The backstory behind my $150,000 50lb bag of onions on eBay

The following is another brief excerpt from my yet unpublished memoir, “Muckville: Farm Policy, Media and the Strange Oddities of Semi-Rural Life.” This small section of my memoir deals with the backstory behind my $150,000 50lb bag of onions on eBay stunt. It took place a couple of months after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee decimated our crops. The following is just one media piece that detailed that destruction. Below the excerpt are links for media pieces that dealt with my eBay ad.

That Sunday the Warwick Farm Aid concert was held. Though many of our elected officials worked very hard trying to help us, persons like Senators Schumer and  Gillibrand, Representatives  Gibson and Owens amongst others, the bottom line we received virtually no help overall from the federal government, apart from token assistance and the promise of more loans being made available. I was bitterly disappointed.

I then said to Eve that we needed to do something different, something unique to draw attention to our plight. So, I thought about it for a few days and was then struck with a very unique idea, to put up for auction on eBay a 50 lb. bag of onions for $150,000.

Talk about a long shot idea, but, the primary purpose wasn’t to sell the bag of onions. It would have been nice if someone bought it obviously, but, the primary reason for it was to shame the Congress, specifically House leadership, and hopefully motivate them to change course and support the vitally needed crop loss program.

Yes, I realize that notion was probably a greater long shot than someone actually buying my onion bag, but, I had to do something.

The first step was to convince Eve. Once again the poor woman was going to be mortified. She never did like the idea of putting our finances and personal situation out there in the public eye. But, she understood the reason why I did it. It wasn’t simply because I was a press hound. It was the dozens upon dozens of stories that detailed our personal situation, which personalized the weather disasters and plight we were in, is what sold our cause. Humanizing our narrative with a tangible example is what primarily led to the passage of the $10 million dollar earmark years earlier. If you talk in the abstract, detailing factoids on how many acres of crops were lost, or how many overall dollars were lost, people may raise an eyebrow and pause for a moment to think about it. But lay out a narrative of a struggling family, it personalizes it and makes it so much more relatable, both to the public and to the politicos that can help you. I recognize it was and still is humiliating to Eve, and I wish there was another way. But no other farmer was willing to do it. And Eve has always recognized this and has always tried, to the best of her ability, to put the cause ahead of our own needs. Despite the personal humiliation and pain. It’s one of the reasons why she is such a wonderful wife and partner.

So, I sold Eve on the idea. I then found a generic onion bag and had her take a picture of the boys and me in front of our farm sign. I then placed the ad on eBay on September 26th  for a 10 day listing. I wrote up the text for the ad, which stated in part:

Buy this 50lb bag of yellow onions and save this 4th generation family farm! And a free 5lb bucket of genuine black dirt soil! Bidding starts at $150,000!

Hurricane Irene struck the Black Dirt region of the lower Hudson Valley, 1 hour north of New York City, devastating thousands of acres of farmland including our farm. The storm hit at the worst possible time, when we had 90% to 95% of our expenses into our crops. We lost 48 out of 51 acres of onions. My farm has lost over $150,000 this year alone and coupled with past disasters we are over $200,000 in the hole with no hope in sight. Below are a few media pieces about our losses:

FEMA does not cover agricultural losses. Farmers instead are covered by the USDA. The problem is that the USDA programs, mainly the crop insurance program, is virtually worthless, paying only pennies on the dollar on our losses. The other USDA program, the SURE program, won’t even start the application process until the fall of 2012 and probably won’t pay out until January of 2013 at the earliest. And the SURE program will only pay pennies on the dollar on our losses as well.

For many years my wife and I have fought to help the farmers in our valley. We have volunteered our time and our energies and our efforts to represent our fellow growers and to help change public policies that have been difficult, problematic or harmful to us. But we can’t do that any longer if we can no longer farm. And if we are so far in debt we simply can no longer farm. Our situation is beyond bleak, it is grim and without hope. So, if you can afford it, and you want to support a 4th generation family farm, please buy this single bag of onions.

Bidding starts at $150,000. It is one bag, but it represents my ability to continue to farm. It represents my continuing my family’s legacy. The federal government is currently unable to help us. Can you?

This isn’t just about saving a farm, and the seeds, and dirt, and wood, and plastic, and metal, and machinery, and sweat, and gears, and tractors, and barns, and tools, and crops and tears … it’s about hope and it’s about our future, ours and yours, help us feed you.

My mentor Bob Thompson, now with Syracuse University, thought the free 5 gallon bucket of dirt was a fantastic touch. That initial listing, which ran until October 6th, was eventually viewed by 2,278 people. A number of their views were due to my fantastic Facebook friends. I posted a link for the ad on my Facebook page and many of my friends shared it on their Walls. This spread the word of the ad very quickly. No one bid, not that I was surprised by that, but it had enough views for me to warrant re-listing it. I also started getting response from people via eBay expressing their support and desire to help. Eve and I were genuinely touched. Again, these are people that are just like us, suffering from the effects of the terrible economy, and yet they were expressing a heartfelt desire to help us despite their own personal circumstances. I, quite frankly, didn’t know how to respond except to thank them. A couple of people sent $5.00 or more via PayPal.

In the midst of the 2nd  listing I started getting phone calls from the press, both locally and regionally. One of the first to contact me, on the morning of October 14th, was WABC Channel 7 out of New York City. The reporter who called was Darla Miles. I had been plastering the eBay listing all over the internet and somehow her station had stumbled across it. She asked if she could come out and do a story and I of course happily obliged. So within a few hours she along with her camera operator arrived.

My dad was in rare form. Ah, another female reporter he could try to hug. I briefly explained to Darla my dad and his desire to hug some of the local reporters. I think I also went into briefly the story of “Candy & Andy.” I had her laughing. My dad also had her laughing as well. I then detailed the story of our disaster. She had seen Marcus Solis’ piece from September and was moved by our situation. She did an interview with me but as my dad was still hanging around she turned to him and said he had to go on too. Now, over the years I had been interviewed by various TV outlets but my dad never had. He did appear in the background at times but never on camera. After a bit of prodding he finally agreed. And he hit a homerun. The piece proper opens with my dad saying:

“It’s a strong onion has a lot of flavor. It’s not an onion you eat like an apple. If you do you’re pretty darn good.”

Miles in her voiceover then said “Good and strong, but is a fifty- pound bag of onions worth $150,000?” And my dad is then heard saying:

Well, it’s like a shot in the dark. Who knows? Oprah gives away twenty, thirty cars at a time or $30,000 and doesn’t blink a eye. What’s a bag of onions?”

Talk about a homerun! Dad actually topped me in the piece. And the piece was outstanding Darla Miles fully detailed how screwed we were in the piece and how our backs were against the wall (

After that piece aired I was contacted by WCBS News Radio 880 reporter Paul Murnane. He interviewed me the morning of October 20th  and his story aired throughout the day. It too was a fantastic piece that though was short pointed out how poor the crop insurance program was and how desperate a situation we were in ( Both the WABC Channel 7 and WCBS News Radio 880 stories were seen and heard by millions of people in the New York City media market. Further, Darla’s story was syndicated out to TV stations all across the country and I started getting e-mails and Facebook messages from friends all across the country telling me they had seen it. I also started getting more and more messages on eBay from people who didn’t have $150,000 but wanted to help. Many reported seeing the local WABC Channel 7 story on their local stations.

A day or so after the WABC Channel 7 story aired I was contacted by a wonderful woman by the name of Cindy Colby. Cindy was a certified eBay advisor. She too was moved by our situation and offered to help any way she could. And she did, on multiple levels. The first thing she did was she talked me through instructions on how to improve my eBay ad. She knew the ins and outs of adding pictures, formatting text, etc …, and Cindy cleaned up and improved my ad. I also told Cindy about all of the people that were contacting me on eBay, looking to help in some way. Cindy came up with the alternate listing, of 5 heirloom seeds for a small donation We ended up creating multiple listings for a number of different small donation levels. Numerous people responded and bought the 5 token seeds so as to contribute to helping us. Again, Eve and I were not comfortable with it. We knew how bad the economy was, but people kept insisting they wanted to do something to help. To this day Eve and I are overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of all of those people, as well as Cindy. She really extended herself to help us and spent a great deal of time, energy and effort. Eve and I hope that one day we can somehow get a few hundred pounds of onions to her, as well as give her a big hug.

After the WABC Channel 7 and WCBS News Radio 880 stories aired all of the major local media outlets did video and print pieces. My old friend Tracy Baxter at the Times Herald-Record as well as YNN and News 12 all did fantastic pieces. I was also contacted by a producer with ABC Network News. We spoke back and forth a few times and it appeared he was all set to do a story, but, it never materialized.

Days went by, then weeks, then months. I kept re-listing both eBay ads but the view counts continued to drop. And there was little movement on Capitol Hill. I then met with Mike Oates at the Hudson valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) and we jointly worked on an op-ed calling for the need for an ad- hoc crop loss program. Our piece ran in the February 2nd 2012 edition of the Times Herald-Record and it was entitled “Our View: Crop loss program urgently needed by Black Dirt farmers.”

End of excerpt.



As I have mentioned multiple times previously my campaign to raise funds for an editor will be featured in an upcoming episode of the new Crowd Funder Show.

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The Crowd Funder TV Show highlights various ideas that have been selected based on their merit for creativity, social relevance, and commercial viability. Each episode focuses the spotlight on six or seven inspiring projects and personal goals that give the viewing audience insight into the campaign, its principal, and the reason(s) why it should come to fruition. The Crowd Funder TV Show highlights various ideas that have been selected based on their merit for creativity, social relevance, and commercial viability.

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Onion World December 2012 Issue

Since I’m in the midst of this Kickstarter campaign (had you heard about that?) about my memoir “Muckville: Farm Policy, Media and the Strange Oddities of Semi-Rural Life” and I just uploaded the old National Geographic article I figured I’d upload this neat article from the December 2012 issue of Onion World Magazine (no, not “The Onion”) about Eve and I’s public policy activities over the years.

Want an idea of what my memoir is about? Check out this fantastic article by Eric Woolson to see just some of the stuff we have done over the years in terms of agricultural public policy and advocacy (Yes, the front cover is signed by former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton!).


Link for article:

Supporting my Kickstarter campaign, helping me get my memoir out there, helps me to better be able to do the things detailed in this article!


Link for Kickstarter campaign:

New Muckville Kickstarter campaign update

My daily Muckville Kickstarter campaign update!

A couple of new backers have come on the scene. I now have 17 backers for a total of $617 … I am at above 10% of my goal!


Thank you again to all of my new and previous backers!

Here is a useful link. On my Kickstarter page you can find my bio link here:

Click on the text that says “See full bio & links” to read my bio and for a series of links about me and some of my public policy activities.

Again, if you can back me fantastic … and if you can spread the word and encourage your friends to back me … better yet!

In the meantime enjoy these videos which are stories that ran on WABC 7 Eyewitness News in NYC about he devastation of Hurricane Irene and my subsequent $150K 50 lb bag of onions on eBay ad. My dad with his reference to Oprah Winfrey totally steals the show in that story.

My beautiful Russian bride to be and our e-mail romance or … a fake bride to be meets a time traveling soldier from the future!

In 2011 my onion crop was utterly destroyed by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

I was so desperate, looking to prod the Congress into providing a crop loss program I put a 50lb bag of onions on eBay for $150,000.

By December of 2011 I was very deep in debt and still unsure as to what I would do next. I was under a great deal of pressure and very depressed. I needed something to divert my attention.

And on December 12th, 2011, I got a spam/scam e-mail that was just what the doctor ordered.

Normally I just quickly delete such nonsense but this time I decided to respond and see where it went. Below is the entire chain of e-mails between my potential Russian bride and myself. Also included are the actual sent pictures. My friends on Facebook enjoyed this immensely as I posted all of it as it happened back in 2011. I hope you all enjoy it as well!

From: “ANGEL” <>
Subject: You look gorgeous
Date: December 12, 2011 4:33:20 PM EST
To: <>
Reply-To: “ANGEL” <>

Hello there How are you currently doing? I like your profile.

Are you wanting to check out my own private pics?

Mail me at and i’ll answer back with my private pictures.


From: Chris Pawelski <>
Subject: ????
Date: December 12, 2011 5:49:18 PM EST

I just got this e-mail:

Hello there How are you currently doing? I like your profile.

Are you wanting to check out my own private pics?

Mail me at and i’ll answer back with my private pictures.

What profile did you see????
From: Evgeniya <>
Date: December 15, 2011 5:41:01 AM EST
To: Chris Pawelski <>
Subject: HELLO!

Chris hello! I am glad to receive letter from you!!
my real name is Evgeniya! Now I am writing to you from pers-l email!
I would like to have a relationship with you although I don’t know if
that’s possible in Int. but so I’m looking just for a good man!
it is my first time I try to correspondence with man in Int. world.
I want to see real life and it is impossible to see without
person who knows all sides of the life …….
Today many used a special program for young people who wants to
work abroad. I also decided to do so and to use it. This program just helps to
register documents and gives suitable work in any state(town)of USA,
Canada or Europa (or other big country). I just need to choose.
I already started to register documents and now I need to decide in which city I want to work..
I plan to work in sphere of services or trade!
I decided to find a men and make his city to be my purpose.
I will leave my town in a few days or so. I can’t tell you everything exactly right now……
..Im 24 years old. I do hope that you will be not disappointed to meet me
in real life if we will meet
Please forgive me that my e-mail starts to be too long
I also want to see your different photos and hope to know you better!
I want you to know that I have only good intentions.

I will send you more photos, I hope you’ll like it.
I think you are interested that I don`t have a boyfriend, because all
men here look on my visual aspect and I want somebody who will look inside me.
…my pictures….S E X Y….  BUT….I’M NOT INFO TAKING NAK.. PHOTS!
I really apologize if you think now I’m not a good girl…
I hope you don’t think so.. )

I hope to see your answer soon!!


From: Chris Pawelski <>
Date: December 15, 2011 10:58:34 AM EST
To: Evgeniya <>
Subject: Re: HELLO!

Dear Evgeniya,

Thank you for your wonderful response and your fantastic pictures. You are such a beautiful woman and from the text of your e-mail you are beautiful on the inside and on the outside as well. But, I have to ask, when you say “my pictures….S E X Y….  BUT….I’M NOT INFO TAKING NAK.. PHOTS!” is that a hard and fast rule, or do you bend it a little bit? Just kidding.

A little about me, I’m 45 years old, college educated, I have an M.A. from the University of Iowa in Broadcasting and Film Studies, my specialty, the international spy and man of mystery, James Bond. I studied his ways very much. I am married 21+ years to 1 woman and the father to 2 young boys. Currently my wife wants to keep me. I am an onion farmer on a farm 1 hour north of New York City. Our crop was destroyed by a terrible flood this year and currently I am very poor. I like beer and vodka and a drink called 4 Loko. My great grandfather on my dad’s side came from Poland to start the farm and my great grand parents on my mom’s side came from the Ukraine to mine coal. We are people of the dirt and the earth. Sometimes I go to Washington DC to talk to bigwigs about the plight of the farmers. Many of the bigwigs love the farmers but currently we aren’t experiencing much love. Though my brother farms he also works as an international head hunter and has been to Russia and the Ukraine many times and speaks Russian. He also goes to Italy to vacation every winter. I am like my brother and on occasion take my family to eat at the Olive Garden restaurant.

Are you sure about the no NAK PHOTS? Just kidding.

So, what sort of man and work are you looking for? There are some men here in my neighborhood that would be interested in a beautiful person like you, but they are men of the dirt. As I said, I think my wife wants to keep me for the moment, though if she sees this e-mail she may have some second thoughts. What country are you from?

Here is a Facebook page about our weather disaster, it has some photos you can enjoy:

Well, I look forward to your response. Tell me, what is your favorite American television show? Do you like Dos Equis beer?

Talk with you soon,


From: Evgeniya <>
Date: December 16, 2011 1:00:06 PM EST
To: Chris Pawelski <>
Subject: HELO!!Hello!
I sent you the LETTER yesterday and a PHOTOS !This time I will write you more about myself.
First of all my full name is:
E v g e n i y a
T r o i m o w aMy address here is:
Rus.Federation, Barkhatowo, Chkalowa street 3 flat 7, post code(zip) – 662524.I am 24years old (not too young I think?  )
My birthday is 7 January I’m 154 cm tall (5.5) and 52 kg weight..

I write to you from Internet Cafe!
There is no any messenger in this Cafe so we can only keep emailing each other?
ok, So now you have a representation of who I am….
I like to try new things..

What do you think about my new pictures?


From: Chris Pawelski <>
Date: December 16, 2011 3:55:13 PM EST
To: Evgeniya <>
Subject: Re: HELO!!Hi Evgeniya,I sent you a reply yesterday but it seems you didn’t get it. I surmise that based on the text of this e-mail. So I will re-send what I sent you yesterday, based on your initial response, but first I will respond to this e-mail. I enjoyed your 2 new photos. You are a lovely lady that is rootin tootin sure! You are not too young, especially by Malaysian standards. I don’t know metrics but your height and weight sound quite good. I don’t like women who are tall enough to dunk a basketball and heavy enough to block a blitzing linebacker in American football.I greatly appreciated the kiss … my wife not so much.Chris

From: Evgeniya <>
Date: December 17, 2011 7:12:17 AM EST
To: Chris Pawelski <>
Subject: write you more…
Reply-To: Evgeniya <>

Hello!Chris,today I will tell my parents about you (or it is not necessarily  ??), I’m sure they will be happy that someone is waiting for me over there!

I think you should know more about my life and my hobbies
so you will know if we have any common interests.

I don’t know exactly my waist, hips measurements, I
don’t have a reason to measure it because I think it’s OK and my body is proportionate )) I take care of my body, I do aerobics three times a week and I go to the swimming pool twice a week.I have a younger brother! We all (me, my brother and my parents) live in two-rooms flat. As I wrote you I live in Russa. The name of my city is Barkhatowo, it’s near Krasnoyarsk city. Barkhatowo is very small and
Krasnoyarsk is a large city, the main city in our district. I graduated from Krasnoyarsk Humanitarian University two years ago. I`m a menager of the big shop, my city is small but we have a big shop here. Sometimes I attend courses in Krasnoyarsk so I have several diplomas, but you know in russia we don`t have good work opportunities. But this work help me to take care about myself. When I come to your city I think it won`t be a problem to find work on my specialization (I shall work as the simple seller). My mother is a teacher of music in the school. I also could play a piano a little. I like classic music, jazz, rock, lounge. I like all kinds of music! A little about my father: he is in a good shape because we usually make exercises together, he doesn`t work now, because he is retired already. I love both my parents and I’m happy my parents will be not alone when I leave them and will go to another country. Of course I will miss everybody but I want to have my own happiness!

do you have an International Airport in your city? please write me it’s name an code. or write me the name of the nearest INTERNATIONAL Airport to you.

If you want I can call you when I will be in Capital, it would be nice to talk to you. We don’t have international calls here. I suppose in few days I will fly to Moscov and start my trip! I hope you are not getting bored to read my emails?

ok… it’s time to finish my mail.


From: Chris Pawelski <>
Date: December 17, 2011 12:24:21 PM EST
To: Evgeniya <>
Subject: Re: write you more…Hi Evgeniya,As always I enjoy your e-mails and I GREATLY ENJOYED YOUR PHOTOS! It is good to see you are a fun of summer, winter and indoor sports and you take good care of yourself. I am assuming you are probably on a high fiber diet as well, which is good! Tell me, do you eat lots of onions. As I mentioned in my last e-mail, I am an onion farmer and it warms my heart when someone tells me they love onions. Onions are also very good for the digestive system. In fact, a cabbie in Washington DC once told me, “onions are good for flushing the inner cavities.” He was a very wise man and I was also told never to argue with cabbies in Washington DC anyway.My wife found my e-mails to you (she has spyware on my computer) and she wasn’t very happy. At first she threatened to beat me with an American baseball bat but then she got jealous and now we have been making love like rabbits. Frankly, I have needed an oxygen tank to satisfy her the last day. So good thing you didn’t send any NAKE photos, who knows what would have happened to me. I might have been killed, by violence or by violent love, it’s hard to tell with her.As I said I am a farmer and our crop was destroyed this year. If you go to this Facebook page you can see the sad story: Do you have any wealthy friends that can send me money? I am thousands of dollars in the hole and need lots of money and I hear in Russia there are some rich people that can help. Do you know any of them that can help me?

As I mentioned I live near NYC. I am not near any airports though. I am near some bus stations, but they are very dirty and the bad men who drink lots of whiskey and smoke meth and who like to pee in the corners sleep there. You don’t want to come there.

I have a Masters Degree in film studies and studied James Bond and have been on tv many times. I talk to politicians about onions and rivers and dirt and things of the earth. And I beg for money. What are your degrees in. I can get you a job on the farm but I don’t think you would like it much. It is hot and stinky and my dad would want to hug you all the time. He is always trying to hug the pretty news reporters. Sometimes they hug them, sometimes they don’t. He offers to let them pick rocks but they just laugh. You wouldn’t laugh at my dad, would you? He’s just 100% Polish, he can’t help it.

I’ve included a couple of pictures and if you go to the Facebook page you can see many more of the farm.

I think your body is well proportioned. Eat more onions!

Talk with you soon,



From: Evgeniya <>
Date: December 18, 2011 6:25:04 AM EST
To: Chris Pawelski <>
Subject: I wrote you not all…hello, ok!! :)I write to you thefifth letter.. I hope you read these letters?  sorry, I just want to add few things… I think last time I wrote you not all my thoughts… My mind is always in a mess when I write you because it’s hard to write everything to somebody who is so far away. I don’t remember if I wrote last time I’ve never been married, don’t have kids but I love them and they love me! I And I want to tell you that I always wanted to find an older man. Why? I have two answers.. Firstly, I think older men are much more serious and they can take care of me, they are more experienced in life and can teach me many things. Have you heard a saying “The older the violin, the sweeter the music”? I believe in it… I think I’m not that young already but I don’t have much experience in life and I want to have someone who has more experience in life then me. Secondly… maybe I’m not right about it… but I want to be honest I’ve always had such worry… if I marry a man nearly my age… and after some years I will become not that young and beautiful… I think it’s more hard for a woman to be attractive then for a man… and he will find a younger mistress and I will become very miserable. I don’t want my man to be unfaithful. I know I can be faithful to my man and I will never cheat on him.
But this is just my worries. This is not my goal. Please tell me if you think you will love your woman at any age and not find a younger one? Can you be faithful? Also I want to tell you that I learned english in university, so I don`t use any translators, and I can speak english as good as I write on it. I hope we will have no problems in communications. I feel that you are very nice man I really want to meet you. If you will not like me or something else we can be just friends. I hope I will get my work visa soon in Moscow and all documents and I come to you! I don’t have any area limits with this visa so I can work where I want. I don`t know exact day of my arrival, but as soon as I will know I will write it to you. You know, I’m just trying to be honest with you and write you all my thoughts on different issues. Please be always honest with me also….I am sending you my best pic! I am sorry for my strange attitude. My thought are so contradictive about us. This pic was taken by my girlfriend. I want you to see all of my body so you know how I look and don’t get too much surprised after we meet. I understand that it is important to all men and you’re not the exception. I respect men’s attitude. Once again, I am sorry and I hope you don’t get me wrong for sending this photo to you. I have no more similar pics! sorry!I will write you later, I will look if I have more nice photos to send you. Have a good day!Evgeniya


From: Chris Pawelski <>
Date: December 18, 2011 4:04:46 PM EST
To: Evgeniya <>
Subject: Re: I wrote you not all…Dear Evgeniya,As always I enjoy your e-mails and your wonderful photos. I sent you a reply yesterday with some photos of me, did you get them? If you didn’t I can re-send them. I am going to include the text of my e-mail below incase you didn’t get it.I read and cherish every one of your letters. It’s okay about your mind, my mind is a mess too, but mostly from drinking too much beer and 4 Loko. I am very happy you like older men and kids, because as I mentioned I am 45 and currently married and the father of two boys. In my last e-mail I wrote how my wife discovered our e-mails via the spyware she has on my computer. She is not happy with me today. She is not very big on the idea of you coming into our lives. Do you watch the HBO tv show “Big Love?” It’s about a crazy man with many wives at once. Why would one man want many wives at once? I do not know for sure, except that his heart is so big he can’t help but share it with more than one woman … and he’s crazy too. I tied to tell my wife how good an idea this is but then she chased me with a frying pan.Currently, as I mentioned Evgeniya, I am very poor. I am a man of the dirt, I grow onions, and the river flooded me this year. This page on Facebook tells the story with sad pictures and sad stories on tv and in the press. Did you watch them? Do you like and eat onions? A woman who loves me must love onions. She must be willing to smell like an onion … all over.

I can love a woman of any age, except 80 years old and older. That’s too old for me. I would not look for a younger mistress, I promise you that. I even told that to my wife this morning when I talked about you. And that’s the truth. I don’t think my wife is going to leave me or share me with you. She’s old fashioned in that way. She’s also a coupon clipper.

You said, “Firstly, I think older men are much more serious and they can take care of me, they are more experienced in life and can teach me many things.” What sort of things are you talking about? Love making techniques, how to parallel park, how to do credit default swaps, because there are some things I know more about than others.

I know you are looking for a man to take care of you, but currently in America we don’t have the same form of universal health care as in other western nations. We don’t have a public option with free health care for all under Obamacare, it’s just like Romneycare, which Mitt Romney was for, before we was against it. So now we have to depend on jobs with health insurance and my lovely wife currently has the job with the health insurance. So, if you come here, and she gets mad and leaves me, that will leave me with no money and no health insurance. That will mean that I will have to leave America and go back to Russia with you. So, is there space in your apartment for me in Russia to move in with you? Can you take care of an older man who would never leave you? I am a hard working man of the dirt who would love you at any age. I have some digestive issues as well as some issues regarding germs and some drinking issues as well. I am just being honest with you.

I love these new pictures so much. Do you have any more, especially like the black & white one? Please more like that? I want to see all of your body too. Men do tend to like that. By the way, what does your friend look like? Is she as hot as you?

As always I enjoy our e-mails and I look forward to the next one!


From: Evgeniya <>
Date: December 19, 2011 7:26:08 AM EST
To: Chris Pawelski <>
Subject: …will be lucky to meet you…
Reply-To: Evgeniya <>Hello!!
Chris, thank that you continue write me!!
I like to think about you and about our meeting!Now my parents don`t worry about me as before because now they know you are a kind man and can help me if I will need your help. You can show me your city and tell me about the life over there! I think I didn’t write you I like cooking. I will cook RUScuisine for you! Pelmeni, vareniki, blini, borsch, okroshka! You will like it! Besides I like Italian and Mexican. I love spaghetti and pizzza!!!!! mmm…I like bananas! I can’t live without it! I like Mexican food because it’s very spicy, although I don’t cook Mexican dishes too often. I’ve been told my cooking is very tasty! I like to cook cakes. my favorite is cheese-cake with raspberry! You know… when I talk about food I’m getting hungry ) I eat everything and I’m not on any diets but usually I don’t eat after 7 pm. This helps me not to be fat! I can cook many tasty things for you when we will meet! You know.. almost all Russian men are like bears! They are so rude, they can’t be nice and polite, they don’t want to have a family. I think you are not like them. I like to go to the cinema! I really like to watch a good movie with my friends. 50 percents of movies in our cinemas are Russian and about 50 American. actually my favorite actor is Matt Damon and I like all movies with him. I’ve watched “Adjustment Bureau” Have you seen it?
could you recommend me any American movie so I can watch it? What is your favorite movie and actor? Soooo… what else could I say? I have a driver’s licence but I don’t have a car. My father has a russian car and he gives me his car sometimes. I don`t like only cinema! I like theatre and opera too, I like ballet. I am dancing modern dances a little! Unfortunately there is only one small theatre in my city and there is nothing interesting. If I want to go to ballet, for example, I should go to Krasnoyarsk, there sometimes can come famous Russian actors and dancers but I can’t go there often because it’s quite expensive. By, the way, one thing else about my trip. Agency will help me to rent a room to stay near my future work. I will share this room with a few girls yet, it is usual procedure and it helps to pay the rent (it will be cheaper). And I have a question, is it normal if we will like each other may be it is possible to live together?of course if you or somebody doesn’t mind. As you know I will stay there for three months but If I will like there I will be able to prolong my trip. I think I will be able to improve my english and you can learn Russian and I think it will help us to learn each other better,who knows. I had no sex during one year..  Do you have a big wide bed?(joke).And now I have some good news for you! After sending this email I will go home, take my packed bags and go to Krasnoyarsk! From there I will fly to Moscow! I`m really afraid to fly on a plane! I hope my plane will not fall down! I’m really afraid! It is several hours from Krasnoyarsk to Moscow. when I come to Moscow and settle down I will write you an email. I hope today I will be able to write you. Please don’t worry about me if you don’t hear from me today or tomorrow, that will mean I was not able to find a place to stay and I will write you after tomorrow. In Moscow I will spend a week or maybe even more, I should make all final arrangements with my documents and after it I will come to you! I’ve never been to Moscow before and I’m so nervous now… I’ve never went somewhere alone and now I should go alone to such big city! I really want to talk to you by phone, but as I don`t have a mobile phone, I will find a public phone in Moscow with international calls. you know… I had such great desire to start my trip already.. and now I feel myself like a newborn kitten who has even didn’t open it’s eyes… I just want to hug my mommy and don’t want to go anywhere… but I know that’s my dream to start a new life and I will try to turn in to reality! Soon you will hear some news from me from Moscow!!!!!!!! hope I’m only for you! love you and kisses!Evgeniya


From: Chris Pawelski <>
Date: December 19, 2011 1:48:25 PM EST
To: Evgeniya <>
Subject: Re: …will be lucky to meet you…Hi Evgeniya,As always I greatly enjoy your detailed e-mails and your beautiful pictures. But I am very sad. I don’t think you are reading my e-mails too much. I am telling you details about my life and I don’t think you are reading them or taking them too seriously. Or maybe you are too much in love. Or maybe you are drinking too much vodka, I don’t know. Let me re-cap, I am 45 years old, I am married to a possessive woman named Eve and the father of two boys. I am an onion farmer, a simple man of the dirt, well, not totally simple, I am also an educated man who went to the University of Iowa who has a Master of Arts from there and really loves the Iowa Hawkeyes. But my onion crop was destroyed this year by a terrible flood, this website explains what happened: I am very poor, very, very poor, I owe the government over $200,000 and one day they will send the men with no necks and black sunglasses to take me away. Until then I live on credit cards and meet with the political big shots and ask them to help us. And I drink heavily. And I don’t eat breakfast and I enter Publishers Clearinghouse sweepstakes and the McDonalds Monopoly contest too! But I won’t collect bottles and cans along the road. I do love my wife very much, she puts up with my crap and she clips my toenails.I asked Eve my wife if it was okay if we take in a beautiful 26 year old Russian woman to be like a second wife, to cook and work at a department store and eat bananas and sleep together in our big bed, but my wife just laughed and said no. I cried, and I cried, and I cried, and I begged and I begged, and I cried, and I said “PLEASE,” and she said NO!” Then she left the room, and grabbed my gun, AND SHE POINTED IT AT ME AND SAID SHE WOULD SHOOT MY MANHOOD OFF IF SUCH A THING EVER HAPPENED! Then she laughed like Hannibal Lector from “Silence of the Lambs” and read a book. Now I am scared. So if you come, and she chases me out, I MUST LEAVE WITH YOU! Can you take me back to Moscow? Can you take care of me? I can work on a farm very hard! Are there any onion farms near where you live? I can cook too and I promise I will not become fat for you! I will be your sex slave and do your laundry and mow the lawn and do all sorts of odd jobs. Typically my feet don’t smell but I have an “inny” belly button that does tend to collect lint. I hope you don’t view that as a turn off.Plus I want to be totally honest with you, I have some other defects I must share with you. For one, I’ve only recently started to wet the bed. Not often, just on occasion, when I get agitated or excited. Or drunk. My wife refers to it as “a touch of the dab.” She actually finds it attractive, she thinks of me as her little puppy dog. All you need to do is put some newspaper around me. Also, I have some issues with warts. It goes back to my college days when I sowed my wild oats. Don’t worry, i don’t think you can catch them, and if you do we in America have some pretty powerful ointments that take care of the itch.

I love the movies. I spend most of my days when I’m not working watching tv or movies. My favorite actor, Ernest Borgnine. Any movie with him in it is a classic. I did watch the “Adjustment Bureau” and it was okay but I usually don’t like documentaries. I love American tv, including “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligans Island” classic high drama like that. Opera confuses me too much.

You said you will be living for a while with a bunch of other girls. Any chances you will be having pillow fights? If so, can you take some pictures of that and send them?

I do have a driver’s license and a minivan and a truck but what I love to drive the most is my parent’s John Deere lawn mower. When I mow the lawn I will drink three or four beers or one to two 4 Lokos. Then I will sing American rock music like a madman. I will also threaten to jump the large drainage ditch to make my friend Donald happy. Speaking of music, do you like the Russian trololo guy? We in America love him!

You have great taste in food and sexy taste in clothes. Your poses are better than the Monkees tv show! Please send more pictures! And don’t worry about the plane, it will not fall down, this link from Wiki on aerodynamics will explain why:

Why on earth didn’t you have sex for a year? Can we talk about this more? How did you spell relief girl?  Feel free to open up between us!

Well, I will send another e-mail with more pictures. You have a safe trip. My wife is now mad at me but if you can’t stay with me there are lots of farmers around here who would be very interested in getting to know you more, that’s for sure! I do think you are very sweet!


From: Chris Pawelski <>
Date: December 19, 2011 3:57:04 PM EST
To: Evgeniya <>
Subject: Re: …will be lucky to meet you…

Hey Evgeniya,

I sent you a reply an hour or so ago (see below) but I also wanted to send you some photos and a link to my YouTube page. My YouTube page has my many media appearances about my farm, including some with some bigwigs, as well as some college videos too which may make you laugh. Some of them I am drinking in, some I am sober. My wife won’t let me upload the ones with the naughty words. She is such a babushka.

Here is my YouTube channel:

Here are some more photos:


From: Evgeniya <>
Date: December 20, 2011 5:21:21 AM EST
To: Chris Pawelski <>
Subject: good weather..I am very glad to write you again!!! I in Capital of our country!!I was in a travel agency, all my documents are ready. Now they are checking a possible flight to your air port. They will give me all information (date and time of my arrival, etc.) tomorrow I think. Tomorrow I will continue to see M o s c o w, like a tourist. In Moscov there are so many different museums! Here good weather, about -1`C, but I feel myself so alone.  Everything here is very expensive, not like in my city… Everywhere are big crowds of people! Everyone rush somewhere and I don`t know anybody here. I feel uncomfortable because of it but I hope I will be OK soon. You can’t imagine how happy I am because I already started my trip to you! I still cannot believe I’ve done it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Something amazing occurs inside of me after I have received your first letter! My heart lost calm since then. But it’s interesting that it does not want to find it again! Every my cell shouts about how it wants to see you. I want to see and kiss you! My sun, you know perhaps, but I’ll tell you that you are the clearest man in the world. My sun! I cannot even think without you, I become silly! I do not want even to breath without you! I need you as an air. It’s so incredibly stuffy without you, and I can really breathe of you! I’m finishing my letter and I want to thank you for hope you offer me.P.SPlease CONFIRM the name of int. airport (and his code) and be sure you wrote it right.

kiss you,Evgeniya


From: Chris Pawelski <>
Date: December 20, 2011 8:25:23 AM EST
To: Evgeniya <>
Subject: Re: good weather..Dear, dear Evgeniya,It seems two of my e-mails must have passed you by. I hope you did not miss them, like a passing ship in the night. In the first I commented on your wonderful e-mail, on the foods you enjoy, the movies you like, your driving, and I shared my bed wetting issues, my warts on my private parts, and other issues. In the second e-mail I sent some pictures of me as well as a link to my YouTube page which contains videos I have either appeared in or made. You will either cry tears of sadness or joy, or be horribly confused. Here is the link: recap, I am a 45 year old man who is married over 21 years to a wonderful woman who currently wants to keep me, and is the father of two young, good, smart boys, who are always hungry. I am an onion farmer, and man of the dirt, the soil, the mud. I pick weeds and rocks and most importantly, onions. I love onions, their skin and their scent. Woman who smell like onions are very sexy to me. Do you smell like onions? This season a Hurricane came and caused a flood which destroyed my crop. I lost all my onions and now I am thousands of dollars in the hole. I am poor and very sad. This page explains it all: don’t live near any cities nor near any airports. I live near some bus stations but they are very dirty and only bad men who do drugs live and sleep there. You would not want to go there.

I asked my wife if you could live with us like one big happy family but she said no, she already has one loafer too many she has to take care of and that is me. My wife is a good woman and I don’t want to get her mad at me or she will throw me out of my own house and then my kids won’t see me anymore, I’ll have no place to live and I’ll start to be like the smelly people at the bus station who talk to themselves.

But, I have a bigger secret I must protect. A secret that is so important it involves the whole world. Not just our world, but many worlds. I know it sounds confusing, but I can explain. It’s a secret I have been carrying for many years, and it has been crushing my soul, and I must finally share it with someone. Even my dearest wife does not know. But I know, from our few e-mails, that you are very special and I can share my secret with you. Can I do that, can I share a special secret … a dangerous secret … with you and only you … and can you keep and tell no one? EVEN MY WIFE AND CHILDREN DO NOT KNOW THIS!

Oh, I am bursting inside and I have to finally tell someone after so many years and I feel you are that special someone. I am a time travel. I am a soldier, from the year 2120. My rank is major, I am a leader of men. I’m not supposed to be here, in the past, but the human race is at war with cybernetic life forms from a distant planet in our galaxy who have the power of time travel. We have stolen their technology and adapted it. In the course of one battle, 20 years ago, I was thrown back in time, in what is called a “Jefferson temporal curve.” And here I am. At least 15 of these cybernetic creatures were thrown back in time with me. 3 of them posses the technology to get back and I am trying to find those 3 and kill the rest. I have taken out 7 over the years and have severely disabled 2. I have one in my possession. Plus I am doing everything in power to not contaminate or pollute the timeline. I have a device which enables me to communicate, in a limited way and in short bursts, with my timeline. The problem is that my device requires massive amounts of energy. I have to steal energy from un obvious sources to mask my energy use. For example, Fukushima, I was able to divert power from there to power my device before the melt down. I was never a good student of history when I was in school and truth be told, much was lost after the 3rd World War, but I do know basic facts about my past, your present and future. I’m trying to lay as low as possible, to stay out of history’s way, and to take out those cybernetic bastards that come my way. I love my 20th/21th century wife and family but I miss my 22nd century family. No, I wan’t married, but I miss my men, I miss my parents, I miss my world, and I want to take it back from these invaders. “F”: these bastards!

But my dear, I do not want to put you at risk, or your great great great grandchildren at risk, despite the love that may be between us. Further, if the cybernetic life forms recognize that you are special to me they may target you for elimination. That being said, do you know any hand to hand combat techniques or how to discharge small weapons? Do you have a cat? Cats can sense them, even from great distances. Watch your back … trust no one.

I need you to stay safe, in the country. As much as this breaks my heart to say this … but I need you to find a good man to help you make many babies, to make more babies, to prepare for the invasion … to fight for the survival of humanity.

Your soldier, the poor dirt farmer,


From: Evgeniya <>
Date: December 21, 2011 6:02:07 AM EST
To: Chris Pawelski <>
Subject: 27,December!
Reply-To: Evgeniya <>

Chris hello! excuse me that I could not write to you earlier….. I’m writing to you as soon as I can!!!!!! I was busy with many arrangements!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also I had to repeat some words for my English test and I finally passed my test today morning!!!
today I was in the travel agency and I received an information about my trip! I will be very thankful to you if you can meet me at the Airport!

I will arrive to you on Tuesday, 27 December I shall inform number of flight, the terminal and an arrival time probably Sunday or on Monday. more in detail look at the end of the letter. I copied the information of agency

I hope so much it’s a good day for you to meet me!

I am so glad to see that we are almost near our goal,and our meeting wait for us. I think I will call you from airport before my flight. You know I booked tickets on Tuesday, 27 December flight and I will buy them before my intervew. People from embassy must be sure that I am not going to stay illegally, so I need to buy roundtrip tickets (with returning date). I wanted to ask you about electronic tickets but they tell that I can’t use because it is their businees to arrange all travel details and they have some extra money from all the things, you see it is just business.I think that you will be able to help me because I don’t know anybody here and only you are my hope now, I think everything in your hands and I believe that you will not leave me here alone.please borrow some money. I am sure I will be able to return all your money back after a few weeks, I will get salary and I will collect the sum I own from you. To be fair I am not sure I know what to say because I hate to ask but now I have no different way, you see.Please help me it is only money and much more important if we will meet in person I will do my best, you won`t be disappoined. I see that it sounds a little crazy but I can’t believe that in the worst case I have to return home,they all will laugh at me.I think it rests with you to decide and I feel that you will help me because you are kind. I have about 300 US dollars yet and I think I need about 980 US dollars from your side with all travel needs and living here till my flight! (I had 1180 dollars, but flight from Krasnoyarsk, opening visa, medical insurance and all travel needs costed about 800 dollars). For truth I did not expect I will need to buy roundtrip tickets, but now I see that its a very strict rule. I was sure that my mom will help me becasue she promised but now she sent letter that it is possible only in a few months or so because of family problems.and she can’t send transfer now.I was in the bank to try to ask them about loan but they tell I have to have something to stay them and I have nothing to stay because I have only a few dress and things,some perfume and it is all I have,and small gift for you from russia with love.

please send it today by Western Union or Money Gram I will write you details:!!! send it to russia, Evgeniya Trofimowa !!!!This is my full name!

Also I’ve got an advice to send you a scan copy of my passport in case you need to confirm my details.

this is my full name used in all official documents. They said this is all info you need. But please for any case write down more info. The address where I’m staying: Bolshaya Yakimanka, 23-94 , post code (zip) 109017. I rent a small room In an apartment of an old policeman here, it’s cheaper then hotel.The address of the closest Western Union (or MoneyGram) here is:

“Alfa Bank” Moscow , 109017, Bolshaya Yakimanka – 19, stroenie 1

I have some money but it’s not enough to complete my trip. Please send me 980 US dollars and I will complete my trip! After it please write me all details about the transfer –

your FULL NAME and Money Transfer Control Number.!!

I will call you as soon as I receive it. When I receive the money I will pay for my trip and only then the embassy will put all final stamps on my documents. I’ve bought you few souvenirs with Russian attributes!!! I’m sure you will like them! If you need something more please let me know, they are not expensive. Also I bought two boxes of Russian chocolate! I hope so much when I come to you we will like each other! You are already very special to me! Please when I come to you tell me more about you and your country! I will listen to everything you tell me and I will do everything you tell me! I trust you really much! I hope you will not do something to hurt my feelings…. I think you are really good man. I will never do anything to hurt yours!!! By statistics Moscow is the second most expensive city in the world after Tokyo… everything is so expensive here… and I have to pay for my rent and food and buy tickets.. please help me.. Sorry if I missed something or didn’t comment please let me know I was so busy with with all preparations!!!!


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From: Chris Pawelski <>
Date: December 21, 2011 8:05:15 AM EST
To: Evgeniya <>
Subject: Re: 27,December!My Dear Evgeniya,I don’t know how else to say this, my cover appears to be blown. Chrono physics or temporal mechanics was never a strong suit of mine but it was imperative that U.S. intelligence services not become aware of me, of who I am, where I am from and most importantly, what technology and knowledge of the future I posses. It could change the entire timeline, and not for the good. Well, backscatter from our e-mails have been collected from the NSA and they are on to me. Further, I was just attacked from one of the cybernetic life forms last night. I took him out, but, when I downloaded the information in his central processing core I found out something very disturbing my love … HE HAD A DETAILED FILE ABOUT YOU! INCLUDING YOUR CURRENT WHEREABOUTS! I KNEW WHERE YOU WERE BEFORE I RECEIVED YOUR E-MAIL THIS MORNING!So, the U.S. intelligence apparatus is after me now and the cybernetic life forms are after you. I’ve now killed 8. I’ve severely disabled 2, I can’t destroy them but they are in a place that can do no harm (and cannot corrupt the timeline). As I said I have one in my possession. That leaves 4, I think. I’m not totally sure. But I’m pretty sure at least 2 are in Eastern Europe right now. They are there attempting to obtain certain minerals needed to build what’s called a “Kennsington Device.” It’s a weapon, a very powerful weapon, one that makes matter unstable, and at short range can destroy a city block. I have to stop them. They need to obtain materials here on the eastern seaboard of the United States and it’s here that Ill take them out, recapture the equipment needed to rebuild the time traveling device, and go back home. But I need to stay ahead of the various U.S. intelligence agencies, who are going to be watching me now. Remember I mentioned I have one of the cybernetic bastards disabled. Well, I forgot to mention, they are shape shifters, they can assume the form or appearance of anyone, your mother, your best friend, your lover, even you. Well, here’s my plan, I’m going to re-program this one to look exactly like me. Then, I’m going to program it to think that it is me, with specific instructions. When the various U.S. intelligence agencies come to take me in he’ll try to get away, but it will be a half hearted effort … he’ll let them take them in. Oh, it will be on the news, local onion farmer taken in for questioning, but they’ll take my “twin” in to a secure location but he’ll give them NOTHING! And I’ll slip away.Here’s what i need you to do. As I’ve mentioned many times, in my cover as an onion farmer I am very poor, all my cash resources are gone. So, I need you to send me that $300 you mentioned in your e-mail. I need it ASAP because I expect the CIA at my door any minute. I have a secure account you can wire it to if you agree to send it. Then, my love, YOU MUST GO DARK. The cybernetic life forms are coming for you. And, if the NSA finds you a valuable asset they may send agents after you as well. Trust no one. I am so sorry I brought you into this. I was just curious at first who saw my profile when you sent that first e-mail. I thought you might be one of those cybernetic life forms playing games with me. Little did I know you would be my Russian “flower.”

I must go dark now … I won’t be able to respond to anymore of your e-mails for fear of tracking by U.S. intelligence or those cybernetic bastards. If I get back to the future I will tell your great great great great great grandchildren how beautiful and brave you were.

Your soldier onion farmer,


Check out my YouTube channel!

So … I have a YouTube channel … ta da:

It has some informative … entertaining and just plain weird stuff on it. Some videos are fairly and not so fairly recent news appearances. Some are very old family movies that are also … just plain weird. Some are recent farming related videos. And some are college related videos. If you are a fan of Professional Wrestler Mick Foley …


… check some of them out … Mick appears in some of them (he was the teaching assistant for our studio production class at SUNY Cortland). Here is one example:

I have a really funny one that was a parody of the “Just Say No” campaigns but it has me saying some naughty words and Eve won’t let me upload it. One day ….

For an example of news pieces here is one … from WABC TV in NYC when they did a story about my $150,000 bag of onions on eBay (plus a free 5 gallon bucket of genuine dirt):

For funny and weird family movies check out my dad’s home movies from his Army days … this is priceless material:

I was also for 3 summers an instructor at Northwestern University’s National High School Institute or “Cherub” program:

Some of the videos are projects from the students I helped teach. Here is one example:

So, feel free to check it out and even subscribe if you like!