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Brush With Fame: Stephen Vekovius, “Game Changers”

A photo of Stephen Vekovius
Storyteller Stephen Vekovius took the stage during our June 2015 live storytelling event, “Brush With Fame.”

Have you ever played a video game in which you saw the world from the perspective of your character, and you wielded some type of gun or weapon to fend off enemies as you explored the world of the game? If you have played such a video game, congrats – you’ve enjoyed a technology that was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. At the June 2015 All Y’all live storytelling event “Brush With Fame,” storyteller Stephen Vekovius shared the story of Softdisk and id Software, two game-changing companies that were born in downtown Shreveport. Softdisk was an early pioneer in the rapidly-changing world of software publication, and several Softdisk employees went on to form id Software, a company that revolutionized video games and 3-D technology with such titles as Wolfenstein and Doom.

This story – which has seldom been told publicly – is made even more special by the fact that Vekovius experienced all of this as the son of Softdisk’s Co-Founder and CEO, Al Vekovius. Stephen’s perspective gives the story a quiet and powerful intimacy that wowed the audience at “Brush With Fame.” All Y’all is proud to have played a role in documenting this little-known chapter in the history of Shreveport, Louisiana’s on-again, off-again relationship with the entertainment industry.

Want to learn more about Softdisk and “the id Boys” while supporting All Y’all?

Purchase the 2003 book Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner using the link below, and All Y’all will receive a portion of proceeds from the sale.

Please Support These All Y’all Sponsors

The 2015 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is sponsored by Holiday Lanes, an incredible bowling center in Bossier City that features everything from glow-in-the-dark bowling to the largest plate of nachos you’ll ever lay eyes on. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally owned Apple Authorized Service Provider. From the very beginning, we’ve also been sponsored by Rhino Coffee and Twisted Root Burger Company, two places that we love. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

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Mistakes Were Made: Cookie DuBois, “Space Dracula”

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Storyteller Cookie DuBois. Photo by Jim Noetzel.

Do you believe that some cosmic force holds us accountable for all of our past behavior? That if we’re good, we’ll be rewarded, and if we’re bad, we’ll be punished? “Mistakes Were Made” storyteller Cookie DuBois’s story, “Space Dracula,” made us wonder whether her trajectory was some sort of example of a person having to pay off some debt to the Universe before they could be happy.

Cookie, it should be said, is one of the kindest, sweetest and most charming storytellers that we’ve met through All Y’all. It’s hard to imagine the Cookie we know now as the head-punching anarchist you’ll meet in “Space Dracula,” but I guess it just goes to show – you never can tell.

P.S. Check out Cookie’s vintage and retro-inspired clothing line, Cookie DuBois Clothing.

We are pleased to announce that the next All Y’all Live event, “Ladies Night,” has been scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday, March 14 at the Women’s Department Club in Shreveport. This night of stories celebrating women is presented, in part, as our way of celebrating Women’s History Month. It’s also a way to balance the scales, so to speak. Throughout the history of All Y’all – as a podcast and as a series of live storytelling events – it’s been harder to find women willing to share their story than it’s been to find men willing to do so. “Ladies Night” is all about women. Tickets may be purchased here, or check out this post for more info.