Monthly Archives: August 2016

#156 – Ofer Hod – My Dad’s Bald Head



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 156 - Ofer Hod - My Dad's Bald Head

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton bring on children’s book author, Ofer Hod.

Ofer is a family man with three boys. He works as an animator and a multimedia designer and he also is the writer and illustrator of the book, My Dad’s Bald Head.

It is a children’s book that is funny, and for kids aged 3-7. It shows how kids “deal” with a bald-headed father and celebrate it.

The guys talk with Ofer about his book, fatherhood, and more.

To learn more about Ofer, go to BaldlyGo.com and check out his book, My Dad’s Bald Head.


#155 – Mike Vallely – Street Plant



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 155 - Mike Vallely - Street Plant

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton bring on the one and only Mike Vallely to chat about fatherhood, skateboarding, wearing a helmet for safety, how his iconic boards came to be, and how his family gave him strength when he needed it the most.

The hot shoe, glue footed, street scoundrel from New Jersey himself. In 3 decades as a professional skater Mike Vallely has made his name by changing the way people skate, and built his reputation on his passionate advocacy for individuality and creativity in skateboarding. You’ve all heard the stories. The realities are even gnarlier. At the bottom of it all, though, Vallely has always fought to put skateboarding and skaters first.

With Street Plant, For the first time in his career, Vallely has cut all the strings that come with the title “pro skater”. No sponsors, no corporations, no limits, no boundaries. Street Plant: 100% skateboarding from 100% skateboarders.

Mike has recently surprised many skaters by choosing to wear a helmet every time he skates, after decades of skating without one. The culture of street skating, which he helped to define, largely rejects helmets. After some soul-searching, Mike decided it was time for him to make a personal change.

Triple Eight and Mike Vallely are teamed up for the video Get Used To It, which is a project to provide a different perspective on helmets.

For more on Mike Vallely, go to StreetPlantBrand.com.


#154 – Peter Olympia – The Connor Man Defeat DIPG Foundation



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 154 - Peter Olympia - The Connor Man Defeat DIPG Foundation

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton bring on Peter Olympia. Peter and his wife have started a foundation in memory of their son, Connor. The foundation seeks to raise awareness and money in the fight against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – a rare, inoperable brain tumor. There is currently no cure, but the Connor Man Foundation is hoping to change that.

The Connor Man Defeat DIPG Foundation was created in memory of the amazing Connor Michael Olympia, who lived life to the fullest. On December 15, 2014, a few weeks after his fourth birthday, Connor was diagnosed with DIPG.

DIPG attacks young children, robbing them of their ability to walk, eat, and, ultimately, breathe. Once DIPG is detected, a child’s average life expectancy is nine to 12 months.

Upon diagnosis, Connor immediately underwent radiation and chemotherapy for 30 days–the standard treatment for children with DIPG. After this intensive course of therapy, however, there was no other viable treatment option to pursue. Connor‘s medical team explained that any benefit from his radiation and chemo slowly would slip away as the tumor continued to grow.

Despite a courageous effort, Connor never regained his ability to walk or full functionality of the right side of his body, after a 10 month battle, Connor gained his angel wings on October 29, 2015, just three weeks shy of his 5th birthday.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Cure Fest is happening in September.

Here is an opportunity for you to make an immediate impact. Vote for the Olympias’ friend Ron for Sienna Resident of the year and we could win $5000 for DIPG research. You do not need to be a resident of Sienna and you can vote daily.

The contest runs until September 15, 2016. It takes only a second or two to vote.

You can also go to DIPG Registry for more info to help raise awareness.


#153 – Jimmy Chang – Just Play



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 153 - Jimmy Chang - Just Play

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton bring on Jimmy Chang, a father who works in marketing and product development at Just Play, LLC, a leader in the children’s consumer goods industry. The guys talk to Jimmy about fatherhood, developing toys, and more.

Just Play manufactures toys for kids of all ages. They work with the world’s leading children’s entertainment brands including Disney Consumer Products, Marvel Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Nickelodeon.

Just Play manufactures and distributes these exceptional products to every major mass retailer throughout North America and around the world.

Enjoy the show!


#152 – Carolyn Parkhurst – Harmony



The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 152 - Carolyn Parkhurst - Harmony

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton bring on New York Times Best Selling Author, Carolyn Parkhurst, to talk about her new book entitled Harmony.

In the book, we see how far a mother will go to save her family. The Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly, is developing abnormally — a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence. Once Tilly — whose condition is deemed undiagnosable — is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is out of ideas. The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behavior guru Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit. Told from the alternating perspectives of both Alexandra and her younger daughter Iris.

Carolyn draws on her own experience as a mother of a son with Asperger’s to craft this smart, funny, suspenseful story of what a family needs to do for the betterment of their two daughters.

Go to CarolynParkhurst.com to pick up all of Carolyn‘s works and follow her on Twitter @CParkhurst1.