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Hurricane Sandy - My Eternal Gratitude Goes To...

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on May. 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM , Categories: Personal , Tags: hurricane-sandy
HURRICANE SANDY
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I give my eternal gratitude to the following individuals and companies who helped me and my family in our Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Some helped by running my websites in my absence and spreading the word of my plight. Others helped me and my family financially (donations are still welcome) or helped replace items that were damaged by the flood waters.

I truly appreciate all of the support everyone has given me, financially, physically, emotionally, and otherwise. I like to publicly acknowledge all of the support given to me as it's the least I can do to show my thanks. That said, if anyone that I've publicly thanked does not want to be publicly thanked, just let me know. I respect the privacy of others.


INDIVIDUALS

Matthew Jordan - for helping me to get messages out about my plight while my family and I were living for six weeks in a Red Cross emergency shelter, and updating the Spook Central site and Facebook page when I couldn't do it myself for lack of a computer and a home.

Doreen Mulman - for the donation of $50 and for helping me to get messages out about my plight while my family and I were living for six weeks in a Red Cross emergency shelter.

Raffaele Ruffaldi - for helping me to update the Spook Central site when I couldn't do it myself for lack of a computer and a home.

Robert Als - for helping me and my family to move what little undamaged belongings we had in the old house into our new house.

Alim Gafar - for helping me and my family to move what little undamaged belongings we had in the old house into our new house.

Dan Schoening - for the donation of $350 as a result of a special Ghostbusters #9 comic book he auctioned off to raise money for me and my family. (Thanks also to Tristan Boutros for placing the winning bid on that comic.)

Katrina Lynn and all of the guys and gals from EctoCon - for the donation of $128 as a result of eight donated items auctioned off at the EctoCon 2012 event to raise money for me and my family.

Chad Paulson - for the donation of $150.

Randy Baer (aka RD Reynolds) - for the new copies of the "WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling", "The WrestleCrap Book of Lists!", and "The Death of WCW - 10th Anniversary Edition" books (all signed) to replaced the unsigned copies that were destroyed by the flood; and the new copies of the various Wrestlecrap DVD sets (with autographed case liner) to replace the autographed Worst of RD Reynolds DVD liner that was destroyed by the flood.


COMPANIES

TimeLife - for the new copy of The Real Ghostbusters Complete Series DVD box set (Steelbook edition) to replace the one that was damaged by the flood. (Thanks specifically to Jeff Peisch, head of video)

MPI Media Group - for the new The Beverly Hillbillies: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 case art, liner books, and cases to replace the ones that were damaged by the flood. (The discs were fine, but everything else was trashed.)

Capcom - for the new copy of Dead Rising 2: Off The Record (PS3) to replace the one that was damaged by the flood, plus the bonus DR2:OTR "I Got Probed In Uranus Zone" purple alien t-shirt. (Thanks specifically to Alicia Kim, Senior Director of PR and Community)
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Electronic Arts - for the new copies of these PlayStation 2 video games to replace the ones that were damaged by the flood: The Godfather (Limited Edition)(2 Discs), James Bond 007 in Agent Under Fire, Mercenaries 2: World In Flames, and The Simpsons Game. (Thanks specifically to Crystal Clark from the Customer Relations department)

Ubi Soft - for the new copies of these video games to replace the ones that were damaged by the flood: Large Winch .// Commando Sar (PS1) and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (PS2); plus the bonus Splinter Cell games: Blacklist (PS3), Pandora Tomorrow (PS2), Chaos Theory (PS2), and Double Agent (PS2). (Thanks specifically to Dave from the Support department)

D3Publisher - for the new copy of Flushed Away (PS2) to replace the one that was damaged by the flood; plus the bonus games: Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (PS2), Astro Boy (PS2), Despicable Me (PS2), Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (PS3), Ben 10 Omniverse (PS3), Ben 10 Galatic Racing (PS3), and Rise of the Guardians (PS3). (Thanks specifically to Michael Cerven, Publicity Manager)

TNA Wrestling - for the new copies of these DVDs to replace the ones that were damaged by the flood: TNA Hard Justice 2005, TNA Genesis 2006, TNA Final Resolution 2007, TNA Hardcore Justice 2010, Best of the Bloodiest Brawls: Vol. 1, Best of the Bloodiest Brawls: Scars and Stitches, Sting: Return of an Icon, and The Best of Raven: Nevermore (2 Discs). Also, for the authentic hand-signed promo photos of these wrestling personalities to replace the ones that were damaged by the flood: Dixie Carter (personalized), Robbie E., Gunner, Bully Ray, Devon, Kurt Angle, James Storm, Velvet Sky, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Jeff Hardy (facepaint), Jeff Hardy (2 copies), and Christy Hemme (7 copies). (Thanks specifically to Claire Surratt Francis, Licensing Manager)
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World Wrestling Entertainment - for the new DVD of WWE Night of Champions 2008 to replace the one that was damaged by the flood; the new DVDs of the movies Legendary and Knucklehead to replace the Blu-ray versions that were damaged by the flood; and the bonus DVDs: WWE Extreme Rules 2013, The Ladder Match 2: Crash and Burn (3 discs), WCW War Games: WCW's Most Notorious Matches (3 discs), Legends of Mid-South Wrestling (3 discs), The Best of WWE at Madison Square Garden (3 discs), ECW Unreleased Vol. 2 (3 discs), and Legends of Wrestling Collection: Lawler & JYD/Flair & Slaughter/Heatseekers - only the latter of which did I already own. (Thanks specifically to Sue Aitchison, Director of Community Relations)

Sony Computer Entertainment America - for the new copies of these video games to replace the ones that were damaged by the flood: MotorStorm (PS3), Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3), Twisted Metal: Head On (Extra Twisted Edition) (PS2), The Getaway: Black Monday (PS2), Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (PS2), Ratchet: Deadlocked (PS2), and Secret Agent Clank (PS2); plus the bonus Hot Shots Golf 3 (PS2) game (HSG Fore was the one that got damaged). (Thanks specifically to Jennifer Clark, Senior Director of Public Relations)

Crystal Dynamics - for the new copies of these video games to replace the ones that were damaged by the flood: Tomb Raider: Legend (PS2) and Tomb Raider III (PS1); plus the bonus copy of Tomb Raider (2013) for Xbox 360 (though I don't have that system), the Art of Tomb Raider mini-book and "Protective Survival Pouch" (both from the Collector's/Survival Editions of the game), and the Tomb Raider metal bottle opener/keychain. (Thanks specifically to Meagan Marie, Community & Communication Manager; and Justin Kranzl from Square-Enix's public relations department)
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Namco/Bandai - for the new PS3 video games: Armored Core: Verdict Day, Dark Souls, InVersion, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst, Ridge Racer: Unbounded, and Soul Calibur V. They didn't have any of the ruined games, but they were kind enough to send me these bonus games, which I greatly appreciate. (Thanks specifically to Nick O'Leary from the Public Relations department)

Rockstar Games / 2K Games - for the new copies of these video games to replace the ones that were damaged by the flood: Family Guy Video Game (PS2), Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PS2), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PS2), Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PC). Also the PC copies of Bully (Scholarship Edition) and Starsky & Hutch, which kinda replace the ruined PS2 copies. (Bully PC has more content than PS2 so it's actually an upgrade - just on a different system.) Also the PS2 Greatest Hits releases of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto Double Pack (III/Vice City), which kinda replace the ruined PS2 Original versions. Plus the bonus PS3 games: Grand Theft Auto V, Max Payne 3, 2K Rogues And Outlaws Collection 3-Pack (Spec Ops: The Line/Borderlands 2/Mafia II), 2K Power Pack 3-Pack (Darkness II/Bioshock 2/Mafia II), Midnight Club: Los Angeles, L.A. Noire, and NBA 2K14. In addition to the games, they also sent along a Characters of Grand Theft Auto V Sticker Pack, two Grand Theft Auto V/Five Logo Keychains, and a whole bunch of t-shirts: Rockstar - Mason-Style Switchblades & Needles (dark grey) (medium), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary - Logo (black) (medium), (2) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary - Infernus (light blue/purple) (medium), Grand Theft Auto V/Five Logo (black) (medium), San Andreas Federal Reserve System (light green) (large), Los Santos (white) (large), and Los Santos (black) (large). Click on the previous links to buy your own shirts via Rockstar's online store (all but the San Andreas Federal Reserve System shirt are available there). (Thanks specifically to Bella Benson and Adam Perry, whose names were on the two packages I magically received the day after I sent my last ditch effort mass e-mail)
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Activision - for the new copies of these PS2 video games to replace the ones that were damaged by the flood: Shrek 2, True Crime: New York City; plus the bonus copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3). Also, thanks to GameStop (whom Activision contacted for additional help) for the new DISC ONLY copies of these PS2 video games to replace the ones that were damaged by the flood: Over The Hedge, X-Men: The Official Game; plus the bonus Harry Potter Baggage Cart Lego Mini-Kit, and the Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Kre-O Mini-Kit (photos of the GameStop items are below). (Thanks specifically to Mike Mantarro from the Public Relations department for really going above and beyond the call of duty - pun intended - for tracking down copies of the PS2 games, and contacting Jackie Smith [public relations] and Sarah Trigg [Corporate Giving and Community Relations Coordinator] at GameStop for an assist)
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Highspots - for selling me at cost ($2 for the discs only, plus $3 shipping) the 2-DVD set "The Best & Worst of Alexis Laree: The Making of Mickie James", and the free "Wendi Richter Shoot Interview" (January 2005 at WrestleReunion) disc, to replace the discs that were damaged by the flood (the Wendi disc was rendered unplayable); though I wish he would have also sent new DVD liners to replace the wrinkled and warped ones the hurricane left me with.

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