Ep. 266: Rob Rector – Podcaster OG, Film Buff

Rob Rector is the creator of Natsukashi as well as a film critic, academic, and all-around guy. He's the guest on Ep. 266 of the Jon of All Trades Podcast debuting September 23, 2020.
Rob Rector is the creator of Natsukashi as well as a film critic, academic, and all-around guy. He’s the guest on Ep. 266 of the Jon of All Trades Podcast debuting September 23, 2020.

Rob Rector is responsible for my first ever podcast appearance. He ran a site called Natsukashi, and on May 1, 2009, he released our conversation with Stu Charno as the three of us discussed the 1985 gender-swapping farce Just One of the Guys. Rob’s structure of the show was impeccable, his hosting style amiable, and the conversation always fun and insightful. I was hooked.

More than that, I adored Rob. After recording with the offbeat Stu, he and I just gabbed on the phone for like two hours, something I had never done with a dude I had just met. It was like we were old friends. Rob and I went on to do four more of these episodes together (you can find them all here), and then once the site ran its course, Rob and I talked more and more infrequently. Yet whenever one of us would reach out to the other, we’d pick right back up where we left off as if we’d talked twice a week for the last decade. That’s rare to connect with someone – let alone someone who lives two time zones away that you’d never stood in the same room together with – and when I revisited Just One of the Guys recently, I knew Rob had to come on the show.

On this week’s show we take a walk down memory lane, I ask Rob what it’s like being so far ahead of his time – these two podcasts found here and here seem to be in the exact same vein as Natsukashi – and catch up on what we’ve been up to since connecting for the first time more than a decade ago. It’s a fun chat that covers movies, standing up and teaching in front of college kids, marine life (seriously), and what we think our lives would be like if we lived in the same town. In short, it’s just fun.

Be sure to check out Rob’s writing for Film Threat Magazine.

Check out what’s he up to programming special events for The Revival House.

Learn what he does for the MERR Institute.

And of course, listen to the episodes he and I did together at Natsukashi.

This episode is available for download on iTunes, streaming on Stitcher, or at the Jon of All Trades homepage.

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