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William Lee Golden

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Gary had the distinct honor of having William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys join him for an open conversation, and William was very frank.

In this episode:

  • What he did during the pandemic
  • Who taught him to play the guitar
  • Why he had to leave the Oakridge Boys
  • His book Behind the Beard
  • Growing up on a cotton and peanut farm
  • Why they didn’t sing any new songs during the pandemic
  • What he thinks about his kids being in the music industry
  • Which song gives him chills
  • Taking a stand and being who you are
  • The insane number of situps he still does at 83

Quotations:

“You know, we were all shut outta church. And so we’ve come together here at our old home and. Got started singing old songs.” ~William Lee Golden

“You can’t go dragging your differences around. You gotta get past all that.” ~William Lee Golden

“I’m into music more than anything.” ~William Lee Golden

“Their [his kids] mothers are the unsung heroes in their lives.” ~William Lee Golden

“I don’t wanna hate nobody. I wanna love everybody.” ~William Lee Golden

“I didn’t come to town and try to join the Oakridge Boys to try and become the star of the show.” ~William Lee Golden

“You can’t pretend to be someone you’re not your entire life.” ~William Lee Golden

“I sing from my heart.” ~William Lee Golden

“I’m who I am, and it didn’t matter.” ~William Lee Golden

Guest’s Bio:

He is one of the most recognized personalities in Country and Gospel music, having garnered the highest accolades as a member of the legendary group The Oak Ridge Boys. Now, the renowned “Mountain Man” is climbing to new heights in the world of fine art.

Doo-wop, Pop, Country

For the first time in a long time, William Lee Golden has a spring in his step. Coming out of a tumultuous period in his life, the iconic baritone vocalist has found the love of his life in his new bride, Simone. He’s also comfortable with his place in the world as part of the Oak Ridge Boys, who are celebrating their 42nd Anniversary together in 2015, while Golden’s celebrating his 50th anniversary since joining the iconic group.

A farmer’s son, Golden spent the early years of his life in rural south Alabama surrounded by music. As he grew up, he started singing at the age of seven and began performing regularly on his grandfather’s weekly radio show along with his sister, Lanette. It was there that his love of harmony came alive, and by his teenage years, Golden grew to appreciate the Country, Gospel, Doo-Wop, and Pop quartets, and sure enough, it wasn’t long before he was joining up with The Oak Ridge Boys.

Nobody back home in Brewton, Alabama, could’ve imagined back then all that Golden would accomplish with The Oak Ridge Boys since joining the band in 1965. While on a break from the quarter, Golden released several solo recordings to considerable success.

But for as much success he has had as a recording artist, Golden’s no one-dimensional act. He’s found considerable success with his paintings, and he’s finding even more success with a new visual medium, photography, where he often focuses on landscape portraits and scenes. Many of his favorite shots can be found on Golden’s official Facebook page.

Family has long held a special meaning to Golden. In addition to his newly found love with his wife, Simone, Golden has four sons in Rusty, Chris, Craig, and Solomon. Golden also has six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Along with his marriage to Simone, he also welcomes his step-daughter Megan, her husband Newton, along with the addition of another grandchild to the fold.

Lifetime Achievements

With over forty million records sold, The Oaks have had more than a dozen Number One singles and over thirty Top Ten hits. Their numerous Gold and Platinum recordings include “Thank God For Kids,” “Ozark Mountain Jubilee,” and the crowd favorite “Elvira.” The Oaks have received five Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, four Country Music Awards (CMA), four Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), the 2008 ACM Pioneer Award, ten Dove Awards, the 2010 President’s Honor, induction into The Grand Ole Opry in 2011 as well as the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2015 they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The legendary group has received an abundant amount of other national and international acknowledgments.

American Vagabond

During his forties, Golden went through profound changes emotionally, spiritually, and physically. “With all the success came a very fast-paced agenda. The mountain man and Indian way of life appealed to me because they brought me back to my childhood, where the simple things in life meant the most. I wanted to stop and see myself as God made me.” William reflects. The once-trend setter let his hair and beard grow to their natural lengths.

Golden had a desire to grow musically as well. In 1985, Golden recorded his first solo album called “American Vagabond” for MCA Records. The critically acclaimed album was produced by the great Booker T. Jones and showcased Golden’s individual talent. The ultimate promoter himself, Golden hired New York Publicist Pam Lewis. Pam was known for helping launch MTV and later became known for launching superstar Garth Brooks as his co-manager. 

Notes of Interest

William Lee Golden has earned recognition for his individual achievements in both music and art. Over the years, the iconic features of the Singing Painter have been the subject of many sketches, paintings, and sculptures by other world-renowned artists. Golden has received the “Entertainer Of The Year” Award from the Cherokee Indian Association, which is comprised of 21 tribes from across America, as well as the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.williamleegolden.com/

Psychic Lawyer Mark Anthony

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Have you ever wondered if we’re alone in the universe? Are people really able to talk to our loved ones who have passed? This episode is simply fascinating! Psychic Lawyer Mark Anthony joined Gary Scott Thomas for this week’s episode, and Mark gave us great insight into what it’s like to be a medium. There are several very unexpected moments in this conversation!

In this episode:

  • His first time in the Andes and the strange thing the locals gave him
  • Retro rockets 
  • Meeting Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
  • MLK Jr.’s impact on Star Trek
  • Quantum Physics 
  • What led him to spontaneously quit practicing law
  • How spirits can “predict” the future
  • The different brain wave frequencies

Quotations:

“We have two seasons, spring and hell.” ~Mark Anthony

“I have found in my work as a medium that every life matters, every life counts. And there are so many days when people think nobody’s noticed me; I don’t matter. And that may be what you think, but in the bigger picture, everyone has their part to play.” ~Mark Anthony

I realized that everything that I’d been through led up to that point. That’s not some special thing unique to me. That’s unique to you, too. Everything in your life has led up to this point. That’s unique to everybody. Everything happens to us for good, for bad. What we may think is indifferent is all part of our journey. We grow in response to adversity. Something terrible happens to you like you lose a loved one; it’s your choice how you react to it. You’re welcome to start snorting all sorts of drugs, shoot up, do some heroin, start drinking… You can take that path, or you can get angry and resentful and bitter, or you can embark on a spiritual journey to become more open-minded and more compassionate.” ~Mark Anthony

“There’s a day we’re coming, and a day we’re leaving this world. And what we have a choice with is what we do with the time in between.” ~Mark Anthony

“I introduced the term the electromagnetic soul, and a number of scientists and neuroscientists have started using it. They’re referring to it as the EMS and such an honor. It’s to describe what we really are, which is a soul.” ~Mark Anthony

Guest’s Bio:

Mark Anthony, JD, Psychic Explorer (aka The Psychic Lawyer®  Psychic Attorney and Psychic Adventurer), is a world-renowned fourth-generation science-based evidential psychic medium who communicates with spirits. He is the author of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed spiritual bestsellers The Afterlife Frequency, Evidence of Eternity, and Never Letting Go.

Mark’s credentials and experience are unparalleled in the paranormal world. He is an Oxford-educated trial attorney licensed to practice in Florida, Washington D.C., and before the United States Supreme Court. In England, he studied Mediumship at the prestigious Arthur Findlay College for the Advancement of Psychic Science.

Dr. Gary Schwartz, Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona and Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, is one of the foremost experts on the Survival of Consciousness and After Death Communication in the world. Dr. Schwartz studies psychic mediums and has ranked Mark as one of the top mediums in the United States. 

Mark is a recurring guest on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX Television, Gaia TV, and on major talk radio shows such as Coast to Coast AM, Darkness Radio, and Sirius XM as a psychic medium, paranormal and after-death communication expert, and legal analyst in high profile cases.

Mark was featured on the covers of OMTimes Magazine, and Best Holistic Life Magazine-which was the top-selling and most popular edition of Best Holistic Life to date.

He has also been featured in The Hollywood TimesThe Huffington PostThe New York PostPublisher’s WeeklyWriter’s Digest, Soeleish Magazines, Authority Magazine, Entrepreneurs Magazine, Conscious Community Magazine, Elephant Journal, LifeStyle MagazineNew Spirit Journal, Horizon’s MagazineThe InquisitrStaten Island TodaySedona Red Rock News, Elite Man MagazineNatural AwakeningsVerde Independent, Infinity Magazine (Canada)Spirituality Today (UK), Soul & Spirit (UK) and Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America.

A charismatic, intelligent, and humorous accomplished public speaker, Mark headlines at conventions, expos, and spiritual organizations such as the Edgar Cayce A.R.E., IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies), Afterlife Research Education Institute (AREI), The Theosophical Society, Spiritual Awakenings International, Helping Parents Heal, Sedona Spirit Symposium, Vail Symposium and universities including Brown, Columbia, Harvard and Yale.

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Sam LaCrosse

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This energizing conversation between a baby boomer and a Gen Zer who is being unapologetically himself is going to make you think, and you’ll be excited about exploring all the things that will be bouncing in your head after this conversation.

In this episode:

  • Making a book with the word “economics” in it interesting
  • What “Value Economics” actually means
  • The issue of identity
  • Why it’s insulting to think America is so bad right now
  • The death of the spirit
  • The fallout from being laid off as an air traffic controller in 1981 and how his family held it together
  • Defining our values
  • The importance of examining the difficult things
  • What shaped him
  • DC Comics
  • Why he moved to Austin, TX from Ohio
  • Why he’s not on Twitter
  • Why he dedicated his book to those who tell the truth
  • Why he’s having a hard time dating
  • How values should supersede politics

Quotations:

“We don’t really have a “fatal flaw” with our generation. And so without that, we turn the war against ourselves. And we see that we really don’t have an identity as an individual person and as a culture anymore because our previous identities were all focused on something else that was flawed but still an identity. And now we’re just in this kind of sea of nothingness.” ~Sam LaCrosse

“We have to treat people as people, and individual values are the way we should look at individual people.” ~Sam LaCrosse

“We’re so scared of taking stances, we take no stances.” ~Sam LaCrosse

“The more you value something, the more you will sacrifice to get that something, the less you value something, the less you will sacrifice to get that something.” ~Sam LaCrosse

“I have a rule that I will never punch someone in the face as hard as I will punch myself in the face.” ~Sam LaCrosse

“When you do adopt a firm set of values, you’re going to polarize people, and you’re not going to, you cannot be all things to all.” ~Sam LaCrosse

Guest’s Bio:

According to Sam, Sam LaCrosse is a nobody. He hasn’t done anything amazing. He is not extraordinary or impressive. He doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry. He’s just an ordinary guy from Cleveland, Ohio, who now lives an ordinary life in Austin, Texas. But if you want to check him out, he’s the author of “Value Economics: The Study of Identity, writes blogs on dontreadthisblog.com, and hosts Don’t Listen to This Podcast. Sam is the CEO and founder of Don’t Do This, LLC, a company that makes no money. He is also a board member of Thrive Living Corporation and an ambassador for RallyCap Sports.

Guest’s Contact Info:

www.dontreadthisblog.com

Chester L. Richards

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Calling all Star Trek fans! Chester L. Richards, the co-writer of “The Tholian Web” episode of Star Trek, joins in the conversation, and it’s fascinating!! Some of his stories are almost unbelievable like the story about almost being killed by the great potato, the Colorado River, a crocodile, a crazed gunman…

In this episode:

  • What it was like when a rocket engine blew up
  • Working with the royalty of the industry
  • Meeting astronauts
  • Making something that’s actually space-qualified
  • What hooked him on science
  • His UFO encounter
  • SR71 planes
  • UFOs or swarms of insects?
  • How he came up with the Tholian Web
  • What he thinks of William Shatner
  • What he thinks about the newer Star Trek
  • The closest to death he’s come
  • How his wife’s eulogy affected him
  • Losing his wife

Quotations:

“That’s one of the things I hope comes through in the book. I talk about some very, very interesting people in that book–some in the rocket business and in some of the adventure travels I’ve had over the years.” ~Chester L Richards

“I’ve been privileged to see a couple of [rocket] launches.” ~Chester L Richards

“I had a deal with the local, regional library that I got first dibs on every science fiction book that came into the library.” ~Chester L Richards

“It turns out that there are clusters of insects that get electrified, and they glow in the dark, and a number of UFO sidings have now been attributed to these swarms of insects.” ~Chester L Richards

“I didn’t use to be a fan of Shatner, but I am now I have to tell you he’s a good guy, and he’s a fine actor. He really is a funny, talented, funny actor.” ~Chester L Richards

“When I see work [scripts] that is a little slip shot, I kind of get turned off by it. On the other hand, some of the stuff can be really a lot of fun, and you just say, ‘Well, oh, what the heck? You know, it’s a fantasy, and you go with it.’” ~Chester L Richards

You can sit in your house all day long and not have a very rich life, or you can go out and do things. Yeah, there are some hazards, but the richness you gain as a result more than compensates for the hazard that you experience.” ~Chester L Richards

“The more stories that I wrote, the more comfort I had, and I gradually was able to rebuild my life and get back to some kind of a normal psychological perspective through the process of writing these stories.” ~Chester L Richards

“I felt totally hollow when she [wife] passed away.” ~Chester L Richards

“You don’t have a fully rich life without the darkness.” ~Chester L Richards

Guest’s Bio:

Prior to retirement, Chester L. Richards was an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Division. At Raytheon, he was Chief Architect for Advanced Concepts and Architectures. Before joining Raytheon, Mr. Richards had an engineering consulting business. His diverse technology career spans half a century.

At the beginning of his professional life as a scientist, Mr. Richards invented and patented the first successful automatic focus sensor using real-time image analysis. It was used in aerial reconnaissance cameras.

Subsequently, while at the Ford Aerospace Corporation, Mr. Richards was Chief Engineer for Strategic Systems. At Ford, he developed the flight instrumentation for the AGNT space flight and re-entry experiment. Mr. Richards invented and patented the Holographic Optical Element, which is widely used in large aperture adaptive optics telescopes. Mr. Richards also invented and successfully field-tested sub-resolution tracking techniques, which improved tracking accuracy by two orders of magnitude.

During part of his career, Chester L. Richards served as a System Engineering Technical Assistant (SETA) consultant to the U.S. Government. In this role, Mr. Richards developed the modern Space-Based Laser architecture for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. He was a member of SDIO’s Mission Analysis Working Group and its Innovative Science and Technology group. As SETA, he helped define the functional architecture of Schriever Space Force Base and wrote the Statement of Work establishing the requirements for the base.

For the Air Force, Chester L. Richards created the definitive high-fidelity sensor model for the DSP satellite series. In addition, he developed high-precision target tracking techniques for the Hover Test Facility at Edwards Air Force Base.

At Raytheon, one of his most important discoveries was the complete quantitative theory of bistatic radar, which previously had been only partially understood. This led to multiple fielded applications.

The technical interests of Mr. Richards include system architecture, space systems, physical optics, high energy lasers, image processing, radar, ergonomics, and jet and rocket propulsion.

Other activities include: Co-author of “The Tholian Web” script for the third season of the original Star Trek series. 

Chester L. Richards has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Physics from UC Irvine. He completed all coursework for PhDs in both Physics and Engineering at UC Irvine. Mr. Richards has 19 patents. His latest patent is for a centrifugal gas generator for gas turbine engines. 

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.chesterlrichards.com