a two-man team for about two years. We’ve both...


Rory Scholl- ep 17

See if you can hear the envy in my voice when I talk to Rory Scholl about his bohemian lifestyle. Rory is a comedian, a writer and actor in New York. He actually has so many different gigs, we only scratched the surface in this conversation. Way back when I was making student films, I would rope Rory in as talent, because he’s talented, and as you’ll hear, he’s pretty much game for anything, whether that’s playing an airline seat, or trying to make Lenny Bruce kid-friendly. Heeeeere’s Rory....


Norm Bowman- ep 16

When I graduated high school in 1988, my idea of college was equal parts Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds and The Sure Thing. So if you were going to cast the part of my freshman roommate, you couldn’t have found a better person that Norm Bowman. He had it all, a spray-painted Dodge Dart, an anti-establishment attitude, and best of all, he was old enough to buy booze. It’s not surprising he was kind of the nucleus of my circle of friends. These days he’s still anti-establishment but a bit...


Jackie Micucci – ep 15

This episode is easy as Sunday morning. That's what time it was in Seattle when I spoke to my cousin Jackie Micucci. Jackie is originally from Long Island, New York. She’s one of my many relatives that I know, but I don’t know that well, and I certainly don’t see very often. But even though I've only been in the same room with her a few times, I've always felt an affinity to her... probably because of her snarky comments on Facebook. But the snark is a bit misleading. As you'll hear she's...


Chris Flemmons ep- 14

I met Chris Flemmons while I was living in the college town of Denton, Texas. He’s a talented singer and songwriter. He has a band called the Baptist Generals. He’s also a filmmaker. He was Director of Photography on a short film I made called “Kung Fu Teenage Bigfoot” the trailer…and he also did the voice over. I’ve always liked Chris’ demeanor. During this conversation, he mentions he sometimes feels like a crotchety old man, but the thing is, he had that vibe even in his twenties…he...


Alvin Oon- ep 13

Alvin Oon is a very positive, upbeat guy. Usually, I’m suspicious of guys like that, because really, who are they fooling? But for Alvin, that’s genuinely the way he is. And as you’ll hear, any guy who made a choice to pursue the performing arts in Singapore and go his own way and who made a successful life for himself and his family must have a positive attitude. Alvin is an actor, singer, emcee, director, he can basically do it all. He also writes songs, and some of his songs poking fun at...


Sean Sutherlin- ep 12

What can I say about Sean Sutherlin? He’s just a great guy. You’re going to love him. He has a nice soothing voice. He’s smart, he’s an English professor, he’s part of my first circle of college friends from my freshman year when I went to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas…and I was only there for one year but that group of friends, we’re still friends…and I don’t want to say much more because this is the special Christmas edition of, “Who Are These People?”


Tony Nash- ep 11

So there's this guy named Lee Weaver who has decided to run for governor in Texas. And he's just a normal guy, not a polished politician, and he this to say about his candidacy, "Turns out nothing clears your head quite like transplanting an enormously complicated idea from the safety and privacy of your own mind into the unforgiving wild west of the public square." That quote hit home with me, because it's a big part of why I wanted to start this podcast. I wanted to take the running...


Teaser- Scott Winterrowd

I haven't told Scott yet, but he's on my list of people to interview for the podcast. Here is a brief teaser, where he came up in conversation with Lisa Rawlinson (episode 10), and here are some photos stolen from his Facebook page: Here is Scott enlightening former President George W. Bush Mushroom clouds are a recurring theme A handsome bird Anyone from Texas of a certain vintage will appreciate this. So be on the lookout for a future "Who Are These People?" with Scott Winterrowd


Lisa Rawlinson- ep 10

Lisa Rawlinson is making art again after a twenty-year break. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to catch up with her. When I met her, she was one of the many talented artists in the Good/Bad Art Collective in Denton, Texas in the 90s. During the twenty-year break, Lisa did stuff like get married, have kids, get divorced, have a career in publishing, you know, life. Then a few years ago I noticed that she was sharing a ton of new and interesting artwork on social media and it really struck...


Kristi Williams- ep 9

I was really excited to talk to Kristi Williams. Kristi is super cool and she has a super cool husband and a super cool kid. I’m friends with her on Facebook, and I feel like I know her, but I really don’t. Kristi is married to Marc who was friends with my wife, Jen, first. I know Marc pretty well, but I think I had only spoken to Kristi at her wedding, many years ago. Until now anyways. Kristi, or should I say Dr. Williams, is a real-life family demographer, medical sociologist and college...


Larry Rigdon- ep 8

My friend Larry Rigdon and I go way back. I’m talking “Wonder Years” back. We went to the same elementary (primary) school and we were good friends during those formative “Stand By Me” years from 12 to 16. In fact, as you’ll hear in this conversation, 16 was kind of a hard cut-off point, because that was the year Larry had to move away from Plano, where we grew up. He never got to finish high school with our class of friends. It just so happened that I called Larry when he was feeling...


Dennis Meeks- ep 7

I don’t think I can summarize Dennis Meeks without sounding like I’m exaggerating. I think it’s best to just start listening to him yourself. I’ll just say this, Dennis is the same age as me, but in my opinion he has racked up enough experiences to easily make up three lifetimes already, and he keeps going.


Mike Simeone, revisited- ep 6

My friend, Mike Simeone was the first person I interviewed on this little podcast…there’s only been five so far…I chose Mike for a couple of reasons. One was that I knew he had experience in radio and audio production, so I actually consulted him a lot getting this thing off the ground. The other reason was that I knew we had this odd backstory that we could delve into together. If you’ve happened to listen to episode one, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t maybe you want to...


Hnin Wint Nyunt Hman- ep 5

My friend Hnin is a really interesting person. I haven’t known her all that long, we met because we briefly worked for the same Group. Most of our friendship is based on one long conversation at a company party, which she references later. I called Hnin and we had recorded one conversation, but in the end, she sounded too uptight and not quite herself. Part of that was my fault for not explaining exactly what I was going for, so anyhow we had a second conversation where everything was much...


Rodrigo Rivas- ep 4

I think everyone probably has at least one friend like Rodrigo Rivas. He’s kind of the scrappy, likeable guy, whose heart is in the right place, but he can also rub people the wrong way. The kind of guy who maybe is a bit too honest and abrupt. Most of the time that works in his favor, but not always. Rod calls himself a citizen of the world, and that seems about right. He’s from Mexico. He’s lived in the US, Japan and Singapore. He’s also a jack of all trades, kind of like me. He even...


Jess Herbst- ep 3

Jess Herbst is someone you may have heard about. Or you may have heard about the “first openly transgender mayor in Texas as well as the first openly transgender elected official in Texas” that’s Jess, and she has been getting a lot of press, especially in her role as an “accidental activist” for LGBTQ rights. I first met Jess as Jeff Herbst back in the late 90s. We were professional colleagues. I was an editor and also in charge of all the video equipment at ZEE TV, the Indian Satellite...


Kyle Reynolds- ep 2

Kyle Reynolds is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. I met him years ago when he worked at Half Price Books and Records in the Dallas area. He’s always been a musician and creative person. You may have heard about an event he organized called the Open Carry Guitar Rally, which was a light-hearted response to Texas gun activists. He also went off and started an online political cartoon called The End Times found at slugnuts.com and more recently launched the Slugnuts Radio...


Mike Simeone- ep 1

Mike Simeone is someone I met at a very important stage in my life…that small window when you are out in the world as a young adult…struggling to “make it.” That was ages ago. We were very close, but lost touch as time went on, and of course, we reconnected much later on Facebook. Mike is outrageous, he’s outspoken, and a bit odd. He’s done a lot of things, he’s been a DJ, a film and video producer, and he hosted his own radio show for many years.