Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name and it all started when he snatched a video camera from his father's closet when he was fifteen years old. From there he started producing homemade skateboarding videos featuring dangerous stunts mixed with comical behavior.
He was born in London and by the age of twelve, had lived in five countries and communicated fluently in three different languages. He holds citizenship in three countries - the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
After finishing high school in London, and completing a year at the University of Miami, Steve-O realized that college wasn't for him. He enrolled in Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College to help further his goal of becoming a professional stuntman. After graduating Clown College, and determined to make it in Hollywood, he began to pitch his home videos to producers.
Eventually, Steve-O's videos made it into the hands of Jeff Tremaine (Jackass Creator/Director/Producer) who was working with Johnny Knoxville to create a stunt based reality show. The rest is history. MTV aired the first season of JACKASS in 2000. In 2001, Steve-O launched his own "Steve-O Don't Try This At Home Tour", establishing himself as an accomplished stage performer, at venues throughout the U.S. and in a dozen countries.
When the JACKASS TV series ended in 2002, the team moved on to JACKASS: THE MOVIE, released by Paramount in October of that year. Shortly thereafter, Steve-O and fellow JACKASS alum, Chris Pontius, were given a spin-off show entitled WILDBOYZ, which aired on MTV and MTV2 and lasted four seasons. In 2006, Paramount released JACKASS: NUMBER 2 in theatres and Steve-O continued to thrill audiences with his outrageous stunts.
In 2009 he competed on ABC's hit show, DANCING WITH THE STARS, and lasted six weeks, despite an injury and having virtually no dancing ability whatsoever.
Next up, Steve-O can be seen in Paramount's release of JACKASS: 3D, which hits theatres on October 15, 2010. Thus far (and still counting), his career as a performer has brought him to a total of 38 countries.
Most importantly, however, Steve-O has been clean and sober since March of 2008 and lives a healthy, vegan lifestyle in the Los Angeles area...but he still has no problem stapling his balls to his leg.
Steve O will be appearing at the Addison Improv this weekend. Call 972-404-8501 or log onto www.improv.com for ticket information.
LANCE WALHEIM/ GARDENING EXPERT
Lance has written or contributed to more than 30 gardening books including The Sunset Vegetable Book, Vegetable Gardening for Dummies, Landscaping for Dummies and Roses for Dummies and has appeared nationally on ABC’s Rose Parade broadcast, HGTV and DIY Network.
Here are Lance’s tips to creating a container garden.
1. Be the CEO of Your Space: Before you get dirty, you have to decide what you want to grow. The good news is you can try just about anything as long as the pot is big enough. Some popular options are Japanese maples, azaleas, camellias, roses, dwarf apples, lemons, peaches, pears, blueberries, strawberries, impatiens, marigolds, geraniums, daffodils and
2. Play Matchmaker: For example, a Japanese maple looks great in a glazed ceramic pot. You may also opt for one consistent style of pot, such as clay or wood or for a funkier feel, think outside the box.
If you really have no idea what would look good, snap a photo of your outdoor space with your smart phone and let an expert at your garden center guide you on options. But no matter what kind of planter, make sure it has drainage holes.
3. Be Your Garden’s Personal Shopper: Buy potting soil, not gardening soil, because potting soil is wellaerated and holds necessary moisture and nutrients for successful container gardening.
4. Channel Your Inner Florist: Plant flowers like you would arrange a bouquet - taller plants or flowers go in the middle. Place smaller ones around that and cascading flowers around the outside. Mix plants with the same sun requirements.
5. Act like a Barista: Keep your plants moist. Stick your finger deep into the soil and if the soil is dry, water the plants. You’ll need to water often to keep the root ball wet.
6. Be Your Garden’s Dietician: Establish a wellness plan to control and kill aphids, mites, whiteflies, plant bugs, blackspot, powdery mildew and leaf spot on contact before they can damage or destroy your container garden. Always read and follow label directions and look for least-toxic pest control for organic gardening.
7. Act like a Chef: Frequent watering washes nutrients from the soil, so you’ll need to feed them with fertilizer more often to keep your plants healthy and blooming.
Container gardening lets you add character and color to your patio or balcony. If you’re really hurting for space, then a window box can give you the splash of color you’re looking for.
You can try just about anything in a container garden, as long as the pot is big enough. Japanese maples, azaleas, tulips and roses, dwarf apples, lemons, peaches and pears are just some of your options.
For more information about container gardening and lawn/garden care in general, go to: www.bayeradvanced.com/learning-center or www.garden.org .