Meet Ken Souza

Mar 14th, 2008

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Ken’s Bio:

Kenneth J. Souza was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts – a city better known for being the hometown of parent-chopper Lizzie Borden and onion-chopper Emeril Lagasse. His lifelong obsession with technology began at an early age when he dropped his first cassette recorder and managed to figure out he could rewire it to serve as a rudimentary PA system through his bedroom stereo. His interest in film began at the tender age of eleven when he was admitted to a screening of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Ken graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1991 with a BA degree in English-Journalism and has worked at everything from stereo department manager at a retail store to a part-time disc jockey to his current stints teaching film/video production at Bristol Community College and writing and editing The Wanderer, a weekly newspaper serving the southeastern Massachusetts area.

Before joining the ranks of DVDfile, he reviewed new DVD titles for the now-defunct Organized Chaos weekly e-zine, the locally-produced Titan monthly magazine, and also did some freelance writing for BigO magazine based in Singapore. Always on the cutting edge, he bought a first-generation CD player (Technics), a first-generation DVD player (Panasonic), an early laserdisc player (Pioneer), and both an HD DVD player (Toshiba) and Blu-Ray Disc player (Panasonic). Ken often screens his favorite horror films in his second-floor home theater in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, much to the chagrin of his wife, Margie, and faithful Peke-a-Poo, Spenser.

Most Useless Facts About Ken:

» Favorite Ice Cream: Reese’s Pieces Sundae with Toasted Almond Fudge Ice Cream from Friendly’s
» Favorite Movies: Halloween (and almost anything directed by John Carpenter); Jaws; Shadow of a Doubt; Touch of Evil; The Blues Brothers; Dazed and Confused; The Shawshank Redemption
» Favorite TV Shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Sopranos; Millennium
» Favorite Authors: Edgar Allan Poe; Stephen King; H.P. Lovecraft; Robert B. Parker
» Favorite Bands: Kiss; Alice Cooper; Cheap Trick; The Who; The Beatles
» Favorite Guilty Pleasure: American Idol (I love watching people who can’t sing get rejected)

Ken’s Equipment:

Video Display:
- Panasonic TH-42PZ77U Plasma

DVD:
- Momitsu DVD-V880 Player

HD Sources:
- Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD Player
- Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-Ray Disc Player

Sound Processor/Amplification:
- Pioneer DSX-V608 Receiver

Speakers:
- Cambridge Soundworks Newton Series II MC305 Left, Right and Center
- Cambridge Soundworks Newton Series II S305 Dipole Surround Speakers
- Cambridge Soundworks Newton Series II P205 Powered Subwoofer

Accessories:
- Cables Unlimited 3-to-1 HDMI Switcher
- Monster TOC-link Optical Cables

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