Friday, January 20, 2017

The Day I met Cool Hand Luke and my question for ol' Butch Cassidy

I met ol Luke in Wilmington NC while he was doing a film for the Coen Brothers...Paul called it the hula-hoop movie(The Hudsucker Proxy)...hehe...Cool Hand Luke is one of my favorite films of all time and I have had the good fortune to meet 5 of the cast members. I met Lou Antonio while he was casting a TV show in Wilmywood, of course he didnt hire met Harry Dean Stanton at a Club on Hollywood Blvd he was playing at with his band, I introduced myself to Harry as a fellow Kentucky boy, he asked me if I was kin to Johnny Maggard. I met Joe Don Baker while he was shooting a TV Movie in Wilmywood, met him at Roy's River Boat, told him my name was Joe too. I read for Dennis Hopper while he was casting the film Chasers in Wilmywood NC...once again I didn't get hired for the part. You know, come to think of it I've been rejected more than Ex-Lax. HA! But seriously, meeting and spending time with Paul Newman, and being able to ask him anything I wanted was a rare delight indeed for this ol country boy. His eyes were just as blue as you can imagine, I asked Him how it felt to be Paul Newman? How was it being a legend and an icon..he said "I'm just lucky, Some people get a piece of the pie, I got the whole pie!" Humility dripped from this man, now I didnt know Paul when he was young but the man I met who had just turned 70 was one of the most humble folks you would ever want to meet. Paul seemed almost embarrassed by his fame. Paul Newman truly was a national treasure, and I feel so very lucky and blessed to have known him. You can read this story and lots of other Hollywood stories in my new Book, The Bozo Syndrome...Coming Soon!

For Friday, RONALD on The Verge

This minidoc about the eighth official Ronald McDonald mascot is emotional and surreal

Bright red hair, clown face paint, big yellow jumpsuit — these are the instantly recognizable features of American fast food icon Ronald McDonald. We all may know and love this affable, burger-loving clown, but how much do we know about the man behind the red-and-white mask?
Meet Joe Maggard, the eighth of nine men to officially don the iconic Ronald McDonald costume from 1995 to 2007. In a new 6-minute minidoc produced by The Guardian, Maggard opens up about his experience as the mascot. He fondly recalls his years as McDonald's Chief Happiness Officer, and he details his close, personal connection with the clown persona. Things become emotional and strange.
The video begins with a clean-faced Maggard sitting by his pool talking about his initial reluctance to take the job, but that he now feels like the luckiest guy in the world. When asked if he still has his costume on hand, he responds: "The clown’s right in there. The clown’s ready to go. Like any superhero, he's ready."
Then things get surreal, with shots of Maggard passionately singing a karaoke version of "Send In The Clowns." Next, he resumes the interview in full Ronald regalia after applying three hours' worth of makeup. "No longer Joe?" asks the interviewer. "Joe is present, but no… no, I’m Ronald," responds Maggard.
The rest of the video follows Maggard as he attends a Las Vegas carnival in his getup, where he high-fives kids and greets fans. At one point Maggard compares his performance as Ronald to method acting and claims he never really retired since he’s still "serving." He also says he's an advocate for combatting childhood obesity, which seems... counterintuitive. This minidoc about the eighth official Ronald McDonald mascot is emotional and surreal | The Verge

KiwiMagic...A FunFilm by Joe Maggard

Nevada...I'm Lovin' it!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

One or the other..or both perhaps?

We all meet for a reason, you're either a blessing or a lesson. Either way, purpose served!

The Chief Happiness Officer at Juxtapoz Magazine...I'm Lovin' it!


JUXTAPOZ // Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015
This is just way too good. The Guardian recently went to Las Vegas to visit with the "eighth man" to ever officially be Ronald McDonald. Joe Maggard was McDonald's mascot from 1995 to 2007, and in this short, you see him transform himself from a retired, pool swimming man to a spokesperson for a major corporation. There are so many subtle shifts here, from the Guardian hinting at a lonely existence, to Maggard's own change of personality when speaking about putting on the costume. Brilliantly shot with a most-interesting subject. This is the Chief Happiness Officer. Juxtapoz Magazine - The Guardian Made a Brilliant Short Film on the Eighth Man ever to play Ronald McDonald


Encourage others, the world has plenty of critics already.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017


The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.

Meanwhile in Vegas...A Royal Flush

Hold On...A Pueblo Blessing

Hold on to what is good, even if it's a handful of dirt.
Hold on to what you believe, even if it's a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do, even if it's a long way from here.
Hold on to life, even if it's easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand, even if I've gone away from you.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

7 Lovely Logics

1. Make Peace with your past, so that it doesn't spoil your present.
2. What others think of you is none of your business.
3. Time heals almost everything, give the time some time.
4. No one is the reason for your happiness except You yourself.
5. Don't compare your life to others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.
6. Stop thinking so much, it's alright not to know all the answers.
7. Smile, you don't own all the problems in the world.

Top 10 reasons I procrastinate...