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From Small Town Hero to MLB All Star

Published on July 15, 2014, in Misc..

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This post is off topic but a great story.  Nothing is more American than Major  League Baseball and the All Star Game.  One of our admin’s grew up and graduated High School in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Punxsutawney is a small town in Western Pennsylvania most known for the “Groundhog”.  You would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of “The Groundhog” or seen the movie “Groundhog Day”.

Most people do not know anything about this small town besides Punxsutawney Phil and February 2nd.

Would you believe that Chuck Daly, legendary coach of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, started his coaching career in Punxsutawney in the 1950′s?  Believe it, because he did!

How much bigger than Chuck Daly and the Groundhog could one small town get?

The Answer:

Devin Mesoraco, #39 Catcher for the Cincinnatti Reds.

Devin graduated High School from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and played for the Punxsutawney “Chucks” baseball team.  He set just about every school record there.  He was drafted with he 15th overall pick by the Reds in 2007. And in that time he worked his way into MLB.

This year he has been having quite a remarkable season. At the time of this article he is batting .304 with 16 HR’s and 45 RBI.

He was also selected to the MLB All Star Game – ahead of Buster Posey.  The All Star Game is tomorrow. What are the odds this small town hero blasts one in the bottom of the 9th to win the game?  Astronomical

But so were the odds of Punxsutawney being known for anything other than Groundhog Day!

 

 

 

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Peter Cullen Describes James Webb Space Telescope

Published on June 20, 2014, in News.

 

Source:  NASA YouTube Channel

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Peter Cullen Behind the Scenes on “Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark”

Published on June 7, 2014, in Video Games.

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Contest: Win a personalized greeting by Voice Actor Jon Bailey

Published on May 28, 2014, in News.

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You, the fans of Peter Cullen and Optimus Prime, made your voice known by demanding Peter Cullen reprise his role as Optimus Prime when the live action Transformers franchise was reborn.

With the 4th installment of Transformers almost upon us, we would like to give something back to you.  One grand prize winner will receive a personalized greeting by voice actor Jon Bailey, (in his Optimus Prime voice), that you can use on your voicemail or just show off to your friends and family.

3 first prize winners will receive a digital copy(mp3) of “Channel Surfing” a song by band Exit 7 which pays tribute to Peter Cullen/Optimus Prime.

The contest opens May 28th @ 12:00 am and runs until June 21st at 11:59pm.  You can enter below.  Each winner will be notified via email.

 

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Peter Cullen, Voice of Optimus Prime, Talks About Transformers: Age of Extinction

Published on May 17, 2014, in Interviews.

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In a recent interview with Hero Complex, Peter Cullen talks about the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie.  The article mentions that he has a Twitter following.  We have got to wonder if that is in reference to our twitter account for this website.  We hope so!  Here is the article:

Auditioning with director Michael Bay for the role of Optimus Prime in 2007’s live-action movie adaptation of the beloved animated series “Transformers,” Canadian-born vocal artist Peter Cullen was aware that his previous accomplishments hardly guaranteed his place in a big-budget Hollywood movie.

“It’s kind of surreal to audition for a character that you basically created,” said Cullen, who originated the Autobot’s stentorian voice in TV performances from 1984 to ‘87. “But I didn’t expect Michael to know what I knew about ‘Transformers.’ I was ready for anything.”

Bay, of course, appointed him Optimus in that blockbuster film and two other hit “Transformers” sequels that have combined to gross a staggering $2.7 billion worldwide.

Come June 27, Cullen will return in his role as fandom’s favorite alien-born Kenworth K100 truck cum sentient battle-bot in “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” In this go-round, Mark Wahlberg replaces Shia LaBeouf as the Autobots’ primary human bulwark against the marauding Decepticons. But don’t look to Cullen for advance intel.

“I never get to see an entire script,” he said. “I don’t really have to. Because Prime is Prime. He’s going to react to whatever he’s reacting to without knowing what’s going on in the future.”

Turning up in “Transformers” video games, toys, TV reruns, DVDs and amusement park rides, Cullen’s vocalizations have made him something of a star, with his own Twitter following to prove it.

At personal appearances at fan events such as San Diego’s Comic-Con International, the 72-year-old grandfather (whose career also includes gigs narrating film trailers and TV commercials as well as parts in the animated “G.I. Joe” and “Winnie-the-Pooh” series) still finds himself stunned by the attention but always obliges Optimus aficionados’ requests to recite cherished dialogue.

“One of the most popular is, ‘Autobots transform and roll out!’ because it was said so often on the series,” the soft-spoken voice actor said. “But I always come up with another one” — Cullen lapsed into Optimus’ commanding battlefield growl — “ ‘One shall stand, one shall fall!’ And then they go, ‘Jeez!’”

Contractually obligated to continue voicing Optimus in at least two more “Transformers” sequels, Cullen has no plans to retire his robot-in-disguise alter ego anytime soon. Moreover, having based the characterization on his older brother, a decorated Marine Corps officer who served in Vietnam, the actor feels a sense of responsibility to the franchise’s faithful.

“My brother said, ‘Peter, be a real hero. Don’t do all the bravado stuff and pretend to be tough. Be strong enough to be gentle. Be understanding — and calm,’” Cullen said. “When I began the audition, his voice came right out. I read the lines the way I could hear my brother doing it.

“Now, maintaining those characteristics — courage, trustworthiness, integrity, loyalty — you’re responsible for something to the kids who watch Optimus Prime. I want to be a positive influence rather than just fighting and sock, bang, boom!”

– Chris Lee | @LATHeroComplex

Source:  Hero Complex