David Kravetz, 57, resides in Lexington, KY and is the owner and creative mind behind Sumoflam Productions, where he provides Web Consulting, Online Broadcasting Services, Tech Support and writes blogs. In his spare time, he is a freelance travelographer and photojournalist and focuses on the normal, the wacky, the wonderful and the quirky things of this wide world. His most popular blog is his Less Beaten Paths blog which has dozens of posts about offbeat and backroads travel. He also has produced a weight loss blog called Sorry About Your Weight and has a new blog called Observations from Sumoflam’s Singlewide which covers a variety of topics. Many of his older trip journals can be seen at http://www.sumoflam.biz/Journals.htm and thousands of his trip photos can be seen at http://public.fotki.com/sumoflam. His photos have been used in advertising, newspapers and even on a couple of magazine covers.
David also has two Photo Blogs to his media set…see his Tumblr blogs “Sumoflam’s Story Shots” and “Less Beaten Paths Photos” for photos from trips. Each blog features different types of photos from his travels.
David has worked as the webmaster, media manager, part time videographer (see his YouTube site) and photographer, as well as logistics manager for singer/songer writer Antsy McClain of Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours, a top 20 Americana band out of Nashville. He was a webmaster and newsletter writer for former American football player (NFL, Arena Football League) Aaron Boone, having produced the AirBoone Express since 2003. He has also done web design and site management work for a few other individuals and businesses.
Sumoflam, as he is known to thousands of friends around the US and other parts of the world, has a passion for traveling and has been to 47 of the states in the US as well as five provinces in Canada, numerous states in Mexico, the Philippines, China and Korea. He lived in Japan for more than 6 years and has been fluent in Japanese for over 30 years. He has worked as a freelance interpreter/translator over the years and has done interpreting for world leaders (such as Sir Geoffrey Howe, British Foreign Minister for Margaret Thatcher) and famous people (such as Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci).
Why Sumoflam? – David has always been a fan of sumo wrestling and originally had created an email address as “sumoman” back in the late 1980s. Through his involvement with Antsy McClain, whose fans are known as “Flamingoheads”, he decided to change his moniker to “Sumoflam”–thus the Sumo Flamingo logo that can be found in his profiles all over the web. This logo was conceived by David and lovingly drawn by Antsy McClain, who not only is a fabulous singer/songwriter, but is also an AMAZING artist (see http://www.antsy.net).
He is the father of five and also has NINE grandchildren who call him Grampz. He has been married to his wife Julianne, a fabric artist, violinist and wonderful companion, for more than 34 years. He will admit that he truly married up!!
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