Fix’s Drug of Choice is about Public Land Bow Hunting. The concepts was brought about by friends and business partners Mark and Mike.
I was born on 1-27-1962.I am the oldest of 4 boys. Growing up in a small town my first memories was of my dad fishing. I also had uncles who were into the outdoors. I remember large snapping turtles in the back of panel vans and mounts on walls, gun cabinets and recurve bows and arrows. I also remember we had bird dogs; dad and I took them out in summer training them to point pheasants. When I was a little older I went with dad and the Brittany spaniels hunting. Sometimes we left the dogs home and my brother and I became the dogs flushing game like pheasants and rabbits for supper. Family vacations in ocean city Maryland, summer vacations (revolved) around high tide, Dad and I went fishing mom and younger brothers went to the beach. Blue crabs were hand lined and flounder were caught in the bay around Ocean City. We lived high on the hog! Around the age of nine I got a Crossman Air gun starlings and sparrows watch out! I also got interested in trapping reading any trapping novel I could get a hold of. I was also interested in mountain men and Native Americans. Learning how to make self-bows and chip arrowheads and making arrows all out of materials found in the wild. At the age of twelve my dad bought a farm in glen rock Pennsylvania. I killed my first deer at fourteen an 8-point buck with a 12 ga. slug. Quite a feat since at that time there weren’t many deer. It was then that things went into high gear hunting trapping fishing in the local creek. I bought my first car with trapping money also insurances. At some point though my life took a turn and I got into substance abuse, drinking booze, beer, smoking and growing marijuana. During the 80′s things really took off, I was more interested in growing dope than the outdoors. I was consumed with growing and selling dope it was my life. Then in 1987 I hit my bottom. Getting busted twice and a dui all in one year, this was the first and only year I missed deer season. Sitting in my arraignment hearing with leg irons a ball and chain and handcuffs. I learned a lesson in humility. It was then that I finally realized that I needed to do something. I went to a rehab and got involved in the twelve steps through narcotics anonymous. I did 4-23.5 months in jail. As soon as I got out I bought my first compound and have been deeply involved in archery ever since. I managed to keep my job with the lumber company. In 1993 I had an epiphany start an outdoors video production company (Wilderness journeys video production). I had become a believer in being myself no matter what; all I needed was a cameraman and a video camera. (This idea actually rooted when I was in my addiction. I was in a country western band we were making a video and I thought the VHS would be good for hunting videos.) There was a fellow named Michael Keiser, some people thought he was crazy trying to write scripts for Hollywood and so fourth. I thought it would be a good idea to offer him a ground floor partnership with the video company. Wilderness journeys video production was born. Later while clearing out a tree for stands Marks tree service was born. (I was actually in tree work before the lumber yard) and have an extensive background in horticulture. I got married in 1995 17 years later am still happily married. In 2002 after a hurricane I went full time in Marks Tree Service. Now in 2012 I continue to cultivate my entrepreneurial spirit with Fix’s Drug of Choice. A company devoted to outdoor things and ideas that I like and use in my travels in the outdoors.
As a child I had many interest growing up, most of which were in the outdoors. I was heavily involved in scouting growing up and in 1988 I became an Eagle Scout. So I really did not spend any more time in school then I had to, but something that stuck out for my when I was in school (other then science and history which I could pass without cracking the book) were two elective classes I had taken. One was acting class and the other was film/television production. I had discovered that television was the perfect medium for me to explore all of my interests. I have developed most of my interests after I was out of high school. When I had gotten out into the work force is when my big interesting railroads both in real scale and in modeling had really kicked into gear. I had gotten my first SLR camera in 1991 and my first video camera 1995. I have been shooting ever since. I had gotten into non-liner editing on my computer in 1998, it was new and more affordable way to go then the old school tape-to-tape liner system.
Sports are one of those things my father and brother had gotten me interested in. As a kid I remember going to O’s games with them at Memorial Stadium. I really did not develop a big interest in sports until my brother (who at the time was a season ticket holder for Penn State Football) took me to a game. I was hooked ever since, Football and Baseball, about as American of a game as you can get.
In 1988 I had gotten a coop job at a lumber company and that is where I meet Mark Fix. He is a bow hunter who had an interest in making hunting videos. Wildlife videography is probably the most difficult thing to shoot, particularly when you have two people in the same area or tree. I was interested in getting a television show going but I was missing something, sales and marketing. In 2003 I studied Television Production at the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland. I realized to get a bigger market television was out compared to the Internet. It is a much more tangible was to get started while developing views.
I had an internship with Adelphia (Comcast) channel 10, I ran the audio board at the Frederick Key games. By running the audio board, it gave me an opportunity to develop my skills at picking out key sounds at the game. At one game, I trouble shot a coax line from a camera to the truck. They stared calling me MacGyver, which seemed to be a theme of my life. I am a problem solver and find ways to get things done.
I have been part of the press box Crew for the York Revolution for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The duties involved Camera operator, Instant Replay and Rev’s TV the online broadcast.
With Hanover Multi Media, I set-up and maintain 80 kiosks for the Standard bred horse sales since 2006. During the horse sales, I captured footage and installed media on the kiosks.
As an avid Model Railroader, I have experienced many forms of engineering. The engineering aspects would be in Design (concept and layout), Electrical (wiring both DC Voltage and DCC), Civil (Landscaping, Geology and track) and Structural (bench work and scratch building Architecture) Engineering. I have gotten into scratch building rolling stock and buildings. I like to building things that most people do not.
I am the advertising chairman for the Miniature Railroad Club of York. I take care of publicizing their open house for the Christmas season.
I have been on the Jefferson Carnival Advertising Committee since 2009. I have sold and designed ads for the booklet we print to advertise the carnival.
I am very interested in teach about opportunities you my have and how I might be of benefit to you.