Charlie McCollum began his journalism career in 1970, working as a writer and editor with Boston alternative weeklies. After the 1972 presidential election, he moved to Washington, D.C., covering Congress and politics for the Village Voice, the Atlantic, the Washingtonian and other publications. In 1975, he was hired as the first pop music writer for the Washington Star, later reporting on state and federal courts, politics and the Washington social scene. When the Star ceased publication in 1981, he spent a brief time at the Hartford, CT Courant before joining the staff of the Mercury News. He served at various time as the paper’s city editor, state editor and executive news editor. He then returned to his first love – writing – as the paper’s television writer and critic and a general entertainment writer. When he retired in 2014, he was the deputy features editor for arts and entertainment for the Mercury and for the Bay Area News Group. Since his retirement, Charlie has joined the San Jose Arts Commission and the boards of the City Lights Theater Company, the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Foundation and the San Jose Downtown Association Foundation.
Sean O’Kane is a native of San Jose and currently employed at Cadence Design Systems as the Executive Director of Chip Planning Solutions and executive producer and host of ChipEstimate.TV, a high tech on-line TV show. He is a current board-member of History San Jose // San Jose -Dublin Ireland Sister City Program // and San Jose Police Foundation. Sean worked in the entertainment industry for many years as an actor, voice-over talent and stand-up comic and performed with such notables such as Jay Leno, Dana Carvey, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg. Under his company Big Kahuna Productions, he serves as writer, director and voice talent for corporate videos for Samsung as well as voice-talent in the video game industry for Sony, Nintendo, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment video game divisions. His wife Ann is a 6th grade language arts teacher at Buchser Middle School and his son Colin graduated from Sonoma State University and was a defensive standout lacrosse player. Winner of 3 film and video awards for Acting and Voice talent. What is important in Sean’s life are his family, friends and creating new possibilities everyday for himself and others in his life.