R. Lee Ermey Has Died, You Useless Maggots!

Santa Monica, CA—Actor, green toy soldier and former Marine R. Lee Ermey has died from complications from pneumonia. He was 74.

Ermey served in the US Marines from 1961 until he was medically discharged in 1972. He was stationed in Vietnam from 1968-1969.

R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey, first row second from right, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, fist row far right, in Marine Corps basic training in San Diego, CA in 1966. The two were close friends. DiMaio would call Ermey “Sergeant” and Ermey would call DiMaio “maggot.” Ermey called everyone “maggot” but DiMaio could tell the way he said it toward him was special.

He got his big break on the big screen as the drill instructor in Stanley Kubrik’s “Full Metal Jacket,” which led to other similar film roles in “The Frighteners,” “Purple Hearts,” “RECOiL” and “Mississippi Burning.”

On television, Ermey appeared in such shows as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “History Channel’s Lock’N’Load with R. Lee Ermey,” “Scrubs” and “Family Guy.”

He is survived by his wife, Nila, and their four children. 

“We Literally Take Care Of People From Head To Toe:” A TDQ Q&A With Dr. Todd Gravori

Dr. Todd Gavori

Dr. Gravori is a board-certified spine and neurological surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine procedures and pain management at ProMedSPINE.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Dr. Todd Gravori, a spinal surgeon in Los Angeles. Dr. Gravori spoke to us about why he got into medicine, his work with celebrities and the cutting edge technology his practice has developed. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Dr. Todd Gravori:  
The Daily Quarterly: In a few short words, what made you want to go into the medical profession?
Todd Gravori: I was fascinated with anatomy and how all the organs of the body work together since I was 5 years old. 
TDQ: What made you choose to focus on spinal medicine?
TG: Spinal problems are very common and severely disabling for people who suffer from them. Treatment of spinal issues, when done for the right reasons and the right way are extremely effective. It is extremely rewarding to return someone’s quality of life to normal in a course of a morning and watch them walk home and pick up their lives where they left them off (before pain).
Dr. Todd Gavori

Dr. Todd Gavori in the operating room ready to laser some spines.

TDQ: Are there other doctors or medical professionals in your family?
TG: Peyman (my brother who also works at ProMedSPINE) and I are the only doctors in all of our extended family and our generation.
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
TG: Focus on the task at hand until it is COMPLETE.
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
TG: Do what everyone else does and don’t ask questions.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
TG: I try to observe every single person that I come in contact with and learn from their experience, wisdom, point of view, etc. The most influential people for me are the ones that think outside of the box and identify and solve problems that others simply accept as status quo. 
Doctors Peyman and Todd Gavori of ProMedSPINE

Dr. Peyman Gavori, left, and Dr. Todd Gavori, right, and a few of their close personal friends Elton John, Zack Teperman, and Andie MacDowell.

TDQ: Tell us about your practice and areas of specialty at ProMedSPINE
TG: At ProMedSPINE we literally take care of people from head to toe. We perform brain surgery, spine surgery, pain management that affects all parts of the body. Of course we focus on the disease of the spine in the office as they are the most disabling for otherwise healthy individuals and affect many lives.
TDQ: How did you find yourselves starting to work with so many athletes and Hollywood stars at ProMedSPINE?
TG: When you provide the best VIP medical care in the most compassionate way, you find yourselves in the center of the community.  We are blessed and privileged that athletes and many community VIPs trust their most valuable possession (their health) with us. We take that seriously. We take our work and well-being of our patients extremely seriously.
TDQ: How have treatments and pain management changed and improved since you first started your practice?
TG: We have utilized cutting edge technology and techniques, many of which we have pioneered to advance our methods of treatment. Our scars have become extremely small (in most cases smaller than a dime), our needles are very focused and precise  and our patients leave 1-2 hours after 95% of the procedures we do…..they walk home and get back to work very quickly. The advancements we have made are astonishing.  
TDQ: Where do you see ProMedSPINE in the next five years?
TG: We intend to reach as many people as we can and touch as many lives as we possibly can and create a positive influence in our world extending from US to Asia  and Africa, which are in progress as we speak.
Learn more about Dr. Gravori and ProMedSPINE at their website, and follow the practice on Twitter

“The Big Bang Theory” Star, Actor Stephen Hawking Dies At 76

Stephen Hawking

Actor Stephen Hawking, left center, was a classmate of RECOiL writer/director/actor at Cambridge School for the Arts and was best man at his wedding.

Cambridge, UK—Stephen Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, the actor who appeared in a motorized wheelchair and was known for his computerized speaking voice thanks to a speech-generating device, died Wednesday. He was 76.

Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 1963, Hawking was originally given just two years to live by doctors.

But Hawking proved all those stuff-shirt, uppity British doctors wrong and went on to appear in dozens of TV shows both in America and in England, including “Futurama,” “The Simpsons,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and on the big screen in “Hawking” and “RECOiL.”

He is survived by three children.

“My Team Is The Most Important Part Of My Life And Their Growth Is More Important Than Mine:” A TDQ Q&A With Entrepreneur Jared Goetz

Jared Goetz

Jared Goetz is a young and successful entrepreneur who wants to show you how you can be successful too. (He can’t do anything about your age. Yet.)

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with entrepreneur Jared Goetz. Jared spoke with us about his goals for helping others with his website, why he’s a fan of Mark Cuban and his advice for other would-be entrepreneurs. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Jared Goetz:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you decide to become an entrepreneur?

Jared Goetz: : It came down to my upbringing. I wanted a lot and didn’t have it and knew I needed to get it. No matter what that meant— I knew I had to make massive impacts on the world in order to provide for the people I care about. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the unconditional and insane amount of love for my mother… my motivation levels would be drastically lower. That lady is my driving ‘why’.

TDQ: Who was your favorite entrepreneur growing up?

JG: Mark Cuban. He’s been involved with so many businesses, and just has a calm and collected confidence about him that I admire.

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

JG: “It’s only failure if you give up.” My baseball coach said this to me. And when he told us that, it wasn’t just about practicing a swing… it’s about life in general. And yes! I’ve had a lot of ‘learning mistakes,’ but never any failures!

Jared Goetz

Jared Goetz giving instruction for his eCom Hacks Academy, an Online Course and Consulting Firm.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

JG: “Stop spending so much time on something you don’t know how to do.” Let’s just say the person who gave me this advice is currently loving their accounting job… I couldn’t imagine that level of complacency. Learning is living and knowledge is power!

TDQ: Who are your influences?

JG: My girlfriend, mom, grandmother and a handful of people I’m blessed enough to consider best friends. The golf course also has a huge influence on me. Oh, and I can’t forget my dog, Nula. She’s a constant reminder to have fun!

TDQ: Tell us about your courses and programs on JaredGoetz.com

JG: We help people out with learning commerce like an expert. We want drop shipping and online businesses to be as trustworthy and professional as possible. By enabling others to work at the highest level… we can really change lives. The best part is building a profitable business like this is an evergreen skillset. The most rewarding part about helping people is the messages and videos I get thanking me for helping them out. The thing is though… none of this change would be happening without committed people ready for growth!

Jared Goetz

Here you might expect us to make a play on words and say something like “Jared Goetz…Whatever Jared wants Jared gets.” But we’re not going to do that. Instead we are going to quote poet lauriate Britney Spears:

“You want a Lamborghini? Sippin’ martinis?
Look hot in a bikini? You better work…”
-B. Spears

TDQ: You’ve been named one of the top entrepreneurs under 30… Does that just confirm how well what you’ve been doing has worked the past couple years, or is it more motivation to stay on top?

JG: It’s definitely humbling, but I really don’t like to compare myself to others, especially by age. I care about making the biggest difference— that’s all.

TDQ: What project or sector are you working on next?

JG: I’m working on a little something that I like to consider revolutionary. Something that I’m not quite ready to share just yet, but I’m so excited to share this project when the world is ready for it! Seriously hoping to change what we know about innovation and advancing society.

TDQ: What advice would you give young entrepreneurs trying to get something started?

JG: This is a super easy answer for a super easy question. Get started. The best advice I can give is to go do that thing you’re planning on doing… stop planning and just do it!

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

JG: I don’t like to think about where I see myself in 5 years as much as I like to think about where do I see the people I surround myself with being in 5 years. I want everyone to eat. My team is the most important part of my life and their growth is more important than mine… if they’re growing, I know I’m doing all right.

Check out Jared on Facebook and follow him on Instagram.

Jared Goetz

At the end of the day it isn’t about the money. It’s about taking care of the people (and dogs) you care about.

“M*A*S*H Veteran David Ogden Stiers Has Died

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers, left, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center, on the set of M*A*S*H. DiMaio was set to have a more prominent role in the series but managed to amputate the wrong leg of a patient and was dropped by the production company’s malpractice insurance.

Newport, OR—Let us put this as clearly and succinctly as possible: Korean War veteran and former talking clock David Ogden Stiers has died from bladder cancer. He was 75.

Best known for his role as arrogant but brilliant New England surgeon Charles Emerson Winchester on M*A*S*H for the last six years of the program, Stiers also appeared in such television shows as “North and South,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” a slew of Perry Mason movies as the losing D.A. and “Two Guys and a Girl.”

On the big screen, aside from voicing Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast,” Stiers was also in “Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time,” “Lady in the Water,” “RECOiL” and “Better off Dead.”

He was also an accomplished conductor, working with the Newport Symphony Orchestra in Oregon, as well as 70 other orchestras around the world.