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Peter Schiff

Peter Schiff is an honorary chairman of SchiffGold, founder of Euro Pacific Asset Management, and host of The Peter Schiff Show. Peter is an economic forecaster and investment advisor influenced by the free-market Austrian School of economics. He is one of the few forecasters who accurately and publicly predicted the 2007 housing market collapse and subsequent 2008 financial crisis. His latest best-selling book, The Real Crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy – How to Save Yourself and Your Country, warns that the 2008 crisis was just the prelude to a larger sovereign debt crisis in the United States that may lead to a collapse of the US dollar. Peter recommends long-term investment in foreign markets with sound fiscal policies, as well as global commodities including buying gold, silver and other physical precious metals. Peter Schiff’s investment career began with Shearson Lehman Brothers in the early 1990s. In 1996, he and a partner started Euro Pacific Capital in Los Angeles, later moving the headquarters to Connecticut. The firm has since expanded, with offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, Boca Raton, Florida, Newport Beach, California, Los Angeles and New York City. Euro Pacific Capital’s investment strategy focuses on long-term wealth savings in the face of a declining US dollar with an emphasis on emerging market and commodity-focused investments. Peter is best known for accurately forecasting the 2008 financial crisis. During a Fox News debate in December 2006, Schiff said, “What’s going to happen in 2007 is that real estate prices are going to come crashing back down to Earth.” Business news journals reported that Schiff accurately predicted the crisis, while “nearly all [macroeconomists] failed to foresee the recession despite plenty of warning signs.” Peter has also worked in the political arena, first serving as an economic advisor for Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign and later running for United States Senate in Connecticut in 2010 as a Republican. Politically, he leans Libertarian, with an emphasis on fiscal conservatism. Peter started SchiffGold in 2010 after recommending for decades that investors allocate 10-20% of their portfolios to physical precious metals. Peter became concerned that some of his Euro Pacific Capital clients were being misled into purchasing overpriced “numismatic” gold and silver products from gold dealers with unsavory business practices. Peter started SchiffGold to provide a trustworthy alternative that would sell only the most liquid physical bullion products at the lowest possible prices. SchiffGold is backed by Peter Schiff’s Guarantee that it will only sell the most liquid physical bullion products at the lowest possible prices. Peter’s expertise on money, economic theory, and international investing makes him a highly sought after as a speaker and analyst. He has been quoted and interviewed hundreds of times by media outlets around the world, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Die Zeit, Tokyo Shinbun, South China Morning Post, Investor’s Business Daily, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. He regularly appears on CNBC, CNN, CBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News, and Fox Business Network.

Judge Judith Sheindlin

Judith Sheindlin is the presiding judge on the Emmy Award-winning JUDGE JUDY-- the #1 court show in daytime television since its 1996 debut, and America's top program in first-run syndication for the last 10 seasons.

One of the nation's most well-known media personalities, Judge Judith Sheindlin's numbers and brand continue to grow after more than two decades on the air. In the 2018-19 season, JUDGE JUDY averaged a robust 10 million daily viewers. In 2017, she extended her production agreement with CBS Television Distribution and her own Queen Bee Productions through the 2020-2021 season, marking a quarter century on American television.

In a front-page story, "Others Fade, but Judge Judy is Forever," the New York Times noted Judge Sheindlin's formidable ratings. But it also underscored her cultural impact, with a senior television analyst noting: "Increasingly daytime viewers are pushing back against celebrity, seeking authenticity and demanding high relatability. Judy just nails every single one." Beyond her own program, Judge Sheindlin has created new television productions including HOT BENCH, featuring three judges which was the highest-rated new first-run syndicated program in its 2015 freshman season. A vivid and enduring presence in millions of American homes ("Who doesn't love Judge Judy?" asked former President Barack Obama) Judge Sheindlin has been a guest on "Today," "Good Morning America," "Dateline NBC," "Larry King Live," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Tonight Show," "The Late Show," "The View," "Ellen" and "Entertainment Tonight." She's also written best-selling books and launched, an interactive website. Over the past two decades, Judge Sheindlin has won numerous accolades and awards from the legal, academic and media worlds, and she has sponsored worthy philanthropic initiatives. The rise of Judge Judy is an only-in-America story that began in 1982 when Sheindlin, then a prosecutor in New York City's Family Court, was appointed to the Family Court bench by Mayor Edward I. Koch. She became Supervising Judge of the Manhattan court in 1988 and heard more than 20,000 cases. During her years on the bench she earned a reputation for tough, no-nonsense jurisprudence, and established an "open court policy" which let the public and media view the family court process. Judge Sheindlin's outspoken leadership became the subject of a Los Angeles Times profile in February 1993, and that caught the attention of "60 Minutes," which led to a segment on the iconic broadcast. After her appearance, Sheindlin was approached about the possibility of presiding over a courtroom on her own TV show. JUDGE JUDY premiered in national syndication on September 16, 1996, and the rest is history. JUDGE JUDY, widely credited with reinventing - and reinvigorating - the American courtroom television genre, won Daytime Emmy(R) Awards in 2013, 2016 and 2017 for 'Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program.' She was honored for her trailblazing work with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, situated next to her good friend, actor Sidney Poitier. She's also received the "Gracie Allen Tribute Award" from American Women in Radio and Television for her contributions to the broadcasting industry, and the "Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award" named after the late broadcasting pioneer. In 2012, Judge Sheindlin was inducted into the prestigious Broadcasting & Cable "Hall of Fame," for her contributions to the TV business and in 2019 was honored with an Emmy(R) Award for Lifetime Achievement from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., MD

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., is Founder and Chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute, a new think tank / do tank whose mission is to promote the 4 founding principles which are cornerstones of our country: faith, liberty, community and life as well as pursue common sense solutions that challenge conventional groupthink. He most recently served as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For nearly 30 years, Secretary Carson served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, a position he assumed when he was just 33 years old, becoming the youngest major division director in the hospital's history. In 1987, he successfully performed the first separation of craniopagus twins conjoined at the back of the head. He also performed the first fully successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa. Dr. Carson received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and has been awarded over 70 honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Carson authored nine books, four of which he co-wrote with his wife Candy. The U.S. News Media Group and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership named him among "America's Best Leaders" in 2008. Dr. Carson and his wife co-founded the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. The Fund is currently operating in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and this year is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first awards ceremony. In honor of that, the organization has now awarded a total of more than 10,000 scholars, as well as more than $8 million in scholarships. Before the end of this year the Carson Scholars will have installed more than 250 Ben Carson Reading Rooms around the country. Born in Detroit to a single mother with a 3rd grade education who worked multiple jobs to support their family, Secretary Carson was raised to love reading and education. He graduated from Yale University and earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. He and his wife are the proud parents of three adult sons and six grandchildren.

Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam has country music cred. The pioneering artist spent his first year of life in a coal company house way up in the small southeastern Kentucky holler of Betsey Layne, just across the border from the Virginia homes of the original Carter family and the Stanley Brothers. After his family moved to Ohio, Yoakam made frequent trips back to the holler to visit his grandparents.

A holler is basically a creek that runs out of the veins of a mountainside. And on that front porch, when we’d travel back, I would sit out there and entertain my grandfather. My grandpa, he kept asking me if I knew “Cripple Creek.” Well, I came back and I was really thrilled – I was like nine or ten years old – to tell him I had learned “Cripple Creek.” I thought, “Wow, he’s really astute!” ‘Cause The Band had put out a song called “Cripple Creek” that I mistook for the song by Flatt and Scruggs that he was asking about.

Like most of the “new traditionalist” artists of the 1980s, Dwight had grown up listening to the The Band and other Top 40 radio hitmakers, in addition to the country and bluegrass his family loved. The stripped-down honky-tonk and Bakersfield sound for which Yoakam became known proved, historian Bill Malone writes, that country “could flourish with a strong admixture of rock and roll.” Dwight Yoakam spent his formative years acting in theater productions and singing and playing guitar in local garage bands. In 1978, after a brief stint in Nashville, Yoakam relocated to Los Angeles. There, he formulated his own brand of honky-tonk – or, as he called it, “hillbilly” music – playing the same nightclubs as punk rock and “cowpunk” bands like X, Los Lobos, the Blasters, and the Butthole Surfers. In 1984, he released an independent EP, A Town South of Bakersfield, which received substantial airplay on L.A. college and alternative radio stations, and landed a contract with Reprise Records. Two years later, Dwight released his full-length debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. It was an instant sensation, garnering praise from country and rock critics and airplay on college stations nationwide, and made a splash on the country charts: its first single, a cover of Johnny Horton’s “Honky Tonk Man,” reached No. 3, followed by No. 4 “Guitars, Cadillacs.” His next LP, Hillbilly Deluxe (1987), spawned four Top 10 hits. Yoakam had his first country No. 1 in 1988 with “Streets of Bakersfield,” a cover of a song by Yoakam’s longtime idol Buck Owens that featured the singing and playing of Owens himself. Yoakam has recorded more than twenty albums and compilations, charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records. Five of his albums were Billboard No. 1s, twelve went gold, and nine platinum, including the triple-platinum This Time. He pushed the boundaries of what was considered “country,” attracting roots rock fans and college audiences. In the ‘90s, he turned his attention to the big screen, notably in critically-acclaimed performances as “bad guys” in Sling Blade and Panic Room – both stretches for mellow Yoakam, who has been described as one of the industry’s true “good guys.” He continues to produce and write well-received albums and songs, and to act for television and film.

Cassandra Peterson 

Cassandra Peterson was born on September 17, 1951, in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. She grew up alongside her family in the Randolph area of Kansas. However, her family moved to Colorado Springs when the area was flooded to build the Tuttle Creek Reservoir. As per her educational background, Cassandra Peterson attended General William J. Palmer High School and later graduated in the year 1969. Cassandra got scalded by boiling water when she was five years old after she accidentally pulled a pan of boiling eggs off the stove burning over a third of her body. She, however, underwent 17 skin grafting operations over the course of her childhood to repair the scar tissue. Cassandra gained the attention of the media following her portrayal of a horror hostess character, Elvira in the five-season show, “Elvira’s Movie Macabre”. Her popularity as Elvira reached the peak with the release of the movie “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark” where she reprised her role as Elvira in 1988.

Cassandra Peterson has earned her spot in the entertainment industry and was ranked as the number one of Sci-Fi’s Sexiest B-Queens, by Femme Fatales magazine in 1997. Cassandra Peterson’s major life work was her portrayal as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, in the comedy TV show ‘Elvira’s Movie Macabre’ which was well received by the audience. In playing the character, Cassandra wore a black gown and black wig whiles using the tone of a California ‘valley girl’ in delivering sharp and sarcastic comments. Cassandra Peterson got the horror hostess role in the late spring of 1981, six years after the death of Larry Vincent, who had starred as host Sinister Seymour of a Los Angeles weekend horror show called Fright Night. The actress auditioned for the role of Elvira and won after producers of the show sent out a casting call in search of female hosts. The show “Elvira’s Movie Macabre” which was launched in September 1981 gave her breakthrough. Cassandra’s character “Elvira” became a popular brand within a short period of time and became associated with many products including Halloween costumes, comic books, trading cards, calendars, perfumes and dolls among others. The actress went ahead to enjoy her successful career reprising her role as Elvira in other movies. Cassandra Peterson is still very active in show business and continues to appear as Elvira, Mistress of Darkness, on various television shows. More recently, she has appeared as Elvira on various reality TV series such as Halloween Wars (2015-16) and Storage Wars Halloween “Scariest Lockers” Special (2018). The multi-talent can also be seen in other projects. She lent her voice for a role in the cartoon comedy LEGO Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood (2016).

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