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      Donation time at JWFan   01/16/18


      For those who may not know, JWFan relies entirely on donations to keep running.  Donations pay for our server bills, as well as keeping our domain and Invision Powerboard fees.
      As an incentive to donate, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Last time this was a modest success, where I raised $500 of our desired $1,000 and mailed out 3 free CDs to lucky JWFanners.  This time I'll be doing the raffling a littler different!   Our goal is $1000 once again, and I will have four tiers of free CDs you can win once again.  But this time, the more you donate, the more entries into each raffle you'll get!   Each $10 you donate gets your name put into the raffle mug once for the $10 pool, twice for the $20 pool, thrice for the $30 pool, and five times into the $50 pool.  Here is the list of CDs you can win - and I have more to add at a later time when I get a little more organized (I'll post what they are by Friday at the latest)   The $10 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you one ticket into this pool) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $250 donated Tyler Bates - God of War; Ascension (OST, La La Land Records) Danny Elfman - Planet of the Apes (OST, Sony) Danny Elfman - Taking Woodstock (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Identity Thief (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (OST) Michael Giacchino - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (OST, Varese Sarabande) Dave Holmes & Various - Ocean's 11 (OST, WB Records) Joel McNeely & Various - Hollywood '94 (Varese Sarabande) Joe Kraemer - Jack Reacher (OST, La La Land Records) John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (OST, MCA Records)   The $20 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you two ticket into this pool, must donate at least $20 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $500 donated John Barry - First Love (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - The Challenge (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - In Harm's Way (2009 Intrada edition) Jerry Goldsmith - The Red Pony (Varese) Alan Silvestri - Dutch (La La Land) Shirley Walker - Willard (La La Land) John Williams - Family Plot (Varese Sarabande) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   The $30 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you three ticket into this pool, must donate at least $30 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $750 donated James Horner - Gorky Park (OOP Kritzerland Edition) James Newton Howard - Outbreak (2CD, Varese Deluxe Edition) Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans (2CD, Intrada) John Williams - The Fury (2CD, La La Land) John Williams - Jane Eyre (OOP, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   The $50 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you five ticket into this pool, must donate at least $50 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $1,000 donated Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (3CD, FSM) Ira Newborn - The Naked Gun trilogy (3CD, La La Land) Shirley Walker and Various - Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 (4CD, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer     All shipping will be paid by me to anywhere in the world!   I will pull names from a hat for each pool, and you get to pick whatever CD set you want if I pull your name!   To be eligible, leave your JWFan username in the comments area of your donation.  If you want to donate but not be in the running for a free CD, mention that in the comment.   Use this link or the link on the mainpage.       Thank you!   Jason, Ricard, and Andreas.

Greetings to all from Hungary

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Hello everyone!

I’m Szabó Péter, but you can call me Peti. I’m from a small historical town called Szentendre (dating back to the Roman Empire) in Hungary. I am 27, I’m an electrical engineer, and I’m a John Williams fan and film-music enthusiast (DUh :D). I’ve been a fan of the maestro since I was 5 (1993), albeit indirectly at first. There was no internet back then, and I was a very little child, so I couldn’t really make connections, but I knew I loved Jurassic Park, the first movie I’ve seen in a movie theatre, and the VHS collection of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. These were the 3 defining franchises of my childhood, like to so many others. And I always loved the music, I hummed or whistled them constantly, annoying my parents. So it was inevitable that I will eventually figure out that connection, and I did that, so of course I became a fan. The rest is history.

I’ve been reading this site for a while now, but this is my first contribution to the forums. Better late than never I guess :)

In 2010 I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Williams in person, which is a story I’d like to write about in a full-fledged topic (or in here) if anyone’s interested, because it was maybe the greatest and most unbelievable experience of my life.

In short, my aunt lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and she is one of the violinists of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. So when I heard that there will be a concert conducted by the maestro there, I totally hopped on a plane to be there. Then she got me tickets, and I even got to meet Mr. Williams and he even spoke with me a little (how that occurred is a story in itself), it was really an out of body experience. And I can clearly say that he really is one of the nicest people I have ever met. My aunt was at first sceptical, because she had bad experiences with stuck up divas and celebrities (and as a violinist she finds a few of his music really hard to play :D Harry Potter for example), but after one session, she was blown away by him completely.

So that’s about it, ask me freely, I don’t want to brag about it, that’s not why I’m here (I could have done that in the last five years :D), but I’d love to write about my complete experience :)

As an engineer I don’t really have any musical background, so sorry if I don’t know accurate musical concepts, definitions. Nevertheless I like to write music in my free time as a hobby. I have a beginner-level USB piano, but I mostly tinker with a composing software as I know how to design and program but does not know how to play a piano (effectively) :D

(If somebody’s interested about that I can link my SoundCloud profile since this is maybe the best community for getting constructive criticism and advice. I just make them for fun and to entertain myself.)

Last thing. I don’t care where you’re from, what you like, I personally like to be nice to anyone, I hope that’s a good thing here :D I even welcome the grammar Nazis, because English is not my native language and I’m always eager to learn.

Sorry for the length, I don’t know who will read this, but if you do, thank you :)

Nice day to all!


PS: One of my secret favourites that no one talks about is ‘Tavington’s Trap’ from the Patriot’s score, I don’t know, it just makes my blood pump every time.

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