“Ooooooh DREAM WEAVER! I BELIEVE YOU CAN GET ME THROUGH THE NI-HIGGGGGHT!” We’ve all seen Wayne’s World (I hope). And we allllll remember the megababe, lead singer girlfriend that Wayne inexplicably lands in this classic of American cinema. The actress who played FOXY Cassandra is Tia Carrere, a native Hawaiian who had childhood dreams of becoming a singer. ‘Smatter fact, all of Cassandra’s vocals from Wayne’s World are sung by Tia. But the 90s was all about acting and modeling for Tia, and she had roles in a number of TV shows and films.
By the early 2000s, she made a huge pivot in her career by returning to two of her greatest loves: singing and Hawaii. Tia has had an amazingly successful career as a singer in the Hawaiian tradition. She has twice won the Grammy for Best Hawaiian Music Album and was nominated two additional times for the same award. Yes – the hot chick from Wayne’s World has an entire separate career/identity as a Hawaiian singer. WE’RE NOT WORTHY.
Tune into “Episode 21 – Cork Taint” to learn all about this Where Are They Now?
Temple Grandin is truly one of the most interesting and inspiring human beings with the most INSANE and surreal life story. She is a full blown animal whisperer, who was able to make sense of her own autism after observing cattle on a farm during her youth. At the age of 18, Temple invented what she called a “squeeze machine”, a deep pressure device designed to calm hypersensitive people. She got the idea on her Aunt’s ranch where she noted the way cattle were confined in a squeeze chute for vaccination, and how some cattle immediately calmed down after pressure was administered. Several therapy programs in the U.S. now use squeeze machines, reporting calming effects among both children and adults with autism.
Temple has also helped improve the way farmers and ranchers care for their animals by designing pens, walkways, devices, and buildings that would improve the animals’ quality of life. She has dedicated her life to reducing the suffering and anxiety of animals and is a huge advocate for the humane treatment of livestock for slaughter.
Temple had her first formal diagnoses at age 40 where they determined her to be an autistic savant, a condition in which someone with significant mental disabilities demonstrates certain skills that far exceed the average person. Temple is a genius, and Temple is an animal whisperer.
Listen to “Episode 21 – Cork Taint” to hear Temple’s full INSANE life story!