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Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! You may know me, you may not. No, I’m not that famous sports announcer, he died in 1986 (Google Jack Drees, his Wikipedia page is the first result that pops up). I’m a less famous and nerdy Jack Drees. As the proud operator of the Scene Before blog, I make several posts dedicated to film. These mainly include reviews, but it doesn’t mean I ignore movie news or just random stuff I’m interested in. Aside from movies and going to the cinema, I also have interests towards game shows, elevators/escalators, Twitter, writing, and the TV show “King of the Nerds.” Speaking of King of the Nerds, you may or may not be familiar with a fan community towards the show called Knights of Nerdvana, or as they’re commonly known today, the Nerd Army. It is lead by season 2 contestant Kayla LaFrance and I am glad to say I’m an official member of the community. Another thing about the show, I have a petition down below about it, I’m trying to get the show on another network for season 4, if you want this to happen, please sign!
When it comes to game shows, this was an interest of mine I had since I was young. Many other kids were watching cartoons when they were younger, but I on the other hand was a game show freak. I didn’t “understand” the concepts of many game shows or even become good at them until I became a bit older, but I still had an awe for them. As a kid, I would watch Richard Karn’s and John O’Hurley’s “Family Feud,” “Who Wants to be a Millonaire,” “The Price is Right,” “Wheel of Fortune,” and “Jeopardy!.” Even though I was at an age where acing game shows was beyond my ability, I was still able to appreciate them for their dazzling sets, good looking hosts, and funky music. In 2007, I was into game shows, but I had no idea where my love for them would take me, that was to Game Show Network, or GSN. I found an episode of Family Feud on that channel and it turned out to be Richard Karn, the guy I grew up with. This took my fanaticism for game shows and raised it even higher than it was before. I was discovering new game shows to watch and older episodes of my favorite game shows. This passion did dwindle overtime however, but it didn’t mean it was gone for good. On Tuesday, February 16th, 2010, I was staying over at my grandparents’ home, I was searching for stuff to watch, and I found GSN, my interest was soon rekindled. I discovered “Deal or no Deal,” leading me to idolize Howie Mandel, AKA the only reason I keep watching “America’s Got Talent” and the reason why I rented “Little Monsters” from Blockbuster Video one time. By the way, Howie actually follows me on Twitter now, just a fun fact. I also grew to like other game shows, such as “Lingo,” “Instant Recall,” “Card Sharks,” and “1 vs. 100.” I kept watching GSN for a good amount of time, but I was later all over the web, mainly YouTube, where I found game show clips and full episodes. This was most of my life near the end of 2011 and early 2012. Thanks to this, I watched episodes of shows like “Match Game,” “Pyramid,” “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” “Password,” and “Press Your Luck.” I also own various episode collections of game shows on DVD. These include two sets from “Family Feud,” a set from “Match Game,” and a set from “Password.” I also own a series that is about game show mishaps through the years, known as “Game Show Moments Gone Bananas.” It’s hosted by Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Wonder Years) and I do recommend it if you want some laughs. I’m still into game shows today, I love how ABC revived “Match Game” and still make it as funny as ever. I love how Alex Trebek is still hosting “Jeopardy!,” and I love how the new game show channel, BUZZR, plays so many retro game shows for people to enjoy! If there’s something I want out of game shows it’s to go back to a time when we didn’t have to see a “Candy Crush” game show, or find a way to get a season of “500 Questions” to actually reach 500 questions.
Another childhood interest has to do with lifts. This mainly applies to elevators, however it doesn’t mean I don’t admire escalators too. I loved elevators from a very young age, probably somewhere around two or three. I always remember going to the Burlington Mall or Northshore Mall at a younger age and riding various lifts. Some of my earliest memories are from when I rode some of those lifts. I still remember some of the elevators from places that no longer have those elevators in operation. While I’ve had a passion for elevators my whole life, this really got into full blown territory when I was 9. In 2009, I discovered YouTube. I watched various users such as Dieselducy, Musicfreakcc, CaptainElevator42189, and Elevatorsonly (by the way, you can no longer see his videos, although I loved the videos while they were there). I was told to get off of YouTube at one point, I thought I was banned from it, I believe I remember the computers slowing down and getting viruses, which if you think about it now, it sounds impractical. After all, the videos, from memory, didn’t influence influence me to become a potty-mouth so I didn’t really know what the problem was. All I was doing was watching elevator rides. Although I was back on YouTube in August 2010 and the elevator interest was in a definite full spark. I have a YouTube account, I don’t use it to post videos, but if I did, a good portion of my content would be elevator videos. Although the problem is I didn’t really film that much over the years. Plus, I keep going to the same places to ride elevators, so what’s the point? By the time I get my license that’ll probably change though. Some of my favorite elevators, for the ones I’ve ridden, are the Otis high-rise tractions at the Prudential Tower in Boston, MA, the KONE high-rise tractions at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, FL, and the Montgomery main mall hydraulic elevator by JCPenney in Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH simply because that one has my favorite hydraulic motor I’ve heard on an elevator. If there are any goals I have for the future when it comes to elevator riding, I have some: Visit the Marriott Marquis in New York City, perhaps meet up with some YouTubers in the elevator community, ride the elevator at H&M in Roosevelt Field, ride the elevator, ride a low-pitch Schindler HT, ride the elevator at Macy’s Home in Carle Place, NY, find an Otis lexan, and so much more!
Be sure to also check out these other places listed below where you can find me!
KING OF THE NERDS SEASON 4 PICKUP PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/game-show-network-have-a-network-pick-up-king-of-the-nerds-for-season-4
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