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E42: Mark Wahlberg to Star in Movie About John Wukovits Book

E42: Mark Wahlberg to Star in Movie About John Wukovits Book

July 14, 2019

One of Michael's most interesting podcast episodes, yet! 

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John Wukovits taught history when Michael attended Trenton High School back in the day.

Now retired, John has become America's pre-eminent expert on the Pacific Theater aspects of World War II.  John's the author of twelve books.

So far, his best-selling title is "One Square Mile of Hell," which came out in 2006. But book number six is about to get a big marketing boost because ""Hell From the Heavens" is being made into a movie starring, Mark Wahlberg and directed by Mel Gibson.

Talking points in this video:

 1:00  Michael and John reminisce
 5:00  Transition for teaching to pre-eminent American history author
11:30  Book title rundown (John's favorite, why one was most popular)
16:00  Martin Scorsese quote
17:30  "Hell From the Heavens" to be movie starring Mark Wahlberg*
21:00  Meeting Mel Gibson in Malibu, CA, working w/ The Hollywood Gang
27:00  The brief recommendation that made the movie deal happen
28:15  John's writing routine (6 hours per day)
33:00  Comparisons to Dutch Leonard

*The movie will have a different title

Remember, Michael said it first: "John Wukovits is the Elmore Leonard of World War II history!"

Find out more about John Wukovits's books at his website, Amazon or other bookstores.

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E41: Garold Vallie, Skateboard King

E41: Garold Vallie, Skateboard King

June 25, 2019

Episode 40 of the "Talk To Me" podcast is an interview with R.J. King, the author of Detroit: Engine of America. 

Episode 41 is a chat with Skateboard King, Garold Vallie. 

When Garold Vallie was born he only weighed four pounds.  Then things really got hard.   

Born with his feet facing each other, Garold had to wear painful Gatlin splints on his legs for the first two years of his life--and then he became The Skateboard King.

Garold's become a kind of elder statesman for what is now a $4.8 billion industry with 11.08 million active skateboarders in the world. Skateboarding is now an Olympic event!

So, Garold "Life Maverick" Vallie now does public speaking. He's a role model for the young skateboarders, especially in his town of Wyandotte, Michigan, where he's helping build a skate park for the sport he loves so much.

You have to admire his zest for life and "can do" spirit.

Check out Garold's red hot podcast and website for more info.

E40: R.J. King, Author of Detroit History Book

E40: R.J. King, Author of Detroit History Book

June 16, 2019
Episode 39 of the "Talk to Me" podcast features blind motivational speaker, David DeNotaris.

This is Episode 40, a conversation with Michigan resident, R.J. King, who has written a terrific new book about Detroit's amazing past.    

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Michael Angelo Caruso, interviews R.J. about the "Detroit: Engine of America" and asks the author if we can move forward by studying the past.
The book is a narrative that covers the early days of the city and the official first one hundred years. Interesting facts, include:
  • Detroit is one of the few U.S. cities that's older than the country
  • The city's population was 100 in 1700 and 205,876 in 1890
  • The current Detroit Yacht Club is the largest such clubhouse in the U.S.
  • James Bailey of the Barnum & Bailey circus is from Detroit
  • Ulysses S. Grant lived in Detroit prior to becoming U.S. President
  • In 1895, Detroit had 80 newspapers, 7 of which were dailies
"Detroit: Engine of America" contains stories about many fascinating historical figures, including:
  • Antoine Laumet de La Mothe Cadillac founded Fort Ponchatrain du Detroit in 1701
  • Cadillac had 13 children, only 3 of which were alive when he died
  • Lewis Cass who served as a Detroit mayor and ran for U.S. President twice
  • The "Boy Governor," Stevens T. Mason who was Gov at age 22 and dead at age 31
"Detroit: Engine of America" is published by Momentum Books.
R.J. King is the Editor of "DBusiness" magazine, the DBusiness Daily News and Detroit 500. He and his team have won 30+ Editorial Excellence Awards.
As a business writer for the "Detroit News", R.J. wrote over 4,000 articles, mostly covering business in Detroit.
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E39:  David DeNotaris Has No Sight, But Great Vision

E39: David DeNotaris Has No Sight, But Great Vision

February 1, 2019

Michael Angelo Caruso interviews David to learn more about his talks, his book and his lifestyle.

Highlights include:

- What you think about comes about
- Focus on "thinkability" not "disability"
- Be better, not bitter
- Do, delegate or dump
- Be curious, not furious

David's clients include Montclair State University, Boston Market, NASA, Verizon Wireless and New York Life.

His book, "Feeling Your Way Through Life," is about to be released as an e-book. He's been covered in USAToday, Scholastic Publications and the Washington Post.

Learn more about David at his

Michael offers communication strategies and tips in his Present Like a Pro FB group.

E38: Mountaineer, Andy Cave

E38: Mountaineer, Andy Cave

January 28, 2019

Andy Cave is a British mountaineer nominated for the Piolet d'Or award for his ascent of the North Face of Changabang in India.

This is Episode 38 of Michael Angelo Caruso's "Talk to Me" podcast.  E37 is a masterclass in speaking titled, 5 Steps to Amazing Presentations.

Author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, interviews Andy for his "Talk to Me" Podcast and they discuss the parallels between climbing and business leadership.

Talking points include:

- The importance of "psychological safety"
- The difference between humility and humiliation
- The 1996 disaster on Mt. Everest
- Why mountain climbing is like flying in an airplane

Andy is the author of the books, "Learning to Breathe" and "The Thin White Line."

He now delivers leadership training to top leaders in businesses all over the world.

Michael and Andy met when they delivered keynote speeches at a leadership conference in Scarborough, England in the United Kingdom.

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Check out Episode 39...

E37: 5 Steps to Amazing Presentations

E37: 5 Steps to Amazing Presentations

December 19, 2018

Veteran keynote speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, conducts a unique masterclass on the art of presentation.

Become an elite presenter following these five steps:

1) Make excellence your personal standard (no more "winging it")

2) Place a premium value on your time and expertise

3) Use Michael's secret weapon (the "Reverse Presentation")

4) Stop being chained to your slide deck

5) Get a coach

This webinar was sponsored by the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Angelo Caruso has spoken on five continents and in 49 of the 50 states.

He is known as "the speaker's speaker" and has helped thousands of leaders and salespeople become better through is "Present Like a Pro" online course.

More info about Michael's products and services at his website.

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E36: Dan Musser, President of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

E36: Dan Musser, President of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

December 19, 2018

Dan Musser is President of the largest summer hotel in the world.

Grand Hotel is the crown jewel of Mackinac Island. A 397-room wooden building, the hotel is one of the most unique travel experiences you can ever have.

There is no motor transportation on Mackinac Island, only horse drawn carriages and bicycles.

The movie "Somewhere In Time," starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve, was filmed at Grand Hotel in 1980.

Hundreds of famous celebrities have stayed there. The following five U.S. Presidents have been guests at Grand Hotel: Bill Clinton, George Herbert Walker Bush, Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy and Harry Truman).

Jane Seymour still attends "Somewhere In Time" reunions on the island.

This interview conducted as part of Michael Angelo Caruso's podcast series, covers a wide range of topics, including:

- How Grand Hotel finds good help
- The sweet spot between tradition and relevance
- How product and service differentiation can really pay off
- The value of "truth in advertising"

More interesting facts about Grand Hotel:

- During the 2017 season, Grand Hotel used 9,000 pounds of prime rib, 102,500 pounds of potatoes, 5,500 pounds of rack of lamb, 6,400 pounds of bacon, 42,500 pounds of strawberries and 6,000 pounds of pecans

- The 5 millionth Grand Hotel guest checked in (and out) in 2006

- More than 150,000 guests stay overnight each season

- At 660 feet, Grand Hotel’s Front Porch is the world’s largest

- There are more than 500 horses on Mackinac Island

- Grand Hotel’s kitchen staff of more than 100 prepares and serves as many as 4,000 meals per day

- Grand Hotel uses 2,500 geraniums, its trademark flower, in all its flower beds combined

- The hotel was built in only 90 days in 1986-87

- Mark Twain lectured in the Grand Hotel in 1895; admission was $1


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E35: Amy Satterfield On the Mind-Body Connection

E35: Amy Satterfield On the Mind-Body Connection

December 15, 2018

[Note:  Amy Satterfield owns Explore Yoga studio in Troy, Michigan and is one of the featured panelists at the "Mind, Body & Spirit" luncheon event in Troy, Michigan on January 30, 2019.

The Mind, Body & Spirit event on January 30 is expected to sellout, so register today at ]

The mind-body connection is a key to having a good life.

Watch as Amy and Michael discuss a wide-range of topics including:

- The fact that your spine can move six ways
- Why it's important to keep body fluids in motion
- Use deep breathing to get more from life
- The importance of looking behind you

Show Notes

1. The condition of blood pooling in the body when you're alive is called "chronic venous insufficiency." If you're dead, it's called "lividity" or "livor mortis."

2. The acrobatic running or "Jason Bourne style movement is called Parkour and has its roots in military training.


Episode 34 of Michael's podcast is on how he got to meet U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush.  

E34: How I Met George Herbert Walker Bush

E34: How I Met George Herbert Walker Bush

December 14, 2018

I recorded this video to mark the passing of former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

This is the story of how we met.  

America's 41st Commander-in-Chief, died at age 94. He had a long productive life that included:

- Graduating Yale in only two-and-a-half years
- Being the youngest Naval pilot
- Survived a plane crash and rescued by a submarine
- 70+ years of service to his country
- 73 years of marriage to Barbara Bush
- 1st sitting Vice-President to be elected President since 1836
- Only the 2nd President to have his son also become President
- Head of the Republican National Committee
- Head of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Skydived at age 75, 80, 85 and 90
- Raised $1 billion for charity after his time in the White House

I had the great pleasure of meeting former President Bush when he and I spoke at an international telecommunications conference.

President Bush delivered an amazing keynote speech to 2,000 people at the event where we met. I spoke to 20 in my breakout session.

We took a photo together, which you can see on my blog.

George Herbert Walker Bush was a true patriot and will be missed.

E33: Is this the end of organized religion?

E33: Is this the end of organized religion?

December 9, 2018

[Note: Dr. Carrie Nantais is one of the featured panelists at the "Mind, Body & Spirit" luncheon event in Troy, Michigan on January 30, 2019.  We're expecting this event to sellout, so register today.

Listen as your host, Michael Angelo Caruso, interviews Dr. Nantais on a wide-range of topics, including religion vs. spirituality, finding good role models and the three things you need to be good at self-forgiveness.

Show Notes:

1) The word "pew" comes from the Old French word "puye."

2) Michael referenced a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald. The exact quotation is: "The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

The quotation was published in an article titled, "The Crack-Up", in Esquire Magazine in February, 1936).

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Episode 32 of "Talk to Me" is a fascinating discussion with psychologist, Dr. Kristen Hurrell on why almost everyone practices some form of self-sabotage.