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Ratzenberger to Keynote NJIT Opening Ceremony

Ratzenberger to Keynote NJIT Opening Ceremony

Emmy-nominated actor and entrepreneur John Ratzenberger of Cheers and John Ratzenberger’s Made in America television series fame will be the keynote speaker at the free Opening Ceremony for ManufactureNJ Week on Sept. 29, 2014, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Atrium at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). John Ratzenberger’s Made in America, an original series broadcast on cable television’s Travel Channel, follows Ratzenberger as he treks across the country in a camper to learn the inner workings of American manufacturing...

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Ratzenberger is Fan-Favorite at DragonCon

Ratzenberger is Fan-Favorite at DragonCon

John Ratzenberger highlighted on Sunday, August 31st at DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia. According at AccessAtlanta.com reporter Melissa Ruggieri: “John Ratzenberger began his hour-long interaction with fans by stating how impressed he is as the growth of the Atlanta film industry (he was in Peachtree City a couple of years ago to appear in “Drop Dead Diva”). “What a beautiful part of the world…and all of these film studios,” he said. “You’re not going to be able to swing a cat without hitting an actor.” The impeccably dressed...

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John Ratzenberger is Featured Speaker at Distinguished Leaders Award Reception

John Ratzenberger is Featured Speaker at Distinguished Leaders Award Reception

PORTSMOUTH — Great Bay Community College will host its third annual Distinguished Leaders award reception on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle. This year’s event, themed, “Advanced Manufacturing’s Night Out” will serve as a fundraiser with donations going toward student scholarships and support services. At the same event in 2013, more than $250,000 was raised providing scholarships for students enrolled in both associate degree programs and short-term certificate programs including ACM (Advanced Composites...

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Christmas arrives early in Fairfield as crew films holiday movie

Christmas arrives early in Fairfield as crew films holiday movie

Published on CTpost.com by Gretchen Webster. Christmas has come early to Fairfield. Or at least the illusion of the wintertime holiday as a film crew last week transformed a stretch of Noyes Road for scenes in a Christmas-themed movie. Neighborhood residents said they’ve been told the movie features actress Melissa Joan Hart, who has a home in Westport and is known for roles in the television series “Clarissa Explains It All” and “Sabrina the Teen Witch,” as well as former Bridgeport resident John Ratzenberger,...

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Foundation for America and HCC Bring Makership Back to America

Foundation for America and HCC Bring Makership Back to America

Well-known actor and U.S. manufacturing advocate John Ratzenberger met with young people at Housatonic Community College (HCC) in Bridgeport. The visit by Ratzenberger, a Bridgeport native, is part of the launch of the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame at HCC. John also appeared upstairs at the Hampshire House above the Cheers bar on Beacon Street in Boston, with hopes to build support for training young people in skilled jobs like carpentry and manufacturing, a movement he described as “nothing less than the second American revolution. The...

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Variety’s “Purpose Family Entertainment + Faith-based Summit”

Variety’s “Purpose Family Entertainment + Faith-based Summit”

Recently, Hollywood’s elite gathered for Variety’s “Purpose Family Entertainment + Faith-based Summit” at the Four Seasons Los Angeles Hotel at Beverly Hills. “Every film that came out of Hollywood before 1962 was a faith-based film,” John Ratzenberger told me as the June 12 summit wound down, summing up with a succinctness reminiscent of his character Cliff in Cheers. Pixar Animation Studios, devoting itself solely to family entertainment, led the way. The reason is simple. Pixar’s producers started having kids and wanted them to ingest...

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“You Can Do Anything in a Dream”

“You Can Do Anything in a Dream”

Any parent knows that explaining and discussing dreams with toddlers can be amusing and surreal. That’s the topic tackled in Matthew Clarke’s latest YouTube episode of “Convos With My 2-Year-Old”. Clarke records real conversations with his daughter, and then reenacts them with a grown man. Watch the latest episode for John Ratzenberger’s guest appearance within a dream!

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John Ratzenberger to Appear in New Pixar Movie ‘Inside Out’

John Ratzenberger to Appear in New Pixar Movie ‘Inside Out’

Pixar has a new movie expected to debut in June 2015 – and John Ratzenberger will be among the movie’s star-studded voice acting cast. Pixar describes the plot of the upcoming movie: “Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in...

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Star Wars Disney Weekends to Include John Ratzenberger

Star Wars Disney Weekends to Include John Ratzenberger

Disney has announced which members of the Star Wars universe will attend the 2014 edition of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. The event, which is included in regular park admission, will run for a record-setting five weekends, beginning May 16. Park guests will see actors from the six motion pictures, “The Clone Wars” animated series and “Star Wars Rebels” television series that’s set to debut this fall on Disney XD. As previously announced, Mark Hamill, best known for his role...

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The 10 Secret Ingredients Hidden in Every Pixar Movie

The 10 Secret Ingredients Hidden in Every Pixar Movie

PolicyMic.com author Rachel Redfern has put together a list of the 10 secret ingredients hidden in every Pixar movie. Click here to read the full article, and be sure to notice item #2 – “A Voice We All Recognize.” Redfern writes: “John Ratzenberger, while delightful in Cheers, has become a pivotal touchstone in every Pixar film, a familiar anchor that audiences can count on. He has voice acted a role in every Pixar film to date. Ratzenberger played P.T. Flea in A Bug’s Life; Hamm in Toy Story; Yeti, the Abominable...

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