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    After a Carmel High School student died in a drunk driving accident that shook the entire town, I became involved in that community’s cause to curb teenage drinking. The idea behind the Sober Teens Festival is an annual celebration of sobriety where students sign “contracts” with celebrities like Ace Frehley (KISS’ Space Ace), agreeing not to drink until they are legal age.

    From 2003 to 2006 I donated my time in the creation and ongoing management of the official Sober Teens website which featured teen battles of the bands, podcasts, videos, photo galleries, forums, and Flash games. Unfortunately, the Festival has run its course and the site is no longer available. All that remains is the logo I did above and this SWISH banner (JK not really).

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    Created this Flash website pro bono publico for my friend’s reflexology and massage therapy start-up business Hands On Fitness. Denise is an amazing woman who donated her time and talents days following the 9/11 terror attack, helping New York’s finest cope with their daily stress and anxiety (and as fate would have it, where she met her husband).

    I also designed the logo and wrote the copy but she came up with the tagline: It feels good to be kneaded.

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    I knew my father-in-law Arnold A. Piskin was a B-24 bomber pilot during WWII but he never cared to speak of his time in the Army Air Forces even to his children. He never talked about it, that is, until he returned from the 50th reunion of the 2nd Air Division in Norwich, England. Suddenly, he was telling his war stories to us, to his grandchildren, to strangers at the pool, to anybody who would listen. I consider Arnold a living hero and hearing his stories is what inspired this labor of love.

    In 1999 my wife and I quit our jobs to travel cross-country (if you really want to see all of this great land, nothing quite like seeing it by car). In between camping, hiking, and cycling, we made a point to visit member’s of Arnold’s crew who were still alive. From Don Shannon (engineer) in Kent, WA, to Joe Zanella (co-pilot) in Hollister, CA, we are grateful for their hospitality as much as the opportunity to hear their stories.

    It took a couple of years but the result is this documentary website dedicated to Arnold and the crew of the B-24J Liberator named Howling Banshee.

    The Howling Banshee flew 36 combat missions over France and Germany as part of the European Theater of Operations under the 8th Air Force, including a top-secret mission for the new radio-controlled AZON bomb. There are over 50 pages of original content and we expect to continue adding more.

    For the men and women who serve our country, who serve to protect our freedom we so easily take for granted, no words can adequately express our gratitude but they are all heroes and may we never falter in honoring them as such.

    {Ed. Note 1/18/04: For Arnold’s 80th birthday I created this special interactive birthday card featuring wartime memorabilia and music performed by the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band (one of Arnold’s favorites). }

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