Entrepreneurs, Television Personalities

George Shea

October 20, 2015
George Shea

George Shea didn’t invent competitive eating. Since the dawn of mankind, there have always been individuals who dared to push their bodies to the limits. But along with his brother Richard and partner Dave Baer, George did take the tradition of competitive eating — one in which local champions were crowned in small competitions across the country — and build it into an organized sport, one complete with rules, rankings and global influence.

A Boston native who was raised mostly in Maine in a family of five children, George graduated from Columbia University in 1986 with an English degree. He began working for Max Rosey and Mortimer Matz, a pair of New York public-relations veterans who were known for engineering publicity stunts and were partly responsibly for creating the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in the 1970s. In typical Coney Island pitchman style, George claimed the contest was an annual tradition dating back to 1916. READ MORE

Musicians

Lauren Hart

November 5, 2014

Recording artist Lauren Hart was, quite literally, born into the Philadelphia Flyers family. The daughter of Hall of Fame announcer Gene Hart, the legendary voice of the team from their 1967 debut through the 1994-95 season, Lauren was fell in love with music in the second grade and began performing at Flyers games while still in junior high school. In 1997, after signing with Columbia Records and recording her first album, Painted Bride, Lauren began singing the Star-Spangled Banner before every Flyers home game. But in 1999, shortly after the death of her father, Hart learned she had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood cancer with a 50-50 rate of survival. She was dropped by Columbia Records and was without health insurance while undergoing intensive cancer treatment. She found strength, though, in the Flyers fans, who supported her as she continued to perform each night. READ MORE

Authors

Jeff Musillo

February 29, 2016
Jeff Musillo

What would happen if a child was raised solely by technology? If, from birth, that child knew no love or human nurturing, but instead lived alone in a stark basement and was only exposed to the outside world by way of the internet?

In his latest novel, The Eternal Echo, author Jeff Musillo explores these questions and, in the process, crafts a dark tale of obsession, power and the effect that technology can have on the human psyche.

The Eternal Echo is Musillo’s fourth novel, following on the heels of The Ease of Access, Can You See That Sound, and Snapshot Americana. In addition, Musillo is an accomplished painter whose work has been exhibited in the George Billis Gallery, the Cutting Room, and the Greenpoint Gallery, and he is the author of a screenplay entitled In The Ring that is currently in pre-production and will be directed by Aaron Latham, writer of Urban Cowboy and The Program. READ MORE

Authors

Blake J. Harris

June 25, 2014

Blake J. Harris is a writer and filmmaker based out of New York. In May of 2014, HarperCollins published his book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation, an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at the video game console battle between mighty Nintendo and Sega, the cunning upstart, in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Within its pages, Harris studies the people, products and strategic gambits that helped put Sega on the map and put a dent in Nintendo’s dominance.

Harris is currently co-directing the documentary based on his book, which is being produced by Scott Rudin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg. He will also serve as an executive producer on Sony’s feature-film adaptation of Console Wars.

Readers can learn more at www.consolewarsbook.com.

What is your creative background, and what inspired you to write Console Wars? READ MORE

Musicians

Josh Stevens

August 26, 2015
Josh Stevens

Singer, songwriter, producer and engineer Josh Stevens was raised in Los Angeles, where he got his start in the music world as a member of Mental Advisory, a hip-hop group in which Stevens went by the name Speratic. The group released their debut album, Only the Few, in 2004, and Speratic released a solo album, Come Join the Circus, in 2008.

While attending the Los Angeles Recording School, Josh interned under Grammy Award-winning producers Tom Weir and Niko Bolas and later worked as a mix engineer at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. After two years, Josh found himself wanting to get back into studio work, and jumped at the opportunity to be a personal engineer for Warren G. Through this relationship, Josh was offered the chance to work with LMFAO, co-writing, engineering and touring in support of the group’s immensely successful sophomore album, 2011’s Sorry for Party Rocking. Josh appears in the video for “Party Rock Anthem” and served as the recording engineer for the second single, “Champagne Showers.” In addition, he co-wrote and engineered “Reminds Me of You,” featuring Calvin Harris. READ MORE