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Born in Canandaigua NY, Pete Kennedy grew up the youngest of 5 Irish kids of Marian and T. Hamilton Kennedy. His dad "Ham" was elected as Mayor of the city of Canandaigua and served 14 years while his youngest son Pete stole the title "Mayor". Ham earned the title and Pete pilfered it.
Pete helped a bunch of his buds at St. Marys School to found an actual radio station that played music over the PA system during lunch. Many of the nuns were less than impressed by the musical selections this young mob played over WSMR. Later, "Mayor" also served as captain of his beloved Canandaigua Academy football team the Braves.
After successfully graduating from SUNY Geneseo where he spent many hours "studying" humanity while DJing and bartending at the world famous Inn Between, he headed to the bright lights of the big city of Rochester NY where he's been rockin' Rochester radio waves for 25 years, now back on the air at 95.1 the Brew.
When not heckling callers and having fun with them on air, he's actively out working' the streets at various community and charitable events. Last year alone he was involved in over 120 events and has plans for many more in 2012.
With the last unofficial wknd. of summer upon us, I thought I'd give you a rundown of some of this summer's big winners and losers at the box office. Now that we're paying almost $10 to sit in the dark with a bunch of strangers, it's always good to have some research on what we loved and hated at the box office.
TOP FLICKS FOR SUMMER 2013:
1: Iron Man 3 Robert Downey Jrs. superhero destroyed the competition raking in $409 million.
2: Despicable Me 2 The minions and Steve Carell laughed up $350 mil, the top cartoon of 2013.
other top hits included Man of Steel (290 mil), Monsters University ($262 mil), Fast & Furious 6 ($239 mil), Star Trek Into Darkness ($227 m.), World War Z (Brad Pitt still makes the cash register ring to $199 m.), The Heat (a surprise blockbuster which made $157 m. with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as mismatched cop partners) horror flick The Conjuring ($132 m.) and one of my faves this summer This Is The End, with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and many more Hollywood stars playing themselves, which totaled a nice take of $97 mil.
TOP FLOPS FOR SUMMER 2013:
And the loser is......The Lone Ranger, budgeted at $215 million, it only brought in $88 mil.
Other flops: Pacific Rim, a monster movie that scared up only $99 million of it's $199 mil. cost to produce, White House Down made back $72 mil of it's $150 mil. budget, Will Smith flopped in After Earth ($61 m.) and Harrison Ford barely totaled $6 m. for the brutal Paranoia. And let's not forget that Twitter and Facebook word-of-social media did nothing to help Kick-Ass 2 which sunk with only $23 mil brought it, even though it blew up on social media. Hype ain't what is seems sometimes when it comes to enjoying movies.