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Featured Member -Nbmike Hi everyone. My name is Michael “Nbmike” Cormier. I will be turning 44 yrs old this summer, so while I may not be as old as the trees, unicorns, and dinosaurs, I’m definitely older than Compact Discs, MP3 Players, and Plasma TV. I am a single dad to my beautiful daughter Rhiannon (She thinks she’s 14 going on 40, which makes me often feel like I’m 80 lol). Ever since I found this site in November, I have enjoyed the trivia and memories found here. The people here are top notch at providing info when your memory kind of escapes you. I want to thank you all for welcoming me so warmly the last few months, and a big thanks to Steve for creating such a great site. OK, a little about me. I was born here in Saint John, NB Canada in 1965. I grew up in a small community outside of Saint John called Grand Bay, and lived there until I moved to the big city,(lol ….big city for NB, population, 70000 or so) In 1984, I started working as a radio announcer in town doing weekend and swing shifts. The job lasted a couple of years, but started a lifelong love with musical trivia, or even trivia in general. It was there that I found out about such things as plagiarism (Brian Wilson can say it was unintentional, but SURFIN USA just sounds like Chuck Berry’s SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN with new lyrics)! We also played vinyl records back in those days, so I kinda feel like a dinosaur sometimes. lol After leaving the radio announcing job, I became a jack of all trades, until nagging back problems left me unemployed in 1994, and now I concentrate on raising my child and trying to develop projects. I have always had an interest in writing comedy, and have written some musical parodies that have made a few people laugh on a few occasions. I’m not egotistical about my writing by any means, but I have a rule of thumb. If I’m not laughing when I write the lyrics, then I keep running scenarios through my mind until I find the funniest scenario to me. I figure if I don’t find my writing funny, then how is anybody else supposed to? My hometown has some Hollywood connections. Louis B Mayer’s family moved here from overseas when he was a small child, and he grew up here until he left for Massachusetts when in his late teens, Actor Walter Pidgeon was born and raised here, as well as Lyman Ward, who played Ferris Beuller’s father, and Donald Sutherland was born here, but moved to Nova Scotia with his family when he was a teen. One Hollywood story I have heard is when Walter Pidgeon screen tested for MGM, Louis B Mayer thought he was sucking up to him, and summoned him to his office, and told him in no uncertain terms, that if Walter thought of putting Saint John NB as his hometown was going to gain him favor in Mayer’s eyes, it wasn’t going to work. When he told Mr.Mayer that Saint John WAS his hometown, then they had a laugh together. I am desperately shy in real life, but online I come out of my shell usually. I love participating here, just wish I had more time to contribute. Raising a teenager is like studying for a long and hard exam. You hope you have all the right answers, and you spend every waking hour trying to prepare for what’s coming up, but deep in your heart, you know you’re just flying without a net and hoping for the best, but I wouldn’t trade her for the world. The funny thing is that twenty years ago, I never though I had what it takes to be a Dad. I look forward to meeting new members and continuing to engage in trivia challenges and sharing memories with all. Thanks again for such a warm welcome here.
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Posted By: Steve
Posted by: donmac101 on 2009-03-25 
Cheers Michael!
You must get one of your skits down on tape and post it here to give us a laugh or if you've already done this, give us the link.
Family life is tough but so very very rewarding.
Great to have you on YRT. and look forward to watching more from you.
Posted by: Mia_bambina on 2009-03-25 
It is always, fun to be here with you!
Rhiannon, is very fortunate to have you as a DAD!
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2009-03-25 
Great to have you here Mike! Another Canadian in the house. I agree with you about YRT. Such a wonderful place with some awesome people!! Like Donmac said, put some of your stuff on it would be very cool. Kids are a blessing for sure. Even though they can give you grey hairs at times. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Posted by: Jedwgrn on 2009-03-25 
Mike to your daughter you are as old as dirt - admit it. It is great that you are a family member here and your contributions are insightful and appreciated. Welcome to YRT!

There are so many talented people here!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-25 
I suspected you were a Canadian all along given your NB prefix. Welcome aboard.
Posted by: Electricland on 2009-03-26 
Stay on here ... everybody is 'top of the class'.
Posted by: Nbmike on 2009-03-26 
Thank you all for your kind comments. For a sample of my writing, I wrote one parody here in November after a comment by Lava1964 in the Comics On Aging forum. Old Fart wrote a humorous parody about Elvis Presley's diet, and what he might sing if he were still alive today. Lava jokingly asked about a magazine article that had Elvis alive and well working at a Burger King in Kalamazoo Michigan. That got me to thinking. Chances are there are still some people today who might think that The King is still among us, so I came up with a song that Elvis could sing to his fans from the other side to let them know he's really gone. (I always try for originality. lol) I settled on a parody of All Shook Up. Once I had the first verse down, the rest came easy. It took about 20 minutes, so thanks to Lava1964 and Old Fart, for if not for you both, I would have not had the spark to write that parody. Sherry, it is always fun to be here with you too. Jedwgrn, keep the trivia coming. Always a challenge. We have a great crew here. I look forward to future posts from you all, and thank you all again for your kind comments.
Posted by: Pfc on 2009-03-26 
I'm buying next round Mike! Nice to meet you!
Posted by: Nbmike on 2009-03-31 
Nice to meet you too Pfc. I'll take a Moosehead Beer(Home brew around here)
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