I am the method behind the madness of Woopop.com, and the whole reason for visiting the site in the first place. (Okay, it was the concert pictures, wasn’t it…) My name is Eric Bonus, and I’m 29 years old. I graduated in May 2003 from the Rochester Institute of Technology, with a BS in Applied Networking and System Administration, which is essentially Information Technology with a few more bells and whistles, and a minor in American Politics. I found gainful employment in the casino/gaming industry, which is totally unrelated to my degree. I can usually be found spending far too much money on our house, CD’s, concerts, or spending time with my friends and lovely wife Tiffany.
While home is now Rochester, NY these days, originally I hailed from the grand destination known as North Tonawanda, NY, which among other dubious distinctions, is the "Home of the Carousel"; It also had a thriving lumber business at the turn of the last century, has an annual week-long Canal Fest to celebrate the Erie Canal, and Wurlitzer jukeboxes used to be manufactured there as well. Most recently, NT’s Varsity football team won the 2009 New York State Class AA Championship!
Eric on TV!
Yes, I’ve received my 15 minutes of fame on the tube, very early mind you! In Buffalo, Channel 7 (WKBW-TV) had a program called "Commander Tom’s World". Tom Jolls was a Buffalo broadcasting legend, as he was Ch. 7′s weatherman for many years, and did this children’s program as well. In first grade, Tom’s grandson, Chris (who I subsequently ran into when I attended Lockport High School for two years) was in my first grade class at Meadow Elementary School in NT. Mrs. D’Angelo’s class had the pleasure of being filmed for Commander Tom. He came around and interviewed each kid in the class (some more than others, as you’ll see). I’ve had this sitting on a VHS for years, and finally (with the aid of Sara’s video capture card) made a couple MPEG’s from it for your viewing (dis)pleasure. Sara can also be seen in the videos, as she was in my class as well. Now, thanks to YouTube, I don’t have to host these things anymore:
Part 2 (which I’m not in, but is worth watching anyway):
Around the same time, I also attended the Buffalo Sabres Hockey School, and Channel 4 (WIVB-TV) did a special on that, which we captured on tape. This is from the summer of 1987 I believe, middle of July sometime. As you watch this, I’m the one in the Adidas-looking sweatpants that’s falling quite a bit :) Here’s the video (and please disregard me, Sara, and Adrienne talking over it, we left the mic on and we’re too lazy to fix it.)
Sara and I had been kicking around the idea of getting domain names a couple years ago, and she took some initiative and registered hers, so I was inspired to get the only logical choice for a personal domain, woopop.com from DirectNIC. Woopop.com is hosted by GoDaddy.
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