I Was A Childhood Extra In the Movie “James and the Giant Peach”

When I was in 3rd grade my Mom had just finished reading the book with me, as I was a Roald Dahl fan. When I heard they were making a James and the Giant Peach movie and filming it in San Francisco I was thrilled. I was even more excited when my Mom took me to an audition to be in the movie itself. At first, I actually didn’t get the part. I knew another kid in my class who had auditioned as well and he had been called back as an extra. I was bummed. It was a big deal with the other kid getting to miss school to be in the movie, so I clearly remember when he got to leave. After just one day of filming a bunch of kids dropped out, and I got a surprise visit from my Mom about an hour after she dropped me off at school she came back and took me into the city. Next thing I knew I was on set. They sent me to wardrobe, gave me an impromptu 1940’s haircut, and put me in a maroon robe. We were in a series of old warehouses where they had built the set. They literally had created a giant peach sitting on top of truck in what was supposedly the streets of New York City. The set had that distinct Tim Burton feel to it, as he produced the movie. My Mom actually knew one of the assistants, and I was suddenly shoved right in front of the camera for several scenes at the end of the movie. It...

The Hole Punch That Infiltrated A Steve Jobs Keynote and Macworld San Francisco

The year was 2005, and myself and most of my writers from my website AppleXnet had assembled for the first time from all over the country for Macworld San Francisco ’05. Best yet, we had been granted press access to the Steve Jobs Keynote by Macworld. It was the second year myself, and our chief editor Eoban Binder and I attended as press, but the first time all of our writers at the time had come as well. Eoban and I showed up the day before the keynote so we could pick up our passes, and make sure everything was set for the big day. The morning of the Steve Jobs Keynote Eoban and I showed up at the Moscone center around 6:30am figuring we didn’t need to wait in line since we had press passes. We made sure all of staff had gotten their passes, and by 7am we were ready to go. At first everything seemed fine, but soon we found out that Macworld had over booked the keynote, and had started putting little yellow circular dots on some press passes to guarantee that “VIP” members of the press would get access. Then around 7:25am they announced that ONLY those with yellow dots were getting access to the Steve Jobs Keynote, and everyone else had to go into an overflow room and watch the keynote on a screen instead. My staff was completely devastated. The idea that we had all assembled in person from everywhere from Wisconsin to Hawaii to come see Steve Jobs and we were now being told last minute that we weren’t good enough...