All Photography by Joseph O'Donnell IV Unless Noted.

Interview with Zane Wylie “The Skull Guy”

August 11th, 2017

We recently attended the first Nova Con held in McLean, Virginia. The event heralded Northern Virginia’s entry into the ever popular world of graphic novel gatherings raging across the country.

It was small in comparison to larger Comic Con gatherings in New York and San Diego, but was ell organized. Nova Con was held in the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the displays spread over three floors. These included artist and vendor booths, gaming rooms, restaurants, and small convention rooms where artists met and talked with fans.

One such artist we met had a highly unusual, and some would say gruesome, display of human skulls with beautifully hand crafted carvings. The artist’s name is Zane Wylie, known as ‘The Skull Guy’. Read more »

My Virginia – Harper’s Ferry

August 1st, 2017

At approximately 3:00 am in the morning of July 23, 2015 a fire broke out in the historic town of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. The calamity resonated far beyond this town of 300, in large part because of Harper’s Ferry’s momentous role in American history and its popularity as a tourist destination. Luckily for the 300 residents who live in this tiny community, no injuries or deaths occurred due in part of an alert community member who was awakened by the outset of the fire. Two residences and eight businesses were destroyed, and most of the inhabitants felt that their town would never recover. Read more »

Rise of the Drones by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

July 4th, 2017

Many years ago I had told my son that the future lay in the hands of robotics. This sage advice was similar that was given to the character, played by Dustin Hoffman in the motion picture ‘The Graduate’, when he was advised that the future held promises in ‘plastic’.

Robotics have advanced in many sectors which includes industrial production, aerospace, military machines, deep space probes and more. The new direction has been in the creation of drones. Just like the origin of computer generated children’s toys lead to advances in games and home computers , the modern day drones were advanced by hand held flying models used by hobbyists and the general public. Read more »

TAEM interview with Attorney Eric Rothstein

June 4th, 2017

Eric RothsteinTAEM- Our magazine has been created to cover many subjects that students set their sights on for future careers. These include the Arts, Science, Music, Sports, and Acting. Our interviews are made to give them insight into the success of all those we interview and give them a path to follow to achieve the same success as theirs, and avoid the pitfalls that would be met along the way.

We have decided to explore a new field that many students may follow by opening a new segment of our magazine titled ‘LAW’. As in all the fields that we cover, we have sought those in the top rungs of their industries in order to focus on the success stories that would best guide our readers. Therefore we would like to introduce one of the top New York legal minds, Eric Rothstein.

Eric, first we would like to thank you for spending the time out of your very busy schedule in order to lend your guidance to those students looking to follow in your footsteps. Please tell us why you chose this profession to follow, and who was your inspiration in doing so ?

ER- Truthfully, I do not remember a specific reason why I went to law school. It seemed like a natural next step after majoring in political science in college. I remember when I was young my father once mentioning that law was a good profession to pursue. Read more »

In Search of… Me (Part 6)

May 23rd, 2017

In the past episode for this story, in the December 2016 issue, I had uncovered my Irish links that originated in Londonderry (now Derry again !) Ireland where my Great-great-grandfather first immigrated to Scotland. Many questions still remained. A few included where the Irish first came from and why the Romans referred to them as Scots. This has piqued my interest even further and galvanized me to dig deeper into the past of this most interesting race.

Two books that have revealed much to me for my quest was ‘A History of Ireland’ by Edmund Curtis. This actually belonged to my uncle Vincent, for his studies when he had originally decided to train as a Catholic priest. He later decided to become a New York City policeman instead and went on to become a professor of law, after retirement, at Fordham University in New York City. The second book is titled ‘The Story of the Irish Race’, by author Seumas MacManus, who went deeper into the Irish origins that answered many, if not all, of my many questions. Read more »

My Virginia- Great Falls- by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

April 8th, 2017

  In the continuing series of ‘My Virginia’ my photographer son, Joseph O’Donnell IV, and I recently took a trip to Great Falls and Mather Gorge. The Great Falls Park is run by the National Park Service and is located in Northern Virginia along the Potomac River. The river itself is the borderline between Virginia and Maryland and it has been a National attraction since the our country was first founded. The gorge was named after Stephen T. Mather, the first National Park Service director.

There is a canal running along it that was set up by the Patowmack Company in 1784 which constructed a series of five canals to make the river navigable as a water route between the Chesapeake Bay and the interior of Virginia. It was overseen by George Washington who’s dream was to connect the East with the Ohio Valley and bind the country together in a framework of trade and mutual interest. Read more »

A Race to the Moon… Again !- With Dr. Harold A. Geller- George Mason University

February 24th, 2017

Professor-Gellers-TV-appearance-300x168TAEM- With China now looking to place its astronauts on the surface of the Moon there seems to be another ‘Space Race’ in the making. Our newly elected President, Donald J. Trump, has also expressed his deep interest in the cosmos. This combination may trigger America’s deep commitment in manned exploration to placing humans on the Moon and Mars again!

 

We’ve decided to ask Dr. Harold A. Geller of George Mason University in Virginia, after his previous interview in our July 2014 (click on to see) issue, to elaborate on this theme.  Read more »

Poet Laureate Candice James is Multi-Talented!

February 24th, 2017

Candice James, Poet LaureateTAEM- Candice James is a great Poet and has graced our pages many times over the years. Her poems have always been inspirational and are a great benefit for all those students who look to our magazine as a learning tool in order seek knowledge and avoid the pitfalls in the path towards their careers.

  Read more »

TAEM News Flash ! An Anniversary, A Birthday, and Robert Burns !

February 1st, 2017

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has once again attended the annual poet Robert Burns Anniversary Dinner thrown by Fauquier Scottish Heritage Society of Warrenton, Virginia. We also linked this to the 35th Wedding anniversary of our publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, and his wife Maryann. We were joined by our daughter, Jennifer Baird, and her husband Matt and our granddaughter, Haven. The celebration was also extended to include our daughter’s 33rd Birthday ! Read more »

TAEM News Flash! Singer Carmen Perez in the News Again!

January 1st, 2017

TAEM- We are delighted again to feature singer Carmen Perez for all our readers. We have followed this very beautiful and talented performer since first interviewing her in our Nov. 1st, 2010 issue (click on to see). She has also appeared in our May 25th, 2013 issue (click on to see), and our April 1st, 2014 issue (click on to see). Her versatility and talent is amazing and has left us in awe. Since that time both our magazine, and her career, has evolved and grew. Carmen has recently worked on, and about to release, her newest musical endeavor. Carmen, what is the name of your latest musical project and how was it conceived?

CP– My upcoming EP is called “Space Girl.” I started working with this super-talented pop producer, originally with the intention of making more Latin-influenced music. He’s Scandinavian so we got a great blend of the two. Read more »

Now See Graphic Designer’s web site at: http://www.joddesigns.com/contact

January 1st, 2017

joe-jrNow See Graphic Designer’s web site at:
http://www.joddesigns.com/contact

You can contact Joe directly through his website for all your design needs !

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In Search of… Me (Part 5)

December 1st, 2016

Joe-ODonnellYes, the Magazine is back!  With that said I wanted to open up this issue with the continuing story for the search for my family roots. As last left off I wanted to find out when my Irish ancestral name came into Scotland in the area around Glasgow.

My father was born in South Lancashire, nearby. His father, who also born in that area, was a boat builder along the  River Clyde, in Glasgow. My father’s uncle owned three pubs in that vicinity which were quite popular with the local citizenry. Upon my grandfather’s move to America, my father’s uncle, who was childless, asked if my father could remain behind in order to inherit his businesses, and therefore keep them in the family name. My father declined this gracious offer and decided to move to America with his parents and sister. In America three other siblings were born into his family. These are the aunts and uncles, and later their children, my cousins, of whom I grew up with. Read more »

TAEM Discusses the New Horizons Project and the Outer Solar system with GMU Professor Mike Summers

December 1st, 2016

michael-summersTAEM- In your last interview in our July 2014 issue we discussed your studies concerning the question about astrobiology and the search with alien life. Since then you played a key role in the New Horizons project during the fly-by of Pluto. Please describe your role in this important project.

MS– I’ve been a mission co-investigator on this team since 1999 when we first proposed to NASA a very similar mission. NASA canceled that mission opportunity.  We subsequently proposed the New Horizons mission in 2000 and were awarded the mission and funding starting in 2001.  My role throughout has been planning atmospheric science for the NH mission, and now that we’re past the flyby I’m Deputy Lead of the Atmospheric Science Theme Team for atmospheric science analysis.  That is one of the three science Theme Teams that are working to analyze the flyby observations.  Before encounter, I worked to develop models of the chemical and thermal structure of the atmosphere so that we would have a basis for predictions of what we would see at encounter.  It’s very important to have predictions, because instruments must be designed carefully to match what we general expect to see.  Since the encounter, I’ve worked with others on the team to write scientific papers and give presentations at conferences on our results. Read more »

Author Joseph J. O’Donnell’s Books!

December 1st, 2016

Joe-ODonnellNow you can see the videos and Amazon links for Author Joseph J. O’Donnell’s books at:

http://www.eeriedigest.com/writers-promo-reels/#walkers

http://www.eeriedigest.com/writers-promo-reels/#night

http://www.eeriedigest.com/ebooks/

Please click on the book images to access their Amazon purchase site information

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TAEM/TED Farewell End of an ERA

November 30th, 2014

It is with great sadness that we must announce that our publication will be coming to an end. As advertising has not caught up to the costs of production we have come to the conclusion that we must close our doors. As the publisher I have only a small pension and a monthly Social Security check to survive on, and I feel that out-of-pocket expenses for the magazine is no longer viable.

There will be no void, however, because this gives me a chance to complete two other books that I am writing and I am deeply involved in oil painting. I also wish to travel and I am researching my family history (possibly for another book in the future) and I wish to visit Scotland, the home of my father. Read more »

Actress Calista Carradine talks about her new film ‘Jade Trader’

November 1st, 2014

CalistaThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just been contacted by a very famous actress that we had interviewed some time ago. We had first met with her in Hollywood and followed up with an interview with Calista Carradine (click on to see article) for our January 1, 2011 issue. Her new film, Jade Trader, has received much attention in Hollywood and she sent us the following report and pictures:

When Gerry Pallay brought The Jade Trader to my attention, his wish was for Quentin Tarantino to direct it. He asked me to bring Quentin the script  since Quentin is tight with the Carradines’ Read more »

TAEM News Flash! Actress Maryam Tarami in the News!

November 1st, 2014

Maryam-Tarami-Shoot   News from Hollywood has alerted us about a fabulous actress, Maryam Tarami, that we interviewed in our May 25th, 2013 issue (click on to see article). Currently she is starring in the movie ‘February’ and has won the award for Lead Actress in the Red Dirt Film Festival in Oklahoma. The film was chosen above 1,000 other entries in the event.

Asked about the film, Maryam responded, ”February is based on a true story of a woman from Iran. Last year I met a woman who shared stories about her homeland Iran and how she one day left everything behind for freedom.”

Michael Florie, the Executive Producer on the project said of Maryam, I met Maryam by accident after she worked on a movie I was executive producer on. Her vision on life and film making got my attention. After she shared her ideas for February I was pleasantly surprised by the unusual concept and agreed to be the executive producer on the project. I made the right choice as the Short takes us through the 4 strongest human emotions in 10 minutes. Compassion, romance, suspicion and fear! She put down an excellent performance as the female lead and I see a great future for her as actress and producer! She is one of a few! Read more »

TAEM Interview with Cinematographer Thomas Kaufman

November 1st, 2014

 Tom-films-the-butlerTAEM- One of the most important positions behind a good movie, or documentary, is the cinematographer. Scripts, storylines, and acting do not work well without the skills of the man behind the camera. He must be able to capture the subject matter on film to makes the production stand out.

   Many of the students of the Arts who follow our publication as a learning tool for their own career, must learn every aspect of a film production in order to learn its full potential. The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has chanced upon a well known cinematographer from our own region, Thomas Kaufman, and we would like to introduce him to all our readers.

Tom, I would like to make our readers aware of your many film credits and ask you about your techniques for your trade. First, though, I would like you to tell us about your educational background for your trade, and what inspired you to take up your craft.

TK- I owe it all to Charlie Chaplin. When I was four and visiting my grandparents, we went to an ice cream parlor and there was a nickelodeon there. Now, television I knew about, but this? I asked my father what it was, so he hoisted me up and dropped in a nickel and turned the crank – and there was Chaplin, from one of his early silent films. I was enchanted. At age ten I found a wind-up 8mm camera in our attic – my father had purchased it for home movies but had never used it much – and I started fooling around with it.

As a teenager I learned a lot about still photography and darkroom technique from my mother, who was graduated from the Eastman School. Then I applied and was accepted at the USC School of Film & Television, from which I received a BA and MFA. Read more »

TAEM News Flash! George Mason University in the News!

November 1st, 2014

george-mason-university-logo   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST has been very fortunate to obtain many articles for our SCIENCE section from George Mason University in Virginia. We had visited there often to attend meetings of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) and many of the schools professors have contributed articles for our various science series.

Professor Harold Geller has contributed much to us to pass along to the many science students who follow our magazines to enhance their own careers. His knowledge of astronomy is extensive and he had let our publication visit the school’s telescope observatory to get a first hand look at the equipment that has made the university outstanding. Read more »

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

November 1st, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Back Where We Started – Our portfolio emerged from the carnage of the past five weeks in worse shape than the S&P 500. Double-digit declines in Hertz Global (HTZ), Linn Co., LLC (LNCO), Goodyear (GT), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) caused our portfolio to give up all its gains for the year. Over the past five weeks, our portfolio dropped 9.6% while the S&P 500 fell 5%. Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio is flat while the S&P 500 has gained 2.68%.

Only one of our stocks went up over the past five weeks: health care REIT Ventas (VTR), which climbed 8.5%. Ventas’ 4.4% dividend and impressive earnings and revenue growth are attractive, especially in turbulent markets. Read more »