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A short bio, huh? Well, it all started when I was born. No? Too far back? OK, I started playing in 1989. I was already well into my 40's when I took up this sport. I started with a Splatmaster, then bought an Annihilator in the summer of '89. My first game with it was at Sgt. York's, north of Harrisburg, where I was assigned as a member of the Army Reserve. The All Americans "sdopted" me for that summer, and I played with them in a 7-man tournament at Wolf's Lair. In January, 1990, I was diagnosed as having coronary artery disease, and underwent double bypass surgery here at my home in St. Petersburg. My first articles were published in PaintCheck, and future aarticles began to appear in APG. Paintball Sports and Painrball News also printed my submissions, mostly on local stuff in the Tampa Bay area. The first national event I overed, was the Cal Mag National Amateur Open, in 1991. I was again in Pennsylvania with the Army Reserve, this time at Ft. Indiantown Gap. I took a four day pass, and was able to cover the event. That got me known nationally. I've covered other major events, like the Masters twice, the World Cup, the 1996 ESPN shoot, numerous 24 hour scenario games, and just got back from The Bash (formerly The Buckeye Bash). I have hung out my shingle as a publicist. It's much the same as being a reporter, but pays better. The difference, is that a reporter pays his own bills, or has them paid by the publication. A publicist has his bills paid by the event producer, and is an employee of the event, with the objective of writing up the event so that it appears as the greatest thing since sliced bread. I will be 52 in July, I am old and slow, and can't play worth a damn. But I am also a believer in the adage: "Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill." As for a photo, I may have one around somewhere, but as a publicist and as a reporter, I am there to tell the story, not publicize myself. My trademark is the pair of sunglasses I wear. They are what got me my nickname, but that's another story. I do not play on a team (although I still think of myself as an honorary member of the All Americans). Whenever Bob Long is around, I am always looking over my shoulder, In 1991, I was talking with some of the Ironmen, who had just won the World Cup, and voiced the opinion that it would be a great shot if Bob would be given a "victory bath" with a cooler of water/Gatorade, or whatever else was handy. They took the hint, and drenched Bob with a large bucket of water. I got the shot, too, and it was printed! I am not sponsored, but several manufacturers have been kind and gracious enough to give me products for my use. I use and play with everything I am given, from camo wear to goggle systems to paintguns. I believe in subtle intimidation. For instance, I'll go out to a field wearing a T-shirt that says "RP Scherer Factory Team." Newer players think I'm some kind of bad ass, and generally stay away from me. I generally wind up chasing them into the guns of my teammates. I also believe that if you think you're going to lose, you're going to find a way to do it. In all the years I've played, the flags I have returned can be counted on one hand. That's for the younger and faster legs. I don't run well, but I am accurate. That's me in a nutshell. Ask me your questions. But keep in mind that I am not known as paintball's best BS artist without good reason. "Hollywood"
From: email@example.com (Scott Chase) I played at Sgt. Yorks once. I usually play at High Adventure, near State College, PA. Anyway, I'm 14 and love paintball with all my heart. I took a job weekends to cover paint and new toys, but that ment sacrificing playing every weekend like I wish I could. When I ask how I can become a better player, people say that expirience is the only way. So you see, I am between a rock and a hard place. If you know of anybody who sponsers individuals, let me know, please. I am also looking for a gun that will last me a long time. Automag or Autococker? Thanks for your time. :) Scott Chase TIP#1558Scott:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul F. Jones) I'll be 45 in a few months and I'am not ashamed to say I love this game called paintball. My son, He's 16, dragged me to a local field 2 years ago and now he can't drag me away. We've upgraded are guns several times and are now slinging paint with trick minimags. I'am getting better each time I play. I do have one flag pull but it took me a month to recuperate. Several times now I've had the opportunity to shoot some tricked out Autocockers and was impressed with the accuracy and distance. So I ordered one of Bob Long's Autococker with all of the goodies. Why, because I could and it was love at first sight. Anyways now I have something that can reach out and touch someone. I was wondering what ideas you might have that I could use to stay one step ahead of the youngsters without stepping on my crank. Thanks in advance for all courtesies To the greater glory of Paintball,Adreneline and Old Farts The Gray WarriorGrey Warrior:
From: email@example.com (Philip Nutzman) When will paintball be on ESPN or ESPN2? I Don't know whether you would know but if do tell mePhil:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tony Burnett) So, what did you think of The "Mud" Bash? How did it compare to other paintball events (It was my first paintball "event")? As far as organization? Rules? Setting? Weather?Tony:
From: email@example.com (Erik Levy) Dear "Hollywood", Do you feel paintball will mature enough to ever be considered more than a strange hobby and make it to T.V. in a marketable way? What are your opinions on camo? In Europe camo is practicely not used, because of it's conotation of war, do you think in the U.S. we should push for "no camo"? at the tournament level? at the rec level? Thanks so much for your time! Sincerely, Erik LevyErik:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brett Lindell) Dear Mr.Hollywood, I've read a bunch of your articles in APG. I am 12 (turning 13) and I am a paintball player. I was wondering what you think about young paintball players (other paintball players look me over my age). Thanks, Brett LindellBrett:
From: email@example.com (wayne heuett) I'm looking for a good barrell for an automag. I have heard j and j barrelles are good. I looking for barrells that will clean up easily in the field. In addition what do you think of tasco barrells. I have a local store that carriess them however, I know nothing of the tasco barrells or their quality. I would like to say thank you in advance for any help that you can give me with this quary. Wayne.Wayne:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Wayne) I have asked for help in the past. I looking for help in finding a good barrell for a autmag. I have heard that the J and J bear is amoung the best for the automag and I have access to a taso barrells at a very reonable price. Are taso barrells as a good quality as the crome J and J barrells. Or do recommend another barrell all together. thanks in advance. WayneWayne:
From: email@example.com (Kory Gilderman) Hi!! WoW!! Your name is Gilder... and I'm Gilderman!! Kewl!! Well... anyway... what brand of paintballs do you recomend for me too use? I have a Brass Eagle (Daisy) STINGRAY. Its a cheap but high quality semi-auto gun... Please help me decide on what type to buy. THANX!!!!!! CYA K. GilgermanKory:
Since I live in St. Petersburg, about 10 miles from the RP Scherer
factory, I use mostly RP Scherer paint. The other paints are generally
of good quality, and should work quite well. Some guns are picky or finicky,
and will only shoot one brand of paint, but the best paint, according to
PCRI, is RP's Marballizer.
From104226,116 @ Compuserve (Bill Anastas) You are playing outdoor paintball and you are on a two level guard post. You are looking out for the person on the floor below you because the guard post is connected to another by a bridge on the second level. You turn around and you see two enemies pointing pump action paintball guns at you which are both most likely full of ammo. Your pump action gun is pointed at them and theirs are pointed at you. They are approximately 3 feet away from you. Do you engage in a fire fight and hope that you don't get hit at point blank range or do you surrender? Keep in mind that there is a team member below you that will be shot by the two approaching eenemies if you do not act.Bill:
From: Joel76@aol.com (Joel Evans) What is the difference between Bad Company, Bad Company II, and Bad Company of Maryland?Joel:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brent Hoefling) Hollywood, my question is age related (not that you never get those. I have only bee playing for a relatively short time, about two and a half years, and i am 35 yeard old. I have been actually shunned on the field because i am the "old-fart", that can't run. I too am a believer in treachery, skill and experience over youth and speed, but i add one more thing, i carry a more intimidating gun (nasty typhoon)! and I am almost always carying at least two guns at any given time. Any way - how often do you play? (simple question huh, but can you expound upon your answer a bit)Brent:
From: 103011,email@example.com OR ChrisC@wow.com () i was wondering what the best barrel for the automag would be Thanks ChrisChris:
We would like to thank Ken for taking the time to be a guest in the Hot Seat. Going to a big tournament or paintball event? Keep your eyes peeled for they guy in the sunglasses, it just might be "Hollywood".
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