My love for monster movies began at the tender age of 7 when my parents rented the 1933 classic King Kong. My young mind blown, I rushed to the local library to find all the information I could. This consisted almost entirely of the Crestwood Monster Series (Remember those? They were those kick ass orange-spined monster books). This was also my first exposure to Godzilla, my first exposure to the big G was in a book. To feed my new-found obsession my parents rented the then newly-released Godzilla 1985, I was in love. But that was the only Godzilla movie around, they weren’t on TV anymore, local video stores didn’t have any others in stock. So my interest in monster movies waned, and I began to find other interests.
That love of monster movies was always in the back of mind though, and one day when I was 16 after moving to a new town, I found a VHS copy of Godzilla vs. Megalon. Keep in mind that up until this point Godzilla 1985 was the only Godzilla I had seen. My Godzilla was always the badass, force of nature, wrecking-your-cities King of the Monsters. My Godzilla never went through the kiddie-friendly phase. I was crushed, I hated this Godzilla. And it almost ended there.
Thankfully I persevered. As terrible as the 1998 Godzilla was, it brought with it a flood of home video releases. I picked up everyone I could find and it rekindled what is now a life-long obsession. Even poor Godzilla vs. Megalon has a special place in my heart.
The other love of my life is science, or as I like to say “SCIENCE!!!!” . I completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Victoria, majoring in biology. My specialty is fish. I am currently the owner-operator of an environmental consulting company working with the Canadian Government.
This podcast is a way for me to indulge in both my passions. Kaiju 101-The Science of Monsters
Oh, and beer. I also love beer.