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Old 09-11-2019, 03:41 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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In 1968 I went to Lithuania, to see where my grandparents came from. My Soviet guide thought I was articulate and tolerant of socialism, so she asked if I'd like to be interviewed on Radio Vilnius. They taped about an hour, so I probably got my 15 minutes as an eddied anti-American diatribe heard around the world on short wave radio.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:14 AM
 
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Many years ago I wrote 12 nonfiction books. One was a book about meeting men to date. I got on the Joan Rivers show to promote it. It wasn't a great experience for many reasons. I didn't like flying up to and staying in NY. My supervisor at the time was weird about authorizing a day off, so I had to call in sick and pray she didn't see it (this was back when people could record shows on VCR). Joan was her usual sarcastic self, so I didn't love it. I was excited that a makeup artist would "do" me before I went on, but she barely glanced at me and just removed some eye shadow.

As an introvert, the last thing I wanted to do was be on TV. I hated selling cookies as a Girl Scout and I don't like having to sell myself/books. Hawking my book was not a great fit for a shy introvert!

What amused me afterwards and kind of saddened me as well was that people didn't seem to care when they learned I had written all those books---but when they heard I was on TV on a major show, that peaked their interest.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:09 AM
 
Location: New Oxford, PA
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I toured up and down the East Coast with a band in my thirties, supporting three self-released albums. After that I entered the world of the paranormal, and appeared on 72 episodes of a regional ghost hunting show. I still appear at investigation events and lecture at conventions.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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In 1991, on one episode of '60-minutes' the guy being interviewed pointed to a security guard in the background and he made some disparaging remarks about the security guard, the camera zoomed in on the security guard and it was me. The next day at work, I got a lot of ribbing about it. But I was doing my job at the time, so I did not get in any trouble.

In 2015 a local TV news crew came to my house and interviewed me for half an hour. That night they aired a 20-second segment where they voiced over me, and just barely briefed the public about the situation.

WooHoo!
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:21 AM
 
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Wow! What great stories to delight upon.
Pleased to read them .

I'm still waiting on that 15 minutes. Til then I imagine it will be so very anti climatic that I'll go...yeah,it happened but everyone was busy helping the bimbo fix her hang nail that my (insert a wonderful deed) was overlooked.

I do though think I had two minutes of fame when in my senior year. As a person who was terrified of public speaking...our teacher threw us an impromptu assignment. We each had to draw a word out of a hat and for two brief minutes give a speech on it without "naming" the word. Mine was "soup". I can still remember the terror walking up in front of my peers. Looking sheepishly at the word...and suddenly out came the most alluring speech on soup! I just recall near the end I said...oh... (pause)...it's (pause )..mmm...mmm.... good. I went to my seat and not a person in the class could believe I captivated them on a topic of soup.
I learned then the importance of tone,timing,and context.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:34 AM
 
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I patted a Bengal tiger once. Does that count for anything? I guess my 15 minutes are still ahead for me.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:35 AM
 
Location: equator
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I toured up and down the East Coast with a band in my thirties, supporting three self-released albums. After that I entered the world of the paranormal, and appeared on 72 episodes of a regional ghost hunting show. I still appear at investigation events and lecture at conventions.
This seems like the type of thing you could get some real mileage out of. I could see this stuff coming up in conversation for the rest of your life. People can relate; it's interesting to them.

I do think being in a band is something MANY people think is WAY cool, and it is the ultimate HIGH, IMO.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:36 AM
 
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I was a (very) minor internet celeb in the mid to late 90s for my "Macquarium" builds. I would take the original all-in-one Macintosh computer, strip all the innards, and build an acrylic tank that fit inside, complete with lights and filters.

I didn't make the first one, but I made the most with arguably the best design. Ended up with articles in a dozen or more magazines and newspapers plus a couple appearances on TV and even had a chapter in a "Cool Hacks" book.

In case you've forgotten what websites looked like 25 years ago, I've kept a copy of my old site for the occasional stroll down memory lane.

Aquaria by Jim
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:36 AM
 
Location: equator
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I patted a Bengal tiger once. Does that count for anything? I guess my 15 minutes are still ahead for me.
Oh, LOL. I got bitten by a CA sea lion and had to get rescued by the Coast Guard who said that was a first!
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:38 AM
 
Location: equator
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A long long time ago...


I was on a weekly television show for about three years. Everywhere I went someone recognized me, "hey you're that guy on that thing I saw".


HATED IT.
C'mon! Did you really HATE IT? Then why would you go on TV to begin with?
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