KOBE BRYANT, FATHER, FRIEND, HUSBAND AND LEGEND a Personal Heartwarming and Inspirational Message

By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

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“Heroes come and go, but legends are forever”

This is dedicated to the family and close friends of Kobe Bryant, as well as his daughter Gianna “Gigi”, the 7 others on the helicopter, and to the man who I call a legend, KOBE BRYANT. I’m sad and unfortunately like most of you, heartbroken when the helicopter crashed in Southern California yesterday morning. I know it doesn’t help to think of anything you read right now as a dedication, or a memorial, or anything else, it is simply a sad tragic circumstance. One might say this is a dedication to Basketball, as well as Kobe’s personal dedication to the sport and life itself. As much as Kobe loved basketball, he loved life just as much.

After all, Kobe played the game fiercely, like no other, and that was part of who Kobe Bryant was to his fans, his team and even his nemesis. This is not any kind of an interview or excerpts from interviews, it’s not a personal story of the time I met Kobe for a heartbeat, or anything like that. It’s all about a serious man, as serious a basketball player you can find anywhere, and also a very serious warm and gentle soul. Serious about his love for people and helping them grow. Kobe was all of that and so much more. It’s about his Short Film, “Dear Basketball”, an animation created from a poem he wrote. That’s the Kobe I want to share with you as well.

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My story and basketball is really quite simple. I never really liked basketball. What seems like forever, I tried and tried and tried to play the game, and just could not even come close to being even just ok. It just wasn’t my game. 7th and 8th grade, my good friend, Clyde Amaral was a genius when it came to the game. Serious about basketball, nothing else, but he sure was about basketball, and boy was he good. He always volunteered me to scrimmage with him, one and one’s, all that stuff. I couldn’t make a shot for the life of me, lots of airballs, I’d be lucky to get one out of ten, and if I got a swish, I was ready to celebrate, like I mean let’s throw a party for everyone on the court! By the way, my friend Clyde, he was a couple inches shorter than my 5’6″ frame, go figure! As much as I may not have been a fan of the game, something changed my life forever when it came to basketball, my Mother.

My Mom was born and raised in Nicaragua, Central America, in Nicaragua basketball was the game and she absolutely loved it! I’ll never forget the time we walked to the park near our home in Daly City and she played basketball with me. I wanted to be so good at the game, but it just wasn’t going to happen. But she did influence me to keep trying and to never give up. To this day, I never turn down a game of hoops. My Mom had this stubbornness about her to keep on going. In her own way she influenced me in that same way, and I didn’t even know it until years later.kobeDang

The philosophy of sports celebrities, their drive, their influence and their will to keep going and to “win” was something I took from my Mother, and my Father (who was a boxer and loved basketball too), as well as many sports figures I’ve admired over the years – Rocky Marciano, Jerry Rice, Tiger Woods, Mohammed Ali, Joe Montana, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Freddie Apostoli, Shaquille O’Neal, Willie Mays, Arnold Palmer, Bart Starr, Nolan Ryan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Jake LaMotta, and of course, Kobe Bryant. Kobe was not one to just talk the talk, let’s write a book and move on, but he lived and practiced everything he preached. When he left the NBA he was already working on becoming an investor. He wasn’t just talking about plans, he had them all worked out. He founded a Venture Capital firm, invested in many different areas, a popular Beverage company, BodyArmor, the online legal company LegalZoom, several technology based investments including Epic Games, the maker of the smash hit “Fortnite” and much more. As a business and a family man, I was always intrigued and inspired by Kobe’s activities and his ability to balance life and all that it offered to him. He always seemed to be such a friendly, approachable, warm and sensitive human spirit with an endless ear to ear smile! I am told that no matter what he was doing or working on at any given time he always thought of ways to inspire and to influence, always seeking to be positive. 

Kobe founded Kobe Studios in early 2013 to expand into the world of Hollywood and his creative film efforts. Later he renamed the business Granity Studios, as a Costa Mesa-based multimedia production company. Granity has pursued online media, book, podcast, television and film projects having a special place in his heart for stories that, as it says on his website pair education and inspiration.

“I love, love, love storytelling,” Kobe said in the latter part 2015. “I love framing stories that inspire. I love educating in a very creative way. I love putting pieces of the puzzle together.”

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Granity’s most recent film project and certainly its most well-known effort was a 5 1/2-minute animated short that Kobe wrote and produced called “Dear Basketball.” It was based on a poem with the same name that Kobe wrote to announce his retirement. Dear Basketball is this writers influence to dedicate this article to Kobe and his family. Who he was, who he became and will forever be in our hearts. Dear Basketball was scored by five-time Oscar-winning composer John Williams, and won the Academy Award for best animated short in 2018. It is an exemplary film that is as inspirational as any film I’ve ever seen. It touches the heart but now, with true heartbreak, and at times massages your soul knowing that Kobe may be gone but his influence, kindness and love will live in us forever.

“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble,” Kobe said in his acceptance speech, “But I’m glad we’re doing more than that.”

Dear Basketball Trailer from Dear Basketball on Vimeo.

 

There are two versions of Dear Basketball. Both are beautifully done but with very different styles. The version appearing above is the main film trailer that has Kobe narrating the Animatic. The original link was removed due to an overwhelming amount of visits. The other one (the link below) is the version created for the Oscars Award Presentation. These films are as captivating as one might imagine. Produced with stunning expectations of the current reality, a sadness echoing from the words delivered by Kobe himself in the above animatic version. It’s short and must be watched in a quiet environment for the full 4 minutes with a full box of tissue. I’ve watched both films several times, here’s the OSCAR version, it’s hard to not tear up with either one. 

What are my final thoughts about this tragedy and Kobe. I choose to not have any final thoughts. I hope to continue to learn about who he was and his greatness, and drive and ability to meet challenges and continue in his life. Most importantly, I see Kobe as a leader of men, of his peers, and to continue leading them, all of his friends in basketball, football and all professional sports. In the world of business and finance. If anything positive might come from Kobe leaving us so premakobeNiceSmileturely, it is for all of them, all of us, to follow his lead, to plan ahead, to know once you leave the game, or make those life changes, know your next steps and have your direction in place to start all over again.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…  Rest In Peace MAMBA

EVENT CITY ADDS SYSTEM For JOURNALIST to AUTO SUBMIT CONTENT – JOIN The TEAM

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Event City Live Editorial Broadcast System Announced
Ability to Auto-Post and Podcast Live from Anywhere
Social Media will never be the same again!

By Alex Jauregui and Anthony Ansola
Reporter & Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

The Event City Ecosphere just got a bit friendlier and much more productive as the company begins testing their new auto posting and podcast type broadcasting service for journalist – Event City Live Editorial Broadcast System. Both systems will allow the Event City Premier Magazine Journalists to create and post Live Broadcasts and Writing from anywhere in the world. In fact this article was posted remotely without logging onto the Magazine’s back end, only using the new system.

“We’ve simplified the structure of our online presentations, both for our Magazine Network and our growing Blog Networks”, says Nolan Apostle, Co-founder and CEO of Event City. He adds, “Our Writers, Reporters, Stringers, Photographers, all of our Journalism Teams will find this system very easy and productive to use, giving them the opportunity to post Live Broadcast from shows, projects, conventions or anywhere and from any part of the world.” The system will eventually be integrated into the company’s Advertising Network, The MUSIC SKOOP, PINK SECTION Project, the EC EMPORIUM, HOSPITALITY and ESTATE SALE Blogs to start out. As the Premier Magazine Division attracts more Journalist and other Editorial Teams they will virally grow the network and content will be posted much easier than ever. The task of posting content, stories, podcasts, blogs, reviews, all of it, will be more appealing and enjoyable – it will be much less a job and much more fun!

The Editorial Broadcast System will give Writers, Podcast Producers, Reporters, Social Media Managers, and Bloggers the opportunity to share their experiences about the Hospitality, Special Events, Concert, Music, Art, Film, Travel, Entertainment industries and more. This will allow Event Planners, Musicians, Performers, Show Producers, Venues, Theaters, Motion Picture Producers, Hotels, Restaurants and many others the opportunity to expand their audience and reach out to both a B2B audiences as well as the Consumer. You can sign up now to begin using this new service for your business or projects. The benefits are immense!

The company plans to roll out this new feature sometime in the very near future prior to the re-launch of the Event City Network. They are seeking serious Journalist to jump on board to help test and navigate the system. You can contact the EDITORIAL TEAM by sending an email to EC Premier Magazine. Send your resume, and a short message as to why they should bring you on board to test the new system and potentially bring you in as a permanent member of their Editorial Staff.

The Event City Live Editorial Broadcast System will give the Editorial Team the ability to draft, write, create, and post articles, reviews and stories with images and video as well. All of this including Live Audio Broadcasting without even sending to an Editor, Engineer or Producer will be featured characteristics of the site.

EventCity™ and Event City Live™ are Trademarks protected by the Trademark laws of the USA and the Internet Organization, and the Event City Network and may not be used for any purpose what-so-ever without expressed written permission by the company’s IP Directors, the Founders or CEO.

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BatKid Saves San Francisco as Event City Launches Music Channel “LetsPlay”

By Nolan Apostle
Producer, Contributing Editor and Photographer
Event City Premier Magazine

Let’s Play™ is a featured channel to debut in Q1 2014 on the Event City Network™ during the company’s Live Launch. It will allow Bands, Musicians and Performers to showcase their talents on Event City™ and other areas within the Event City family of websites. It will give all members of Event City the opportunity to see the great talent available through our Events & Creative Community Portal.

Here’s a sample of what Let’s Play is all about – a video and song written by San Francisco Songwriter, Jimi Shawndi, for MILES, the BATKID who stole the hearts of the world when Make-A-Wish Foundation asked him what he wished for, Miles replied, “I want to be Batman for a day”. So BatKid was born and transposed San Francisco into Gotham City! Take a listen to “IF I COULD FLY” Song for Miles and let us know what you think of this local musician’s work. Maybe it will be your song featured by Event City on Let’s Play!

To have your music and videos showcased in our pre-launch and to be included in this future project please send your request to our Music Channel Beta.

Enjoy and Let’s Play™!

 

Virgin America Appoints New VP of Marketing

Virgin America Airline Appoints New VP of Marketing

Virgin America, California-based airline told Event City that they have appointed Luanne Calvert as its vice president of marketing.

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Calvert will take the place of Porter Gale who left Virgin earlier in 2011 to pursue other opportunities.

Calvert will lead the airline’s Brand and Online Marketing, In-flight Content and Loyalty teams.

She will play a leading role in developing the Virgin America brand as the airline continues to grow into new markets across North America.

Calvert comes to Virgin America with an impressive array of successful companies as a leading digital marketing strategist and online consultant with Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy’s (LVMH) Fendi and Moleskine brands in Italy as well as Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Netflix and Ebay. Calvert served as creative director at Google, where she managed the brand globally and developed campaigns to bring Google products directly to consumer and business audiences — including Google Checkout, Google Apps, iGoogle and Google Maps.

Virgin America, known for its use of social media and edgy marketing campaigns, has been successful at conveying the idea that the company provides an entertaining and comfortable way to travel.

Calvert said her approach to marketing and advertising steers away from use of traditional vehicles like TV and billboard advertising. She prefers using other avenues – like social media or events – to draw in customers.

The airline, based in Burlingame, flies to 14 cities, increasing to 16 by the end of the year. The company said sales grew to $724 million last year, a 32 percent improvement over 2009.

Virgin America is planning the first major renovation of its in-flight offerings. The move holds big implications for the airline, which has attracted a strong following among travelers who say they are drawn to amenities like power plugs at every seat, a wide array of video games and even techno music in the bathrooms.

Travelers won’t see the changes until 2012, executives said. We wish Ms. Calvert the best of success for her and Virgin America in the coming years!

Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

Special Events Tradeshow in San Jose May 12

Bring your business cards and brochures. Balls if you juggle, a guitar if you play and a trick or three up your sleeve if you are a magical performer, but whatever and whoever you are, if you are involved in the Special Events Industry this is the place to be on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Here’s a Special Event for the Special Events Industry, and Event City’s Premier magazine will be there covering the show. The event takes place in the southern Silicon Valley at a venue known for being “The Center for Business and Events”, CLUB AUTO SPORT. The company’s slogan, “Where so many businesses are driven to success”, is a great location for parties and special events of all types. A beautiful showroom with the potential for so many different types of projects and special events!

The event is being hosted by the Encore Company, a Wedding Fair producer from the San Jose California area, they are also producing this premier event. You can register for free at their website or by clicking on this registration link.

Club Auto Sport hosts a unique business model with the idea of building an in-house network of commerce. It is a vibrant, vital business community that accelerates growth through a built-in marketplace. A unique commercial condominium facilty for sale or lease from a single executive office suite to 8,000 sq.ft or more.

The stunning 10,000 sq. ft. Event Center at Club Auto Sport is a perfect venue for a variety of social, charitable, political, or corporate functions — from your company’s holiday party to a major event or a private gathering of friends for a special occasion. Whether your interest is cars, cabernets or camaraderie with those who shape the valley, Club Auto Sport is your destination.

Event City has never covered an event at Club Auto Sport, and this Editor has not had the privilege  of attending a function there either, so expect my raw coverage of what this event location will offer to our Events & Creative Industry audience.

By Nolan Apostle
Producer, Editor and Photographer
Event City Premier Magazine

Ad Tech Visits San Francisco Next Week

Ad Tech, touted as the largest gathering of Digital Marketers in the world will be in San Francisco at the Moscone Center April 11-13, 2011 this year. Each year for the last couple of years Event City has covered Ad Tech from a general sense of the show. This year, as we launch we will look at Ad Tech through the eyes of you our loyal readers and members. Looking for advantages, opportunities and general information that could benefit you and your business endeavors.
We hope to find a great deal of business opportunities for you. Ad Tech takes place all over the world in these locations:

BEIJING, LONDON, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, SHANGHAI, SINGAPORE, SYDNEY and TOKYO

Some tidbits about Ad Tech:

Bringing together digital marketers and advertisers for more than 14 years and reaching buyers and sellers with 10 annual events across the globe.

Ad Tech’s exhibition hall affords participating vendors unparalleled opportunities to reach brand advertisers, agencies, publishers and key members of the trade media.

The exhibit hall itself features technologies and software and services employed in the world of digital marketing today, including:
Advertising Networks, Mobile, Ad Servers, Portals, Affiliates, Publishers, Creative Services, Research, Email Marketing, Search Engine Marketers, Rich Media, Search Engine Optimization, Media Planning and Buying, Software, Metrics/Analytics, Viral Marketing

One of the companies involved in this world is OpenX, the world’s leading independent provider of digital ad technology, enables businesses to maximize their revenue by combining ad serving technology with one of the top ad exchanges. Major publishers like Groupon, Excite Japan, and France Telecom/Orange have selected OpenX to power their advertising businesses. OpenX ad serving products are used by 200,000 websites in 100 countries and serve over 350 billion ads monthly. OpenX Market reaches over 400 million monthly unique users globally.

Look for more information on OpenX and other superior companies to help you move into the world of digital marketing.

By Nolan Apostle & Danny Hewlett
Contributing Editor/Producer
Photographer/Reporter
Event City Premier Magazine
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Photography by Nolan Apostle

Until we have a permanent location for the Nolan Apostle Photography Collection his images will appear at numerous locations on the Web, as well as Event City, and the Nolan Apostle Photography Facebook Fan Page. Photos from the Photography Collection of Nolan Apostle including some from the Way Back Machine, the Imagination Unlimited Photography days. Photos will be showcased here, usually before any other location on the web. See the links below to view the collection of photographs for each one.

Images are viewable in a smaller format online, if you would like to purchase larger, good to high quality prints for a nominal fee shoot us an email to make arrangements for your purchases. All captions are written by Nolan.

To receive updates, don’t forget to sign up as a FAN of Nolan Apostle Photography you might see some pictures of YOU on here too!

Johnny doing what he loves best, WIRLING in a Fun World USA Wirlball!

Johnny doing what he loves best, WIRLING in a Fun World USA WIRLBALL™!

Boxer Joe Gumina hanging out

Boxer Joe Gumina hanging out

Michelle & Tammy Gumina - How Sweet!!

Michelle & Tammy Gumina - How Sweet!!

Having fun at the Fox!

Having fun at the Fox!

Alan, our fearless retired leader.

Alan, our fearless retired leader.

Joe & Barbara being goofy; Yaaaaaayy!!

Joe & Barbara being goofy; Yaaaaaayy!!

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SF Mayor Gavin Newsom with Event City's AJ

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Gavin Newsom delivering a GREAT speech.

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Gavin on the drums, "Not bad Mr. Mayor"!

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Event City's, Felix Solomon, hanging out.

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Clay Summers, Event City's David Molinari & Charles Peterson, way back in the day.

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Journey's Steve Perry having fun.

My good ol' friend TK - Damn I miss him!

My good ol' friend TK - Damn I miss him!

Here are some new photos recently posted from the personal collection of Nolan Apostle Photography. We hope you enjoy them! There are plenty more to come.

The Gumina Family Holiday Party

Gavin Newsom’s Campaign Party on Pier 23

Scouting in Pacifica California Also available on the Event City GigaTribe location – request your Event City Official ALL ACCESS PASS once you become a Member of the Event City Network!

Fox Theater Grand Reopening

Imagination Unlimited Photography (Early photos from Nolan’s photography career)

We looking forward to seeing you on the Event City Network.