The World’s Most Southerly ATM: An Interview With Wells Fargo’s David Parker

Wells Fargo ATMs at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

The Wells Fargo ATMs at McMurdo Station in Antarctica

I was fascinated when I learned that there was an ATM on Antarctica, specifically at McMurdo Station. Just because, you know, it’s not like your local ATM that they can zip a service tech out to. So to sate my curiosity, I gave a ping to Wells Fargo, who manages that ATM–and got a chance to chat with David Parker. All shall be explained.

This interview was conducted via Skype on January 5, 2010.

Widgett: David, if you could tell me first what you do for Wells Fargo…what’s your official title?

David Parker: I’m a Vice President in the ATM banking division.

W: So you’re the Vice President over all the ATMs globally, or how does that work?

DP: One of them. I actually run a group that includes what we call “ATM quality,” which is ensuring that our ATMs are working, that they’re live and operational, and that customers are having a good experience.

W: Okay, and we specifically wanted to talk about the ATM that I guess you’re in charge of there in Antarctica. So, you would be in charge of the quality of the experience of those people using that ATM in Antarctica?

DP: Correct.


A Chat With Gone With the Wind’s Greg Giese

Greg Giese as an infant in Gone With the Wind

Greg Giese played two roles in Gone With the Wind, the newborn infant versions of both Bonnie Blue and Beau Wilkes. He was all of eleven days old. I got to spend a few minutes with him in Marietta during the World’s Largest Virginia Reel stunt for the 70th anniversary of Gone With the Wind. A heckuva nice guy and fun to chat with.

A Conversation With Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson

For four decades Jon Anderson has been most closely associated with Yes, one of Prog rock’s most enduring acts. Besides his prolific work as a vocalist, Anderson has scored a ballet and performed on albums by a various array of artists including Kitaro, Mike Oldfield and Vangelis.

In the spring of 2008 Anderson endured a lengthy illness brought on by a serious asthma attack that left him unable to sing for six months. Undeterred, Anderson continued to paint and meditate while recovering.

Anderson is now singing again while performing in concert whenever possible. His creative spirit still burns as he continues to create interesting and inventive new music for old and new audiences.

Despite a busy schedule, Anderson has joined forces with several other famous musicians as an instructor at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. The camp is an opportunity for Anderson to give back something to an entirely new generation of musicians.


Interview With Hal Duncan

Hal Duncan

Wolven, while he works in his monstrous lab concocting his follow-up to his Magic in Comics post, offered up this archival interview he conducted with author Hal Duncan on September 14, 2006. Hal Duncan is the author of Vellum and Ink, both discussed below, and also Escape From Hell!, which came out last year.

Wolven: 1) For the record, what is your name?

HD: Hal Duncan.

W: 2) Many would say that “modern magical practice,” as spoken of by people like Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Phil Hine, and those others counting themselves as “modern magicians,” rests in an idea of the manipulation of language as a way to manipulate concepts and thereby dictate perception and interaction with the world.
a. Do you think that if there is a “magic,” then it rests in this kind of manipulation?
b. How would you define a magic in which you could believe?

HD: a) I think it would have to. I’m an atheist, nihilist, existentialist, materialist, when it comes down to it, albeit with an idiosyncratic view on materialism which doesn’t preclude the irrational, the indefinite and the downright chaotic, so any theory of magic that requires a spiritual / material distinction, that posits it as an appeal to supernatural entities or incorporeal agents active in a “higher” realm, doesn’t hold water for me. If magic were to exist, to me it would have to be a natural phenomenon.