Stuff I Did in the '80s
Money for Nothing
Money for Nothing

During my poser days as a skater I became a fan of the Halloween-inspired graphics of Powell Peralta. How I longed for a Bones Brigade deck with a matching tee shirt! Despite the dirty skate rat image, the clothing required for that lifestyle was expensive. Many of the skater kids in school would wear old collared shirts with the sleeves cut off. This was likely to show off their scabs, scratches and tanned muscles. As for me, I saw each shirt a canvas. Although I had moved on from skating, in my quest for money (to expand my growing record collection) I purchased an a bag full of drab-colored shirts from Goodwill and got to drawing. In no time, every skater in school reeked of permanent marker. I cranked out drawings of skeletons, dragons, ghosts and ghouls at their request. I was finally accepted into their circle of coolness—but by impressing through feats, tricks and stunts of a different kind.

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Introduction Half a Boombox I’m Not a Member I was Simon Le Bon (For Fifteen Minutes) Motown 25 Watch Whatever, Whenever Snowblind You’re the One That I Want Call Me Your Kiss is on My List Electric Boogaloo Dear Daryl Hall and John Oates Where Shopping is a Pleasure Dialect of a Decade I’m Alright The Sunshine State Shazam! It’s Just a Fantasy I’ve Got a Secret Sunday Funnies Impeachment American Top 40 License to Drive Risky (Show) Business Jumping Someone Else’s Train Yakety Sax I Want to be Elton John When I Grow Up Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Tetherball, Dodgeball & Flag Football Sk8 or Go Home Roll a Saving Throw vs. Velour Piano Man The Duckman Cometh Money for Nothing Waiting for the Bus More Than Meets the Eye The Legend Begins Whip It When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best Master Chef Muppetmania I Want to Ride My Bicycle WW III My Octopus Teacher Some Like it Hot Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs Dare to Be Stupid Keeping the Faith
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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.