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 - Hal Goldstein

Our next Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight features Hal Goldstein, who is displayed on card number 68, from the Fairfield Collection.  These cards commemorate Fairfield, Iowa's unique distinction as the "Renaissance Capital of the World."  With a Master’s Degree in Mind, Heart and Spirit, Hal has worked in many different roles to make people better in life, whether it was in computer science, social work, or teaching Transcendental Meditation.  He continues writing about electronics and computing for the magazine he founded.  He currently is writing, "The Meditating Entrepreneurs," how T.M. meditators [such as Walter Day] moved to Fairfield for world peace and enlightenment and ended up creating extraordinary businesses.

How has computers/science today changed from when you were younger? What do you like or dislike about the changes?

The underlying passion for creating new technology that serves humanity remains the same. Now there is much more opportunity as exponential development of technologies converge and the human race is so connected. Anyone persistent, passionate with a great idea can raise money and connect with other who have the skills to make the idea a reality.

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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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Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight - Daina Chaviano

Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features Daina Chaviano, who is displayed on card number 106, from the Science Fiction Collection. Born and raised in Cuba, Daina has been writing most of her life.  She has been credited with such awards as the Anna Seghers Award (Germany), Azorin Prize for Best novel (Spain), Gold Medal for Best Book (Florida).   She has been called one of the three most important female writers in the Spanish Language. Daina now lives in Miami and still writes almost every day.  You can see more about Daina on her bilingual website at dainachaviano.com.  

How has writing today changed from when you were younger? What do you like or dislike about the changes?

In the past, writing was a secret process. Being a writer used to mean living a secluded life. Now everything must be shared. Everyone wants to know everything about you. Even though I understand the importance of the media for any artist, and so I have the proverbial and almost mandatory professional network (Twitter, Facebook, website, blog), I fiercely protect my private life, sharing only those personal experiences that can be interesting for my readers and followers from a literary point of view.   

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