9:30AM (PST) – Bill Alverson, “Coach Charming” on TLC
She’s got style, she’s got grace and she’s got Bill Alverson! Bill is the most desired pageant coach in the United States responsible for transforming young hopefuls into the country’s top title holders. In his small town of Andalusia, Alabama he’s also a prominent attorney as well as a very involved father of three. Bill’s candid and blistering honesty have made him a sought after champion behind the pageant stage, and in the courtroom alike. Being notoriously outspoken, Bill never hesitates to tell it like it is.
Bill takes us on one incredible walk down center stage, as he teaches pageant hopefuls the tricks to winning a beauty pageant in TLC’s new series, COACH CHARMING premiering Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015, at 10/9c.
At age 90, Gloria Tramontin Struck hasn’t slowed down. In fact, she’s still picking up speed — mostly on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Struck has been motoring on two wheels since she was 16 years old. Struck stands just 5 feet tall, her long silver-gray hair in a ponytail, and on this Wednesday afternoon at her home in Clifton, she is bright-eyed and energetic, dressed comfortably in jeans and a light blue Motor Maids T-shirt. In September, Gloria Struck rode her Harley-Davidson motorcycle to Florida, where friends were participating in a cross-country riding event.
These days Struck no longer rides alone. Instead, she is typically accompanied by her daughter, Lori DeSilva, and still participates in motorcycle gatherings across the United States and Canada. The two have ridden all over the country, from Florida to South Dakota to California, meeting up with old friends like the Doobie Brothers’ Pat Simmons and his wife, Cris, who interviewed Struck for her 2009 book, “The American Motorcycle Girls — 1900-1950”. Artist David Uhl, another pal, painted a portrait of Struck leaning against a Harley-Davidson; it hangs prominently in her living room. Photo albums filled with pictures and clippings also tell Struck’s story, which began with her birth in 1925 in an apartment behind her family’s motorcycle shop on Lexington Avenue in Clifton. After her father, Ernest, died when she was 3 (he was hit by a car while riding), her mother, Pierina, ran the business in the 1930s and ’40s. Her brother, Arthur, nicknamed “Bub”, then took it over. Following his death in September, his children assumed the operation, which Struck says has employed every family member at one time or another. Their business, now located in Hope, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year.
Although surrounded by motorcycles as a child, Struck initially had no inclination toward riding and protested when Bub said she should take up the sport. But she consented and, while still not entirely enamored with riding, occasionally borrowed a bike from the family’s shop and ventured out locally on her own. Soon, she grew to love motorcycling, riding more frequently and farther. Unfortunately, she had to cope with the period’s prevailing negative attitude toward female riders. She remembers being turned away by gas stations and motels reluctant to serve her. In 1946, Struck joined the Motor Maids and has since enjoyed the camaraderie of other women who share her love for riding. She says there are more female riders than ever today and that motorcycle manufacturers are designing bikes better suited for women, with closer handlebars, for example. Struck has had some close calls on the road, but says she was never at fault and always got right back on the bike. She credits motorcycling with keeping her alert as she grows older.
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Full Recovery: The Recovering Person’s Guide to Unleashing Your Inner Power became an amazon bestseller this week (#1 in the Substance Abuse category)
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Brian McAlister was born into a working-class, Irish-Catholic family in a small town in New Jersey not far from Manhattan. As a young man, he descended into alcoholism and drug abuse and, for most of his 20s, led the life of a “nomadic drug-addicted biker”. A horrific motorcycle accident started Brian on the road to recovery and the realization that he had a higher purpose. It also saved his marriage and his relationship with his son. After getting sober in 1990, the author became a successful businessman, entrepreneur, counselor and motivational speaker in the recovery community. Brian was named a board member at Freedom House, one of the country’s leading addiction treatment centers, where he worked with hundreds of clients and honed what would become his Full Recovery philosophy and program. He published the first edition of Full Recovery in 2008 and soon after opened the Full Recovery Wellness Center in Fairfield, New Jersey.
Unexpected texture, sounds and a signature musical personality are the hallmarks of British film composer Rolfe Kent, who has scored more than 50 films, including Academy Award nominated “Up in the Air” (for which he won a Golden Satellite award), “Sideways” (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award in 2007), “Young Adult”, “Charlie St. Cloud”, “About Schmidt”, “Election”, “Mean Girls”, “Legally Blonde”, “Legally Blonde II”, “Wedding Crashers”, “The Matador”, “Reign Over Me”, “The Hunting Party”, “The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” and “Thank You For Smoking”. Kent also composed the Emmy nominated main title theme for Showtime hit, “Dexter”. In 2012, he received the Richard Kirk award for career achievement.