My Fame Explained
  • Larry Gilbert Jr
11 episodes
A podcast with the people you know and the personal stories behind their fame. Support this podcast:


E11: Nik Wallenda, "King of the Highwire"
2020 Oct 0520m 55s
With 11 Guiness World Records and a list of never before seen death defying feats, Nik Wallenda has written his name in history as truly the “King of the High Wire”.  Nik has performed live in every state in the USA and all over the world.  He has garnered the support from tens of millions of live viewers in network television specials on ABC, The Discovery Channel and others.  From crossing the Grand Canyon and Niagra Falls to walking blindfolded between two towers in Chicago, Nik personifies the Wallenda Family legacy of “Never Giving Up” and has time and time again proven that “Fear is a Liar”.
E10: 'Air Supply' guitarist and songwriter Graham Russell
2020 Sep 0726m 46s
Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell met in Sydney, Australia on May 12, 1975 while performing in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. After the evening performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, they would play in Coffee Bars, Pizza Parlors, and anywhere they could to hone their vocal skills and harmonies. “Lost in Love” was released in Australia in 1978 and again soared to the top of the charts. It found its way to Clive Davis, founder, and president of Arista Records, who immediately offered Air Supply a record deal. The song was released in 1980 and became the fastest-selling in the world, topping the charts in a multitude of countries. “All Out of Love” was the second single released and topped the worldwide charts once again. Seven consecutive Top-Five singles at that time equaled The Beatles’ run. The albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now and Forever, and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies. “Lost in Love” was named song of the year in 1980 and along with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple but majestic compositions created a unique sound that would be forever known as Air Supply. On May 12th, 2020, the band celebrated 45 years... the rest is music history.
E9: Adrienne Bankert, ABC News Correspondent & Author
2020 Aug 0331m 8s
Adrienne Bankert is a correspondent for ABC News, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Nightline. She reported live from Chiang Rai, Thailand, during the rescue of thirteen boys and their soccer coach as the world watched the historic rescue. She traveled to London to cover the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and was the first network journalist to report live from the scene when several police officers were massacred in Dallas, Texas in 2016. Her compelling interviews from guests that range from wounded warriors to celebrities including Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and more have gained widespread attention. She has worked in local news in Sacramento, Dallas-Fort Worth, and in Los Angeles as a host, anchor, health and wellness, and general assignment reporter. In her debut book, “Your Hidden Superpower,” Adrienne shares her professional and personal insight about how the simple act of kindness can have a profound impact and create positive change. Buy the book: “Your Hidden Superpower" Follow Adrienne Bankert on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
E8: Randy Bresnik, NASA Astronaut
2020 Jul 0633m 56s
Randy “Komrade” Bresnik was selected as an astronaut in 2004. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1989. During his military career, he became an F/A-18 Test Pilot and was eventually deployed to Kuwait to fly combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A veteran of STS-129 on Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2009, he has also trained as a Cave-a-naut with the European Space Agency to test living deep beneath the Earth’s surface as well as an Aquanaut for NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO) 19. In 2017, Bresnik served as the Commander of the International Space Station for Expedition 53 and flight engineer for Expedition 52.
E7: Susan Bennett, the original voice of Apple's "Siri"
2020 Jun 0120m 20s
Susan Bennett is a voice-over artist who first started as a backup singer Roy Roy Orbison and Burt Bacharach. Some of her voice-over work for large companies include Delta Airlines, Discovery Channel, Coca-Cola, Warner Bros., Paramount, Walt Disney and more. She is best known for being the original voice of Apple's "Siri" since the service was introduced in 2011.
E6: Bill Gibson, drummer for Huey Lewis and the News
2020 May 0420m 52s
Bill Gibson was born in Northern California and began playing music at 7-years-old. When he turned 12, his father, gave him his first pair of drumsticks and took him to see all the great big band jazz artists of the day. It was during that time period of his life when he became obsessed with the drums. By age 18, Gibson formed the band Sound Hole.  Sound Hole would eventually disbanded in 1976 and Bill started to play with legendary San Francisco bassist Jack Casady, Nick Buck, and Brian Marnell in a punk band called SVT. In 1977, Huey Lewis and Sean Hopper’s band, Clover, had disbanded and Huey put together a lively jam session/variety show called “Monday Night Live” at a local club called Uncle Charlie’s. The band featured the core of what was to become The News. The Monday Night Live band began to record demo tapes in hopes of getting a record deal and in 1979, Huey Lewis and the News was formed with Bill as a founding member.
E5: Morgan Wright, NBC's 'American Ninja Warrior'
2020 Apr 0633m 28s
Morgan "Moose" Wright has competed on NBC's 'American Ninja Warrior' four times. He is also an award-winning elementary school physical education teacher and a decorated U.S. Army Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as an Officer in Afghanistan.
E4: Dave's Killer Bread founder, Dave Dahl
2020 Mar 0235m 17s
Dave Dahl was born in Oregon and at the age of nine started working in his father's bakery; But that didn't last long as he would get caught up in a life of drugs and crime in his teen years that would follow him throughout much of his life. He would spend 15 years in prison for various crimes such as drugs and burglary. It was in the mid-2000s that he would return to the family bakery and create an organic, crusty bread with whole grains and seeds that would be become hit — first at local farmers markets, and then eventually sold at grocery stores nationwide. In 2015, he would sell the brand to Flower Foods for a reported $275 million dollars.
E3: Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, James "Buster" Douglas
2020 Feb 1513m 11s
James "Buster" Douglas is a former professional boxer from Columbus, Ohio who competed between 1981 and 1999. He is best known for his ten round battle with Mike Tyson on February 11, 1990, in Tokyo, Japan. Douglas shocked the world by knocking out Tyson to become the undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
E2: State Farm 'She Shed' Commercial actress, Nicole J. Butler
2020 Feb 0918m 29s
Actress Nicole J. Butler, the star of the State Farm ' She Shed' commercial, was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles after college to pursue her dreams of acting.