This page is the place where I highlight the people to whom I owe thanks for their inspiration and good effect upon my life and the lives of many others.

If its not here and it should be, give it time. if its here and there's no comments beside it, give it time, there will be.

[Updated: April 25, 2014]

There will be much more too.

Close To Me
  • My Family 
  • My Friends
  • My Teachers
Most of my influences stem directly from this circle of people. My love of music, playing it and writing it comes directly from my parents. My love of writing, philosophy and science probably comes from a mixture of the books I've read and my teachers, who nurtured that ability in me when I was young. Most of the science fiction and fantasy influences are the result of reading and movies and all of the other activities that I did with friends, though I was always somewhat of a loner or quietly social and shy.

Chuck Knights: An early influence

I have a friend named Chuck Knights who used to do music on a Commodore 64, through an EA application called Deluxe Music. He was never a composer, but he'd take written arrangements and input them into Deluxe Music, with all of the publishing credits and copyright information, often having to reduce the arrangement down to a three note arrangement (meaning that the computer's onboard SID based synthesizer could only play three notes simultaneously despite its power for the time). So he'd spend a couple of hours reducing these arrangements down to a three note arrangement that worked (retaining on for melody, one for bass and the other for 1st harmony).

He did this as a hobby and from a very different perspective of music than I did, but his talents in this area of taking a good arrangement and making it work in a three note limit was quite remarkable as many synths of the time had limited polyphony. By the time that I had met Chuck, I had already been working with MIDI and Pre-MIDI professional synths (thanks to both my parents) and pianos for about six years and had already been into lessons for about five years on and off. I had used Atari computers for music periodically eventually moving to Mac based composition (from a program that my dad bought for me) until the PC hardware vendors and software supported more affordable packages for composition in the mid 1990s.

Chuck's influence upon me was in regard to making a part work without overcomplicating the harmony. So when writing, I'd try to according to what the composition needed, go with a minimalistic approach to harmonic parts or with variety of different simple harmonic parts in order to keep it from sounding too sparse in the time of limited music computing horsepower.

The Story Of: Standing Room Only and The Act

I had already as a hobbyist composer been writing for about three years from that point. By the time I joined my first pro band part time, I had a working relationship with a great lead singer (Chris Ridding) and a very astute lead guitarist (Tom) of our band and between us we collaborated on some pretty decent music though we never hit it big.

We did write many great rock songs and at least two great ballads worthy of radio airplay at the time. We did open for some big name acts though playing originals. We rarely would do gigs performing covers (we'd have a few for the bar gigs which would sometimes be the support of the band, but our goal was strictly originals). We were a mixed and matched crew with so many different influences. I was a Goth, Chris was like the lead singer from Sound Garden sound wise, Tom was like Steve Howe and Jimmy Page combined with Chet Atkins thrown in for good measure. Blaine, our drummer and an awesome one at that, had the best sounding kit that I'd heard and played with a presence like John Bonham, though our sound was not like that of Led Zeppelin at all. We had many people work as bass players, Andy (who literally played as skilled as Billy Sheenan at that time), Peter (who was a solid McCartney style bass player) and Nathan (who was like a combination of Sir Paul McCartney and John Entwhistle). If I was going to compare them to anyone.

Our band went from one incarnation to another starting out as Standing Room Only which we used for our cover based gigs. When performing our originals, we'd use our other band identity: The Act which was the partnership we'd formed to deal with music rights and ownership and song writing credits (though the writers were recognized individually in publishing) though finding a recording of The Act would be somewhat difficult at best. I left the band after being its only keyboardist and a key member of the writing team for three years to pursue other avenues but left under the best of circumstances and without and hard feelings.

They were great times and a great bunch of guys, though I wished we could have written some more Edgy club type music (Edge 102.1) to target the club scene that I`d been into at the time but our Q107 rock format was pretty solid even for the time of the emergence of the Seattle scene.

writers and writing
  • william gibson - the author who coined the term cyberpunk and cyberspace in such great books as Neuromancer and Johnny Neumonic and a great book and mystery set in an alternate timeline where the information age had come 150 years early with the invention of the Difference Engine (the name of the book)a steam powered computer with pistons representing memory state information and capable of numeric computation. his work directly inspired the movie the matrix.
  • robert heinlein - a unique and interesting author with a nineteen fifties sensibility to his writing. his novels have inspired many movies and films such as aliens and starship troopers and arguably had some influence on star wars (farmer in the sky). my personal favourite as a youngster was have space suit, will travel.
  • stephen king - the very first paperback work of fiction i received as a present was written by this author. i picked up that book and literally didn't sleep until i finished it. i haven't been reading as much as i used to but when i read full tilt, it was stephen king most often. if you want hunger games from the eighties that will knock you flat on your face after reading them, read the long walk from the bachman books or the running man also from the bachman books. you want a story of apocalypse, read the stand. he has written stories and movies like shawshank redemption (rita hayworth and the shawshank redemption) and stand by me (the body). he had a big influence on my life. thank you mr. king.
  • clive barker - his work as an author has always been very profound and has delved into some areas of the human psyche and horror that few other authors could dare tread. his use of terror is quite visceral and his characters are uniquely interesting and always feel like people that you've never met, opposite to stephen king's characterizations whom always feel like people that you know. Cabal was the first book of his that i read, along with WeaveworldThe Thief Of AlwaysThe Damnation Game and Imagica.
  • Quentin Tarantino - Probably one of the greatest writers of engrossing character dialogue there has been in film for a genre he pretty much crafted himself. He gives his characters a life that jumps out of the screen as much as it probably jumps out of the script, though that is also to the credit of those who perform his material and so well. The characters he gives dialog are never "simple opposition" for the protagonist(s) though there are certainly more than enough opposition in films like Kill Bill. A great writer of very interesting stories both in character and dialogue, and a huge influence upon the attention that I give to the character dialogue in my stories. Unique and interesting dialogue is what makes characters jump out. Giving even the lowliest of characters a viewpoint, a mind and a wish to engage others on their views is a great driving force, with which Quentin's work is filled.
  • michael crichton
  • edgar allen poe
  • herbert george wells
  • marvel comics - thank you stan lee - john romita - tod macfarlane - steve ditko - spiderman - iron man - wolverine - xmen - mr. x - the incredible hulk - storm - namor (submariner) - the avengers - fantastic four - alpha flight - captain america - the west coast avengers - dare devil - dr strange - dr doom - rom - captain marvel - puck - sasquatch - captain canuck - werewolf by night - blade - the abomination - secret wars I - secret wars II - the watcher- molecule man - henry pym - the beyonder - galactus.
  • national geographic - i had visited the entire world from a magazine by the time i was twelve years old - thirty two years later and i just watched an interactive conference with climbers on everest. some of the most thought provoking features and a way to explore the world.
  • omni online - science speculation and fantasy - the imperative fuels of imagination while i was growing up. it introduced many ideas to the world of speculative science and its audience to many popular authors who were just starting out.
  • carl sagan online - i miss you carl, the world could use you right now, thank you anne. i saw cosmos on pbs when i was eleven or twelve years old and read contact when i was seventeen. i think it is one of the most important works of fiction there is. if you don't read then watch the robert zemeckis film.
technology and programming

  • peter molyneux - the programming and game design genius behind games like populous, fable and black and white and the movies, peter is arguably the originator of rts (real-time strategy) games and simulations. his design ideas paved the path for great studios like westwood and blizzard games. he used to write columns to help beginning programmers get a grasp upon what was needed to design video games many of which i have read.
  • david braben - the astrophysicist programmer who created elite, the first three dimensional space trading simulation, that could run on the zx spectrum and the commodore 64. he followed this up with frontier and frontier first encounters, a game that effectively fit the entire galaxy on two 720k floppy disks, that included a planetary simulation of hundreds of thousands of planets with satellites both artificial and natural and all the physics that go along with it, not to mention a simple market system for trading. it was the first game that you could literally fly from the planet's surface into outer space without transition, making it the predecessor for software like google earth, and i'm sure that it paved the way for many people who've found their way into aerospace and game design
  • john carmack - the self taught programming genius and cofounder of id software who brought wolfenstein, doom and quake into the vocabulary of many gamers not to mention the 2d game commander keen, which was their first title. he developed the 3d first person perspective engines that power all of id's games to this day, figuring out ways to reduce the wasted computing time spent drawing what you don't see (utilizing binary space partitioning, octrees and portal technology) so that such software could run on even a modestly powered 80286 processor running at 12 Mhz without 3d acceleration or even a floating point chip. he perfected the development of the 3d engine, and was a driving force in the development of the shareware model of software distribution as well as an instrumental force in the design and standardization of consumer and professional level 3d hardware accelerators, which are used for more than gaming and are being used to treat parkinson's disease, phobias and emotional disorders and for biomedical and chemical simulation for the development of the next generation of disease and cancer treatments and pharmacological research
  • bill gates and microsoft - the programmer behind ms-dos who recognized the potential and power of software and its intrinsic influence upon the future from an early point in the development of home and business computing. one of the key proponents to the adoption of the gui (graphical user interface) into the business and consumer market place and one of the visionaries behind the word processor. the windows operating system has by far become the most used operating system for home and business computers. bill gates left the company to further his philanthropic efforts and to use his abilities to help the world overcome its current set of hurdles
  • steven jobs and apple - the visionary behind apple computer and the apple macintosh, who like bill gates was instrumental in the adoption of the gui as the main interface for computer operating systems. he conceived the apple macintosh, an alternative computer to the market prevalent windows based computers of the business world, which ultimately found a devoted following amongst artists, designers and musicians the world over. jobs later revolutionized mobile media and computing with devices like the ipod and the iphone, which put the power of a laptop computer in a device that could fit in the palm of your hand.
  • ray kurzweil - the technologist and founder of kurzweil, a company that produces synthesizers, musical keyboards and other digital instruments. his conceptual work in the design and application of many such digital instruments shaped the future of music and electronic. his thought provoking articles posed questions and answers to the future that we're living and the future that's to come.
  • robert moog - founder of moog and creator of the moog line of synthesizers, arguably the first affordable multi oscillator synthesizers that offered a rich and thick sound that has found its way onto many productions.
  • Google - I remember hearing about Google as a research based startup derived from search technology developed in university by a group of comp-sci graduates. It featured high speed searching and a clever new data model that increased the speed and accuracy of searches. I was hooked from the moment I tried it but that was just the beginning. Soon their presence expanded into a plethora of data products and application offerings and services. My favourite from the moment it started was Google Earth, the increadible persistent updated map of the world, in three dimensions accurate to a meter. The feature list on the program grew in later version and it has become and indispensable addition to the tools that made the world a lot more accessible (ironically I just signed a petition to add mobility and access information for those with special needs to Google Earth). Once gmail had settled into its new role as the email of choice things were great. Add in the web based applications such as the one housing this blog and its clear, the tremendous effect that they've had upon the world of the internet and computing not to mention the world of social collaboration. Thank you Google!
  • chris sawyer
  • Steve Wozniak
  • google
  • ibm
  • microprose
  • alan turing
  • atari
  • electronic arts
  • bioware
  • psygnosis
  • bethesda
  • nintendo
  • capcom
  • konami
actors and performance
  • coming soon
sports and fitness
  • coming soon
music and audio

I have a wide variety of musical tastes that some might find contradicting but why limit yourself to one palette? There is music and art of every kind to be enjoyed regardless of what category we put it in. Categories help us find a specific music when we want something to match the way that we feel, or something to help us feel the way we'd like to. They were never meant to be walls between different schools of art or thought.
  • preservation hall jazz band - touring with a rotating lineup since 1961, i saw them in 1995 at roy thompson hall. favourites: when the saints go marching in.
  • radiohead - one of my favourite bands since getting into them in the late nineties. unique sound and always redefining themselves. no two radiohead songs sound the same but you can always tell a radiohead song. thank you radiohead. paranoid android, everything in its right place, just, national anthem, reckoner.
  • love and rockets - arising out of bauhaus another band of the 1980s, the members of love and rockets brought a more enlightened sound to alternative music and the dance scene at that time while still maintaining their roots with songs like haunted when the minutes drag, ball of confusion (a cover of the original), kundalini express, yin and yang the flowerpot man, earth sun moon, holiday on the moon, all in my mind and so alive.
  • Siouxie and The Banshees - an icon of the alternative movement from the late 1970s and into the 1980s and 1990s. their songs and visual imagery bring much to world wise music often writing about many places around the world with such songs as hong kong garden, arabian knights, israel and dear prudence (a beatles cover), and classics like spellbound and christine. An inspiration that has a place in some of my fiction as well. Her music had and her stage presence has made a huge impace upon my life.
  • Thomas Dolby - I remember hearing One Of Our Submarines, and thinking it was one the most amazing songs I'd heard. I bought the album and many more while they were still available on cassettes for my walkman. Aliens Ate My Buick another classic album. Thomas Dolby much like Howard Jones, has shown that the synth genre can be thoughtful, emotional and lyrical without being classed as a genre at all. Incredibly thoughtful and intelligent music with heart.
  • Bjork - an artist in the truest sense of the word, bjork uses her incredible and vast sense of emotional expression in every one of her musical pieces to date along with her visual style to overload the senses every step of the way. from her beginnings as the lead singer from the band the sugar cubes, she has stepped into the world of music with an optimism and artistic approach to all of her endeavors. Bjork feels her own music and pushes it like there's too much of it in her. Few artists match her expression and exposition thereof. The world is a wonderful place with her in it.
  • Eurhythmics - The duo that I started listening to in the early 1980s whose early music forged the way in terms of synthesizer centric music that utilized the technology just as another colour on the production palette for their thoughtful and mood driven music. Annie Lennox's vocals drive her poetic lyrics while Dave Stewart's guitar, production and mix set the atmospheric tone. Dave Stewart's mastery of production is as legendary of that of Trevor Horne but in the realm of mixed digital and live. They also provided the back music to the film version of George Orwell's 1984 (which I never saw and would love to, but I bought the soundtrack as soon as it was released!). Recommended songs: Love Is A Stranger, Sweet Dreams, This City Never Sleeps, I Need A Man. Doubleplus Good and the eerie Room 101 of course much like the Orwell classic. Must Be An Angel. Why.
  • Tears for Fears - One of first bands from the New Romantic and Alternative scene that I embraced with their album The Hurting, thanks to my friend Doug who introduced them to me many years before they became popular. Doug, you were way ahead of your time. I used to listen for their new releases on Edge 102.1 here, and when I heard the extended mix of Mothers Talk there, I was hooked on TFF. Songs From The Big Chair sealed the deal for me, though I`d really been a fan from the start. Some of their B-Sides have been my favourites though there A-sides are astounding. Recommmended songs: The Hurting, Mad World, Suffer The Children, We Are Broken, Shout, Head Over Heels, Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Most of all, everyone should listen to I Believe and Suffer The Children.
  • The Icicle Works - Probably one of my favourite bands of all time. This Irish three piece much like Rush had a full sound, incredible musicianship and lyric, with music that was accessible to both sexes and was definitely Romantic in the sense that it Romanticized life, nature and being alive. Recommend songs: All of their first self titled album starting from the Lover's Day and Cauldron Of Love through to Nirvana listened to in order. Hollow Horse (perhaps my favourite Icicle Works song of all). Pocket Full Of Nothing and Mr. Soul (Very Rare B-Sides to extended mix of Hollow Horse, one a Neil Young cover). Just an awesome band that embodies what it is to be alive in music and lyric.
  • Bush - One of the bands that I listened to who managed to successfully navigate the grunge movement and retain their own sound, both expressive and innovative. A unique sound thanks to the bands performance and Gavin's vocals and their collective writing and production. Both club ready or for a live rock performance, Bush is an awesome band from a lost era of music. Recommended songs: Glycerine. Nachinehead. All of History X. Nothing Hurts (Like Your Mouth). Superman.
  • Journey - A band that introduced me to the keyboards as being a lead and complimentary lead instrument to the guitar. Jonathan Cain's keyboard work was complementary to the incredible and melodic guitar work of Neal Schon. The two together when combined with Steve Perry's incredible vocal work and range was the stuff that goosebumps are made of. Recommended songs: Wheel In The Sky. Who's Crying Now. Don't Stop Believin'. Loving Touching Squeezing. Stone In Love. Separate Ways. Faithfully.
  • Next Generation - Those carrying the torch! Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and those whose artistry is a magical and meaningful essence never ending transcendence perhaps a cadence of the change that none of us can see but those whose vision is free to be what we'd hope of we? Those are the artists of the new and they are few but not askew, but nonetheless new but hopefully not few? You've my support and confidence should your ideas never suppress others of like mind who seek to share. Despite our difference in age and generation you've inspired me in ways that few could in mine. My thanks are never lacking for you as your giving is nought. Keep yourselves full though. You're worth it my thanks with you.
  • B-52s
  • orchestral manoeuvres in the dark
  • pat benetar
  • the Go Gos
  • boomtown rats
  • coldplay
  • Depeche Mode
  • Propaganda - a four piece band that i fell in love with in the 1980s at all ages dance clubs like the twilight zone and that i always find my way back to. their music is thought provoking, often based upon classic works of literature with haunting melodies and atmospheric music reminiscent of the days of synth bands with guest appearances by classic musicians like steve howe and producer trevor horne. I am forever in love with Propaganda and Claudia Brucken. Just listen to her vocals and the Steve Howe lead to know for sure...
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • gary numan
  • new order
  • ryuchi sakamoto
  • david bowie
  • nine inch nails
  • sinead o'connor
  • kaminari
  • duran duran
  • bauhaus
  • thrice
  • xtc
  • split enz
  • howard jones
  • nightwish
  • simple minds
  • the alarm
  • ultravox
  • talk talk
  • alison moyet/yaz
  • the smiths
  • public image limited
  • the sundays
  • martha and the muffins
  • the clash
  • killing joke
  • the sisters of mercy
  • nine inch nails
  • the english beat
  • big country
  • the charlatans uk
  • jane's addiction
  • sloan
  • the fixx
  • the human league
  • heart - one of my favourite rock bands and easily among the best song writers in the genre. the faces of heart, anne and nancy wilson make a combination with vocals that raise shivers and guitar rhythm and lead parts that will floor you. their music gets you right in the... hence their name. favourites: barracuda, crazy on you, magic man, what about love.
  • the art of noise - Trevor Horne, the mega producer of the 1980s and his band who made Fairlight CMI a household name. Moments In Love, Madame Butterfly, The Theme From Peter Gunn, Beat Box. Trevor Horne is an incredible innovator.
  • the specials / fun boy three
  • david sylvian/japan
  • rem
  • soundgarden
  • x
  • smashing pumpkins
  • aerosmith
  • red hot chili peppers
  • stone temple pilots
  • pearl jam
  • u2
  • Madonna/Patrick Leonard - A production and song writing team that I had been following since Madonna's early days with her dance hits Lucky Star and Borderline (I used to club at Toronto's Twilight Zone and Club Domino's in the 1980s, both alternative and Goth venues where Lucky Star 12" vinyl was played frequently next to bands like Bauhaus or Tones On Tail). They recorded one of her biggest hits Live To Tell on a four track recording system and the production and mix turned out so good that they actually used it on the album. Heartfelt vocals, lyrics and music that still stands up today. Live To Tell, Like A Prayer, Like A Virgin (covered by Lords Of The New Church), Sky Fits Heaven, Substitute For Love, Something To Remember
  • rush - a kind of music all its own, there should be a category called rush. from its early beginnings as a three piece with geddy lee on vocals and bass, alex lifeson on guitar and john rutsey, solid drummer and a solid rock trio. a transition and lineup switch to drummer neil peart, an incredible instrumentalist and philosopher/poet, set the stage for its literate brand of unique rock. favourites: red barchetta, camera eye, la villa strangiato, xanadu, losing it, the spirit of radio.
  • soundgarden/chris cornell mashup - remix retro rock written by one of rock music's great writers and singers. favourites: black hole sun, the day i tried to live, pretty noose. chris is a balladeer and songwriter of tremendous proportions with a voice that matches his talents as a writer.
  • supertramp - probably one of my favourite bands for their dynamic range of music and pearls hidden beneath the shores of each song. spend a little time listening and you'll see what i mean. favourites: school, dreamer, fool's overture, give a little bit, long way home.
  • John Williams - music is an integral part of a movie experience. don't believe me? try watching any movie without the sound track or with the sound turned down. it sets the tone and dynamics for the emotional experience of a movie as it does by itself. john williams has been creating such experiences for more than forty years. star wars would not have been star wars without his score. indiana jones wouldn't be indiana jones without the main theme song. jaws would't have been as scary without the shark "cue". check out the site and see the volume of his works there. beyond words. thank you john. favourites: The Imperial March, Can You Read My Mind (from Superman), Main Theme for Raiders of the Lost Ark, the end credits from ET.
  • Sir Elton John - The classic singer/songwriter and probably the first rock artist to use a string section in his recordings and live performances. A show person all the way who made the the most sung and memorable songs of the piano by way of rock and ballads of the seventies, eighties and nineties. Favourites: Your Song, Rocket Man, Bennie And The Jets, Crocodile Rock, Saturday Night, Levon, The One, The Lion King.
  • Paul Williams - Perhaps one of the most prolific and constantly active songwriters of our time. Paul Williams, much like Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash shows up in just about every genre of music you can imagine and every medium that employs music as a part of its story telling element. His writing prowess and versatility is incredible as is his espression and comprehension of the narrative. Recommended songs: Too many to list here but start with Phantom Of The Paradise, Bugsy Malone and The Muppet Movie to start.
  • billy joel
  • the doors 
  • led zeppelin 
  • the beatles
  • cbc online is it possible for a multi-medium site to have too much thought provoking and quality content? the crtc made me put this here.
  • city tv - i remember when this station was in it's infancy as i was an infant too. it was kind of like my big brother. i watched it grow up from the gene taylor show, up to the new music,  city limits (an all night music show with chris ward, writer and co-writer of several top ten music hits),  fashion television,  the originals and programming far ahead of its time spawning many stations based on its content designs.
  • tvo - ditto. i grew up with tvo and still watch it's evening programming. i watched Elwy Yost's Saturday Night At The Movies, and more recently became a big fan of the original show Big Ideas, watching it from its first episode.
  • pbs - our public broadcasting neighbors to the south and home of the shows nova and frontline, the station that broadcast carl sagan's cosmos
  • chris carter
    The most inventive writer/director/producer of the show The X-Files and Millenium, a much needed kind of show today that should take it to the next level of curiousity and the unknown. How could such a formula work today? He would most likely figure it out and keep us on the edge of our seat. I think that currently we need something as informed that explores another area of the unknown that borders the line between science and the paranormal.
space and science and speculation
  • canadian space agency - roberta bondar and marc garneau are heros and icons amongst  the like and will live on to inspire the next generations of those who will ask themselves "what's out there?" and those with the perseverance to look
  • coast to coast am - as with omni coast to coast covers subjects that break the moulds and the limits of our thinking, some conspiracy but mostly exploration and speculation about the unknown. i don't think i'd want a universe that wasn't full of mystery or one that we weren't allowed to by way of social acumen to speculate about its nature
  • richard feynman

Though very far from being enlightened, the few peaceful moments that I get are often spent contemplating the mystery and nature reality and the universe. Here are some people whose views share consideration in my contemplation thereof.

Growing up in the seventies and eighties (and arguably the two thousand tens) was an incredible time to be alive and to see the dramatic changes that began in that time in terms of film making. in my lifetime there have been several films that have redefined the way the films that followed them would be made.
  • contact - my favourite science fiction movie and book, i hope that it will find its place as the voice for future generations where the world will be able to exist peacefully despite our differences in belief. i should know as i've been challenged many times over by people seeking to break down that notion all together. i think carl's legacy will stand long into the next few centuries and people living on other planets will talk about him and likely will watch cosmos as it poses some of the most profound and timeless questions we can ask ourselves.
  • star trek before cosmos hit the networks and before apollo 11 landed on the moon, visionary gene roddenberry created an optimistic view of the future of humankind. this bold vision was presented in a time when there was still social and racial barriers in society. star trek presented a situational drama set in the future that challenged our way of thinking. the centennial of flight has a great editorial on the impact of star trek. everyone in star trek have gone on to become ambassadors of what star trek has represented in the world. thank you to everyone associated with the universe of star trek.
  • star wars - i spent the entire summer when the first star wars movie was released going to the movies and seeing it every weekend, sometimes twice in the same weekend. i would do whatever chores or mow whatever lawns i would have to in order to get the money to go see it. it was like a drug that just fed my imagination to no end. to this day it still influences my life in haunting ways. watching the star wars kinect dance off or robot chicken star wars where the star wars ensemble of characters is robbed of their dignity is quite hilarious and spooky at the same time. like star trek it has spawned a universe of its own, and unlike star trek is more story book than it is a road map of our future. the entire cast and crew of star wars has had a big impact through the movie and video game creations based in the star wars universe. thank you Mr. Lucas and the entire cast and crew of star wars.
  • Disney - my first experience with Disney was watching Dumbo, Bambi and Snow White, Peter Pan and Mary Poppins when i was a child. upon turning 12, my parents took us to see Fantasia at a drive-in for its re-release which probably had the deepest impact upon my young life of all disney works to that point. There were many more after that, such as Escape From Witch Mountain and a series of movies which all starred Kurt Russell which were awesome as well. My favourite character probably had to be Mickey as I did watch the Mickey Mouse club on television as well. it was a common for us to watch their specials on Sunday evening in our house. I would say they'd always had a huge impact upon my life, but it was impossible to measure and easy to neglect as i got older and more distracted by the struggle of life. thank you to the Disney family and to all of their creative talent and performers who've probably affected people in a positive manner and will continue to do so in the future.
  • Jim Henson
  • looney tunes

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