WELCOME TO THE SHOW
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!
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.
Follow Charlie on social media:
FB: Charlie Shrem
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.
Follow Rachel on social media:
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.
Follow Lisa on social media:
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.
Follow Sevier on social media:
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.
Follow Sir Daniel Winn on social media:
FB: Daniel Winn
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Phil Varone. Phil is the drummer for the bands Saigon Kick and Panic Boom. In this episode, we chat about Saigon Kick and Phil let’s me play their massive 1992 hit “Love Is On The Way”. He tells us a little bit about his time with Skid Row and Vince Neil. Then we discuss his stint on the reality show ‘Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew’, and OF COURSE I ask him about his December 2010 cover & centerfold appearance for Playgirl magazine. Finally, we talk about his new band Panic Boom, and he let’s me play their new single “Revolution”; before we close out talking about his upcoming documentary “Thirty Years A Drummer.
Follow Phil on social media:
FB: Phil Varone
Website: PhilVarone.com / 30yearsadrummer.com
Courtney Warner Shrem
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Courtney Warner Shrem. Courtney is an advocate for crypto currencies and an actress in the new film Ask Me To Dance. In this episode, we chat about her previous career as a hip hop dancer, and why she made the move to acting. We discuss her new film Ask Me To Dance, which stars previous guests Gabriel Jarret, Jesse Kove, and Tom Malloy. She tells us how much fun it was to be on set, and how this experience made her and her husband (Charlie Shrem) want to get into the world of producing. Of course we discuss crypto currency, Bitcoin, and some of the infinite possibilities associated with this new wave of block chain technology. Look for Ask Me To Dance everywhere you watch movies!
Follow Courtney on social media:
FB: Courtney Marie Shrem