Some clarification is needed. The only misinformation here is from dvdjunkie, who has no idea what he's talking about. In the future, he will no longer be able to offer these misinformed updates as I've removed him from my Facebook.
I've known BRENT (not Brett) Dodge since 2004. He worked with my sister on the college program, and since then, has generally become part of the family. My siblings and I look to him as an honorary brother, the fourth member of our NJ Trilogy. Ever since my younger brother moved down to Florida, the two have become best friends, and whenever the family visits Walt Disney World, we always hang out with him. There is no newness to wear off, because there's nothing "new" about him.
Brent Dodge has written a book about Walt Disney World entitled From Screen to Theme: A Guide to DisneyÂ® Animated Film References Found Throughout the Walt Disney World Resort
. It was written and published after six years of research and hundreds of trips to Walt Disney World. He's in the process of writing follow-up books, while also maintaining his web site, FromScreenToTheme.com
, which holds a wealth of information about the parks, in addition to the interactive features such as "Where in the World?", "Where in the Land?", Trivia of the Day, Picture of the Day, and From Screen to Theme's Days of the Week.
Since 2009, Brent has been hosting "The W.E.D.nesday Show," a weekly video podcast (broadcast live Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm, Eastern Time), dedicated to all things Disney. In addition to "The W.E.D.nesday Show," Brent also does live broadcasts within the parks, entitled "Saturday in the Park." Last November, he interviewed Disney archivist Dave Smith (someone who he's already known for a couple years), and this past Wednesday, he hosted a 24-hour broadcast of "One More Disney Day," taking viewers throughout Magic Kingdom during the entire 24 hours.
Brent Dodge is knowledgeable in all things Disney. He knows it more than anyone else I know of, either in person or online. The greatest testament to that is the fact that his team, the Peoplemovers, won D23's Walt Disney World Scavenger Hunt, beating out renowned Walt Disney World podcasters like Lou Mongello (host of WDWRadio) and Ricky Brigante (host of Inside the Magic). He'll be enjoying his prize later this month: a stay on the newest ship in Disney Cruise Line, the Fantasy
From 2009 to 2011, I balanced online time between UD and FSTT. I've been a chat-room moderator for "The W.E.D.nesday Show" since its inception, and have been a staff writer for From Screen to Theme's Days of the Week, maintaining the "Saturday Matinee" column. At UD, I was the unofficial Search Nazi, took over the Forum Awards in 2010 (before bequeathing it SpringHeelJack last year), and was able to revisit my reviewing roots by writing a review for the Rita Hayworth DVD box set in 2010.
I left UD in May 2011 for my own reasons, none of which were connected to my being at FSTT. I came back in September to properly say "good night," and again in November/December for Secret Santa. I don't intend on coming back to the forums again unless prompted to for a serious matter (such as my post in nachonaco's thread), or to clear up a lot of misinformation.
I still visit the main page, read reviews, and comment on Facebook. It's the forum I left, not the site.
So...the next time anyone decides to take it upon themselves to inform the good folks of UD what I'm up to, please get your facts straight. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UD's forums, but my reasons for leaving are mine and mine alone. How dare anyone decide to speak up for me based on their own skewed assumptions.
I'm sorry that this message had to end on a rather sour note. To remedy that, here's a fun moment with Bret McKenzie and Kermit the Frog:
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Also, if any UDers who I don't already keep in contact with would like keep in touch, e-mail me at "EscapayTheFirst at gmail dot com"