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People I'd Like to Know

I've been lucky to meet some really cool people over the years. In the 1960s I babysat for Adam Nussbaum and played in a band with John Scofield - both went on to become famous jazz musicians. In the 1970s I recorded Narada Michael Walden and worked one summer for the Chambers Brothers rewiring their home recording studio. Also in the 1970s I got a half hour lesson on string arranging from Rob Mounsey after a recording session in Boston, and talked to Bob Moog about the design of active filter circuits at an AES lecture. In the 1980s I recorded Pete Levin, actor Mason Adams, ran a PA system for Dr. John, had Peter Funt as a studio client, and had dinner with Bill Gates. I also met Art Garfunkle when I sat in on one of his recording sessions. In the 1990s I interviewed Mstislav Rostropovich, one of the greatest cellists of all time, and made two videos featuring renowned cellist Bernard Greenhouse. I had a fabulous house with Future Shock author Alvin Toffler as my backyard neighbor, and had a visit from 2001 A Space Odyssey actor Keir Dullea when I put the house up for sale. In the 2000s producer Nile Rodgers became one of my company's customers, as did Barry Gibb, Bob Clearmountain, and T Bone Burnett. I also have many truly fabulous close friends, equally talented but perhaps not so famous, including Jeff Prosise, Phil Cramer, Bob Spear, Arnie Gross, Ed Dzubak, Mark Weiss, Mike Rodericks, Carol Chapman, Carl Franklin, and Kate Dillingham. Just as cool, my brother in law Joseph Deninson spec'd the original E-ZPass system hardware, and my cousin, attorney Robert M. Langer is behind those "Do not remove under penalty of law" pillow and mattress tags that arose from a lawsuit against a major mattress manufacturer.

It's too late to meet Carl Sagan, Leonard Bernstein, or bass player James Jamerson, and way too late to meet Antonin Dvorak or J.S. Bach. But there are several people - personal heroes - I'd still like very much to meet before I die. If you are on the list below, or personally know someone on the list, please call or email me!

Jeff Beck is the most inventive electric guitar player I've ever heard. He has been a huge influence on me for more than 40 years, and he keeps getting better all the time.

Bob Gaudio has written some of the finest tunes in the history of popular music. Besides dozens of fabulous hits for the Four Seasons, Bob also produced the soundtrack for Little Shop of Horrors, one of my favorite movies.

I admire magicians Penn & Teller because they're so darn good at what they do, and for their skepticism and willingness to show the public how they do some of their tricks. Penn, please contact me - I have a great idea for your Showtime TV show.

Wayne Lytle is the genius behind the Animusic DVDs. If you're not aware of Animusic, go to their web site right now and buy the DVDs.

White House reporter Helen Thomas has more cajones than a dozen average men put together. Over her long career Helen has asked many US presidents pointed and embrassing questions that needed to be asked.

Bryan Fuller is the brilliant creator of the TV shows Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, and Pushing Daisies. Bryan, I'm your biggest fan.

I'm also a huge fan of producer David E. Kelly, creator of the TV shows of Picket Fences, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, and others, plus an important contributor to LA Law.

Weird Al Yankovic has to be one of the funniest and most talented people in the world.

Lately I've become a huge fan of "Iron Chef" Bobby Flay. His TV shows on the Food Channel Network never fail to impress. Bobby, I hereby challenge you to a Throwdown, which I know I'll lose, but it's worth the humiliation just to watch you do your magic in person!


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