In some ways, it seems fitting to launch this podcast with a Back to the Future theme. I feel like this new show is going back to my podcast roots and the days when I booked celebrity guests on a regular basis. When my first podcast launched in 2011, my guest on the fifth episode was James Tolkan.
"It's possible that at some point in your life you've been called a slacker."
He said he's had to say the word, "slacker" countless times since Back to the Future, and it didn't seem to bother him at all. I loved that, because I'm sure it can be somewhat exhausting.
One of my last in-person interviews at a convention was with Claudia Wells (Jennifer from Back to the Future). She was so fun!
I also loved one of her autograph offerings where she writes your name, "I love you" and Jennifer's phone number on the back of a clock tower flyer. You can even order a signed clock tower flyer on her website.
Burton Gilliam, my guest on the first episode of For the Nerd, is another example of someone who was only on screen for a short time, but provides an entertaining discussion about his experience. Like Tolkan, he has people come up to him and quote lines.
Fan: Where'd you learn to shoot like that?
Burton: That's my line!
I hope you enjoy our discussion on the July 14th episode of the show.
I'm thrilled to announce that the first episode of For the Nerd will premiere on July 14th, and the topic is the Back to the Future Trilogy. My special guests will be Chris Clews and Burton Gilliam.
Chris is an 80s nerd (like me) who quit his job to become an author/speaker on how to infuse the messages of 1980s movies into the workplace. He'll be a regular contributor on the show when we discuss 80s movie themes.
I've known Burton Gilliam for about 15 years, and it is always fun to talk to him. He's also one of those guys who loves talking about his film career memories (Blazing Saddles, Fletch, Honeymoon in Vegas, Paper Moon, etc.), and he's full of great stories.
I've seen a couple of interesting documentaries on Back to the Future, and I plan on sharing some of those insights with you in this episode. If you're a fan of Back to the Future or fun podcast conversations, I hope you'll join us for this one!
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