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WDW Radio # 770 – Chris Hardwick and Brian Volk-Weiss from “Up for Auction” – Disney’s Most Magical Memorabilia

We’re unlocking the vault to the fascinating world of Disney memorabilia with a  look at ‘Up for Auction,’ a new series on the CW that takes us on a thrilling journey through the high-stakes auction of Disney’s most coveted collectibles.

Join me as I sit down with the visionary behind this captivating series, Brian Volk-Weiss (director of the Netflix series “The Toys That Made Us,” “The Movies That Made Us,” and “Behind the Attraction” on Disney+), and the series host, Chris Hardwick (from the Nerdist podcast and “The Talking Dead”) to uncover the magic, the memories, the people, and the stories behind each piece up for auction.

Watch on the CW at https://www.cwtv.com/shows/up-for-auction/


This week, we uncover the magic and nostalgia that fuels the thriving market of Disney memorabilia. Get an exclusive glimpse into “Up for Auction,” the mesmerizing series that delves deep into Disney auctions’ world, with insights from producer Brian Volk-Weiss and hosted by passionate Disney collector Chris Hardwick.

Immerse yourself in the stories and human experiences behind precious Disney artifacts, as Brian shares his own captivating tales, from the wondrous Captain Eo collection that ties him to fond memories with his late parents to the significance of owning a piece of the original Star Tours ride. Discover how Chris Hardwick’s extensive personal Disney collection influences the show, bringing an authentic touch to every episode.

Lou and his guests explore the joy of collecting beyond the price tags, showcasing items that resonate on a deeply personal level regardless of their monetary value. From the thrill of the chase to the reverence for historical preservation, this episode of WDW Radio brings listeners a heartfelt narrative that celebrates the connection between Disney enthusiasts and the timeless relics of the parks’ histories.

In addition to the excitement of collectibles, Lou invites his audience to engage in a Disney trivia contest, offering exclusive rewards and prizes to members of the WDWDO Nation. Plus, stay tuned for announcements on upcoming events, from group cruises to speaking engagements, and participate in the WWD Alive show to spread positivity and love within the Disney fan community.

Don’t miss out on this treasure trove of Disney memories and merchandise.


  • Introduction to “Up for Auction” Series
  • Overview of “Up for Auction” and its focus on Disney memorabilia auctions
  • Premise and unique aspects of the series
    Guest Introduction
  • Introducing Brian Volk-Weiss, producer of “Up for Auction”
  • Chris Hardwick’s role as host and collector
    Disney Memorabilia Auction
  • Disney memorabilia’s emotional value and the stories behind the items
  • Overview of a large Disney auction’s operations and risks associated
  • The personal experiences and human stories from sellers and auction organizers
    Collecting As A Passion
  • Brian Volk-Weiss’s Captain Eo collection and its personal significance
  • Lou Mongello’s personal collecting stories and memories
  • Reflections on the intrinsic value of collectible items
    Chris Hardwick’s Collection and Involvement
  • Chris Hardwick’s extensive Disney collection
  • His impact on the show through personal items and stories
  • The interplay between Chris’s collections and “Up for Auction” narratives
    Inspiration and Accessibility of Collecting
  • Encouraging viewers to pursue their collecting passions, no matter the budget
  • Brian’s personal experience with his Star Trek collection and collecting as a hobby
    Interactions and Community Engagement
  • Lou Mongello invites listeners to join the show’s trivia contest and community
  • Announcement of trivia contest winners and introduction of new questions
  • Details on upcoming WDW Radio events, meetups, and opportunities
    The Art of Auctioning
  • Deep dives into the history and journey of auction items
  • The excitement and dynamics of the bidding process
  • Documenting the auction prep work and staff involved
    Highlights of Unique Collectibles
  • Brian Volk-Weiss’s acquisition of Star Tours ride piece and its personal significance
  • Discussion on the intrinsic value of items and how they hold meaning and importance
    Brian’s “Holy Grail” Collectible
  • Brian shares his quest for Vlix, a rare Star Wars figure available only in Brazil
    Chris Hardwick’s Disney Connection
  • Chris Hardwick’s background as a Disney aficionado
  • His emotional connections to Disneyland and related memorabilia
  • The significance of personal stories in relation to Disney collectibles
    Closing Remarks
  • Lou Mongello’s appreciation of guests and the stories shared
  • The podcast’s message of choosing positivity and gratitude for the audience’s support

Timestamped Overview

[00:00] Disney-themed podcast featuring collectibles, trivia, and more.
[05:45] Show increased passion for collecting, funny experiences.
[09:31] Joel’s 30-year collection: high risk, deep dives.
[12:37] Person describes seeing original Disney World’s Fair models.
[16:17] Crew’s Disney obsession grew throughout show production.
[19:50] Collecting Captain Eo; meaningful, matters to you.
[21:19] Incredible knowledge and winning bids in Iowa.
[25:43] Star Trek collection brings joy and passion.
[29:09] Grandfather, nostalgic ride, cherished basket, 30 years.
[32:17] Rare Star Wars character Vlix is prized.
[36:54] Fond memories of Disneyland and Tron projection.
[37:57] The show’s theme revolves around Disney park memories.
[41:45] Emotional experience with mom at entertainment auctions.
[45:53] Enthusiastic appreciation for Nacelle’s work.
[50:55] Disney trivia contest, win prizes and rewards.
[53:07] Disney Magic Kingdom interactive collectible card game
[56:03] Exclusive events, coaching, and retreats near Disney.
[58:15] Thank you. Choose good. Spread happiness. Love.

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Episode Transcript

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Lou Mongello [00:00:41]:
Hello my friend, and welcome to the WW radio show, your passport to the Disney Parks, experiences, movies, and more. I am your host, Lou Mangelo, and this is show number 770. And together since 2004, when I wrote my very first Walt Disney World trivia book, I wanted to help you not only have the best possible Disney vacation experience when you go to the parks, but I also want to bring you a little bit of that Disney magic wherever you are, here on the podcast, my weekly live video, every Wednesday night blog, events, weekly newsletter, and more. Please join the community and find everything at www.radio.com and we're unlocking the vault to the fascinating world of Disney memorabilia and collecting with a look at up for auction, a new series that takes us on a thrilling journey through the high stakes auction of Disney's most coveted collectibles. Join me as I first sit down with the visionary behind this captivating series, Brian Volk Weiss. You may know him from the Netflix series, the toys that made us, the movies that made us, and behind the attraction on Disney plus and the series host, Chris Hardwick from the Nerdist podcast and the talking dead tons of other places to uncover some of the magic, the memories, the people, and the stories behind each piece that's up for auction. Of course, I'll have a question for you about collecting and maybe your holy grail piece of Disney memorabilia that you'd love to connect. Then stay tuned for our Disney trivia question of the week and more information and updates at the end of the show.

Lou Mongello [00:02:15]:
And if you like what you hear, please share the show and tell a friend. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's episode of the WW radio show.

Lou Mongello [00:02:37]:
We are all storytellers in our own way, and I think we're also all collectors at heart, too. And we might have. Maybe we don't have like a formal collection or display in our homes, or maybe we do. But as Disney fans, I think there is certain memorabilia that we have and that we treasure or pieces that we wish that we could. And I think that every item in our collection has a story to tell. And this week we're going to look into a very exciting new series that is, I think, going to capture the hearts of Disney collectors and enthusiasts alike. It is called up for auction. It's hosted by none other than Chris Hardwick, who his name you might know from pop culture and comedy, and you also might know that he also has a love for all things Disney.

Lou Mongello [00:03:21]:
And up for auction is this journey into a little bit more of the high stakes world of Disney memorabilia and auctions again, where every item holds a story and in many cases, every item is also a piece of history. From vintage cars to park decor. There's a lot of treasures hidden within the Disney vault, and it's produced by nacelle. It's the creative minds behind some of my favorite shows, the toys that made us, and Disney's behind the attraction.

Lou Mongello [00:03:47]:
And this is going to premiere on February eigth on the CW app.

Lou Mongello [00:03:50]:
And I know that we're in for a treat. So this week, I am once again joined by producer Brian Volkweiss. You may remember him from such WWE episodes where we discussed the behind the attraction series on Disney plus and my live with an interview with him last year from New York Comic Con on show 265. Brian, welcome back to the show.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:04:11]:
It is good to be back. Good to see you, Lou. Thanks for having me back.

Lou Mongello [00:04:15]:
You as well. And listen, we've chatted a few times, we've met a few times. I follow you on social and you are a collector of the items and the stories. I've seen you go to flea markets and garage sales and toy shows and comic connections, collect comic conventions. Talk to me a little bit of how your personal Love of collecting led to up for auction.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:04:40]:
So, you know, it's funny, man. It's like a lot of shows that we do. Like I have a way I describe this. Is this an all adults audience or is it for kids?

Lou Mongello [00:04:59]:
It's a wide spectrum, but if I.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:05:00]:
Have to bleep something out, I will. No, it's not a curb and I can give you numbers. My toy collection, the day toys that made us was greenlit was about 350 to 400 pieces. It's now probably somewhere between 4200, wow, 4500 pieces. And that's over six years. So it's the same thing with Disney. When behind the attraction was know I had a healthy collection, it was a full shelf in my. Oh yeah, now it's probably seven or eight.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:05:45]:
And this show even worse. Not only did it feed me even more my passion, because what happens is the more I learn about something and understand its context or its history, the more I want to have it in my collection. But this show, that's the normal problem I've been dealing with since toys that made us. This show's problem was not only was all of that going on like always, it was an auction. I'm like, on set buying mean. It's the first. Like, it was so funny, man. When we made behind the attraction, especially season one, which was all pre Covid, every time we had a meeting at know, Disney has these kind of exclusive gift shops at all of their our.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:06:48]:
I never had a meeting at Disney and didn't buy something before or after to meet it. This was worse. I mean, I literally spent thousands of dollars while on set making the.

Lou Mongello [00:06:59]:
So just give them the check right back. You might as well keep it and just put it on my account.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:07:05]:
Yeah, exactly. But yes, it fed my collecting bug good.

Lou Mongello [00:07:14]:
Well, so give us a bit of a 30,000 foot view of what up for auction is like and sort of what inspired its creation. How did this sort of come into being?

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:07:24]:
So I'll answer in opposite order. So I've known Chris for a while, at least five or six years. We do a lot in the comedy space, as you may know. And he called me up one day and was like, hey, I have this idea for a show. I know that there is this huge Disney auction coming. And at the time, it was just a huge Disney auction. It would become the biggest Disney auction of all time. And he was very tight with the owners of the Van Eaton galleries, Janine and Mike.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:08:01]:
So we had a meeting with them. They were down to do the show. We interviewed Joel by know. He was the one who had collected everything, and it just seemed like a no brainer. We pitched it, CW loved it, and we made the show. It was that easy. And then what the show is about, it's my usual favorite kind of show to direct where you have a story. So you have this auction.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:08:36]:
It's the biggest Disney auction ever. Have I said that before?

Lou Mongello [00:08:40]:

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:08:43]:
And you're seeing the human story of Joel, the seller, the van eatens, who are risking hundreds and probably over half a million dollars just to do the auction. Print the manual or print the handbooks or the catalogs, rent the space, which we shot, by the way. The only thing I will brag about about this show, the only thing I'll brag about, I found the location. It was a bed, bath and beyond that had just gone out of business in the Burbank mall. And we were having a production meeting, and Mike was like, yeah, I'm not sure where we're going to do it this year. And I'm like, I have an idea. And it was literally the only thing I would brag about the entire time we made the show. But anyway, so you have that.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:09:31]:
You have the human element. Joel, this is a 30 year collection. A lot of people think Joel was, like, paying $2 for something worth 100 grand, and that's not the case very often. He was spending sometimes mid five figures to high six figures. So he had a lot at risk if this stuff, his lifelong hobby, didn't, if he lost money on it. Then you had the gallery itself, the Van eaten gallery. So you had all of those human stories, and then on top of that, every item that we focused on in every episode, we did deep dives on, and there was some crazy, interesting stuff. And we were able to get so much information about these things that I think even some of the most die hard Disney people, like myself, and there's way crazier than me, and I'm pretty crazy, will be blown away with what we found out and the stories behind these items.

Lou Mongello [00:10:39]:
So I love that because I sort of envision. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm.

Lou Mongello [00:10:43]:
Sort of envisioning it.

Lou Mongello [00:10:44]:
It's the story behind the Peter Pan ride vehicle, the haunted mansion portrait from the original small world animatronic character. Those items, the person that collected it. And now sort of. Are you documenting kind of the auction process itself and seeing what that is like as well?

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:11:03]:
Yes. So thank you for saying that. It's also a huge. Because, again, I've been buying stuff from auctions for 20 years. I had no idea. I can give the van Eaton's. I can give them one of the best compliments I can give anybody. And I give this compliment to the parks as well.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:11:25]:
I don't know how they make money. The amount of work and the amount of employees that go into this is insane. So, yes, you read the auction, broke all these records, and it made all this money. Sure. But those catalogs ain't cheap to make. There's probably three or four dozen employees working six months. So we documented that process. And again, for me, as somebody who's been going to auctions a lot for two decades, I know how they work, but I did not know how they worked, if that makes sense.

Lou Mongello [00:12:11]:
Yeah, because I love the idea of not just the history of the item, but as somebody who also likes to collect. Not at this level. Right. There's different levels I'm collecting, but it's the history. It's sort of the journey of the item and sort of even beyond sort of the provenance of the item itself, but who it touched and how it got from point a into your hands, into your. And eventually the buyer's.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:12:37]:
I mean, absolutely. But again, I know you haven't seen the show, but I'll never forget the first time I went into the warehouse and they had the Mackette. First ever model prototype for it's a small world. Like, the thing that you see Walt in front of looking at with, like, Bob Gurr or whoever it. Like, that was for. I literally was standing quarter of an inch away from, like, it was the weirdest thing, what they had. They had almost all of the original, again, Mackette models for the 1964 World's Fair, the stuff that would. As you know, I've been in the Disney archives.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:13:31]:
Like, I've been in there. I've seen what they have. I've held the founding document of the Disney Corporation. To this day, I don't know why they let me hold it. I literally took a picture of it that's, like, hanging in my office right now.

Lou Mongello [00:13:45]:
It's like walking into the raiders of.

Lou Mongello [00:13:47]:
Lost Ark final scene. But being able to buy the stuff that's in there.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:13:52]:
Yes, but in this case, unlike when I've been in the official archives, it was just there. I could have picked it up, threw it against the wall. There was no rope around it. There was no box. There was no nothing. It was just a. Joel was able to get everything. It was in mint condition.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:14:17]:
I'm actually, if I'm being completely honest, and I don't mean to turn this into a therapy session, I am extremely mad at myself for not buying that small world model. I messed up. I mean, I literally just messed up. So there were a couple of things I messed up on. That was one of them. But there was an original Disney helmet from the construction of Disneyland that, just due to me being busy directing and stuff, so good for the show, bad for my collection, I missed, and it kills me. And I know price is relative, but a lot of these things, I think, were going pretty reasonably for what they are.

Lou Mongello [00:15:07]:
And it must be amazing to see that you clearly are not alone right, in your love of know we as Disney fans, and certainly, I think, as collectors at a different scale level, the amount of true passion that they have for, you know what I love about auctions? The. It's the chase, right? It's the chase of finding the item and then the excitement of the biding back and forth that I'm assuming is going to be captured in that show and then seeing, I'm sure, some amazing prices for some of the items that went up for auction.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:15:43]:
You're 1000% right. And it was one of the coolest things about this show. Every single person involved with this was a Disney nutcase like me, like Mike. And part they go to Disneyland probably once a like. In fact, they started their business on their first auction ever was Disney sells. Joel. Makes me look like I've never even heard of this Disney. Mean, to put it mildly.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:16:17]:
That's actually an understatement. And then the whole was a lot of the people on the crew originally were all about Disney and were like killing to get on the show. But then there were a fair amount of people that worked on the show that I would say had a normal appreciation for Disney at the beginning, but by the end went kind of crazy. Like, I mean, half the crew was getting stuff at the auction. And one of the things I always want to say about the auction, because Janine and Mike are super duper smart about this, and I don't think anybody ever talks about this, they very deliberately have products at all price levels. So, yes, of course we brag about the stuff that sold for 350 grand because that gets everybody interested. Sure. But there was tons of stuff that even with the premium, the buyer's premium were going for less than $200.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:17:17]:
And they do that. And this is, again, this is something I didn't know. They do stuff like that to basically build the fan base for auctions in general. So, like, 20 years ago, when I was starting off at auctions and I was making like 12,000, $18,000 a year, I was still able to buy stuff at auctions for $50 to $200. Now that I have a little bit more money, I can buy more stuff. But they got me bitten. They do that, and it's brilliant if you think about it well, and because.

Lou Mongello [00:17:52]:
Sometimes too, Brian, it's not about the e ticket item, right? The big things that you see that have come out of the parks that are attraction vehicles and pieces of history like that. But sometimes it's meaningful because it's meaningful to you. Right. And that's where I love, and I've seen, again, you talk about the beauty of the Van Eaton catalogs. You find items in there that might not have any importance to somebody else, but that's the thing that you remember for your childhood. So the intrinsic value to you is much higher because the meaning it has for you on a very subjective level.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:18:30]:
You nailed it. Listen, if you had said to me like ten years ago, Brian, do you think one day you'll have a pretty big Captain eo collection? The hell are you talking about? But what happened was while we were making the first season of behind the attraction, I was reminded of Captain Eo. And by being reminded of it, I remembered going there with my parents when they were both alive. And I'll never forget, I was sitting in between my mom and dad. I don't know if you remember this, but it opens with a meteorite coming right out. It's the best 3d I've ever seen in my life. This meteorite comes out of the screen, and I remember putting my hand forward to touch it. I was like five or six or something.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:19:19]:
And I remember both my parents, who were not big laughers, I might add. Both my parents, when they saw me doing that, laughed at the same time. And I remember my first thought was, what the hell are they laughing at? My second thought was, oh, dumbass, it's 3d. But because of that, I have probably too big a Captain eo collection.

Lou Mongello [00:19:48]:
That's awesome.

Lou Mongello [00:19:49]:
I love it. You don't hear a lot of people.

Lou Mongello [00:19:50]:
Having a large, if not too big, Captain Eo collection. But you're right. Look, yesterday, my son and I love going to comic conventions. There's one here in Orlando. We went yesterday, and there was something he was looking at, and he's like, ah, it's stupid. I'm like, it's not stupid if it matters to you, right? If it's meaningful to you, if you want it, and it's going to bring you joy by putting it on your shelf or in some of these cases in their garage or ever it might be. So let's sort of continue that thread and touching on Chris Hardwick, because a lot of people, I think, know him from talking dead, or they know him from singled out on MTV, maybe from House of a thousand corpses, the rob zombie film. But he, too, is, he's not just the host of this.

Lou Mongello [00:20:32]:
You said earlier talk about how his enthusiasm for collecting and auctions in Disney influences not just his presence on the show, but what he brings to the production itself.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:20:45]:
So, first of a, I would conservatively guess he's in the top five best Disney collections on, like, premium stuff. High end. High end. Mean. Again, it's interesting. It's like I'm supposedly an expert on auctions. I'm supposedly an expert on Disney. Every time he and I were together, it was him talking and me all but taking notes.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:21:19]:
Like he just knows everything. About the process. I also learned over the years a couple of things I had bid on and lost on. He won. That was like we figured out in the middle of Iowa. But I was kind of like, Willow's, like, wait a minute. But no, he went to the parks as a kid with his parents. And it's as cliche, but beautiful and joyful a story as the thing I just said about Captain Eo.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:21:50]:
And it's a base of who he is. He loves Disney. He loves Walt's idea for what Disney was supposed to be and what it became. And this whole show literally was an excuse to celebrate. Mean, he was buying stuff mean, I.

Lou Mongello [00:22:12]:
Love that because that's going to come through, Brian. Like, we as fans and viewers, we can tell, right? We can tell if the passion is authentic or not. And I just have a feeling, I mean, clearly it comes through with you. I have a feeling that's going to come through with Chris as well.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:22:26]:
Here's two examples I can give you, or one example, but two things. There are the opening of the first episode. He is wearing a cast member's costume from one of the attractions. That's his. That he woke up the day we were shooting that scene. He woke up, took a shower, I'm assuming, then put on this costume. He won it some prior auction from haunted mansion and came to work and we shot. And he's literally dread.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:23:00]:
He drove to set wearing, I love it, the cast members costume. He did that later on at the auction. You'll see him wearing a bright orange jumpsuit. That's another cast Member's costume. And there was a whole plotline through the season of him. He had. I don't want to get the numbers wrong, but he had a certain amount of stretch paintings, real ones from like, back in the 40s. Sorry, that would be impossible.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:23:29]:
Back in the big plot was him getting it framed. Because how do you frame something like that? Combined with this auction had one of the few stretch paintings that he didn't have. So he wanted to get that. But that was one of the premier things everybody was bidding on. So there's a lot of stuff like that, that where you see his personal life and his personal collection literally morphing into the show.

Lou Mongello [00:24:01]:
I love that, Brian, because you can send an actor to set and say, put this costume on.

Lou Mongello [00:24:07]:
What are you making me wear?

Lou Mongello [00:24:08]:
I don't get it. It matters so much more to hear that it's his. Right. It's out of his collection. He came out of something that he personally loved. What do you want us as the viewers to take away from the series when we watch it, I want you.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:24:26]:
To take away that. This is a world of passion. It's a world of joy, and it's on all ends. It's the joy of Joel, who has amassed this collection. But his kids are out of the house. He left Florida and moved to the midwest. So you're seeing a lifetime collector who's got a little more gray hair now than he did when he started his collection. Then you have this husband and wife, mom and pop business that sells these things at these auctions, and then you have Chris.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:25:07]:
You have me who he's talent. I'm a director, producer. All of us have jobs, but none of this was a job. So what we're hoping to do is inspire people to understand. You don't have to just sit there and watch the movies or watch the tv shows. Almost regardless of what your budget is, you can have. We talk about this a lot in the first episode of toys that made us the Star wars episode. It's like a totem.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:25:43]:
It's like something you can put and hold from your passion and make it real. I'm a huge trekkie. There was, of course, like, the week after the Van Eaton's auction, there was one of the biggest Star Trek auctions that has ever occurred. And I have a piece of a Star Trek ship that I'll be walking through my house at one in the morning. My whole family is asleep, and I'll literally just go into my collection, turn on the lights, look at it. It fills me with joy. Turn the lights off, go to bed. I can do that for the rest of my life.

Lou Mongello [00:26:24]:
I get it, right? It doesn't matter. Value, right? The monetary value. You have to quickly tell me, what ship is it from? What piece is it from?

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:26:33]:
I actually have never publicly before.

Lou Mongello [00:26:35]:
If you don't want to, that's okay, but I was a Trek fan too.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:26:38]:
Secret. Are you a Trekkie?

Lou Mongello [00:26:42]:

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:26:43]:
Then, yeah. You'll appreciate that I have the Enterprise sea nacelles, and it's like, how do I have that? Yeah. And by the way, if you're a Trekker, you'll love this. The reason why the nacelles are separate from the ship is because the ship, they tore the nacelles off, put on some new nacelles, did some other stuff, and it became like a floating model in the battle of wolf. Three five nine. Background. I'm not sure what happened to the saucer section and the star drive, but the nacelles were saved. So it's just crazy.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:27:27]:
And that's in my room now.

Lou Mongello [00:27:28]:
That's amazing.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:27:30]:
It doesn't make sense. By the way, you'll love this. We should probably get back to Disney. Can I tell you what I got at the auction?

Lou Mongello [00:27:38]:
Yeah, man, I'm super curious.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:27:41]:
And again, like, I'm telling you this, I feel like I'm lying. Like, I cannot believe I have this. I have one of the baskets that was going around the ceiling from the original Star tours ride. It's a joy. Yeah, I have one of those ceiling. My collection, it doesn't even make sense.

Lou Mongello [00:28:08]:
And somebody else might see that and be like, what's the stupid basket? But those of us who are Disney, it's a basket from the queue of get. We understand why that matters. To have something that is unique. There's none other of those out there in the world. You can't reproduce those.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:28:27]:
And it's from the first one. If you go there now, the queue is completely different. There's no more baskets. But as you know, they built star tours all over the world. This was the first one. Like, when they built one in Orlando, when they built one in Paris, this is what they looked at to replicate.

Lou Mongello [00:28:49]:
That's cool, man.

Lou Mongello [00:28:52]:
It's cool.

Lou Mongello [00:28:54]:
I get it. To have a piece, whatever. Just the piece is from this thing that was meaningful to you, right? Whether you're a star tours fan, whether you're a buz lightyear fan, doesn't matter what it is.

Lou Mongello [00:29:05]:
Having a little piece of that, because it is.

Lou Mongello [00:29:06]:
It's a piece of history. It is a true piece of history.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:29:09]:
I remember writing it the first time with my grandfather. Again, as cheesy as this sounds, I mean, it was like being in the movie because I was so young. It was just insane. And so, again, the idea that me and my grandfather were on that ride and there is a 99.99% chance that the basket in my collection is what was going over our heads while we were waiting. My grandfather's greatest person I ever met. He's been dead 30 years. But this thing, in quotes, saw my grandfather and I when I was like, whatever, eight years old.

Lou Mongello [00:29:55]:
You give me chills.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:29:58]:
I don't have chills this second.

Lou Mongello [00:29:59]:
But I get it.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:30:01]:
Like, when the auction ended and I got it, it was like. And then I actually went and picked it up. It was like, what the.

Lou Mongello [00:30:10]:
Yeah, that's what I mean. It means something to you. And again, the price doesn't matter. It's sort of what thing represents.

Lou Mongello [00:30:17]:
Listen, Brian, I could talk to you.

Lou Mongello [00:30:19]:
All day and, man, I'd love to see your collection someday, but I want to be respectful of your time. Just very quickly, the show is available via the app, correct?

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:30:28]:

Lou Mongello [00:30:29]:
Talk to me just very quickly about deciding to put it there as opposed to other know you.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:30:37]:
When you pitch a show, you go with the know you think is the best fit. CW has a huge pop culture background. Obviously, they love the show. They were very passionate, and like everybody these days, is switching slowly but surely from a cable business model to a digital model. So they're trying to move people from only watching on cable to watching their digital service as well. And we're one of their first shows that they put on their digital service, which, in my opinion, is a real honor. And it's all episodes on day one.

Lou Mongello [00:31:22]:
I'm just going to say everything drops on day one. So I'm looking forward to binging when it comes out on February eigth, not on April eigth. And again, I think sort of the takeaway, too, is it's not just about enjoying watching the stories and seeing the items, but maybe inspiring you to start or grow or find the thing that matters to you and collect it as. Yeah, Brian, I dig you, man. I love the stuff that you have done from behind the attraction to the Simpsons and the toys that made us. Hopefully one day I can see some of what your collection looks like.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:32:03]:
Let me know. We'll have you over.

Lou Mongello [00:32:05]:
Thank you very much, man.

Lou Mongello [00:32:06]:
Last question for you.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:32:07]:
What's your personal holy grail that I don't have.

Lou Mongello [00:32:11]:
That you do not have?

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:32:13]:
Wait. Do or don't that you don't?

Lou Mongello [00:32:15]:
Oh, give me both. Now you got to give me both.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:32:17]:
The do is the enterprise c nacelle. That's easy. Though I will say, I still got to give it credit. Props. If you're a trekkie, I have the physical device that was used to make the transporter effect for all seven seasons of next Generation and the pilot of Deep Space Nine. So the nacelles defeated that as my favorite thing in the collection. But, yeah, the holy grail of holy Grails is this very obscure Star wars character named Vlix, who was only sold in Brazil, was part of the cartoon series droid. It's a really long story, but it is the rarest Star wars production figure, and it is the only thing, like, when toys that made us came out, I probably had about 15 grails.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:33:17]:
Now I'm 14 of them. I have got. It's down to Vicks, and Vicks ain't cheap.

Lou Mongello [00:33:27]:
I've heard of licks. Everybody talks about rocket firing Boba Fet, but I've also heard the tales.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:33:31]:
And the legend of Boba Fet never went into production. Those were all prototypes. This was a figure that went into production. It was only sold in Brazil for a very od reason. And then they weren't supposed to be for sale. Lucasfilm sent the company a cease and desist. They brought the figures back to the warehouse. Completely unrelated, there was a warehouse fire.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:33:58]:
So the only vixes that exist were the two weeks, and it wasn't even like 14 days. It was literally like eleven days. The only vixes that exist were the vixes that sold in those eleven days in Brazil, within reason. And that's why they're.

Lou Mongello [00:34:18]:
Well, if you're listening from Brazil and you've got a vlix in your garage or your attic, I know a guy who is looking for one. Brian Volkweiss. Thank you so very much, man. Not just for your time today, but everything that you do and share through the series. I'm really looking forward to seeing this next week.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:34:34]:
Thank you, man. Appreciate it. Thank you.

Lou Mongello [00:34:45]:
I could have talked to Brian for hours, not just about the show, but his collection and collecting in general. Unfortunately, he and we only have so much time. Speaking of which, I'm now going to share my conversation with the host of the show, Chris Hardwick, who I unfortunately had very limited time with. And the more I talked to him, the more I wanted to keep talking with him. The audio might sound a little different, little funky. I was recording this actually from the middle of the ocean, somewhere in the middle of a cruise ship. I was away last week, and it was only time I could get to chat with Chris. So if the audio sounds a little bit different, that's why.

Lou Mongello [00:35:20]:
But I hope you enjoy my conversation with host Chris Hardwick.

Lou Mongello [00:35:25]:
There are many reasons and ways you might know and probably love Chris Hardwick might be from the Talking Dead, the wall, the Nerdist or idiot podcast, singled out, or even house of a thousand corpses, which I watched and love. But did you also know that he is a massive Disney fan and he is also an even bigger collector and that he is the host of the brand new show called up for auction on the CW app? I did, and I have lots of questions, so I'm excited to welcome Chris Hardwick to the show. Chris, thank you very much for being here.

Chris Hardwick [00:35:55]:
Thank you so much for having me. I really appreciate that.

Lou Mongello [00:35:58]:
Listen, I would love to talk to you. I want to talk to you about your passion for collecting, but give me a little bit of the Chris Hardwick origin story about your love and connection to the.

Chris Hardwick [00:36:10]:
Well, I mean, I think it's probably pretty similar to most other people. My parents started taking me when I was very know to Disneyland in Anaheim. And also my mom was from Miami, so we would go to Florida often. So we went to Walt Disney World quite a bit as think I grew up in a time know, you could watch the wonderful world of Disney on tv, I think it was on Sunday nights, maybe. And so I loved all the animated films. I loved the live action films. I was just always a fan. I particularly was a fan of animation as well.

Chris Hardwick [00:36:54]:
And so it just resonated with me the way I think it does for most other people who start going to the know when they're kids. And then as I got know, I moved to Southern California when I was a senior in high school and I went to UCLA and my friends and I, in the early 90s, you could get a Southern California residence pass for Disneyland for like $99. And it was a slightly different Disneyland. There was no California adventure. Disney had not acquired a ton of other ip, so it was a slightly different park. And I think probably one of my favorite rides doesn't exist anymore, which was the people mover, because you would slowly move through the Tron light cycle grid. And I think one of the things I got from one of the auctions is a frame of film, a couple frames of film from the Tron projection from the people mover.

Chris Hardwick [00:37:56]:

Chris Hardwick [00:37:57]:
So to me that sort of explains what the theme of the show is, which is it's not just about people buying items from the Disney parks or the films or whatever. It's like there are stories that are kind of bubble wrapped around these items that make them special to us. How many other people would have cared about a few frames of film from the Tron projection of the people mover? That's so specific. But to me that had meaning to me. And in those days, in the early 90s, we could leave Westwood, where UCla was, get to the park at like 10:00 at night, every night in about 40 minutes or so, maybe 45, and then run through the park. And the last 2 hours the park was open. It really was not that crowded back then. So you could just get off a ride, you could get off space mountain and just get right back on.

Chris Hardwick [00:38:55]:
So that was kind of a nightly ritual for a whole summer. One year was just almost every night, just going to the Disney park and riding everything over and over for the last 2 hours. The park was open. Obviously, it's changed a lot. The parks are bigger. They're a lot more crowded. There's a lot more stuff still amazing. But that period of time, I think that's why I was so blown away that in the go, I'm going through the warehouse, and Mike van Eaton, who owns the gallery that's putting on the auction, he and his wife Janine, own it.

Chris Hardwick [00:39:28]:
I see, like, a sliver of something under a tarp, and he goes, you.

Lou Mongello [00:39:31]:
Know what that is?

Chris Hardwick [00:39:31]:
I go, that's a skyway car. Those don't exist anymore. I used to ride those from one side of the park to the other. They would never have that. Now it was just open on the side, I'm sure. I think I even make a joke about it in the show. Of course, no one was spitting off the sides of these. It just represented.

Chris Hardwick [00:39:56]:
It was a snapshot of a park that I went to when I was a kid that kind of doesn't exist anymore. It's still wonderful. I still go to the park all the time. But those times that form the core memories for us, I think that's what really fuels this kind of an auction, more so than if the auction were about something else. The stories around Disney, the memories, there's such beauty in it. And having a physical representation from the park that really is just kind of this beacon of something that was special in your life, to me, is really what the auction is all about. And I don't think we have ownership over the things that we buy or acquire for us. And my wife, we're both collectors.

Chris Hardwick [00:40:46]:
I think we see these things as we're like temporary caretakers of these pieces that are not just artistic masterpieces, because the imagineers were amazing and are amazing, but also, they're part of pop culture history. They're historical pieces, and there aren't really museums for these historical pieces. So we, as private collectors, kind of have to preserve them and then just pass them forward in time to people who will also care and take care of them. Preserve them.

Lou Mongello [00:41:15]:
Well, watching you now and then seeing you on the show immediately, the word that kept coming up was that your reaction was authentically you. There was no scripts, no cue cards. You are standing in our place, reacting the way we would. You're with this wide eyed disbelief and childlike wonder. Like, I imagined that Brian's direction was just like, mic him up and let him go, which is brilliant, because we feel like we're watching a friend that gets us and is standing in our stead.

Chris Hardwick [00:41:45]:
Well, I appreciate that you say that because it is emotional for me. And there's one of the episodes where I walked through the exhibit with my mom, and it was such this beautiful, connective, emotional experience because she started having. I mean, it's like she didn't know what she was coming to see. She's never watched entertainment auctions before. She doesn't know. And she shows up and she starts seeing all this stuff and she starts getting choked up because it's bringing back all these memories for her. And we just had this really beautiful moment together because it just reminded her of all these stories and all these moments from my childhood which resonated with me when we got to take our two year old daughter Demity to the park for the first time a couple months ago. And people would always say to me, like, when you take your child to the park for the first time and subsequent times, you really start seeing the park through fresh eyes again, where it's like you're experiencing it with them as they are kind of finding out.

Chris Hardwick [00:42:40]:
And we immediately discovered that her favorite ride was a little mermaid ride. And it's like that's always going to be special to her because even if she doesn't necessarily consciously remember because she's only two, she was a little younger then. She's just before two, almost two. But that's in there. These experiences are like really wonderful human experiences. I would have done this even if it wasn't a show and it wasn't a job. But the fact that I get to make a show about this and share it and the fact that it's a job is mind melting to me that this is something that I get to do. So, yes, the reactions that you're seeing are not put on, they're not acted.

Chris Hardwick [00:43:20]:
These are genuinely my reactions because I can't believe that I get to do this and see this stuff up close.

Lou Mongello [00:43:27]:
And you know what's funny? And I'm noticing again here, the things you're talking about are not things. You're talking about people and personalities, which makes the show so relatable and so personal. Like in that first episode, when you first walked in and were seeing the collection, you and I were doing the exact same thing. You were screaming out, I had this, or I wanted this, or I remember this from my childhood, and you wanted to just take it off the shelf and play with it or hug it because it brings back such personal, emotional, objective memories.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:43:57]:
Absolutely, Lou.

Chris Hardwick [00:43:58]:
And even if it's something that you don't necessarily have a connection to when you're watching, there was a person who just loved Figment, and Figment was the purple dragon who was part of Epcot center and kind of the mascot. And then watching him describe his connection to this character and his love for it, and that figment went away for a while and then came back. It's like, yeah, I know exactly what you're saying, because I also have x, y or z. And so it feels very comfortable to be in the community and company of people who understand and appreciate. If people want to think about this stuff as investments, that's fine. Think about it as an investment. It's your thing. You can think about it however you want.

Chris Hardwick [00:44:46]:
For me, it's really about the stories and the memories and what's really human and special about it and why it's special, because then every time you look at that thing, you get this really wonderful feeling about what I believe Walt always intended to achieve, which was to have that little bit of magic that we all know to the hope and the beauty and the wonder. And so it is just kind of having representations of those things that help remind us of that. So it doesn't matter if you spend six figures on something or, like, $40 on a menu from one of the restaurants that was special to you. It's all worth the emotional value that it brings to you.

Lou Mongello [00:45:34]:
Yeah. And again, you're sort of speaking very much my. And I'm sure people who are listening their language, because, again, the show is about the items, but it's about the people. And I think there's an element of it, too, about educating viewers about the history and the significance of some of the memorabilia that's featured as well.

Chris Hardwick [00:45:53]:
I mean, that, to me, is where nacelle really, working with nacelle was so wonderful. I was such a fan of what Brian and Nacelle had done at doing the toys that made us, the movies that made us. I found out all this stuff about Ghostbusters. I thought I knew everything about this movie, but they did such an incredible deep dive know behind the attraction. I remember when Disney plus was first forming, I had pitched a show and that was sort of the idea of it. And they were like, we're already well into production on that, and it was behind the attraction. And I didn't care that I wasn't doing it. I was delighted that someone was doing it already.

Chris Hardwick [00:46:32]:
And I loved that show. I'm fascinated by the imagineers. I'm fascinated by their just artistry and problem solving and engineering. So, you know, it was all just really fascinating. And nacelle does such a great job of finding these little pieces and nuggets of information and then just gift wrapping them. And so I learned stuff on this production that I didn't know. So it was really know. We had a great showrunner by the name of Steve Hoffman, and they just did such a beautiful job that it's a show I would watch even if I had nothing to do with it.

Lou Mongello [00:47:09]:
So says the man who shows up for his first day of work in an authentic haunted mansion butler costume that you didn't buy for the show. You just. Brian was like, I've had it for years. And that's what, you know, we talk about authenticity.

Lou Mongello [00:47:24]:
You weren't told to.

Lou Mongello [00:47:25]:
You weren't given that at wardrobe. You just showed up because that's how the fan wants to see. And that's why I think it's the reason why the show resonates and relates to us. We feel like we're watching along with a friend, and you're standing there sharing that experience with us. All right, last. Chris, again, I've got a million questions. There has to be for you. You're seeing all these incredible items, the one that you just wish if you were able to, the thing that you wish that you could have added to your collection.

Lou Mongello [00:47:51]:
And maybe I haven't gotten the last episode yet. Maybe you actually did.

Chris Hardwick [00:47:55]:
I'll just spoil it. I did not. This is another very specific thing. But in the haunted mansion, at least in Disneyland, obviously, you know, all the mansions are slightly different themed. But in Haunted Mansion Disneyland, and they may have this at. I just. I can't remember. It's been a minute since I've been to Disney World.

Chris Hardwick [00:48:18]:
But at the mansion in Disneyland, when you step out of the stretching portrait room and you're in line before you get on the doom buggy, and to the right of you, there are all these really great lenticular painting portraits of, just like, the portraits that change depending on the angle that you're looking at them. But on the opposite side of that are these velvet ropes that kind of keep the line moving. And on top of the posts that hold the velvet ropes are these. I'm fairly certain maybe Mark Davis designed these, but they're these. So I apologize if I'm wrong about that, but I thought he did. But anyway, there are these gorgeous solid brass bat stanchions. The stanchions are the little statues that are at the top of the posts, and they are so cool, and they're solid brass and they never come up for auction. And there was one in there in Joel's collection.

Chris Hardwick [00:49:13]:
And I was like, it's a bat stanchion. Who else is going to. Well, of course, a ton of other people also wanted that thing. And so I put in my first bid and I was blown out of the water just in the pre bids on the Internet. So I'd immediately jumped to some incredible number. I was like, oh, I'm priced out of that. But again, the thing that made me feel good about it was like, I really do believe the person who got that it meant something to them and they were going to care for it. So I think that's the other thing, too, is that it's not about, oh, I didn't get that.

Chris Hardwick [00:49:46]:
It's like, okay, well, at least someone got it. Who cares about know. And maybe it'll come up again at some point. Maybe another one will. But I adore those bat stanchions. And the next time any of you are at Disney park and you are on the haunted mansion ride, just look for them. They are so beautifully designed and crafted and again, solid brass. They're just the coolest.

Chris Hardwick [00:50:07]:
So, yeah, that was the piece that I had my eye on.

Lou Mongello [00:50:11]:
I wish I was recording from home as opposed to recording from the middle of the ocean so you could see the replica of the bat stanchion I have sitting on my desk. Again, you talk about relatability. Yeah, not a real one, but well done, sir.

Lou Mongello [00:50:24]:
Well done.

Lou Mongello [00:50:25]:
Somebody get Chris hardware.

Chris Hardwick [00:50:27]:
You know what? You're closer than I am. I don't even have that.

Lou Mongello [00:50:34]:
This has been amazing, Chris. Thank you so much.

Chris Hardwick [00:50:36]:
I appreciate, thanks for talking to me, and thank you for your fandom, and thank you for your kind words.

Lou Mongello [00:50:41]:
Thanks very much, Chris. Really appreciate you. Bye bye.

Lou Mongello [00:50:55]:
It's time for our Disney trivia question of the week, where I invite you to test your knowledge of Walt Disney World history or how well you pay attention to the details which you see, hear, remember, maybe even taste. And if you think you know the answer, you can enter for a chance to win a Disney prize package. And this week's trivia contest is once again brought to you by you. And what I mean is that by being part of the WWDO Nation, you can help bring every episode of the show to life. The live broadcasts, the contests, giveaways, and their events. They're all thanks to, by, for, with, and about you. And you can join the Nation family for as little as a dollar per month and get exclusive rewards every month depending on your level, like scavenger hunts, group video calls, trivia quests, get access to our private Facebook group, shirts, stickers, monthly care packages, early access and discounts to special events and more. And I want to thank some new and longtime members of the nation family, including Eric Garcia, father Christopher Louis Passauer, Faye Edmondson, Ray Keating and Dave Hall.

Lou Mongello [00:51:52]:
I love and sincerely appreciate you. And if you want to find out how you can join the nation, you can visit www.radio.com slash support. Now, before we get to this week's question, let's go back, review last week's and select our winner. So last week we were talking about the closing of the country bear jamboree. Don't worry, it's coming back in a new, hopefully, maybe even improved, fingers crossed show. But your question was last week was to tell me, what is the name of the raccoon that pops or popped up out of your host Henry's hat? Thanks to everyone who entered got this one correct and knew that the answer is, of course, Sammy. Sammy acts like a living coonskin cap on top of Henry's top hat, sings harmony with him for the ballad of Davy Crockett. Thanks.

Lou Mongello [00:52:35]:
Everyone who entered got this one correct. And last week you were playing for a WW radio 3d keychain, stickers, pin and a bonus mystery prize. And last week's winner, randomly selected, is Roland Felice. So, Roland, I have your shipping information. I'll get your prize package out to you right away. And of course, if you played last week and didn't win, do not worry, because here's your next chance to enter in this week's Walt Disney World Trivia challenge. So I loved talking to Brian. I could have talked to him for hours more about our collections and collecting in general.

Lou Mongello [00:53:07]:
And one of the things that I love that we touched on was that I think collecting and collectibles come in many shapes and sizes, and sometimes you can collect things at the parks that are free. And one of the, I think the coolest things that Disney did for a while was this interactive collectible card game found exclusively at the Magic Kingdom that involved cards that guests could collect. Get some from special events, and you would use these cards through these interactive stations and portals throughout the park to defeat villains along the way. And so your question this week is simply to tell me, what was the name of that card game? You have until Sunday, February 11, at 11:59 p.m.. Eastern. To go to wwradio.com, click on this week's podcast. Use the form there again, you're going to play for the keychain, the stickers, the pin and a bonus mystery prize. So good luck and have fun.

Brian Volk-Weiss [00:54:01]:

Lou Mongello [00:54:06]:
Thank you for joining me for the first time or once again this week. I sincerely appreciate you spending and sharing your time with me. Thanks again to Brian Volkweiss and Chris Hardwick for sharing their time with us again. I'd love to know what piece of Disney memorabilia is your personal holy grail. You can let me know by calling the voicemail at four oh 7909 three nine one. That's four oh 7900 WDW one. Or come be part of the community and conversation over in the clubhouse at www.radio.com clubhouse. You can also connect with me elsewhere on social.

Lou Mongello [00:54:37]:
I am at Lou Mangello on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, little bit of x, and if you have a question you'd like me to answer on an upcoming listener email show, you can email me Lou at www.radio.com. And of course, don't forget that as much as I love connecting and chatting with you online, I still believe that nothing beats a handshake and a hug. Check out our events page over at www.radio.com events and our next meet of the month in Walt Disney World is going to be this coming weekend. This Saturday, February 24 from one to 02:00 p.m. In Disney Springs at Exposition park, which is located in between the Starbucks and Summer House. It's fun. It's free. You can come alone.

Lou Mongello [00:55:13]:
Bring the entire family would love to see and meet you there again. Visit wwrao.com events for more information and to RSVP. And we have not one, but two group cruises coming up, including our five night Halloween on the high seas this October on the Disney magic out of Fort Lauderdale with a stop at Lookout key at Lighthouse Point and our seven night western caribbean cruise on the brand new Disney Treasure February eigth 2025. I can't wait to see that new ship with you. And of course, it's also WWDO's 20th anniversary, so it's going to be a lot to celebrate together. To find out more, get a free, no obligation quote from my friends over at Mouse fan travel, you can visit www.radio.com cruises. And in addition to everything I do here@wwradio.com I am also looking to help you elevate your journey to success, both personally and professionally. Please go and visit the brand new relaunched this weekend, loumongelo.com.

Lou Mongello [00:56:03]:
You can learn more about my momentum events in Walt Disney World one on one coaching. I'll be launching a new, updated mastermind group coming in March and for the past 15 or so years, I'm also a professional keynote speaker and I would love the opportunity to come to your event, conference, business or school with lessons to inspire and transform from the Disney parks on customer service and experience, as well as leadership lessons from Walt Disney. And speaking of events, I am very excited that my 2024 Momentum weekend retreat is just around the corner and tickets are now on sale. Picture this it is a weekend April 20 eigth through the 30th in Orlando, right near Walt Disney World, where a small group of only eight entrepreneurs come together in this beautiful ten bedroom vacation home. It's not just a retreat, it's really a chance to deep dive into your business and your personal growth, but be surrounded by like minded people in a fun yet very focused setting. So if you're looking for that breakthrough moment in your business, this retreat is made just for you. We're talking about expert guidance, collective brainstorming and actionable strategies that are all designed to literally transform your business and help propel you towards success. And guess what? Tickets are now on sale with a special early bird discount of $200 off until February 25.

Lou Mongello [00:57:20]:
We now only have, I think, five spots available and this event sells out every year. And this event is not just about growing your business. It really is about preparing for the future, creating long lasting connections, getting accountability, and building a support network that continues long after the weekend is over. For more details, head on over to loumongelo.com. Click on the Retreat tab. It's not just an event, it is an investment in your business. I hope to see you there and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. Lou@wwradio.com and as always, my friend.

Lou Mongello [00:57:53]:
And you are my friend, whether we have met yet or not. All I ask is that if you like the show, please help spread the word. Tell a friend, share a link to this or your favorite episode on social and tag me at Lou Mangello. I'll follow you back and I'll reshare it. Please join me this and every Wednesday night 07:30 p.m. Eastern for WWD alive. This week I'll be on. Let's just say I'll be at a different destination that I'm sure is going to surprise you.

Lou Mongello [00:58:15]:
And finally, most importantly, thank you, thank you, thank you. I love and appreciate you. I hope that this not only is your best week ever, that you continue to remember to choose the good in your thoughts and your actions and how you treat and interact with other people I promise that a slight shift in how you look at people and look at things and choose the good and find the good in each and every thing and person that you interact with will make a huge difference in your day to day happiness, and even more so that happiness becomes contagious. So really, you being happy will help make the world a better place. One person, one choice, one day at a time. I love you. I appreciate you. So until next time.

Lou Mongello [00:58:56]:
See ya.

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