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!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Sandi Morris. Sandi is an Olympic pole vaulter (USA) who won the silver medal in the 2016 games held in Rio De Janeiro. This interview happened quite accidentally. My friend works for an airline and noticed her pole vault bag and posed with it outside her terminal window. Sandi took some photos and posted them on social media. My friend’s wife saw those posts, and reached out. So thank you to both Laura, and John Barnett!
In this episode Sandi and l chat about why she decided that pole vaulting was for her, and we talk about some of her path to get to where she is. We also laugh hysterically at the verbiage that is used in her sport, and how the current pandemic could alter her 2020 Olympic goals.
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FB: Sandi Morris Pole Vaulter
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know MORE about Jason ‘Lord Honey’ Smith. Jason is a chef and television personality; and is making his SECOND appearance on the show. In this episode, we catch up on what he has been doing since he was last on. We chat about his various cooking shows, his semi recent involvement with GiGi’s Cupcakes, his new apparel line, and how he is determined to help those who need help learning to cook even during this era of social distancing! Enjoy!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Colton Valentine. Colton is a street artist and muralist I met in San Antonio. In this episode we chat about how he got started in art, in street art, and we then move on to some of his previous and current subject matter. We were recording in Colton’s back yard while he was setting up and beginning his 6ft x 6ft Kobe Bryant piece; which was supposed to be on display at South By South West in 2020.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I chat AGAIN with Ashley Arpel Greenwald. In this episode we chat about her new cookbook; with her fiance’s mother Jyl Steinback. Think Outside The Lunchbox cookbook is 100% ‘plant nutrition’ based. (That means vegan, folks)
In this episode we chat about how and why she teamed up with her future mother in law for this book, some of the recipies, the new and interesting page layout of this cookbook, and we (I) give her fiance a hard time for dragging his feet!
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Insta: @Ashley.Arpel.Grgeenwald @ThatsAshleysKitchen
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know contemporary christian musician Briana Domenica. In this episode we chat about where and how she grew up, and what led her to performing music. We also talk about her faith; how it waivered, why it waivered, and how she found her way back. Plus, Briana lets me play T-H-R-E-E songs!
This is a very intense conversatio that includes talk about suicice and suicide prevention.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Ronnie Pierce.
Ronnie is a musician located in the Flatwoods, Kentucky area.
In this episode we chat about growing up in that neck of the woods, and who else is from there. We chat about when Ronnie fell in love with music and decided to become a musician himself. We also discuss some of his influences, and what he wants out of his music career; plus, he lets me play two of his songs.
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Check out his work at: ReverbNation.com/RonPierce
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Zak Pashak. Zak is the founder and CEO of Detroit Bikes. In this episode, we chat about some of his other ventures, which include a music venue and a bar in Canada. Zak tells us about the time a 2020 presidential candidate announced the campaign from the Detroit Bikes warehouse, plus we discuss why Zak started Detroit Bikes, and who the target demographic is for his bikes. If you have some time, I highly recommend you check out these gorgeous bicycles at DetroitBikes.com
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Michael Gibson Jr. Michael is a podcaster, fim maker, and improvisational sketch atrist. In this episode we chat about where MIchael grew up and what got him into improv comedy. Then we move onto the details of his podcast: Avert Your Eyes, which is an interview show where he interviews talent all around the great state of Texas. Finally, we discuss his new short film Alora. We talk about how it came to be, some of the steps along the way, and where it can be seen on the festival circuit.
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Twit: @Nebula_One / @AYE_Pod_
Insta: @Nebula_One / @aye_pod_
FB: Michael Gibson Jr / Avert Your eyes
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Tim DeKay. Tim is an actor, producer, and director who you most likely know from the USA Network TV show White Collar. In this episode Tim and I chat about the journey of his remarkable career, and some of the stops along the way. We discuss his roles in: White Collar, Seinfeld, and his new show 68 Whiskey. Plus, Tim makes millions of men jealous when he talks about getting to play the husband of Tiffany Amber Thiessen for 6 seasons! Finally we chat about Tim’s voicing the audiobooks for the Lucky Dey series of detective novels written by previous guest Doug Richardson.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know gossip columnist and podcaster AJ Benza. AJ was the gossip columnist for The New York Daily News for 7 years or so, and has hosted his own podcast for the past several years called Fame Is A Bitch. In this episode we chat about how he got his start, what his podcast is about; PLUS, AJ tells stories about: Frank Sinatra, Robert Downey Jr, Patty Davis, Kevin Smith, John Gotti….. and most importantly… AJ tells us which presidents he is eskimo brothers with!
Follow AJ Benza on instagram: @RealAJBenza