The Wilder Ride is a podcast celebrating and exploring the films of Gene Wilder, using the movies by minutes format. We have grown up seeing Gene Wilder play everything from a scientist, to a gunslinger, to a man infatuated by a woman in red, to Mr. Willy Wonka himself. But always, at the heart, there is a depth and a warmth of a real human being bringing those roles to life. And Gene did it in such a way as to leave an indelible impression in our hearts and minds.
We want to help others relive and/or rediscover those films. Hopefully we will also turn a younger generation onto one of the most gifted performers, gracing the silver screen. Movies like Young Frankenstein, The Woman in Red, Silver Streak, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Frisco Kid and Haunted Honeymoon represent such a wide range of characters and story lines. In each of these, Gene Wilder took on the role and made it his own. Doing deep dives into these films, only looking at one minute of the movie at a time, is rewarding just on its own merits. But, along the way, we invite a wide variety of guests to join us on our Wilder Ride. The result is both informative and hysterical, leaving no stone untured. Or, so we hope!
We appreciate you taking time to visit our site and to learn a little more about us, our guests and our efforts to bring this podcast to life. It takes a lot of work, energy and time to produce each episode. But, as they say in theatre, it is all for naught if no one is in the audience. So, we thank you again for being out there and for listening.
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We feel like we cannot say it enough, so we will say it one more time — THANK YOU! Our aim is to do justice to the films and the memory of Gene Wilder and have a lot of fun and even more laughs along the way. We really hope, it will be a wild ride that gets “Wilder” by the minute! And we hope to see you there along the way.
TWR Listeners Lounge – Dr. Don Green
In this episode, we welcome Dr. Don Green, President of Georgia Highland’s College, who joins us to discuss his career path, education and motivation. We start with his parents putting a premium on education while living in a small town in Michigan. After college and getting his MBA, Don was ready to tackle the business world. In fact, he did, for a short while. But, by chance, he was asked to teach a course on human resources. He was immediately taken with the idea of being a college professor. From there, he began to work toward administration. That path led him to become the newest president of GHC.
We also spent time discussing how to go about creating a curriculum in such a fast-paced world. This turned into a topic of how each generation is motivated by different things. Ultimately, Don’s passion comes from wanting to guide students toward their own passions and to excel at them.
Walt has been watching Ted Lasso on Apple TV and gives it two thumbs up! He also likes AP Bio on the Peacock app and Atlanta Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children on HBO. Don admits he may be a little behind, but he’s watching The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. He went to the movies to see Bill and Ted Face the Music and did not like it at all. He also referenced the show Haven on Netflix. Alan finished the 5-part documentary series, High Score, and really enjoyed it. He is finishing season 5 of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Netflix and is finishing up season one of Longmier.
Walt admits he has been meaning to start reading “The Making of Tombstone,” but plans to begin it this week. Don is reading two books and highly recommends them both. The first is, “Happiness by Design,” by Paul Dolan. The second is, “Think Small: The Surprisingly Simple Way to Reach Big Goals,” by Service and Gallagher. Alan, after having finished the Bosch series, is planning to start at the beginning of the Michael Connelly novels with that character.
Walt continues to listen to the Smartless podcast and the Marine Corps Movie Minute. He is also working his way through the 7-part series, Wind of Change. Music-wise, Don is listening to “Nineteen Eighty Thousand” by the Jeb Bush Orchestra and “Doorway” by Wanderwild. As to podcasts, he likes to listen to the UK based show, No Such Thing as a Fish. Alan gave shout-outs to The Bad Cop Bad Cop Show, 60MW Podcast, Radio Labyrinth, Geek to Me Radio and The BK on the Air Escape Pod Podcast.
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