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My name is Steve Owens and I meet a lot of people; sometime in my travels, sometimes in my own home town. Several times (quite by accident), I have stumbled into what I consider to be fascinating stories. So after way too many got away, I decided to start recording them. Some of these conversations will be fascinating ONLY to me. Some will be fascinating to you too. In the end, I guess this podcast is just an excuse for me to get to travel, meet, and talk to more people. So if you are so inclined…
Walk with me, down Fascination Street!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Moriah Formica. Moriah is the lead singer and guitarist for the new rock band PLUSH. In this episode we chat about how she got pulled into music at a VERY early age, who her inspirations were and are, and how the overwhelming support from her parents has really helped her succeed and thrive in the music business. Moriah and her band mate collaborated on their version of Barracuda (By Heart), put it up on YouTube, and started getting attention from the right people. Shortly thereafter they added a couple more ladies and formed PLUSH. Since then; Plush has played with: Halestorm, Evanescence, Seether, Mammoth WVH, Daughtry, and Seven Dust. Plush is currently on tour supporting Seven Dust for a second time. Moriah tells me what she writes about, or rather WHO she writes about in her lyrics. I made a VERY embarrassing faux pas and look like an ass, and I play the new single from Plush’s self titled debut album.
She also lets me play a song from her first EP as a solo artist when she was 13.
For tickets and tour info, check out: PlushRocks.net
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Joe Lafferty (Rest In Peace Buddy)
Roughly 3 years ago Joe Lafferty reached out to me to see about being a guest on my show.
He is the author of Justin Time: A Memoir of Faith and The Fight For Life; and he wanted me to read it before coming on the show, so he sent it to me.
By the time I finished the book and our schedules allowed recording an interview; nearly a year had passed.
When the interview was completed; it was almost 2 hours long. We talked for another hour after that.
At the end of that 3-hour conversation; Joe told me that we would be friends. As a matter of fact; his exact words were, “We are either going to be friends, or you’re going to change your phone number”.
Then he asked if I would mind being added to his list of morning texts; where he sends texts and inspirational messages every morning to a few friends, and people that are important to him. Of course, I said yes.
Since Joe was an hour ahead of me; his was the very first text I received EVERY SINGLE DAY. His words of inspiration and faith were my first contact with the outside world, every day, for more than two years.
Not long after, he started calling me. Our conversations got longer and more intimate. Before I knew it; we WERE friends. Just like Joe said we would be.
We talked every weekday for two years.
Monday through Friday, we would chat. Sometimes it would be 10 minutes, sometimes it would be 2 hours. Some days it would be a quick phone call once, other days it would be 4 or 5 phone calls in a day. We would talk between his work meetings, or while he was running errands. We would talk while I was working at my job, and standing on a ladder all day.
We would shoot the shit, we would tell each other jokes, we would make each other laugh.
We talked every week day for two years.
Joe has had a lot of milestones in his life.
He coached 15 young men on their way to the NFL. That is to say, Joe Lafferty helped 15 men realize their dream, and help them on their journey to become professional football players.
Joe has many, MANY friends. Some are very famous, most aren’t; but he has A LOT of friends.
When Joe was a small child he beat Leukemia and became a spokesperson for his regional chapter of The Leukemia Society. Later in life, due to a one in a million infection; he lost an eye.
Not long after that, Joe died….. for 7 minutes, the story is more involved than that;, but that’s what happened.
Shortly after that, Joe received a double organ transplant on Valentine’s Day, 2010; and every day after that he lived on borrowed time. Or as Joe would say “Justin Time”; because Justin was the name of the young man whose organs he received.
Joe’s daily goal was to positively affect those around him; as many people as he could. He inspired some, motivated others, cheered and guided where he could.
On May 1st, 2022 Joe was visiting his mother in Pittsburgh, and helping her clean out her garage. That evening he Face Timed his wife, who was at their home in Florida. Shortly after that Joe went to sleep, and he didn’t wake up.
Throughout his life Joe Lafferty was many things, to many people.
*A father figure
*A hard worker
*A man of principle.
*And A man of faith.
But most importantly to me; JOE LAFFERTY WAS MY FRIEND.
I miss him all day, every day; and I didn’t even know him that long.
I can’t imagine what his other friends and family are going through, I honestly can’t.
For those of us lucky enough to have known him, he touched us.
For those of us blessed to have befriended him; we are forever changed, for the better.
What follows is parts 1 & 2 of Joe Lafferty’s appearance on Fascination Street Podcast; joined into one nearly 2 hour long episode with as limited commercial breaks as possible.
This 2 part conversation originally aired May of 2020.
This is how I got to know him, and the seeds of a great relationship with my friend Joe Lafferty.
Please enjoy my conversation with my friend.
You can get Joe’s book at: TheRealBionicMan.com or on Amazon.
Chef Catherine McCord
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Chef Catherine McCord. Catherine is a celebrity chef that can be seen regularly on Guy’s Grocery Games and other shows on The Food Network. In this episode we chat about an early start to her modeling career. Before she was even 16 years old; she had worked as a model in New York and Japan. She quickly went on to work with: Elite modeling, Calvin Klein, Elle magazine, Glamour magazine, and Victoria’s Secret; just to name a few. After that she transitioned into television & hosting; including being a co-host on over 100 episodes of the syndicated MTV dating advice show Loveline (with Dr. Drew and Adam Carolla). THEN, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City; where she obtained her culinary degree and became a chef. She started a blog and a couple of businesses: Weelicious & One Potato, and written FOUR cookbooks. She has also turned her culinary knowledge and experience into being a recurring judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, and various other Food Network appearances.
I also get her to share her experience of being in NYC on September 11th, 2001.
Check out Catherine’s cookbooks including her upcoming 4th cookbook Meal Prep Magic.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Jeremy Popoff. Jeremy is the guitarist and a founding member of the rock band Lit. In this episode we chat about what made Jeremy want to be a rock star, and how Lit came to be. We talk about the struggle of the early years and their smash hit My Own Worst Enemy. He also tells us about the first time he heard their song on the biggest radio station in the world (at the time) KROQ in Los Angeles. We discuss what makes Lit’s endurance and relevance. Then we talk about Lit’s upcoming new album Tastes Like Gold (6/17), their new singles (I get to play TWO of them!) and the new 2022 Spring Loaded tour!
Follow Jeremy on social media:
Insta: @JeremyPopoff / @LitBandOfficial
FB: Jeremy Popoff / Lit
For tour info and tickets go to: LitBand.com
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Charlie Shrem. Aside from being the husband of previous guest Courtney Warner Shrem, Charlie is an entrepreneur and noted Bitcoin advocate. In this episode, we chat about where he grew up and why he felt like he didn’t belong there. We also discuss how he came to be involved in the crypto finance world, more specifically in the early stages of Bitcoin. Of course Charlie explains why he went to prison for “aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business”, and the valuable lesson he learned while incarcerated. I ask him why the Winklevoss twins sued him for 32 million dollars, how that ended, and why he started a podcast shortly after that time called Untold Stories. Lastly, Charlie explains to us who / what is Satoshi; and why these beliefs are important to him.
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Check out his podcast Untold Stories everywhere podcasts are available, and UntoldStories.com
*** THIS IS EPISODE 300 OF FASCINATION STREET PODCAST!! ***
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Tommy Chong.
Tommy takes us on a journey of getting to know him. From the Canadian farm he was born and raised on, to starting the very first strip club in Vancouver, to getting signed by Motown Records and touring the world playing with acts like Diana Ross & The Supremes, to sharing a stage with Jimi Hendrix, and smoking pot with one of The Beatles and someone from Leave It To Beaver! Naturally Tommy tells me the story of how he met Cheech Marin, and the genesis of their very first recorded comedy sketch. All along the way, we chat about various fun things; from the T.actical W.omen’s A.lert T.eam, to Basketball Jones, to prison and bunking with Jordan Belfort. Tommy let’s me play their biggest Motown hit, and explains how he had a hand in getting Jordan Belfort to write the book that the movie The Wolf Of Wallstreet was based on. We also talk about a new ‘At Home Weed Delivery Service’, NFT’s, spirituality, and a whole lot more! Plus, I share some Cheech & Chong stories from my youth.
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Rachel Dolezal RETURNS!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know even MORE about Rachel Dolezal. Rachel initially made world- wide headlines for her advocacy for African Americans as a president of a regional chapter of the NAACP. We don’t really talk about any of that this time; since we talked a lot about it on her first appearance. So if that is what you are looking for, go check out her first FSP episode. In this episode; we chat about her move to Arizona, why she did it and how it is going so far. We talk about starting her hair business from scratch in a new state, and we talk a lot about her art. Rachel is an amazingly talented fine artist; painter and sculptor. Finally, we discuss her Only Fans account; both what she does on it, and why she started that account. I enjoy speaking with Rachel very much and am honored yet again, that she feels comfortable coming on the show.
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Only Fans: @RachelDolezal
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Lisa Zambetti. Lisa is a casting director for film & television based in Los Angeles, Ca. In this episode we chat about: her father’s VERY fascinating profession, her moving to NYC as a young woman to become an actress, acting on Broadway, and directing plays. Lisa tells her experience of being in Manhattan on September 11th, 2001; and how it was a life changing moment. And finally we talk about her TWO podcasts: Killer Casting and Real Crime Profile.
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FB: Lisa Zambetti Casting
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Sevier Crespo. Sevier is an actor as well as a film & television producer. In this episode, we chat about being born in Puerto Rico, growing up in Dallas and what led to his moving to Los Angeles. He shares with us his dream to become a professional baseball player; and what if felt like when he found and fell in love with acting, and what attracted him to producing. I can’t help but ask Sevier to explain all of the different types of producers; and he explains them all! Finally, we chat about some of his more recent projects: like the recent film ‘Karen’, starring Taryn Manning, and how much he enjoyed filming in Atlanta.
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FB: Sevier Crespo
Website: Seviercrespo.com / PeanutGalleryGroup.com
Sir Daniel Winn
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Sir Daniel Winn. Daniel is a fine-artist, curator, and philanthropist. Because of his philanthropic work. Daniel was honored with the title of “Knight: in 2018. In this episode, we chat about his harrowing experience coming to America, living homeless on the streets AFTER medical school, realizing his passion for artistry, and eventually becoming a world-renowned fine artist and using his position to help those less fortunate. We discuss his contribution to the Asian World Film Awards; where he designed and crafted the award statuettes, and his personal philosophies with regard to universal truth and the impact of the kindness of strangers to one another. OBVIOUSLY, I ask how, why, and who knighted him!
Daniel has TWO galleries in Beverly Hills and one in Vietnam.
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