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Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, and co-host of The Giz Wiz at GizWiz.TV, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now, and on Tech Guy Labs with Leo Laporte on TWiT.tv. But wait, there's More »

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    Here's info you might be looking for, or photos or videos, stuff that I found interesting, and you might find it interesting too.


    One of the things I'll miss most is being able to show high profile guests around the MAD offices.

    (June 2017) I promised Lin-Manuel Miranda (a huge MAD fan & a huge star!) a tour of MAD & today was the day. Great fun till Alfred E. showed up and pushed his way in!


    Turns out Neil Patrick Harris is also a MAD fan and came up for a tour.


    And tech star David Pogue visited twice and stayed for hours.

    I suspect he'll still be up at the MAD offices even after they close in December 2017.


    Last gas-up of the 2017 boating season.

    Got gas 4 my Farallon "as seen on TV" work boat. Unfortunately, I didn't get there early enough to get the new Pumpkin-Spice fuel blend, so got regular ValvTect gas. I'll go earlier next year.



    7th Annual Meet-Up - Sunday, October 8th, 2017 - 2 to 4 PM. & If you've never seen Gizneyland Studio, we'll make a stop there after the meet-up!

    OMGChad is flying in from Dallas to attend so it will be a super meet-up!!! It's at the same great place as all the other meet-ups, www.boatbasincafe.com 

    Friends, Fun, Match Game questions, some cheap, crappy prizes too! It's all free, but we'd like to know if you're coming so we can save the proper amount of space. Just send an email to gizwizbiz@aol.com and put "Meet-Up" in the subject line. If you're bringing guests, "Meet-Up +2" or whatever number of guests. Hope to see you there. Come early and treat yourself to breakfast, or stay late and treat yourself to dinner. Food is great and priced right. Menus are on the Boat Basin Cafe website. Great location too, overlooking the Hudson River. (And my little work boat is right there in the Hudson River too.) Below are photos from the 2017 meet-up & the 2014 meet-up.

    Thanks to Joe Bolanos for the great photo. Who knew so many people would grow mustaches for the event!

    One meet-up happened to fall on my birthday. Long time Giz Wiz fan Beckee was kind enough to bring Kazoos for all, so I had my own 'Kazoo Band' Happy Birthday. It's at the link below. Don't worry, it just lasts one minute!

    TWiT's (and Giz Fiz PM director) Alex Gumpel (red jacket back row right) has come in for two of the meet-ups. Will he be there for the 2017 meet-up? Hmmm.... Come and be surprised with the rest of us.

    The Kazoo Birthday Song: http://youtu.be/BXpN-Vqe4cg

    Hope you can make it October 8th, 2017.