Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan & The Travel Guys with Bill Richardson -WVP017

On episode 17 of The WV Podcast, our Famous West Virginian is Lawrence Kasdan, and The Travel Guys have a great interview Bill Richardson about Hatfield & McCoy based tourism in West Virginia.


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Welcome to The WV Podcast, West Virginia’s Podcast. This show features the great state of West Virginia and stories of the amazing people who make it such a wonderful place to live. Your hosts are Jeff & Dee Holbrook. Let’s tear down the negative hillbilly stereotype that has been assigned to us by the national media. Let’s tell our own story.

Maker Of The Rain, our theme music, was composed and performed by Tonya Kouns Holbrook, a lifelong West Virginia resident.
Welcome to Episode 17 of The WV Podcast.
Jim Flook, formerly of the Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail, sent me an email about an upcoming event in WV.

Dear History Friends,

The 2016 Civil War Days will be in a few short months! We’d like to provide you some basic information about our 2nd Annual Lecture series as well as the upcoming events. Would you please share information about the event with your members, families and friends who are interested in history.

Lecture Series
Friday April 1st 7p-8p: Prof. Jim Broomall: West Virginia in the Civil War. Dr. Broomall is the new Director of the Civil War Center at Shepard University.
Saturday April 2nd 12:45p-145p: JoAnn Peterson: Mary Lincoln. Ms. Peterson has been with Civil War Days for several years.
Saturday April 2nd 3:30p – 4:30p: Caitliin Kostic: Children in the Civil War. Ms. Kostic is a park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park, who has also worked at Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park

Major events
Thursday March 31st, 9a-2p: School Days
Friday April 1st, 9a-2p: School Days
Saturday April 2nd, 11:30a-12:30p: Ladies Tea
Saturday April 2nd, 2p: re-enactment of the battle of Scary Creek
Saturday April 2nd, 7:30p-10:30p: Military Ball
Sunday April 3rd, 10:30a-11:30a: Period Church Service
Sunday April 3rd, 2p: re-enactment of the skirmish of Hurricane Bridge

Websites: (A full schedule is not yet available, but will be posted here. (George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of Civil War History at Shepard University)

Please call Putnam County Parks and Recreation at (304)-562-0518
Jim Flook
Cinema Toast Crunch Podcast gave us a shoutout on their show the other day and we really appreciate it!

Cinema Toast Crunch is another podcast produced in WV. They do reviews of movies that have been out for a while, and could be from any decade. At the beginning they list new releases and current movie news, but then go and watch the movie and come back to give their immediate impression. Really cool setup.
Garvis Reed II is a total movie buff and expert. Garvis Reed III is the showrunner and his wife Kayla adds some lively commentary to round out the show.
The show is not always family friendly, of course all movies aren’t either, but the info is top notch.
Look for Cinema Toast Crunch Podcast on Facebook. A direct link is in the show notes. Right now they are making predictions for the Oscars!

Our Famous West Virginian was suggested by Garvis Reed II, of the Cinema Toast Crunch Podcast: Today, Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Edward Kasdan (born January 14, 1949) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known as co-writer of the films The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi. Kasdan co-wrote the Star Wars sequel trilogy film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will co-write the series’ Han Solo spin-off film.

He has been nominated for three Oscars: twice for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Chill and Grand Canyon and once for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Accidental Tourist. He is the father of directors Jake Kasdan and Jon Kasdan, and the father-in-law of musician Inara George.

Kasdan was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Sylvia Sarah (née Landau), an employment counselor, and Clarence Norman Kasdan, who managed retail electronics stores. His brother is the writer/producer Mark Kasdan. He was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he graduated from Morgantown High School in 1966.

Upon graduation, Kasdan was unable to find a teaching position, so he became an advertising copywriter, a profession he did not enjoy, but remained in for five years (even picking up a Clio Award along the way), first in Detroit and later in Los Angeles where he tried to interest Hollywood in his screenplays.

Kasdan’s introduction into the film business came in the mid-1970s when after being rejected 67 times, his script for The Bodyguard was sold to Warner Bros. as a vehicle for Diana Ross and Steve McQueen. The script became stuck in development and became one of several screenplays successively called “the best un-made script in Hollywood”; it was eventually produced as a 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.

After he sold his screenplay Continental Divide to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas commissioned Kasdan to write the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lucas then hired Kasdan to complete the screenplay for his Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back (1980) after the death of Leigh Brackett, who wrote the first draft. Kasdan made his directing debut with Body Heat (1981), which he also wrote. Lucas later commissioned Kasdan to write the screenplay for Return of the Jedi (1983).

Kasdan is known for both writing and directing his films, which have ranged from Westerns and romantic comedies to thought-provoking dramas. He has received four Academy Award nominations, for screenplays to The Big Chill, Grand Canyon, and The Accidental Tourist, for which he also earned a nomination for Best Picture. Grand Canyon won the Golden Bear at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.

He has cast Kevin Kline in six of his films, William Hurt in four, Kevin Costner and James Gammon in three.

From 1994 to 2003, he made a set of films that, in contrast to the hits he had in the 1980s, failed to break the bank in receipts; among these films were Wyatt Earp and Dreamcatcher, the latter based on the Stephen King best seller. 1995’s French Kiss did gross $100 million.

He made cameo appearances as the lawyer of River Phoenix’s character in I Love You To Death and in James L. Brooks’ comedy As Good As It Gets as the fed-up psychiatrist of Jack Nicholson’s novelist. In 2001, Kasdan was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award. In 2006, Kasdan received the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America.

Kasdan directed the 2012 dramedy Darling Companion, starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline.

In October 2013, it was announced that JJ Abrams had taken over screenwriting duties for Star Wars Episode VII (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), working alongside Kasdan, following the departure of Michael Arndt. In November 2015, Kasdan stated that after his involvement with the untitled Han Solo – Star Wars story film, he will leave the Star Wars universe, and will not be involved in Episodes VIII/IX.

The Travel Guys Show is hosted by Mark Hoffmann and Tom Romano. The show airs EVERY Sunday, from 3-4pm pacific time on KFBK AM 1530 and Newstalk 93.1 FM in Sacramento, CA. The show streams live from, and is also released as a podcast.

On August 9th, 2015 the show was titled ” Why West Virginia is a Must See”. They interviewed Bill Richardson about Hatfield & McCoy based tourism in the state. The link to this episode is in the show notes. They have graciously granted us permission to play this interview on The WV Podcast.

Our featured video is “The Hatfield McCoy Country Commerical by Bill Richardson” The link is in the show notes for episode 17 of The WV Podcast.

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