03 August 2010

5 of the Greatest People in the World, Part 20

There's a thing on Twitter called Follow Friday. Basically, you present a list of people that you recommend other people follow. It's a pretty popular idea and it makes everyone feel good. So with that in mind, I figure the least we can do for our wonderful Kickstarter backers is to give them a variant of the Follow Friday plug. So here they are, in order (well, some of them):

96. Josh Meservey: And the winner for most surprising backer is...Josh Meservey. You see, I've known Josh my whole life. We grew up in the same church, went to the same schools, and even played on the same Little League team (I think). His sister Marion was a year ahead of me and Josh was in my brother's class, but in a town as small as Waldoboro, none of that really matters so much. In high school he came off the bench the year our school won our first state title in basketball, and he was the starting point guard for a team that only lost 1 game in two years his junior and senior years (and another 2 titles). And I know what you're thinking: that sounds like an obvious backer. But wait, there's more. Josh currently lives in Nairobi. Yes, Nairobi. He was in the Peace Corps for a bit and now works with an organization that interviews African refugees who've applied for resettlement in the U.S. So, as you can see, he's a bit removed from stuff like this, so to see him show up is a surprise. But, he came through on the final day, a clutch performance reminiscent of a 2004 David Ortiz. There's a blog, but it hasn't been updated in almost a year.

97. Mark Edward Turner (@marketurner): You know how you always hear about these magical people who go around funding lots of different Kickstarter campaigns? Meet one of them. Mark has backed 39 projects on Kickstarter, All sorts of stuff: movies, art installations, pet products, you name it. He lives in London where he does something with insurance, but the link seems to be dead, so I'm not sure what. But, really, he looks like one of those super cool guys who just loves music and films and art and does what he can to help. In our book, people like that are worth their weight in gold.

98. Arthur Wyckoff: Arthur (a.k.a. A.J.) is a teacher who's Facebook photo, I'm told, is of him and Taylor Swift. Then again, I have only a vague idea of who she is, so it could be someone else. Anyway, A.J. is a poker-playing film lover (Have you noticed? There's a poker theme. A chunk of the "fan base" comes from my film writings at the poker forum twoplustwo.com), who is one of the truly wise people who counts Before Sunrise & Before Sunset as one of the great cinematic works of our time. According to his Facebook, he started on Mad Men Season 1 yesterday. By my calculations, he should already be obsessed with it. It's right in his wheelhouse. He's a smart guy who "gets" cinema on an instinctive level. He's going to love that show.

99. Elizabeth Scanlon: Assuming I've got the right person, Elizabeth Scanlon edits The American Poetry Review, which has been around since 1972 and published the work of 9 Nobel Prize winners and 33 Pulitzer Prize winners. She comes to us via Adam Woods, which means that Adam seems to have the coolest circle of friends of anyone I know. Naturally, Elizabeth is a poet herself, with works including This New City, which appeared in the Blackbird, and Miss Moore's Parlor Perfect to This Day, which I found on Verse Daily. Her work is all over the place.

100. Jordan Paley: Jordan looks a bit like Kevin Youkilis, which I mention mostly because Jordan is a Yankees fan and I know it annoys him that he looks like someone who's clearly better than that A-Rod asshole. I mean, maybe he'd like to look like the shitty Derek Jeter, but that could get ugly in the end (NSFW). Anyway...Jordan and his Yoooouuuuuk resemblance are schedule to be in Up Country, and help out with the filming. You see, Jordan is a filmmaker who also runs the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players who, basically, do Rocky Horror stuff. Jordan ran the Hollywood Theatre for awhile, before it closed. He's also a wee bit crazy.

Stay tuned for the rest of our backers! And, as always, you can still become a backer and get the same rewards as our other backers. Just click on the "Donate" button below and PayPal will take care of the rest.


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