Ever have that nightmare where you’re aimlessly wondering the halls of your old high school and suddenly remember you have an exam in five minutes? How about the one where you’re an hour or two away from going home for the day, and, BAM!, you’re the features editor?

In case you’re wondering why Marty suddenly looks 10 years older and smiles like part of him just died inside, My name is Steve. I’ll be your editor.

Don’t worry we’ll get through this together.

Slowly but surely I’m learning to put the lotion in the basket. For those of you who haven’t read my Saturday columns, I’ll tell you more about myself.

Primarily I’ve spent my time working on the Kokomo Tribune’s website and writing entertainment columns that have spent a disproportionate amount of time covering superhero-related movies and TV shows.

When it comes to prestigious awards, I’ve almost won several of them. For example, during my time in Birmingham, Alabama, I was involved with a news report that won a regional daytime Emmy for writing. That’s right, a regional daytime Emmy.

I made the argument that the character choices I made as I portrayed a telegraph operator on the Titanic in the background qualified as writing … they did not. No statue for me.

In 2011, a deadly tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama, just weeks after I left The Tuscaloosa News. They won a Pulitzer for their breaking news coverage. I’m sure if I had been there, they would have won two. (There’s a Pulitzer for awesome right?)

I’m a creative guy. I invented Drop D tuning for the guitar. I just wasn’t the first to invent it.

I was a member of Mensa for a while in college. I had the lowest possible I.Q. score you could have to get in, which meant that every time I went to a gathering I was always the dumbest person in the room. Now I know how [THE PERSON YOU HATE THE MOST] feels.

That’s an interactive joke. Just reread it and substitute any name you want.

My middle name is Rambo.

Yes, like the movie but not FROM the movie.

That, of course, led to a certain amount of ridicule in grade school. But I can’t say it really bothered me. There just weren’t many ways to make fun of someone for having an awesome name.

“Hey, Steve, you gonna... like… rescue a bunch of POWs by yourself or something?”

“Hey, Steve, you gonna… like… get ripped and be a pit fighter?”

You get the idea.

I like a wide variety of music. I like heavy metal, speed metal, thrash metal, death metal, black metal, extreme metal, progressive metal, industrial metal, goth metal, doom metal, nu metal, alt metal, stoner metal, groove metal, folk metal, power metal and Radiohead.

I also have one wife, one daughter and one dog.

— Steve Rambo Mullen [friday] editor | Superhero admirer extraordinaire

Digital Content Editor, Steve Mullen, can be reached at 765-454-8569, by email at steve.mullen@indianamediagroup.com or on Twitter @SRMullenKT.

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