Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Of Wings and a Weekend


Greetings Kanestergrammers!

Another edition of the much requested Kanestergram is here.

As I try to recollect on significant events in the past month, let me give you a link to a website that I think many of you will get a kick out of.

The Hollywood Stock Exchange is pretty addictive, but fun, and it may teach you a thing or two about trading stocks. When you register, USE ME as a reference, or just USE me, whichever you prefer.


The hizzy (or house) has been running amuck recently with many visitors and so forth. Navy Dan Day and Dan Millbauer stopped through for Columbus Day Weekend, and we had a good time. We went and saw a live taping of the Fox hit "That '70's Show" and I wound up singing Gloria Gainers "I Will Survive" in front of the studio audience and the cast. It wasn't too embarassing for me, but I can't speak for the Dans. Universal Studios and Venice Beach were also a few of the stops in the whirlwind tour. Then Dan Millbauer took off for Germany, and Dan Day for Greece. Here I am stuck in LA....To party another weekend with fellow islander Tracy Keyser. Her and Veronica came down from Santa Barbara to see "what was up in the hizzy" Hopefully they found out.

Monday night of this week was a cool experience. Fellow supercharger Gary Ressler scored two tickets for yours truly to see none other than the Moody Blues at the Universal Amphitheater, AND HE DIALED IN SOME BACKSTAGE PASSES (insert random grunts of enthusaism here) !!! Though there were free refreshments backstage, I was unable to meet or see Justin Hayward. Perhaps another time, but nevertheless, the concert was great. Another note on the concert: were were probably the youngest people at the concert, and there is nothing stranger than seeing a 60 year old man dancing with a glowstick.

And then there was yesterday.STS-92, the 100th Space Shuttle mission, was unable to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida due to bad weather, so they chose the alternate landing site here in California - Edwards Air Force Base. And I had one of the most thrilling shoots of my career - being able to stand near the runway at Edwards Air Force Base and watch Space Shuttle Discovery come in for a landing. And to top it off, the video that I shot came out great. Stay tuned, and I will e-mail you still images from the shoot, and post them on my website.


Not a day goes by that I don't get an e-mail from one of you (By the way, this e-mail list is up to 322 people) asking me about my website. There is a new website that is still under construction, and I am still learning the ropes of html. Once I get on the ball and launch the website, you all be notified, so hang tight. It's coming soon.


Looking forward to Halloween this year. Rich Marincic and I are hoping to team up as the Blues Brothers (sorry Steep) and dial in a dance and song or two.


Due to the frantic schedule, and since I often work seven days a week, I won't be returning for Thanksgiving. BUT, I am planning on stopping in Pittsburgh for Christmas, and Ottawa or Chicago for New Years. SO: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE E-mail me your New Years plans for this year so that I can usher in the 21st century (and this new year is officially the start of the 21st centruty) with some pals from the hometown.


Well, some things that I recommend looking out for (and stock to purchase on

K-19 - Russian sub with Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson in the lead roles

Lord of the Rings Trilogy - if you haven't already seen the trailer for this new series of movies, go to and check out the movie trailer. It is one of the best movie trailers I have seen.

Star Wars Trilogy re-release - New box set of the original trilogy with interviews and footage from the upcoming episode 2. In stores Nov. 22nd.

Meet the Parents - an awesome movie that had me laughing so hard I almost burst.


Here's a cool website from an Army broadcaster I never met, but heard much about. It pretty much kicks you know what and explains what a military journalist does. Tons of cool and interesting stories.

Well, that's it for this Kanestergram.

Stay Tuned.



Tuesday, October 3, 2000

The Long Wait Hello


It has returned! Yes, and hopefully here to stay is the Kanestergram!

I have been out of commission for a while, but wanted to send you all a new Kanestergram.


The last several months have indeed been hectic, but for those of you who I haven't heard from in a while, I'll fill you all in.

I was working at the American Forces Network station for Raytheon on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands until June. I was offered a job as an audio-visual producer for an aerospace company here in Los Angeles, and I jumped at the oppurtunity.

I also work as a general assignments news reporter for the McGraw Hill ABC affiliate in Bakersfield, California (about 75 miles north of my home) on the weekends, just to stay fresh and keep a resume tape current.

So, I am here in Los Angeles, living in North Hills (San Fernando Valley) and commuting to El Segundo (near the airport).


Life is pretty fair right now. I live with two friends from high school, Rod Swearingen and Rich Marincic. Mike Ollom was a frequent visitor and Casey Navarro hangs out with our group, so it's kind of like a high school reunoin of sorts.

Los Angeles provides a variety of things to do on the weekend, so what little free time I have is spent soaking up the big city ways.

Surprisingly enough, I haven't done much of the sightseeing and touristy things in LA, but I have plenty of time to brouse around town.

I'll get the oppurtunity to do that this weekend when two friends from the military, Dan Day and Dan Millbauer, come to visit me here in LA this weekend. Should be a fun Reunoin.


I was fortunate to have Rich and Rod here in LA to help with the transition, and we have made some incredible friends in the relatively short time that I have been out here.


I am currently trying to revamp my website and relaunch a new, improved "VaderKane Central" and will let you all know when such a project is completed. Many of you expressed the desire to see pictures and stuff, so not only will I learn the ways of html "force", but I will also try to include video clips.

And, the Kanestergram will also undergo some changes when the new website launches. I'll post it on the website instead of a mass e-mailing.


Also, the neverending saga of my yet untitled book will also enter cyberspace. As I form the work, I will post a new chapter every month, and then allow all of you to add comments or thoughts or and will incorporate them into the book prior to publication. One of those interactive thingys.


This is all for this Kanestergram. As I get more disciplined and get back to more dedicated correspondence, I hope to make the Kanestergrams interesting and informative.

Until then, let me know how you all are doing.

I remain faithfully yours in cyberspace,

Kane Richard Farabaugh