Monthly Archives: August 2015

#162 – Elijah Rock



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 162 - Elijah Rock

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Art‘s first trip to Portland and hanging out with Patrick Quinn, Tom‘s birthday, and what Tom will be doing in Indianapolis soon. They then bring on singer and actor Elijah Rock.

Elijah Rock is an award-winning Actor, Singer, Writer, Producer and “Artrepreneur”. He is the 2014 NAACP Theatre Award Winner for Best Male Equity performer in “Breath and Imagination-The Story of Roland Hayes” written by award-winning playwright Daniel Beaty and staged at the renowned Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA. This season, Rock reprised the role of Roland Hayes in Boston, MA at Arts Emerson’s historical Paramount Theatre. While in Boston, Rock was honored to sing the National Anthem at the 2015 State of City Address for Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh in Boston Symphony Hall.

Recently, Rock starred as the Crooner in the Los Angeles premiere of “Words by Ira Gershwin”, which ran at the Colony Theatre from April18th-Extended thru May24th, 2015. See Reviews! In television, Rock has appeared as a recurring guest star in the second season of “Masters of Sex” on Showtime. On the big screen, he is preparing to star in the biopic “Lincoln Perry” to be produced with Brad Wilson and directed by the award-winning writer/director, Antwone Fisher.

We spoke with Elijah about creating his new album, acting, and fatherhood.

Check out Elijah’s website at ElijahRock.net

Follow Elijah on Twitter @ElijahRock


#161 – Victor Cho – Evite



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 161 - Victor Cho - Evite

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk first day of school, getting to know who this year’s teachers will be, and Tommy’s daughter’s Baptism. Then the guys bring on Victor Cho, who is the CEO of Evite.

Victor Cho is the Chief Executive Officer of Evite. Cho looks to lead Evite into a new phase of development that will redefine the brand and the party planning space. Cho has been part of many different types of companies. Ever since he was a young kid Victor knew that he wanted to work for a software company. To make sure he accomplished his dream Victor has managed development teams. He has done marketing as well as business and channel development. He has touched every part of a business in some shape or form. It was very clear to him that if he was going to run a business he needed to understand how all the different kinds of the component pieces work.

Not only did Cho have a plan to accomplish his work goals, but he had some things he wanted to achieve as a father. Victor took a year off of work before he became the CEO of Evite. He asked some other dads out there if they could have taken time off to spend with their children when was the age to do so. Most of the feedback was when the kids were between the ages of three and six. Cho decided to follow their advice. He was able to take some time off and spend that year with his daughters. It is something that he will always cherish.

Life of Dad co-founder, David Guest and Art Eddy had the great pleasure of talking with Victor about fatherhood, his business goals, and becoming a CEO.


#160 – Steve Smith



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 160 - Steve Smith

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy run the gamut on a bunch of topics — from the news at the the Walt Disney D23 Expo weekend with all the new movies, to Tom’s house going back to the Jurassic Period, to the Life of Dad Fantasy Football League. Then the guys chat with NBA great, Steve Smith.

Steve Smith takes a lot of pride in being from Michigan. His parents are Donald and the late Clara Bell Smith taught Steve a lot through their words and actions. Steve saw the many sacrifices and acts of kindness not only in his family, but to others in his community. Being a witness to all of that made Steve want pay it forward.

Steve did that by creating the Steve Smith Charitable Fund. This fund was established to honor those who helped support him in achieving his goals. From his family, friends, teachers, coaches and community he made sure to give back. These people continue to inspire Steve and compel him to give back to the community. The charitable fund began as a benefit to those students from Steve‘s alma mater, Detroit’s Pershing High School, who wished to attend Michigan State University. The charity has since grown to meet broader needs in the communities that have supported Steve throughout his life.

Steve attended Pershing High School in Detroit and then Michigan State University from 1987-1991, where he became a First Team All American basketball player, and the Spartans’ all-time leading scorer, with 2,263 points. At that time, he ranked 5th all-time in Big Ten history, and was also First Team All-Big Ten in his senior season.

In 1991, Steve was selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the Miami Heat. He also has played with the Atlanta Hawks (1994-1999), the Portland Trail Blazers (1999-2001), the San Antonio Spurs (2001-2003), the New Orleans Hornets (2003-2004), and the Charlotte Bobcats and Miami Heat during the 2004-2005 season.

Steve was also a member of the gold medal winning Dream Team II during the 1994 FIBA Word Championships in Toronto. In 2000, Steve was honored by being chosen to represent his country by playing for the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Basketball team in Sydney, Australia.

On September 30, 2005, Steve returned to MSU to announce his retirement from the NBA after 14 seasons. In 2009, Steve earned the Dick Enberg award, which recognized him for his commitment to promoting the values of education and academics to student-athletes. On February 18, 2013, Steve was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

Now Steve Smith works as a game and studio analyst for NBA TV and the Big Ten Network. We had the great pleasure of talking with Steve about his time in the NBA, the Steve Smith Charitable Fund, and fatherhood.

For more on the Steve Smith Charitable Fund, please visit SteveSmithCharitableFund.org

Follow Steve on Twitter @steve21smith


#159 – Curtis Martin



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 159 - Curtis Martin

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about baseball, football, and Tom’s video game documentary that showed off his football video game skills. Then they bring on NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Curtis Martin.

Curtis Martin didn’t think that he would make it into the NFL. Other people felt the same way. Curtis missed most of his games his final season while he attended the University of Pittsburgh. Yet he was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round. All of his doubts were pushed aside from his very first carry in the NFL. He rushed for 30 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown and became the first Patriots player to rush for 100 yards in his first career start. That year he went on to win Rookie of the Year.

Later in his career Martin signed as a free agent with the New York Jets. In his career Martin ran for over 14,000 yards and scored 90 rushing touchdowns. Martin‘s determination led him to have fantastic career which landed him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Even after his retirement Martin still looks to make an impact. He speaks with rookies that are coming into the league to help with their transition.

Curtis is also a fantastic dad. He is always looking to do the best he can to raise his daughters right. He takes great pride in making sure that he instills values into their lives. Art had the fantastic pleasure of talking with Curtis about his time in the league, fatherhood, and playing in the Super Bowl.

Follow Curtis Martin on Twitter @CurtisMartin28


#158 – Clive Standen



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 158 - Clive Standen

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Tom‘s recent trip to Vegas, and they both share their feelings about going to the spa. They then bring on Clive Standen from the hit History show “Vikings”.

Clive Standen and his fellow actors on the hit History Channel series “Vikings” have become a fan favorite. Fans are loving the series and if you have seen the show you know why. Clive plays the role of Rollo Lothbrok, who is the main character’s brother. Rollo is based on the historical figure, who was the great-great-great-grandfather of William the Conquerer.

We talk with Clive about the success of “Vikings”, fatherhood, fans obsession with the crew’s hair extensions, fight choreography, and more.