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Meet the Staff

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Editor-in-Chief
Kevin F. Moreau

Senior Writer/Production Desk
Laurence Station

Advice Columnist
Vatican Assassin

Staff Writer(s)
The Gentleman

Contributing Writer(s)
Dave Brennan
Clemenza
Eric Grossman
Peter Landwehr
Nathan Lynch
Christopher Roberts
Tim Wardyn

Business Administrator
Alan Sargent

Administrative Assistant
Ashley Pensive

 

Kevin F. Moreau

Role: Editor-in-Chief

Base of Operations: Atlanta, GA

Email: kevin@shakingthrough.net

From an early age, Kevin knew he was different from other people. There were many examples to back this up, but one of the most telling was his ability to retain frightening bits of seemingly useless information about music, movies and other forms of entertainment. Kevin learned to read from comic books, which explains his preoccupation with KISS and his belief that the world's problems can be solved by flying men in skintight pajamas. Kevin's managed to eke out something of a living as a music writer, but had long yearned for a forum to air his own views without editorial interference. Enter Shaking Through. While Laurence Station could be seen as the managing editor, attending to the nuts and bolts of ST's daily operations, Kevin fancies himself the big picture guy, the idea man. He's happily married, has no children, and is writing the Great American Rock and Roll Detective Novel.

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Laurence Station

Role: Senior Writer/Production Desk

Base of Operations: En Route

Email: station@shakingthrough.net

Laurence, the self-professed "Force That Rocks The Roll,"  is the one who makes it all happen, interjecting his often unwarranted opinion along the way. Laurence grew up during an uninspiring time, living a mostly uneventful life, save that he tilted at a staggering variety of windmills before ending up in his current position. (Ask him about his goal to become a nuclear physicist.) He'd like to say he developed his keen critical eye during years of study, but the truth is, he lucked into the gig, thanks in large part to a huge CD collection amassed in true dilettante fashion (he had a lot of discretionary income and read all the right magazines). When he's not spending too much money at the local music store, or scoring free movie passes, he acts as Shaking Through's Webmaster and one-man production desk (often trying to sneak unedited copy past the watchful eye of his editor).

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Vatican Assassin

Role: Columnist

Base of Operations: International

Email: va@shakingthrough.net

Born an unassuming, studious lad, V.A. was shunned and reviled at an early age for being different from the other kids. In true geek-hero fashion, he's found that living well is the best revenge, and often says hi to his former tormentors when he's waiting for them to hand him his change at Chick Fil-A. Having emerged from his cocoon a longhaired vision of rock-star menace, he enjoys a life of adventure and hedonism as a covert operative for the Vatican, dispatching demons and world leaders at the Pope's whim. In his undercover guise as a struggling graphic artist and freelance advice columnist, he parties til dawn in the bars of New Orleans, the better to throw his enemies off the scent. He's single and claims no children as his own, despite what a plethora of preposterously unsubstantiated paternity suits claim. V.A. has essentially "done it all," thus, whatever your problem, there's a fair probability he has the answers you seek.

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The Gentleman

Role: Staff Writer

Base of Operations: New York, London, Paris, Munich...

Email: gentleman@shakingthrough.net

Born in London to parents of privilege (and, it's whispered, minor nobility), the Gentleman spent his formative years trotting the globe and becoming a young man of culture and refinement. After a flirtation with marriage and the halls of Ivy League academe, he decided to continue traveling the world to broaden his mind through adventure, women, and mind-altering drugs. He dallied for a bit in the flesh pits of Calcutta and the opium dens of the far Orient before straightening out and staging a somewhat-impressive career as a bare-knuckle brawler, where he picked up his current nickname. After getting his nose broken once too often, he realized he had a sizable trust fund to fall back on and quit the fight game. He occasionally submits pieces to Shaking Through on a variety of topics, although he's never yet been paid. He's happily divorced, with grown children and a woman in every port (or so he'd have us believe).

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Clemenza

Role: Contributing Writer

Base of Operations: Unknown

Email: clemenza@shakingthrough.net

Once on a late evening stroll he happened upon an elderly, wounded man in a stalled Cadillac DeVille, and carried him four blocks to the nearest hospital. That man was "Don" Vincent Tapano, a local mob boss, and the two became friends before parting ways. Upon returning home from work one day, Clemenza (not his real name, but a title of affection bestowed upon him by the Don for his love of The Godfather movies) turned on the lights to find three FBI agents waiting for him. The agent in charge explained that it would be in Clemenza's best interests to tell them everything he knew about the Don, and handed Clemenza a videotape. "If you decided not to testify," he said, "there's a lot on this tape that will help you adjust to your future. Take a look at it and give me a call." It was an episode of the HBO prison series OZ. Now in the witness protection program, Clemenza, on the advice of his Bureau handlers, lives a quiet life with a low-profile job that attracts no attention whatsoever, occasionally submitting movie reviews to Shaking Through.

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Alan Sargent
Role: Business Administrator
Base of Operations: Shaking Through World Headquarters

Tough-as-nails Alan Sargent lied about his age to enlist in the Marines, and subsequently served three tours of duty during the Vietnam conflict. Upon his reinsertion to the civilian population, Sargent got his M.B.A. and eventually wound up a stockbroker during the "Greed is good" '80s, at the epicenter of "Me Decade" capitalism, Wall Street. After a few high-octane years in that particular pressure cooker, and a hung jury in a well-publicized insider-trading/junk bonds trial, he shifted into another career, handling Mergers and Acquisitions for a Fortune 500 company and eventually moving into a position as a corporate raider. Upon taking his golden parachute in 2000, Sargent decided to embark in an 80-day world trip like a modern-day Phileas Fogg, but soon decided it was too much trouble. Bored and restless, he took on the nebulous role of "Business Administrator" for Shaking Through, holding down the company's non-creative side. Alan is single, enjoys tennis, and harbors an unhealthy hatred of the French.

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Ashley Pensive
Role: Administrative Assistant
Base of Operations: Shaking Through World Headquarters

Ashley Pensive is a quiet, private and stunningly beautiful woman whose main accomplishment is a closet full of trophies won during pre-teen and adolescent beauty pageants. When not fending off the amorous advances of the Shaking Through staff, she answers much of the company's mail and quite probably does the real heavy lifting in the name of her boss, gruff, abrasive but tender-hearted and fatherly Alan Sargent. Ashley enjoys unwinding while watching WB programs like "Charmed," "Dawson's Creek" and "Smallville" via her TiVo. Divorced, she lives alone with a cat named Tommy Tabby, is an avid reader of mysteries and Oprah Book Club selections, and indulges in an active dating life which she keeps secret from a curious and intensely jealous Shaking Through staff. She's also a brown belt in Karate and is currently studying Judo, Kempo and Tae Kwan Do.

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