Blast from the Past: Gold-medal Winning College Lip Sync

Sometimes on the book blog it’s important to mix it up.

In keeping with that tradition, I give you Gladys & The Thrusters, performing to “Real Love” and “I’ll Be Good to You.” I brought together a bunch of my friends to create some dance moves and kick it hip-hop style, leaving it all out on the stage.

This was for our college lip sync in 1990, and the audience was pumped.

I ripped the video from a horrible-quality VCR tape, and added some graphics and titles. There’s a rumor we might have a reunion of this group at our school this year. If we do, we will of course video tape that as well.

Hope you enjoy!

#QuotableMondays: Top Chef’s Gregory Gourdet Talks Jacques & Julia


Although he’s seen his fair share of ups and down on Season 12 of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef,” Gregory Gourdet has made it all the way to the final three. I interviewed Gourdet for an upcoming piece at, which will be posted this Wednesday.

Of all the irreverent weeks of themed shows, Gourdet says the Julia Child episode was one of his favorites. Have a listen to him discussing Child and an appearance by Child’s friend Jacques Pépin:

“It was really exciting to be inspired by Julia and be able to recreate some of her cuisine,” he says. “Definitely one of the highlights of the season because I wasn’t expecting it.”

Below is the episode in its entirety. The audio is messed up on this clip, but I marked it right when the “Cheftestants” are shown what their theme will be that week:

Why is this related to Pizza for Good? Because there’s an entire chapter dedicated to Julia Child called “Only Child,” with my spin on a chicken piccata pizza. So, you simply must buy it now to get the recipe in full and read the full text.

Hope you all enjoy. And make sure to click over to on Wednesday for my post on Gregory. He’s a charming and well-spoken guy.


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