AND MICKEY - Clare and Mickey joined us live from the RV lot outside of
University Mall in Tuscaloosa. Auburn and Alabama fans are already
packed and ready for this weekend's big Iron Bowl game and festivities.
TECH THE HALLS - USA TODAY tech/gaming contributor Marc Saltzman showed us some of the must=have tech gifts hitting store shelves this holiday season. Marc has something for everyone's wish list. Marc has just entered his 15th year as USA TODAY'S tech contributor, with columns appearing in more than 85 newspapers across the country each week. In addition, Marc has authored 15 technology books, as well as appeared on hundreds of television stations.
JEH JEH - Jeh Jeh joined us live from the Shops of Grand River in Leeds with all the Black Friday sales and shoppers. For more details on their shops and deals, visit http://www.shopsofgrandriver.com/.
NEW DISNEY GAME - Warren Spector, Disney Vice-President and Creative Director of Junction Point, a division of Disney Interactive Media Group, shared how Walt Disney lost the rights to Oswald and how that sad occurrence led to the creation of none other than Mickey Mouse. He also discussed Oswald's return to Disney and what role sportscaster Al Michaels had to play in that! Because of Spector's great love for Disney history, the company is bringing back many of its "forgotten" characters and giving them new life in the most modern of entertainments - the video game. Disney's Epic Mickey: the Power of Two launches on November 18, and it can be described as the first video-game musical! Warren Spector, veteran electronic game designer/producer, heads up videogame developer, Junction Point, a division of the Disney Interactive Media Group. Warren has worked in the game industry since 1983. He joined computer game developer Origin Systems where he produced several addictive games. After seven years, Warren found Ion Storm's Austin, Texas studio in 1997. There, he produced and directed the award-winning, genre-bending game, Deus Ex. He left to found Junction Point Studios, Inc., where he and his team developed concepts for a variety of video game and motion picture partners. In July 2007, Junction Point was acquired by The Walt Disney Company. As part of Disney, he directed the Wii-exclusive title, Disney Epic Mickey, which in 2010 offered gamers of all ages a new perspective on the world's most popular cartoon star, Mickey Mouse.Born and raised in New York City, Warren is a bookaholic, a boardgame fanatic, a lover of basketball and rhythm guitarist for the band "Two-Headed Baby." He graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1977 with a B.S. in Speech and received his Master of Arts in Radio-Television-Film in 1980. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Caroline, and far too many animals.
ZOO CREW - Kelly Wall joins us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mike to the turkey -one of the few in the state that didn't end up on a Thanksgiving Dinner table yesterday. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to birminghamzoo.com.
Join us next week on Good Day Alabama! Cyber Monday brings lots of deals and we check them out for you! It's a Winter Wonderland at the McWane Science Center and we take you there for all the fun! The experts join us to take your questions…. the gardener, the angler, and the pet doctor in the studio! Olympic athlete Marathon Meb joins us in the studio with his new book! Enjoy some tamales at HICA's 10th Annual Christmas Tamale Sale is up and running! Find out how you can sample the goodies and support the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama! And we help you find the perfect gifts for the littliest ones on your list this year! As always, Mickey introduces us to his friends from the Birmingham Zoo, Jeh Jeh teaches us some new moves in Exercise Monday, we check out what's new in entertainment, and our Pet of the Week joins us in the studio... that and more next week on Good Day Alabama!
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