Tuesday, May 9

Interview With Cuddy D

Cuddy D
Cuddy D
Steve Perri introduced us to himself as "Cuddy D," after his publicist, Josh Mitchell, from Wickid Pissa Publicity, referred him to us.

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Cuddy:  Long Branch, New Jersey.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently live?

Cuddy:  Middletown, New Jersey.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about "The Cuddy D Show"?

Cuddy: What I love most about The Cuddy D Show is our unique perspective on the topics we discuss, I never know what to expect from my co-hosts.

La Libertad: What would you like to tell our readers about your co-hosts?

Cuddy: My brother Jim "J-Dawg" - the wit and genius of J-Dawg in the house. The master of hilarious one line quips, love and peace... Vicki Lee - she might be the quietest one on the panel, but loves to throw in some witty zingers, showing us her unique perspective on the topics. She packs a real punch. Courtney - singer/songwriter, she also has years of public speaking
under her belt, on the topic of sexual assault. Courtney believes most anything can be overcome by humor!

La Libertad: What inspired you to create your unique format?

Cuddy: As a fan of television talk shows, I had grown tired of the same old format: one host monologue, one perspective. This is why I created a show that offers multiple points of view, where our audience can perhaps relate to us better than other shows, where we say the things that people at home are thinking in their minds, but don't say; we become their voice.

La Libertad: What is the hardest part of coordinating each episode?

Cuddy: Getting everyone onboard for the same date and time in filming new shows, considering we all have our own private lives.

La Libertad: Where would you like the show to be in five years?

Cuddy: Airing on a major television network.

La Libertad: What has been the most memorable moment on your show?

Cuddy: Getting kicked off Public Access television for three weeks for saying the word "ass" on one of our episodes. And then, having to kiss ass in getting the show back on the network.

La Libertad: What are your career goals?

Cuddy: My overall career goals are to be the best host/producer I can be where I continue to hone my skills and evolve with the times so our audience continues to watch and love "The Cuddy D Show."

La Libertad: When can fans expect your latest edition?

Cuddy: Fans can expect new shows in the Fall of 2017, as we presently are promoting our show's trailer.

La Libertad: What links would you like to share?

Cuddy:

www.thecuddydshow.com

Facebook.com/thecuddydshow

YouTube.com/CuddyDShow

La Libertad: What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Cuddy: My message to your readers, of La Libertad magazine is this:

If you are interested in watching a stimulating talk show where we tell it like it is in our topics, and keep it real in an unbiased manner, while invoking humor, then tune in to "The Cuddy D Show."



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Photographer: Mary B
Wardrobe:  Helmut Lang

Sunday, April 30

Interview With Justine Johnston Hemmestad

Justine Johnston Hemmestad
Justine Johnston Hemmestad
Justine Johnston Hemmestad tells us that "Alexander the Great’s efforts toward world unity reflected his spiritual journey, in which [she (Justine)] drew from ancient religions and world views to paint a uniquely vivid picture," and that "Alexander’s relationships with his fellow man knew no restrictions, nor did his love of the sublime."  Justine is, apparently, the author of Vistions of a Dream, a book about Alexander the Great, which she made available this month, on Amazon, at: 

https://www.amazon.com/Visions-Dream-Justine-Hemmestad/dp/1543030327

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Justine:  I was born in San Diego, California – at the same hospital that I was taken to when I nearly died in a car accident nineteen years later.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Justine:  I live in central Iowa with my husband and our four kids who are still in school.  We have three older kids too, who have graduated and moved on (but, thankfully, not too far away), as well as one grandson.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your new book?

Justine:  Visions of a Dream focuses on Alexander the Great’s spiritual journey set against the backdrop of his military conquests, which serves to reveal the origins of his motives. In order to conquer the world, he [had to] first explore and conquer his own mind. He [had to] also overcome his overbearing mother and his competitive father, and the impact they left on his life. He seeks answers to life’s greatest questions amidst a world of
war, with his two most intense relationships. He believed all Gods were one, and he lived that belief, and he continually evolved. Regardless of the distance he traveled, physically, spiritually, and mentally, his army [ended] up mutinying because he adapted the ways and religions of each culture he came into contact with and his men wanted him to spread Greek ways.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about writing?

Justine:  I love the degree to which writing has healed me. In 1990, my car was hit by a city bus and I sustained a severe brain injury, was in a coma, paralyzed, and the doctors said I would never recover. Within a few months I was walking again, and my husband and I moved to the Midwest; we had been married for three
months at the time of my accident. I began writing to cope with my severe P.T.S.D. [post-traumatic stress disorder]; then I began [writing] Visions of a Dream a few years after we moved. I studied Arrian’s history which had some of Alexander’s actual speeches as reported by some of his officers that were with him, and his character, as I wrote him, radiated out from those words. Through his words, I studied him rather than his contemporaries’ and later historians’ opinions of him.

After my T.B.I. [traumatic brain injury], I was devoid of a personality, I had essentially lost all of myself, and so I adhered to the personality of those whom I admired, Alexander being the main one. I admired his perseverance and his persistence, which I felt I needed to recover, and I loved his sincere interest in all cultures and wisdom. I loved his inclusiveness, even to the point that he adopted the family of his arch enemy when they were left behind. My injury has given me the blessing of learning about Alexander, and in the twenty years that I’ve written about him, I felt that I’ve been able to honor the spiritual side of him. Since I’ve been writing so ardently, I returned to college in the mid-2000’s, part time through distance learning, and I’m currently working on my Master’s Degree in English Literature through Northern Arizona University. I truly don’t believe I would have had the inner drive to do that if I had not written about Alexander and been so in tune with his spirit, and I wouldn’t have been able to do that if not for my severe brain injury and near death.

La Libertad:  What other talents and hobbies do you have?

Justine:  Learning about the historical world and it’s people is my life-long hobby. I also write [about] Alexander as learning through his dreams (the Seer Aristander traveled with his army), which is also something that has helped me to expand my mind in my own life as well, and I continue it. I also love to continually learn about world religions and experiences.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Justine:  My seven children inspire me in everything I do and in each breath I take, as does my new grandson. The ability to overcome such a huge struggle as was set before me is also inspiring to me because I’m so grateful and so in awe of my higher power.

La Libertad:  What was the hardest part of completing your book?

Justine:  Writing my book was such an essential part of recovery for me that there was nothing hard about completing it. Afterward, though, it was incredibly hard for me to proof-read and edit it (which was part of the reason it took so long to write). After my brain injury, I had to learn to read again, but I was never able to easily until recently. To read and to be organized in my thoughts are the biggest things that returning to college has helped me with.

La Libertad:  What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?

Justine:  I know beginner-moderate German. I took four semesters of it through The University of Iowa; however, I haven’t had the opportunity to use it. The very reason I learned it, though, was because I knew it would be a great challenge since I still struggled with reading my native language.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Justine:  I’ve lived all over the Southern United States as well as California as a kid, and I’ve traveled to Mexico, as well as New York and New Jersey in high school. I hope to visit Arizona again soon; I also lived there for a short time as a kid. I would love to visit archaeological ruins in Central America as well as
the Middle East some day.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Justine:  I would love to be a well-read author, and I would love for Visions of a Dream to some day be made into a movie, and for it’s message to help people in the world see that we must be sincerely fascinated with each others’ way of life to progress as people.

La Libertad:  What projects are you working on?

Justine:  I’m currently studying for my Master’s degree in Literature, wherein I’m specifically working on a scholarly paper about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in relation to Disability Studies. I would also like to teach creative writing and literature, and I have a few more books started.

La Libertad:  What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in?

Justine:  I’m involved in my Daughters of the American Revolution chapter, but my time is mostly devoted to my kids, writing, and my studies. I also love to be involved with projects for charity, if the opportunity arises.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

My author site:

jhemmestad.wixsite.com/justine-j-hemmestad

My amazon site:

www.amazon.com/Justine-Johnston-Hemmestad/e/B01DHSLN0M

The Visions of a Dream book trailer is on my son’s webpage at:

www.maxgraphics.studio

and it’s also on YouTube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFMe1DFLyRs

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Justine:  My amazingly talented son Bradley Hemmestad is the graphic designer who creates my book covers and my book trailers...

Thursday, April 20

Interview With Louise

Loise introduced herself to us by telling us that her "name
is Louise," and she works at Artsy.  She apparently discovered us While "researching Pablo Picasso," when she found our interview with Gregory Blair.  She determined that we might be among "certain website and blog owners that publish content in line with [Artsy's] mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone."  She also apparently "hopes to continue promoting arts
education and accessibility with [our] help.

"[Their] Pablo Picasso page provides visitors with Picasso's bio, [more than eight hundred] of his works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Picasso exhibition listings. The page also includes related artists and categories, allowing viewers to discover art beyond [their] Picasso page."


La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Louise: 

www.artsy.net

www.artsy.net/artist/pablo-picasso

Friday, April 7

Interview With William Mortensen Vaughan

William Mortensen Vaughan
William Vaughan
We interviewed our Senior Editor, William Mortensen Vaughan, three years in a row, starting in 2012.  His Fiftieth Birthday  Interview Issue is still available, by request, and the ones he granted us in 2013 and 2014 are available online.  Now there's this one, approximately two and a half years later.

La Libertad:  What's new in your life?

William:  I'm hosting a give-away on my new website:

www.AChristmasCarol.US

La Libertad:  What are you giving away?

William:  A copy of A Christmas Carol, on D.V.D., starring George C. Scott.

La Libertad:  What would our readers have to do to enter?

William:  They can follow me on Twitter and Facebook, for extra points, but the main thing they need to do, is e-mail me a pic of an Ebenezer Scrooge look-alike, at:

WilliamMortensenVaughan@yahoo.com

La Libertad:  When is the deadline?

William:  The deadline for this, my first give-away, is midnight, April 30, 2017.  However, I will be continuing to have give-aways indefinitely, in a quest for pics of people who look like characters from A Christmas Carol.

I'm also going to start awarding points for scoring points on my Dickensian Christmas Carol related quizzes.

And the prizes will become more and more lucrative.

La Libertad:  So, it's a contest - not just a random give-away?

William:  That is correct.  I'm using RaffleCopter to track all of the contestants, but it allows me to personally pick the winner, so, on or about May 1, 2017, I will pick the contestant who submits the pic I think most embodies my concept of the character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

RaffleCopter lets give-away creators tailor give-aways an infinite number of ways.  It allows you to assign different numbers of points to different things participants may choose to do, and it allows you to make some things mandatory in order to qualify for the prize.  So, I could assign five points for maxing one of my quizzes, four for scoring eighty percent, and so on.  And only one for following me on Twitter, which wouldn't need to be mandatory.

This is my first RaffleCopter give-away, so I'm still learning, but it seems fairly simple, and I'm looking forward to giving away some prizes to worthy carolers in the months and years ahead.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about the last two and a half years of your life?

William:  I sold my home in southern California for enough money to pay off my mortgage, and buy a bigger home, outright, on more land, in Virginia.  No more mortgage or rent for me!  Except when I rent hotel/motel rooms on vacation, of course...

La Libertad:  What is your current occupation?

William:  Primarily, it seems, I am my wife's photographer.  With rare exceptions, I take all of the pictures you see of her at:

www.libertadgreen.com

www.instagram.com/libertadgreen

lookbook.nu/libertadgreen

chictopia.com/libertadgreen

I still work for her as the Senior Editor of this magazine, too, of course.  It's interesting to continually interact (and get acquainted) with creative people from all over. I don't think a month goes by that someone doesn't submit something for us to publish.

Recently, I bought the rights to www.AChristmasCarol.US, so I am now the Webmaster of that site.  That's my favorite job now-a-days.

La Libertad:  Why is that? 

William:  Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol premiered on television two months and thirteen days after I was born.  It seems as if I saw it every year, throughout my childhood.  My mother gave me a copy of the book by Charles Dickens, too, which I read.  We also watched live-action adaptations on television.  I don't remember any particular adaptations that I saw as a child, other than Mr. Magoo's, but I remember that the general story was familiar to me more or less all of my life.

Then, the U.S. Army sent me to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, where, in the winter of 2006-'07, I saw a live performance of A Christmas Carol, at the Base Chapel, performed by fellow Service Members and D.H.L. [Dalsey, Hillblom, and Lynn] employees.  I was so impressed, that I became obsessed with A Christmas Carol.

While serving with the Tenth Mountain Light Infantry in Iraq, during Operations Iraqi Freedom VI and Cast Lead, in the winter of 2008-'09, I started collecting copies of adaptations of A Christmas Carol on D.V.D. [Digital Video Disc], which I ordered from various websites - mostly from Amazon and eBay.  I was so retarded about it, that I ended up with multiple copies of some adaptations, some of which I gave to fellow service members and civilian employees who, like me, worked at Task Force Mountain Headquarters, on Victory Base Camp, adjacent to Baghdad.  By the time I left, I had a collection of approximately fifty different adaptations of A Christmas Carol - some, on V.H.S. [Video Home System] tape, but most, on D.V.D.

La Libertad:  How many adaptations do you own copies of now?

William:  Sixty-nine.

La Libertad:  How many are there?

William:  I've seen a list of more than two hundred, but I doubt that many are available on video.  I imagine I will have a hundred, by the time I die, and that will be due, in large part, to the fact that more adaptations are produced every few years, it seems.  I recently acquired several which were released since 2010.

La Libertad:  What is the oldest adaptation, and do you have a copy of it?

William:  I think the first film adaptation of A Christmas Carol was released in 1901; it was called Scrooge (or Marley's Ghost), and no, I don't have a copy of it.  What's left of the  35 millimeter footage has apparently been converted to a video file, and uploaded to YouTube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILDHYYsC-g0

La Libertad:  What are the oldest and newest adaptations you own copies of?

William:  The oldest I own a copy of, was released in 1910, and produced by the Edison Film Manufacturing Corporation - yes, a company owned by Thomas Edison, the man who invented the light bulb.  He also filed for a patent on the film camera in 1891.

The two newest adaptations of which I am aware, and which I also own copies of, were released in 2015:  Thomas' Christmas Carol, and another adaptation, starring and directed by Anthony D.P. Mann.

By the way, D.V.D. copies of a Hallmark made-for-T.V. film, It's Christmas, Carol!, starring Emmanuelle Vaugier and Carrie Fisher, recently became available at Amazon, after Ms. Fisher's demise, apparently.

La Libertad:  Which adaptations are your favorites?

William:  Modernized adaptations, such as Ms. Fisher's, as well as Tori Spelling, Vanessa Williams, and Bill Murray's are fairly good.

Mr. Magoo's is still one of my favorites.  My mother and I used to watch any of his cartoons we could on television, which would have been re-runs, because they initially ran from 1960 to 1961, and I was born in 1962.  I was also a big fan of "Gilligan's Island," starring Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III, so the sound of his voice as Mr. Magoo is very nostalgic for me.  It has original song and dance routines, albeit animated, which are humorous, heart-warming, and/or reverent.

I also find The Muppet Christmas Carol immensely entertaining, as well as Maxine's, Mickey's, Bugs Bunny's, and Jim Carrey's.  I think Mr. Carrey's takes the cake for the best, most intense, nap-of-the-earth and aerial footage.  It's also the only adaptation which I've seen in 3D [three-dimensional].  My wife and I saw it at the IMAX [Maximum Image] theatre on the River Walk, in San Antonio, Texas, and it was amazing!

A few others I find very amusing are Albert Finney's, Blackadder's, George Burns', and Rich Little's.  "Thank You Very Much!" and "December the Twenty-fifth" are now among my favorite Christmas carols.  Blackadder and George Burn's adaptations ask (and suggest answers to) the question:  What if Scrooge decided not to be such a push-over?

I consider Rich Little the most talented actor to have ever portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge.  He portrays W.C. Fields in the role of Ebenezer.  He plays virtually all of the other characters in the novel, but being played by other actors, such as John Wayne, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart, Paul Lynde, Jean Stapleton, George Burns, Truman Capote...

La Libertad:  What are your least favorite adaptations?

William:  Scrooge and Marley (2012), Frank De Lima and Don Ho's (1985), and Sid James' "Carry On Christmas" (1969) are the worst and most offensive adaptations I've ever seen.  Scrooge and Marley is so offensive, I never even finished watching it.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about your work?

William:  The thing I think I enjoy most about my work is essentially being my own boss, and not having an actual boss who can fire me for whatever reason, such as not showing up on time, or wearing the wrong clothing, or saying the wrong thing to the wrong person, or refusing to do something I don't want to do.

Every time I wake up, I'm overwhelmed by gladness I'm not in the military anymore.  There were so many people in the military who can kiss my a** so hard!  From supervisors I couldn't stand, to insubordinate subordinates, to people who were just plain stupid and unpleasant.  I often really hated being subordinate to someone who outranked me by Pay Grade and position of authority over me, but who was obviously inferior to me, at least in my opinion.

I spent five years working entertainment gigs in California, and that was very similar, although not as life-encompassing, time-consuming, and soul-sucking, nor as lucrative - at least, not in my case.  I'm done with all those kinds of gigs, too.  I refuse to even apply for another one.  It's too humiliating, and I just don't need the money that bad, thanks to my pension.

I had subordinates in the military, at different duty stations, who expressed concern for what would become of me when I retired.  One promised to hire me.  Another suggested I could work as one of those old people who greets you on your way into Walmart.

Luckily, I never had to have another job after I retired from the U.S. Army, in order to buy a house and a truck outright, and I'm doing just fine without a "real" job, so those people who thought so little of me can especially kiss my a**!

La Libertad:  What talents and hobbies do you have?

William:  I still like to make seamlessly tileable, plaid Wallpaper for Windows Desktops, which I'm adding to AChristmasCarol.US, since plaid can seem so "Christmasy"!

I still like to play Chess, and collect Chess sets.  I received two half sets of pieces today [April 4, 2017]; one set is pink, and the other green, reminiscent of Roswell, New Mexico.  I'm expecting a Queen in the mail, this week, to replace the one the wind or an animal apparently broke on my porch; I used to have a complete set of the Avon perfume bottles which look like Chess pieces.

I also have a Mandarin Chinese and a Peter Ganine set.

My favorite softcopy version of Chess is Toon Clash Chess.  Unfortunately, I am not always able to beat the lowest level.  On other Artificially Intelligent Chess applications, I can usually beat about a half dozen levels, but not on this one!  It only has four levels, but that seems to be more than enough to challenge me.

My father-in-law is the only person who likes to play me in person; he beat me twice today, with my new pieces.

I also enjoy playing Dragon Soul Game, on a phablet my wife gave me.  It's a strategy game which involves team building, and team and time management.  When you sign up for a free account, you are somewhat randomly assigned a team of several Heroes with unique sets of abilities.  Some are healers.  Some are essentially infantry, while others are more like artillery, and others, special forces, going behind enemy lines.  There are various arenas with slightly different rules in which you can send your Team to compete.  As you complete different levels in different arenas, you acquire possessions and experience, with which you build your Heroes and your Team.  Eventually, you acquire more Heroes.  eVaughanezer has collected sixty-one of the sixty-two Heroes available.  (As game updates are released, new Heroes and Enemies become available.)

But you are only allowed to send one to five Heroes into battle at a time.  It's up to you to decide which five to team up, based on the scenario.  Sometimes it's best to send in Heroes who perform magic; sometimes it's best to send in Heroes who inflict more physical damage.  Some situations call for heavy Heroes, and others, tasty.  Some situations call for Heroes who remain in place while shooting or launching projectiles; others require the ability to knock foes backward; yet others, the ability to pierce; and others, the ability to bash, or poison. 

All of this is done with a lot of tongue in cheek.  One Hero is the Centaur of Attention, a centaur archer who shoots arrows with boxing gloves for arrowheads.  Another is a Golden Genie, who turns one of his hands into a cannon from which he rapidly fires chickens.  (No real animals are harmed during the course of this game, unless you get frustrated and throw your smart phone of phablet at one of them, perhaps.)  One Hero, named Cosmic Elf, looks suspiciouly like Mr. Spock on Star Trek.  Instead of a Werewolf, there's a Were Dragon.  (Only Dragons are allowed to compete in one of the arenas; there are fifteen Dragons to collect and choose from, including one named King Kaiju, who looks suspiciously like Godzilla.)  Items you can acquire and enchant include a Healthy Dose of Skepticism (in pill form), Shots of Knightcodene, Dead Eyes, and Jars of Kitten Tears.  (Again, no real animals are harmed...) 

When certain Heroes are promoted to Orange (from Purple Plus Four, not to be confused with Blue Plus Three, or Green Plus Two), they can complete three Legendary Quests to acquire a Special Skill.  Each Hero has an avator in a colored frame, which indicates their rank (or "Rarity"); if there's a Diamond in the upper, lefthand corner of the frame, they have completed their Legendary Quests, and acquired their Legendary Skill.  One quest for the Shadow consists of acquiring and sacrificing Jars of Kitten Tears.  (For the third time, no real animals are harmed...)  Snap Dragon needs Bunny Slippers.  Magic Dragon is a hoarder, who hoards My Pony Keychains.  (For the fourth time, no real animals are harmed...)

Team building can also include other players.  In order to enter the Guild Wars, you have to belong to a Guild with enough players at a certain level, who are willing to participate; they can "opt out."  In the Temples, you can only only fight one of several battles, so you are obliged to "invite" (or beg) your Guildmates to fight the other battles for you.  There is also a job board, from which you can hire Heroes which are potentially more powerful than any of yours, and where you can post one or two of your Heroes to earn extra pieces of Gold.

The game has its own market places, with various currencies, including virtual Gold coins and Diamonds (not to be confused with the Legendary Quest Diamonds), as well as Tokens won in the various arenas, as well as Soul Stones.  Virtual Diamonds and grab bags of items are available for purchase with real money, but I have never purchased any; I see that as a form of cheating.

I have more than a half dozen Dragon Soul accounts, and my best account (eVaughanezer), on Server 4 of 11, is ranked in the top eight thousand.  According to Google Play, this game has been installed between ten million and fifty million times, which would mean that there are an average of, at least, almost a million players per server. It has been rated almost three hundred forty thousand times (Five of Five Stars by more than two hundred forty thousand raters), or an average of about thirty-one thousand times per server, the point being, I'm definitely in the top three percent of the players on Dragon Soul - perhaps in the top one percent.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

William:  I drove my cargo truck back and forth between Virginia and California twice.  Perhaps the most interesting place we stayed was Nashville, Tennessee., where I had a belated birthday dinner at the Rainforest Cafe.  I miss having two Rainforest Cafes as close as I did in Los Angeles County.  The nearest ones to where I live now are in Nashville, Tennessee, and Orlando, Florida.

La Libertad:  What else do you miss about living in southern Califronia?

William:  I miss certain restaurant chains, such as the Claim Jumper, El Pollo Loco, Barney's Beanery, the Elephant Bar, and BJ's.  I can still go to McCormick and Schmick's for a free meal on Veterans' Day, but the nearest ones are in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Washington D.C. [District of Columbia].

We still have Olive Garden, Chipotle, Subway, and Sweet Frog fairly close.

New favorites I've discovered are the Red Monkey in Raleigh, Mi Carreta in South Boston, and Macado's, in Farmville.

I'm still looking forward to eating the Fishin' Pig, near Farmville.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

William:  I'd like to accomplish two things before I die:

First of all, I want to have perhaps the most impressive Dickensian Christmas Carol related website on the Internet.

Secondly, I want to have the world's largest collection of seamlessly tile-able, plaid Wallpaper for Windows Desktops.

I have a lot of work to do, though, writing reviews and adding wallpapers and other content to my website.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

William:

AChristmasCarol.US

AChristmasCarol.US/Tartan.htm

www.facebook.com/AChristmasCarolUS

www.twitter.com/DickensianCarol

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

William:  If you have any Christmas Spirit, or would like to feel the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come more closely, please visit my new website, read a review, take a quiz, and/or participate in one of my contests!

Interview by Libertad Green


Monday, April 3

Interview With Jason Henry

Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity referred Jason Henry to us, and he introduced himself to us as the "Director of Media and Public Relations for AllSportsMarket."

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about
A.S.M.?

Jason:  AllSportsMarket or A.S.M., is about teaching finance
through sports, and creating socially beneficial financial
instruments through the trading of sports stocks.

La Libertad:  How is it different from conventional sports
gambling?

Jason:  AllSportsMarket serves a purpose, but outside of that,
AllSportsMarket is not "sports betting" or "sports gambling." 
When betting on sports, your bet expires when you lose; on a
market, like A.S.M., when a team loses your stock doesn’t
expire.  A.S.M. is like the N.A.S.D.A.Q. [National Association
of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations System] for sports,
not a casino for sports.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about your work?

Jason:  Harnessing the passion tied to sports and the interest
people have with money, and creating something that will help
people, and not harm them like "sports gambling," is something
that we all take great pride in.

La Libertad:  Who is your favorite sports team?

Jason:  [My favorite] baseball team is the Toronto Blue Jays;
hockey team is the Washington Capitals; football team is the
Denver Broncos; and basketball team is the San Antonio Spurs.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Jason:  Working for social change.  Utilizing a market like
A.S.M. to bring about jobs and educating the public on finance
through sports is a very powerful thing to be a part of.

La Libertad:  How long has A.S.M. been in business?

Jason:  A.S.M. has been in the works for fifteen years. This
isn’t due to anything other than the fact that creating a new
global economy isn’t something that happens overnight.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Jason:  All over North America; [I] haven’t made it overseas yet,
but that time is coming.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Jason:  I’m constantly trying to educate myself in the world of
finances; the overall goal of my career is getting into micro-
lending, and help as many small business owners as possible.

La Libertad:  Who are your heroes?

Jason:  My mom and dad are my heroes.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Jason:  A great site to check out to become better informed [about] the concept of sports stocks is:

www.AllSportsMarket.com and


www.TheNewSportsEconomy.org


Introduction by William Mortensen Vaughan

Tuesday, March 28

Interview With Robert A. Trezza

movie poster:  By Deception

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Robert:  New York.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Robert:  Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

La Libertad:  What is your occupation?

Robert:  Film-maker.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about your work?

Robert:  Creating characters, and bringing them to life with the help of
others.

La Libertad:  What talents and hobbies do you have?

Robert:  I am a creative writer/storyteller with a love of the macabre and paranormal.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Robert:  Being able to get a reaction from the person or person(s) reading or watching my projects.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of your job(s)?

Robert:  Pleasing everyone...  It's kinda in my blood to do so, and it's a struggle for me.

La Libertad:  What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?

Robert:  Just English-it's hard enough. 

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Robert:  I tend to stay local.

Robert:  I live in New York, so between the boroughs and the island, there is a lot to do and see.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Robert:  To be able to make films full time until I'm too old to recall what my goals were.

La Libertad:  What projects are you working on?

Robert:  I just finished The Purging Hour film and we are just about to wrap... a psychological thriller called By Deception

La Libertad:  What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in?

Robert:  Sleeping...it has been a busy few months.
movie posster: The Purging Hour

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Robert: 

thepurginghour.com

deckofcardsent.com



Monday, March 27

Interview With Francesco Vitali

Franko Vitali
Franko Vitali
La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Franko:  I born in Athens, Greece, [to] two wonderful parents - very loving family and very close to each other...

La Libertad:  Where do you currently live?

Franko:  I Live in Los Angeles.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about the 48 Film Project?

Franko: 48FILM Festival is the original
international short film competition, for every budding film-maker who has access to the Internet.

Participate anytime, anywhere, and get Planet Earth's attention.  We're multi-cultural.  We welcome film-makers from all backgrounds to contribute to the rich diversity of entries we receive each year.
48 Film is filmmaker’s chance to break it into Hollywood.  You can participate from any place, anytime you want during the year, and shoot your film in any genre you feel.

So, basically, after you register your team here:

https://www.48filmproject.com/do-not-miss-out-space-is-limited

you will need to be ready with your team, and, after you organize, and [have] everything in place, you click the button:

“start my competition”


Anytime morning or night, weekday or weekend, from any place [on] Earth you are...  You choose your genre, and our system randomly gives you three required elements:  A character, a line, and a
prop.

Immediately your forty-eight hour countdown will start, and
you got two days to complete your four-to-seven-minute... short
film.

Winners every year [screen] their short at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood.

La Libertad:  [NOTE:  There is a $150 registration fee.]

What do you love most about working with short filmmakers?

Franko:  I like the young aspiring people with new fresh ideas and passion for Films.  Love to work with young filmmakers, and give them the chance to get to the next level...

La Libertad:  What is your favorite film?

Franko:  Oh, gosh, I got many and different...  I love The Big Blue by Luc Besson, Milk by Gus Van Sant, Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino, The Talented Mr. Ripley by Anthony Minghella...

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Franko:  Many things in life!  First of all... anything pure authentic and original!  I like anything that is true, and not fake.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part about movie-making?

Franko:  To be determined and dedicated, and keep the faith in your belief.  Everyone can have a great idea or a great talent. But, unfortunately, talents or ideas is only one per cent; the other ninety-nine percent is the hard work.

La Libertad:  What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?

Franko:  Oh, besides English, I speak Greek and French.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Franko:  Most places in Europe - also in the most major cities of [the] U.S. ...

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Franko:  To help the young talented people to make their dreams come true.  This is what truly motivates me, and gets me to keep going, overcoming obstacles.

So, truly this is my goal:  to help as many talented
people as possible to achieve their goal and make
their dreams come true.

La Libertad:  What projects are you working on?

Franko:  Well, I’m shooting a new supernatural thriller, next June, in Greece:  the Gates of Hades.

And [I'm] working on pre-production for a new documentary,
Respect Greece, hosted by Nana Palaitsaki.

A wonderful individual with more than thirty-three years on T.V. as the top anchorwoman in Greece, with more than 130,000 hours on air.

La Libertad:  What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in?

Franko:  To be frank I don’t really going to events, except if there is a particular reason.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Franko:

www.48filmproject.com

www.48filmproject.com/article/the-project/how-it-works


La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Franko:  We are going through some very pessimistic times.  I would suggest keeping up the creativity, and the best is yet to come!

Interview by Francesco Vitali and William Mortensen Vaughan

Saturday, March 18

Interview With Jessica Trigg

Jessica Trigg
Jessica Trigg

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Jessica:  I was born June 10, 1975, in the villiage of Malmo, in Scandinavia.  I lived there till I was two, before moving to Deerborn, Michigan.  My father, Tomas,  and mother, Jestina...

We moved to Hollywood, and I was home schooled.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Jessica:  I live in Tustin

La Libertad:  What is your occupation?

Jessica:  I'm an actress.  I've appeared in many small films, [including] Never, and White Crows.  I just played a queen in
a short film.  The people had feathers, and they would wave them at me, and I was their ruler.  [Laughs...]

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of your job?

Jessica:  The hardest part of my job is just getting parts. 

I used to just do background. 

Marc Chicoine cast me... to do a role... how I met Marc and Rex.  They were filiming in Glendale, and on Episode 4, I'm the poster girl.  I was at the Coffee Bean, with my friend, and they were filming.  Marc gave me his card, and I booed the karaoke singer. 

Then he invited me to the shoot in Playa del Rey... Episode 6 of "Metropolitan Detective"...  It was a pool party scene. I was a little nervous, so he had me splash the lifeguard and just talk.  The lifeguard's name was Titus, and it was this really nice man's apartment we used - Drew Whitlock.






I wasn't very good, but he and Rex [Chicoine] helped me a lot, and I was able to get through my scene.  It was the scariest
thing I've ever done, but they were so great.  Rex held the camera and directed. 

I met really nice people [such as] Leonel Claude

La Libertad:  What inspires you?
Jessica Trigg
Jessica Trigg by Nick Forino

Jessica:  What inspires me?  Just being on a show and being able to see it.  I do mostly background, but the queen movie has me motivated, plus the detective show. Just knowing I can do it!

My first movie was a while ago.  I had a friend who had an agent, and he knew I could roller skate.  He cast me in
Gingerdead Man 3 Saturday Night Clever.

Ironically, Rex was in the film, but I did not know him at the time.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Jessica:  Career goals are to become a famous actress, maybe.   I don't know if I want to become famous.  Basically, my mom and dad take care of me.  They give me a place to live, a car to drive, and money when I need it.  I want to find a good guy, and get married, and have a few children.  Like every other woman, I guess...

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Jessica: 

www.facebook.com/jessica.trigg.906

www.imdb.com/name/nm6717024

Metropolitan Detective episode featuring Jessica and her friend, April:

youtu.be/zn02TBCBLbw

La Libertad:  What  else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Jessica:  That's me and my friend, April Galding, on the picture of Episode 4, Metropolitan Detective; April has the glasses on.