W4CY 8-10-2023 and W4VET 8-13-2023

Welcome, listeners, to another exciting episode of “Let’s Just Talk” with your host, Kathryn Raaker. We have a captivating show lined up for you today, so sit back and get ready to be inspired.

Jim Meskimen   Our first guest is none other than the incredibly talented Jim Meskimen. With a rich history as an accomplished actor, improviser, and voice artist, Jim’s presence has graced television screens, movie theaters, and stages for countless years. His collaboration with Galaxy Press and the esteemed L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future has been nothing short of remarkable. A true artistic powerhouse, Jim’s latest venture involves bringing to life the audio edition of the newest literary gem, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 39. This endeavor is even more special because Jim was joined by his wife, Tamra, and daughter, Taylor, in performing the voiceovers. Jim attributes his journey to success to the transformative impact of L. Ron Hubbard’s groundbreaking book, Dianetics. Through its teachings, he discovered a path that revolutionized every facet of his life, catalyzing personal, artistic, and financial growth that he cherishes. Jim’s commitment to his craft has led him to record and direct multiple fiction works by L. Ron Hubbard, cementing his place as an influential figure in the literary and entertainment world.

But that’s not all – Jim’s repertoire also boasts a multitude of iconic TV and radio commercials. His voice has been the voice of major brands like AT&T, IBM, Subaru, Tic-Tacs, and Quality Inns Hotels, among many others. His imaginative touch as the spokesperson for Skaggs Alpha Beta grocery stores during the late 80s and early 90s earned him prestigious advertising awards. His creative brilliance shines through in commercials for TGI Friday’s Restaurants, Belz Factory Outlet World, Ivory Liquid Soap, Tristate Megabucks, CVS Drugstores, and even in recent improvised commercials for Kash ‘n Karry, Schnuck’s, Ames department stores, and Luby’s Cafeterias. To delve deeper into Jim Meskimen’s remarkable journey and discover how you can get your hands on the captivating audio edition of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 39, be sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore. And for a comprehensive look into the world of Galaxy Press and the contest, don’t miss out on www.GalaxyPress.com and www.WritersOfTheFuture.com.WOTF-39-Cover-Art-REVISED-1

Our Second Guest, David Henrickson

David HenricksonNext up on the show, we have another extraordinary author whose passion for science fiction has taken him on an enchanting ride. David Henrickson, hailing from Sterling, Virginia, emerged as the grand prize winner of the illustrious L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. His phenomenal achievement not only earned him the coveted GoldenPen Award trophy but also a generous cash prize of $5,000. The grand moment of triumph unfolded at the prestigious annual awards event in Hollywood, California, on April 28th. David’s captivating narrative, “White Elephant,” has found its home in the internationally acclaimed anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 39, officially gracing bookshelves on May 16, 2023.

David Henrickson’s fascination with science fiction ignited at a tender age of nine, and that spark has only grown brighter with time. A library visit that led him to the enchanting realm of juvenile science fiction set the course for his creative journey. Unlike his peers, David’s heart was captured by the prospect of exploring strange new worlds, galaxies beyond our reach, and realms that defied time and dimension. His unyielding passion led him to write award-winning stories during college, eventually securing a scholarship to the revered Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Workshop. While his academic background spans oceanography, engineering, and computer science, David’s true calling has always been the realm of art and imagination. Today, he resides in Virginia and spends his precious free moments immersed in reading, writing, and joining forces with his wife, Abbie, to conquer monsters.

For an in-depth look into David Henrickson’s awe-inspiring journey and to stay connected with the captivating world of Galaxy Press and the Writers of the Future Contest, be sure to visit www.GalaxyPress.com and www.WritersOfTheFuture.com. Stay tuned, dear listeners, as we delve into the minds of these extraordinary individuals and explore the realms of creativity, inspiration, and boundless imagination. This is “Let’s Just Talk” with Kathryn Raaker – your portal to captivating conversations that spark the soul.

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