As I Am: DJ AM

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DJ AM sticker, courtesy of the Goldstein family, after donating to DJ AM’s memorial foundation after his passing.

I admit with guilt, that I wasn’t a big fan of DJ AM until after his plane crash. Not because I wanted to be a band wagon fan, but because I had barely heard of him until that point. I’ve always been a huge Blink182 fan, but at that time, had been guilty of not really following Mark, Travis and Tom’s side projects. When I heard of Travis surviving a plane crash alongside DJ AM, it was shocking and I was amazed they had survived. I then learned of DJ AM’s life story and I was very inspired.

I had the opportunity in my senior year of college to go a few blocks down the street to see DJ AM aka Adam Goldstein perform at the Gypsy bar in Boston. Because I was focused on homework and being the manager of my college radio station, I was strict on myself and decided not to go, especially since I had just quit my part time job to focus on studies and wanted to save money. A few months later after graduating, DJ AM performed at the Monet Lounge in Providence, which was 15 minutes away from where I was living. Due to not having a car and not wanting to bother any friends to give me a ride, I told myself “I’ll catch him next time.”

There would be no next time. DJ AM passed away in August of 2009.

A blurry shot after meeting Travis Barker of Blink182 & fellow plane crash survivor to DJ AM

Blurry shot after meeting Travis Barker of Blink182 & fellow plane crash survivor

How devastated I was to never get a chance to meet this inspiring person. Someone who overcame obesity, drug abuse, familial abuse & poverty.

What if I had? Would my getting to say to him “you should be proud of the awful things you’ve overcome and I’m glad you’re still here” made any difference? I got to meet Travis Barker, the other plane crash survivor, in March of this year and say these words to his face. He lit up with a smile, telling me it was the nicest thing he ever heard from a fan.

This month will be six years after his passing and earlier this year, I had an epiphany. I owned a piece of DJ AM’s history – a record from his massive collection that was being sold on eBay to benefit his memorial foundation a few years before. I loved that I owned it and lovingly had framed it, but upon moving to the west coast, the frame broke. The record miraculously survived, but I realized it was selfish to hang on to this piece of history, especially when it nearly broke. I donated it to a company looking to preserve the history of deceased celebrities of Hollywood, called Dearly Departed.

You can understand how excited I was to hear of “As I Am,” a documentary on DJ AM’s life. Problem is that they need more funding so the film can actually happen. Please donate by clicking here and spread word. There’s 18 days left and 20% more funding to go!

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YouTuber does Ten Push Ups for Female Veterans

YouTuber, author and actor Flula is the first celebrity to take the 10 Push Ups or $10 challenge for Final Salute, Inc – an organization helping to prevent female veteran homelessness, or to get female vets off the street. The organization holds an annual competition each year called Miss Veteran America and this 10 Push Ups or $10 movement came about when the social media runner for company VA Home Loan Centers accidentally called the competition a “pageant” and was ordered to do 10 push ups for the mistake, which she complied with in this video.

Flula had a leading role in “Pitch Perfect 2”, has over 71 millions views and over 606k subscribers on YouTube. Be like Flula and take the challenge today!

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Fans in the News – July 2015

Photo credit to Eonline.com

Photo credit to Eonline.com

Taylor Swift is synonymous with being fan friendly. She is often in the news on a monthly basis for surprising fans with some grand gesture. This month, she made the news for small gestures like consoling a heartbroken, teenage fan online HERE, then she helped a radio DJ and his wife, a fan, announce their pregnancy with a unique photo opp HERE.

Ola, a writer for VIBE, posted a heart warming story of how rapper and actor Common helped her celebrate the anniversary of an organ transplant that saved her life HERE. Finally, a Seahawks fan caught a ball at one of their games and despite being offered $20,000 for it, he offered to give it back to the very grateful Seahawks and his favorite player, Jermaine Kerse HERE.

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Zombie Hideouts

Check out this interview with Scott Wilson (Herschel) & Andrew J. West (Gareth) from “The Walking Dead” and fans at Walker Stalker Con Fan Fest in San Diego from the week before. It’s pretty funny! 

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Conan Bingo

Photo credit: Amanda Rosenblatt

Photo credit: Amanda Rosenblatt

Conan is a TV talk show giant, and no, that’s not a crack at how tall he is. The red-headed funny man who has written for the Simpsons, won awards for his writing, and has hosted a handful of talk shows. At SDCC 2015 this year, his advertisements have been dominating the area.

One of the biggest advertising campaigns set forth by Team Coco is Conan Bingo at SDCC.

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Photo credit: Amanda Rosenblatt

The event, which Fan Culture got to attend, was amazing. There was tons of free food and beverages (alcoholic and none) for fans at the 21+ event. Once fans were escorted to their tables of the posh nightclub setting room with a stage in the middle and a live DJ (DJ Bumblebee), the show began.

There were dancers, great tunes, a comedy MC, and of course, Conan showed up for a good five minute appearance where he interacted with fans and pulled the first ceremonial ball. There were Bingo prizes of the Conan Pop Funko figures, Beats headphones and a mini iPad as the grand prize.

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Photo credit: Amanda Rosenblatt

There were intermission games of Bingo Karaoke where the singer improvised a song by adding the word “Balls” to it. Yours truly played karaoke, sang “Bad Balls” (“Bad Blood” from Taylor Swift), and won tickets to a Conan taping. On stage, I gave my extra ticket to a gal I had met that same day who was nice enough to make me her plus one for the event.

The good gesture paid off, as the MC announced later in the night that Conan and his team heard about my nice gesture, were touched by it, and gave me more tickets!

Photo credit: Amanda Rosenblatt

Photo credit: Amanda Rosenblatt

It was an amazing night. To watch a video of it, click HERE. I will have a separate post about attending the Conan TV show taping and anything fun that goes down. I will also do a big post about everything SDCC and Walker Stalker Con Fan Fest!

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SDCC 2015 Exclusive

18384_10101247660829977_7936400828874887056_nI have the privilege of working in downtown San Diego, so after work today, I went around the Petco Park and Gaslamp area to skulk out any sightings. I’m a Conan Obrien fan and I saw he was wandering the area via social media.

Alas, no Conan, but I still saw something cool – last year, I got to attend the Walking Dead BBQ at the Gaslamp Hilton. This year, they are holding the Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead offsite at the same location.

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Photo credit to Amanda Rosenblatt

photovisi-downloadHere are some shots, including a sign they will either be putting up inside or on the outside of the event!

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SDCC Flashbacks

With San Diego Comic Con around the corner and in celebration of the event being expended to stay in San Diego until 2018, here are some great videos of past SDCC events I was part of:

  • 2011 SDCC highlight reel HERE
  • 2010 SDCC highlight reel HERE
  • 2014 SDCC Walking Dead BBQ fan event from AMC HERE
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