ESPN Zone Hosts Father’s Day Q&A With NBA All-Star Allan Houston, Current Jets Ferguson and Rhodes

Panel to discuss Houston’s Father Knows Best Basketball Tour, plus the importance of their own fathers Wade Houston, Edwin Ferguson and Jerome Rhodes in their professional and personal lives


Former New York Knicks captain Allan Houston, a two-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist, will be at ESPN Zone Tuesday, June 16 for a Father’s Day Q&A along with New York Jets standouts Brickashaw Ferguson and Kerry Rhodes.


The event will be streamed live online in partnership with LockerBlogger, a new social networking platform for sports enthusiasts connecting athletes and fans. Watch live at:,,, Continue the discussion with Allan, Brickashaw, Kerry and others by visiting them at

The panel will discuss Houston’s “Father Knows Best” Basketball Tour, which culminates Father’s Day Weekend in New York City with a clinic at Rucker Park, plus discuss the importance of strong bonds between fathers and their children, including their own.

Ferguson was the Jets fourth overall selection in the 2006 NFL draft and has started every game at left tackle since joining the team. Rhodes, an All-Pro selection in 2006, has recorded 12 interceptions and 354 tackles in his four seasons in New York. All three players are founders of local youth foundations in New York including the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation and the Rhodes Charity.

The Q&A will be moderated by ESPNEWS anchor Mike Hill, who grew up in the Bronx, and will give fans the opportunity to ask questions. The event is free and open to the public and will include a brief autograph session following the Q&A.

For more information on the “Father Knows Best” Tour visit


Tuesday, June 16, 2009
6:30 p.m. ET


ESPN Zone located in Times Square
1472 Broadway
New York, NY 10036


For more information on this event, please contact:

Susan Abramson
(212) 921-3776 x227
(917) 710-7674  cell

Grant Marek
(310) 578-7050
(510) 415-1689  cell

Michele Scott
Allan Houston Legacy Foundation
(646) 373-6998

Steve Rimland
917 273 9450

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More workflow thoughts

While I was putting together my post on how I manage my picture workflow and archiving, it got me thinking about an even larger problem, the archiving and workflow of the production server here at Empressr and Fusebox. This post I’m going to talk about archiving workflow.

At Fusebox we have a climate controlled server room with about 3 racks of assorted machines, these are all used for development and staging of applications and Web sites. We have a couple of co-lo racks in a hosting facility here in the greater NYC area and a redundant facility located in a top secret location somewhere in the middle of the US.

First the production environment, we do incremental backups from our rack to our office thru a VPN tunnel every evening, these backups go to a partition on our development server that has restricted access. This partition is synced to another partition on a different RAID and that is backed up to tape. Then, whatever service that falls into needing redundancy (or disaster recovery) is synced to the respected server at our top secret location, yes somewhere in the midwest.

So then on to our development environment, at a high level, we use a combination of Max OS X. Windows and flavors Unix in this environment, so back up gets tricky. All the front end graphics, images, video gets stored on a Mac Xserver that is hooked to a 16TB RAID 5 storage unit. That gets synced on a nightly basis to a Xserver with a 7 TB RAID. The Unix machines also back up to the 16TB RAID. Then this all gets written to tape as a nightly incremental backup, some of the windows machine get backed up directly, some thru a similar process as the Unix boxes.

I find this to be a tedious and expensive process and really want need to change the way we archive. Tape seems too archaic (and unreliable), backing up to the cloud is to expensive, my only thought right now is to have redundant RAIDs making backups of data.

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated, oh and another drawing, this one is a bit sketchy, as I only spent 5mins doing it,


Fusebox turns another year…

As we close out this week something is sneaking up on me! I kinda feel it on the back of my neck, like I never had before. Fusebox is closing in on it’s 19th year of doing business and embarking on it’s 20th. WOW, is all I can say. 20 years running a business that has employed over 200 people during it’s tenure, many of who are still with me from the beginning or shortly after.

So I look back… I was 26 and was just fired from a job that I knew they were trying to find a way to get rid of me. Why. I was making too much money and they didn’t like that. Let me explain, I was working at an agency that was paying me hourly at first, I would come in do my my 8-12 hrs a day and collect a paycheck. One of the brains, (and I use that word lightly) of the operation decided that instead of paying us artist by the hour they would pay by the amount of work we produced per week. We were a catalog agency so the work was mostly comping up the pages in catalogs and then producing them, a fee attached to both tasks. To put this into perspective, I was making on the hourly scale about $1,300 a week (remember it is 1989 here and my rent on my 1,200 foot awesome loft was a steep $1,400 per month). The decision to move to a performance base compensation was they would pay $200 per page to design and $200 for the final mechanical (anyone remember those, yes all paste up, you using a knife, a ruler, wax and ruby lithe).

So I though cool, I started cranking out about 10-15 pages per week raising my pay substantially, no one in the studio could keep up with me, and they were getting pissed. About 6 months into the new pricing model I got called into “the Office” I was asked if I called a certain female coworker a bitch (and not in an offensive manner, just a sorta, you are such a bitch), (side note she was a total bitch) I said yes because she kept getting in my way to get work done, for as you know I get paid for how much work I can produce, yada yada yada. I was shown the door.

That was late July 1989, it was summer, beautiful and warm out and I have not had a summer off in about 12 years (yes I’ve worked since I was 14). I decided I’m going to chill and take the rest of the summer off, I had bank, I wasn’t worried. I figured I could take a few freelance gigs, so long as they didn’t interfere with my summer plans.

I took a project from a dude who would later come and work for Fusebox (and his name was freakishly like mine, Thatcher Drew). He was a documentary filmmaker, he needed a sell sheet and a slipcover for his VHS that he was promoting. Budget $300, (I later found out that he made serious bank off that film and my work) cool I took it, easy job, bust it out in a day (it took longer…).

I was walking back from his office on the upper west side, (I had nothing else to do so why not walk to the east village). I was passing thru Columbus Circle, where the colosseum used to be, it’s now the Time Warner Center and I ran into a former SVA alumni. I liked this guy and thought he was going to do well in the world, towards the end of our 20 minute chat he mentioned that he was going in for double knee surgery in the next few weeks and had a great gig that he landed that he could not possibly do. He asked if I wanted it, I kinda hesitated, being that I was only a few weeks into taking the summer off, but said fuckin’ a bro, I would love to.

The project was to redesign a magazine called High School Sports, a small rag, only about 50-60 pages with a huge circulation of like 500k. So it was on! I not only had a company but we had major deadlines, something I have never dealt with in the past.

I hired my first employee, well kinda, I paid them cash cause I had no idea how to run a business, (thankfully my new found client also became my early mentor and helped me quite a bit in how to “get my business shit together”. I created a name for the company “Twelve Point Rule” (look it up on the wayback machine) And we redesign a stagnant boring looking Magazine into a vibrant cool fun publication. Did I mention that the magazine was completely produced on a Mac, yes in 1989, ouch, yes a lot of blood was spilled to make that happen.

The first few issues we had RC paper prints made from our Quark files and pasted them up on boards, very shortly after I convinced the printer that we should be printing 4 color film from the files. Surprised they did. So we were one of the first completely digital produced magazines in the history of publishing. Pretty Cool!

For the next 2 years We produced the High School Sports Magazine, (for a company called Pindar Press owned bt Harvet Rubenstein), the guide to the NY US Tennis Open, and six different Olympic viewing guides (funny note I recently found a bunch of my work regarding the Olympics, Texas University and others for sale on ebay, for some decent dollars, was almost tempted to purchase them since I somehow lost my originals in the mayhem of running this company), as the company grew, we grew with new clients. It was kinda cool

So the moral to this story (I don’t actully beleve in morals), calling someone a bitch was the spark that ignited the fire under Fusebox for the last 19 years.

Rock on you bitch

as a postscript, I wish I had some of the old graphics to post, many, many were really cool. but they have all been lost, (or maybe in my storage unit). I’m going to post the next chapter of the comapny soon, it’s a great story that involves a lot of great people over the years.

Fun thing I found on

This was from a Wired article Jun 29, 2000 about a company I had started called Udefine, it was a really cool idea, still ahead of it’s time it was a “Find Engine”

I love the quote we got!

New site busts out: This year, the number of provocatively dressed booth babes at PC Expo continued to dwindle, as most vendors stressed substance over style. Startup Udefine however, employed a curvaceous woman in a micro skirt and a half T-shirt emblazoned with their booth number to walk the expo floor.

Tamar Stern said she only took on the role of techie temptress to help out a friend who worked at Udefine. Stern, who works as a jewelry designer, said the booth was “never empty” thanks to her strutting.

Her act may have been a little too enticing for one unfortunate gent: As he focused on Stern, someone stole a camera from his cart, which also contained a pet rabbit.