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501stCast Minicast: Celebration Orlando 2017 – 501st Primer

Celebration Orlando – April 13th – 16th, 2017 – 501st Primer

Host: Nicky Blum, DZ-8397

Guests:  Scott Will, TK-408 & Joe Pfab, CX-5298

Post-Production: Joe Mignano, SL-12743

Full schedule can be found at www.501st.com/celebration

Wednesday
5:00 – 9:00 PM – Welcome dinner at Uno Pizzeria (8250 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819) – 20% of all sales will be donated to the 501st Make-A-Wish Endowment Fund!
5:00 – 9:00 PM – Bash & Banquet Bag Pickup at Uno’s Pizzeria – Early Pick Up Special: First 500 people get an extra Bash Doubloon (both Bash and Banquet pick ups)!

Thursday
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Bash and Banquet wrist band and gift bag pick up (501st Experience room (#W206) at the convention center)
2:00 PM – Panel: Meet the 501st Legion (Room W308)
6:00 PM – 501st Pool Party (Hyatt Regency Grotto Pool, free) – Sponsored by SwimWays
8:00 PM – 501st Members Only Swag Trade Party (Hyatt Regency, Orlando Ballroom, free)

Friday
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Bash and Banquet wrist band and gift bag pick up (501st Experience room (#W206) at the convention center)
11:00 AM – Troop-Athlon (Convention Center, Droid Race area)
1:30 PM – Panel: Ladies of the Legions: A Woman’s Guide to Star Wars Costuming (Room W308)
7:00 PM – 501st Anniversary Banquet (Hyatt Regency, Regency Ballroom) SOLD OUT

Saturday
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Bash wrist band and gift bag pick up (501st Experience room (#W206) at the convention center)
Droid Hunt (Convention Center) – Details to come
11:00 AM – 501st Legion Group Photo (Downstairs foyer beneath 501st room W206)
Noon – Panel: 501st Legion: Costuming in a Galaxy Far, Far Away (Room W308)
8:00 PM – 501st Bash: Showdown at the Cantina (Hyatt Regency, Regency Ballroom) SOLD OUT

Sunday
10:00 AM – 501st Easter Egg Hunt (501st Room at the Convention Center) – Kids only! Convention opening time.
10:30 AM – Panel: 501st Legion: Bad Guys Who Do Good (Room W308)
7:00 PM – Goodbye dinner at Uno Pizzeria (8250 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819) – 20% of all sales will be donated to the 501st Make-A-Wish Endowment Fund!

 
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501stCast Minicast: Know a Legion – Episode 3: Northeast Remnant Garrison

Know a Legion – Episode III: Northeast Remnant Garrison

Host: Nicky Blum, DZ-8397

Guest:  Jeffrey Nichols, TK-1454

Post-Production: Joe Mignano, SL-12743

Welcome to our new interview series for the 501stCast called “Know a Legion”.
We hope to interview each 501st Legion unit and give you the opportunity to hear about them first hand.
This time we’ll be speaking with Northeast Remnant Garrison’s Commanding Officer. NER is in charge of New Jersey.

http://www.501stNER.com
https://www.facebook.com/501stNER
http://www.twitter.com/501st_NER

 
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501stCast Minicast: Know a Legion – Episode 2: Imperial Sands Garrison

Know a Legion – Episode II: Imperial Sands Garrison

Host: Nicky Blum, DZ-8397

Guests:  Lesley Farquhar, DZ-3774 and Todd Mullin, DZ-8559

Post-Production: Joe Mignano, SL-12743

Welcome to a new interview series for the 501stCast called “Know a Legion”.
We hope to interview each 501st Legion unit and give you the opportunity to hear about them first hand.
This time we”ll be speaking with Imperial Sands Garrison. They’re in charge of San Diego and Imperial Counties in California.

http://www.imperialsandsgarrison.com
https://www.facebook.com/ImperialSandsGarrison
https://twitter.com/ImperialSands

 
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501stCast Episode 92: February 25th, 2016: Is the armor Blue or Gold?

Show Notes: Episode XCII (February 25th, 2016)

Dedicated to:
Mason Barker, TK-9765 of United Kingdom Garrison
Dennis Bain, ID-5266 of 70th Explorers Garrison
Zac Sotman, TD-6753 of Star Garrison
and Greg Sebran, TI-24244 of Garrison Tyranus (most recently Star Garrison)

Hosts:   Nicky Blum (DZ-8397), Joe (SL-12743) & Marcus (TK-14057)
Guests: Lesley Farquhar (DZ-3774) and Todd Mullin (DZ-8559)

Content Development: Nicky Blum (DZ-8397)

Post-Production: Joe Mignano (SL-12743)

Recent News

Mission Reports

  • Singapore Garrison’s Operation: Eagle’s Nest (photo)
  • Outpost Venezuela participated in the Carnaval Run (photos)
  • Empire City Garrison visit Copiague Library
  • Midsouth Garrison reports in
  • Empire City Garrison attends Library MiniCon
  • 70th Explorers Garrison reports in (photo1, photo2)
  • Empire City Garrison troops Blue & Gold Dinners (photos1, photos2)
  • Empire City Garrison attends Dream, Believe, Achieve Children’s Celebration
  • Dutch Garrison attends Orchestra concert (photo)
  • Empire City Garrison attends Library’s Star Wars Celebration (photos)
  • United Kingdom Garrison visits Lukas (photos)
  • Empire City Garrison helps induct Bob Iger during Toy of the Year Gala (photo)
  • Carolina Garrison troops Malachi’s party (GoFundMe page)

Interview Series – Know a Legion
Imperial Sands Garrison: Lesley Farquhar (DZ-3774) and Todd Mullin (DZ-8559)
Follow them on Facebook & Twitter

Upcoming Events

  • See upcoming 501st events at Roqoo Depot
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens home video release
  • May the Fourth celebrations
  • new Star Wars Lands at the Disney Parks

Shout Out

  • December 2015 Trooper of the Month Steve Welnicke, RC 10136 of Wisconsin Garrison
    • Steven Copeland — TK 81730 — Southern California Garrison
    • Tad Thayer — TB 15237 — Garrison Carida
    • Ted Moy — SL-6298 — Empire City Garrison
    • Clint ‘Mutt’ Land — SL 68888 — Midsouth Garrison
    • Kay Kuestner — TK-21876 — German Garrison
    • Esteban Sanchez Canales — TB 21055 — Spanish Garrison
    • Randy Herman — CC 2127 — Florida Garrison
    • Joel Hamm — TK-8706 — Dune Sea Garrison
    • Kevin Chamberlain — SL 4035 — Redback Garrison
    • Dawn Bright — SL-13377 — Southern California Garrison
    • Sam Newcomer — TK – 54548 — Southern California Garrison
  • Hotline # is 828-419-0501 or email audio to podcast@501st.com


Join us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/the501stcast and www.facebook.com/the501stlegion and follow us on Twitter

 
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501stCast Minicast: Know a Legion – Episode 1: Outer Rim Garrison

Know a Legion – Episode I: Outer Rim Garrison

Host: Nicky Blum, DZ-8397

Guests:  Terry Chui, TD-2886

Post-Production: Joe Mignano, SL-12743

Welcome to a new interview series for the 501stCast called “Know a Legion”.
We hope to interview each 501st Legion unit and give you the opportunity to hear about them first hand.
For our first interview we’ll be speaking with Outer Rim Garrison, the 501st Legion unit for British Columbia, Canada

http://outerrimgarrison.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OuterRimSquad/
https://twitter.com/outerrim501st

 
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501stCast Minicast: January 5th 2016: Meet Verona Blue, female Stormtrooper in TFA

Host: Joe Mignano, SL-12743 and Nicky Blum, DZ-8397

GuestsVerona Blue, BH-418

Post-Production: Joe Mignano, SL-12743

Listen in as Joe & Nicky chat with the voice and 501st Legion member behind the first female Stormtrooper (besides Phasma) in the Star Wars films.

 
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501stCast Minicast: April 17th 2014: The Galactic Academy – judge us by our size do not

Host: Nicky Blum, DZ-8397

GuestsAlbin Johnson, TK-210 and William Tatsch, ID-9076

Post-Production: Scott Allen, SL-9854

Listen in as I chat with Leaders from The Galactic Academy – the international Star Wars costuming club for kids!

Discussion highlights:

The Galactic Academy website and Facebook page

Email – info@galactic-academy.com

Blog on StarWars.com

Campuses on Facebook and their emails:

Events page

Coming Soon – kid sized costuming resources

Anti-Bullying Initiative

Where to get your Galactic Academy patches – http://www.galactic-academy.com/faq.html#patches

Look for a big Galactic Academy presence at Celebration: Anaheim

Send in your suggestions for future interviews to podcast@501st.com

 
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501stCast Episode 81: April 14th, 2014: The Emperor & Laddie Show

Dedicated to: Heidi Nicole Peterson, TI-1938 from Old Line Garrison

Show Notes: Episode LXXXI (April 14th, 2014)

Hosts:  Nicky Blum (DZ-8397), Scott Allen (SL-9854) and Ed Cook (TI-5335)

Content Development: Nicky Blum (DZ-8397)

Contributor: Aaron Sharp (TK-3989)

Guests: Alan Ladd, Jr., Albin Johnson and William Tatsch, Matthew Brown, TK-59090, The Emperor

Post-Production: Scott Allen (SL-9854)

Recent News

Mission Reports

  • Singapore Garrison troops with Singapore Symphony Orchestra (photos, video)
  • Great Lakes Garrison at Grand Rapids Griffins annual Star Wars Night (photos)
  • Georgia Garrison walks the Heroes for Heroes Walk (photo)
  • Carolina Garrison supports Texas Roadhouse’s Kid’s Night (photos)
  • Garrison Titan troops Emerald City Comicon (photos by Danny Ngan)
  • Empire City Garrison visits South Huntington Library (photos1, photos2)
  • Costa Rica Outpost celebrates 7th anniversary by trooping Hospital (photo)
  • Star Wars Day at California’s LEGOland
  • Autism Walks
    • Bast Alpha Garrison deployed to Autism Walk & Family Fun Day (photos)
    • Mexican Garrison attends Autism Walk (photo)
  • Redback Garrison troops Supanova in Queensland (Smart Pups, Rockband video)
  • Pacific Outpost troops Kawaii Kon
  • Hong Kong Garrison troops Aberdeen premiere (interview, photo1, photo2)

Interview with Alan Ladd Jr.

Alan Ladd Jr. Documentary “Laddie” Kickstarter Page

Upcoming Events

Interview with The Galactic Academy

Listen to the full mini-cast here.

Shout Out

  • Jason Boyd, TD-5945, from Carolina Garrison! He is Legion Trooper of the Month for January 2014.
  • Hotline # is 828-419-0501 or email audio to podcast@501st.com


Join us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/the501stcast and www.facebook.com/the501stlegion and follow us on Twitter

 
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501stCast Minicast: March 29th 2014: Meet the 2014/15 Legion Command Team

Host: Nicky Blum, DZ-8397

GuestsAimee Jorgensen, TB-101; Nick Bishop, TB-6273; Scott Allen, SL-9854;  Adam Baker-Siroty, TB-897 and Dean Plantamura, TK-899

Post-Production: Scott Allen, SL-9854

Listen in as I chat with new and returning Legion Officers for the 2014/15 term.

Discussion highlights:

Legion Officers and Administrators

Social Media Sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr

PR Kit including Blast-A-Trooper and Droid Hunt

new Legion Council forums are now readable by all members

Legion Membership Team recruiting Deputies

Celebration: Anaheim: call for full-sized props

Legion Web Team update in Cabinet Blogs (internal link)

digital Membership Certificates

upgrading the internal worldwide Legion forums, including adding TapTalk

Tour of Duty/Event Database

Open Calls between Legion Web Team and Unit Web Masters

Execute Order 66,000 on Twitter

Imperial Citations and CRL info sheets

Send in your suggestions to podcast@501st.com

 
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501stCast MiniCast: July 24th 2012: Shoot-A-Trooper at CVI

Show Notes: Learn all about Shoot-A-Trooper at CVI to benefit The Peter Mayhew Foundation

Host: Nicky Blum, DZ-8397

Special Guest:  Scott Allen, SL-9854; Jeff Kent, TK-5738 and Peter & Angie Mayhew

Post-Production: Andy Fairbanks, ID-8169

Listen in as we interview Scott, SL-9854; Jeff, TK-5738 plus Peter & Angie Mayhew to learn all about the new game for Star Wars Celebration VI called Shoot-A-Trooper that will be benefiting The Peter Mayhew Foundation.

Discussion highlights:

Star Wars Celebration

Shoot-A-Trooper Commercial
Behind the Scenes

The Peter Mayhew Foundation
Peter & Angie’s books for children

R2-KT

Princess Leah’s story

Galactic Academy

How to volunteer (501st members only)

Shoot-A-Trooper on Facebook

@thewookieeroars

@501stcharity

Peter Mayhew Foundation donation page

Member only 501st Shoot-A-Trooper merchandise (t-shirt thread)

 
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501stCast MiniCast: December 25th, 2011: Holiday Wishes

Show Notes: 2011 Holiday Greetings (December 25, 2011)

Content Development: Nicky Blum (DZ-8397) and Dean Plantamura (TK-899)

Post-Production: Andy Fairbanks

Contributors (in order of appearance):

Matt Busch
Derek Lyons
Alan Quick – Cloud City Garrison
Kevin J. Anderson
Brian C Troyan – TK8968
Barry Holland
Dean Plantamura TK-899
Anthony Forrest
Spanish Garrison
Helen Keier
Matt Riggins TK3425
Rachel Kempster, DK Publishing
Brian Brosmer, Bloodfin Garrison
Shannon McRandle
Timberline Garrison
Grant Gould
Terror Australis Garrison’s Thylacine Squad
Garrick Hagon
Alex Buechel
Gerald Home
Joe Corroney
Richard LeParmentier
Spencer Brinkerhoff III
Kevin Liell
Mary Franklin

Nicky Blum

This episode is dedicated to the 501st members and friends who left this world in 2011. You are not forgotten…

TK 297 – Drew Martin
New York: Empire City Garrison

SL 1078 – Chris Richards
Garrison Carida

TK 1615 – Allen W Poole
United Kingdom Garrison

TB 2400 – Ryan Jones
Midsouth Garrison

TK 5560 – John van de Laar
Dutch Garrison

TK 7676 – Russell Wathey
South California Garrison

TI9394 – Jennifer Sedor
New England Garrison

Honorary Member – Lightning Bear

 
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501stCast MiniCast: May 6th 2011: Messages from Legion Council

Show Notes: Messages from Legion Council members (May 6th, 2011)

Host: Nicky Blum, DZ-8397

Contributors: see list below

Post-Production: Andy Fairbanks, ID-8169

Messages from some of the new and returning Legion Council members who began their terms this past March 1st 2011.

Mark Haskell, SL-3940 – Legion Executive Officer

Brian Earles, TK-5240 – Co-Legion Captain of the Guard

Jason Rucci, AR-8581 – Co-Legion Membership Officer

David Campbell, TI 4019 – Legion Public Relations Officer

Kirk Ricks, TK-6854 – Alpine Garrison Commanding Officer

Joyce Young, TB-9449 – Aurora Borealis Alaskan Outpost Commanding Officer

Christopher Andrews, TK-9772 – Central Garrison Commanding Officer

Allan Quick, TK-3066 – Cloud City Garrison Commanding Officer

Wayne Sullivan, TK 9963 – Dewback Ridge Garrison Commanding Officer

Tracy Wilson, TD-9612 – Star Garrison Commanding Officer

Jose Nieves, SL-8244 – Puerto Rico Garrison Commanding Officer

Joey Eguia, TK-2126 – Outpost Bolivia Commanding Officer

Lesley Farquhar, TR-3774 – Southern California Garrison Commanding Officer

 
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501stCast MiniCast: Februrary 17th 2011: Messages from LCO candidates

Show Notes: Messages from LCO candidates (February 17, 2011)

Host: Nicky Blum, DZ-8397

Contributors: Dion Rupa, TK-1217, Kristen Kuipers, RC-6247 and Jason Romanoff, TK-9141

Post-Production: Andy Fairbanks, ID-8169

Welcome to a special Legion elections minicast.  We have for you audio messages from each of our three candidates for the Legion Commanding Officer position. We thought it would be different to give you the opportunity to actually hear the candidates words as we all know that reading text (and there’s a lot of text to read in those Q&A threads) is different than hearing it straight from the horses mouth!

Our three candidates this year (in TK number order) are:

Dion Rupa, TK-1217 from Northeast Remnant Garrison

Kristen Kuipers, RC-6247 from Georgia Garrison

And Jason Romanoff, TK-9141 from Garrison Carida

Make sure to read through their Q&A answers in the 2011 Election Forum on the Main Legion forums.

Voting begins at 12:01am GMT on February 19th. Votes are cast via the Legion’s official online ballot which is located on the main Legion forums. Voting will be open for exactly 7 days and officially ends at the stroke of midnight GMT February 25th.

Voting takes place on the main Legion forums not only for the LCO election, but for all elections Legion wide. Therefore, if your garrison, squad or detachment is having elections, you can read the Q&As for those on the individual forums, but voting takes place on the main Legion forums.

Good luck to all those running for positions this year!

 
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501stCast Interview: November 2010: Kevin J. Anderson

Show Notes: Interview with Kevin J. Anderson

Host & Content Development:  Jesse Sharrow (TK-9311)

Post-Production: Andy Fairbanks (ID-8169)

On November 13th during an event at Colorado Springs, Colorado’s Challenger Learning Center 501stCast co-host Jesse Sharrow had the opportunity to speak with Star Wars author and Honorary 501st Member Kevin J. Anderson.

See also Mr. Anderson’s blog entry and website.

 
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501stCast MiniCast: December 10, 2010: May the Force Be With Katie

Show Notes: May the Force Be With Katie (December 10, 2010)

Special Contributors: Ashley Eckstein, Katie Cook, Cynthia Martin,  Angie Mayhew, Peter Mayhew, Mary Oyaya, Adrienne Wilkinson.

Post-Production: Dean Plantamura (TK-899)


Katie is a first grade girl who was teased for bringing her Star Wars water bottle into school because the boys in her class say Star Wars is only for boys. Since her mother posted the story on the web and thousands of people of all ages have read and commented to show support for Katie and any other children who are bullied for simply being themselves.

On December 10th, 2010, let’s really give her something to smile about. Wear a Star Wars tee shirt or something to show that you support Katie, Star Wars, female fans and anti-bullying.

Katie’s parents have requested that, in lieu of more gifts for Katie, donations should be made to needy children. Spread the immense amount of love and goodwill inherent in the support this lucky girl has received. Let’s make some other current and future Star Wars fans as happy as we’ve made Katie and keep the goodness going!

Facebook Event page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=113784095353278

An interview with Katie’s mom: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenna-busch/may-the-force-be-with-kat_b_786657.html

The blog that started it all: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/portrait_of_an_adoption/2010/11/anti-bullying-starts-in-first-grade.html#comment-form

Star Wars gear for girls: http://www.heruniverse.com

 
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