5 Artists Who Influenced Me Who I’ve Met Or Talked To

1) Todd Rundgren: An inspiration because he does so many things well – musician, songwriter, video pioneer, computer pioneer, producer and so on. After being a fan for a decade – I saw Utopia in 1979 when I was 14 years old – I ended up hanging out with Todd on half a dozen occasions in the 1990s.
2) Charles Gatewood: An erotic photographer who was a big influence on me. I met him outside the Porta-Pottys at Burning Man 1997.
3) Zbigniew Rybczynski: Talked to him on the phone in 2004 for about a half hour. He’s a genius.
4) Howard Stern: I did a demo of the Video Toaster for Howard. He was businesslike and very sharp.
5) Neil Peart: Drummer and lyricist for Rush, he threw me off his lawn when I was 17 or 18. That’s sort of like meeting him.

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