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Halloween 2009 – Addie, who many of you now know as the oldest of The Rock Daughters™, was just just 2½ months old, and I was missing her first Halloween. At the time, I was working for Fangoria, and my adventures had taken me to Las Vegas for an event at The Palms Casino, and as part of that there was a costume contest that I emceed and introduced. The two judges to whom I would pass the mic? Actor Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD), and someone that’s familiar to several generations… “E.T.’s mom,” Dee Wallace. While she might be best-known from E.T., Wallace was certainly in a lot of other movies that I’ve enjoyed from that era – generally the more monstrous fare like THE HOWLING, CUJO and CRITTERS. Off-screen, Dee has spent years working as a Life Coach, and her journey has led to the creation of BuppaLaPaloo – a new interactive bear “that teaches children to love themselves.” Launched on Kickstarter this week to coincide with National Teddy Bear Day, BuppaLaPaloo is designed to help kids build self-esteem at a young age, giving them a foundation for the future. Watch Dee’s pitch video below…

Dig what you see? Check out BuppaLaPaloo on Kickstarter to get involved, and be on the lookout for books and music to continue the mission that begins with the toy.

Crowdfunding Note: As I usually do when I post about a crowdfunding effort, I need to provide a warning: Just because I am posting about a Kickstarter project, that is not an invitation to open the floodgates for more crowdfunding pitches. Seriously, every single time I post about a Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, I will get a dozen+ pitches in my inbox by the next morning, many of which come with “demands.” Please – before you submit a crowdfunding effort, read this. Again, read this.

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