Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Tina McVey

Our next Trading Card Spotlight "Rewind" features Tina McVey, who currently is displayed on card number 230, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  This article was published on March 5th, 2016.  Tina has been a huge contributor to the success of the Walter Day collection and devoted activist to events Walter has organized.  Some of these events include the International Video Game Hall of Fame launch party in 2009, the Big Bang event in Ottumwa, IA in 2010 and multiple functions across the Midwest.   Tina also a huge supporter of her husband Tim and promotes his Nibbler events and organizes a yearly event celebrating Tim Mcvey Day.   You can also see Tina playing the latest Video games on console and PC.  Tina is also featured in the documnetary Man vs. Snake, a story about her husband Tim and his path to gain the chamionship at Nibbler. 

Are video games aimed mainly at children, adolescents or adults?

I think a lot of parents see them as built in babysitters, and that's wrong. Tim used to play a lot of Call of Duty and the things that would come out of some of those kids mouths. And it was because the parents were nowhere around.

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Trading Card Spotlight Jerry Parker

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jerry Parker who currently is displayed on card number 55, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Jerry Parker was the Mayor of Ottumwa, Iowa in 1982.   35 years ago, on November 30, Jerry crowned Ottumwa, Iowa the Video Game Capital of the World.  It was a bold move made at a time when many other cities were legislating against video games. To celebrate the "video game legacy." Click here.  In 2009 he was honored with being the founding father of the video game capital with a special ceremony to declare Ottumwa, Iowa to host the International Video Game Hall of Fame.  Jerry is still involved in his home town of Ottumwa as a County Supervisor.

How did you become Mayor of Ottumwa?

I had served on the City Council for 8 years, then ran for Mayor.

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Mark Robichek

This week we look back at Frogger Champion and one of the original Time Life Magazine gamers from 1982, Mark Robichek.  Published on January 3rd, 2016,  I hope you enoy this in depth interview with Mark.  

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mark Robichek who is displayed on card number 40, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Mark is another original Twin Galaxies alumnus from 1982.  He can be seen alongside the greats in the Time Life Magazine photograph taken on November 7, 1982.   Mark early on set the bar for world records on such arcade games as Frogger, Tutankham and Berzerk.    Today Mark can be seen playing Pengo on MAME or smart phone games such as Words with Friends and What’s That Phrase.   Currently Mark is a Casino Party Dealer and resides in Sunnyvale, California.  

If you can design your own game, what would it be about and who would be the main character?

I would create a puzzle game in which the main character, none other than Walter Day, tries to figure out a way to save the video arcade industry!

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Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight - Mike Ragogna

Our next Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight features Mike Ragogna, who is displayed on card number 19, from the Fairfield Collection.  Mike has been a success in the music industry.   He has been a singer, songwriter, producer, voiceover talent, and a journalist for most of his life.   He has been involved in projects such as the musicals Annie, Hair and Big River.  Mike has performed at a Bruce Springsteen tribute concert.   He has recorded 7 albums—Safari in America, The Almost Brothers, Body Politic, Minefield Diaries, Writer’s Block, Valentine’s Day, and Summerland. Mike grew up in New York and has lived in various major American cities before coming to Fairfield where he taught music.   Mike has interviewed thousands of musicians and blogs on internet sites to spread the word of music and his passion of song.

What other instruments do you play and what is your favorite?

Ears is my favorite instrument. I live vicariously through others’ recordings since I had my shot and it didn’t quite work out. I’d like to say I play guitar and keyboards but that would be an insult to guitar and keyboards. But I still sing and harmonize to everything, the reason why I’m no longer invited to parties or my kid’s school events.

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Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight - Jim Karpen

Our next Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight features Jim Karpen, who is displayed on card number 14, from the Fairfield Collection. These cards commemorate Fairfield, Iowa's unique distinction as the "Renaissance Capital of the World."  Jim has been involved in TM (Transcendental Meditation) since the early 1970s. Starting in the year 2000, Jim has worked full time as a writer for Maharishi University of Management as well as for various publications, with a focus on technology. Most recently he wrote for iPhone Life Magazine. Jim also enjoys tennis. 

How is your involvement in the TM industry been important to you?

It has transformed my life. I had never been very successful at anything, but that all changed once I began TM. I went back to school and did well, ending up with a PhD. And now, after 40 years, I’m enjoying experiences I could never have imagined.

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