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Roger Sanchez is an American house music DJ. He is the eldest of two sons born to Angela Almonte and Hugo Rene Sanchez, immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Sanchez graduated from the High School of Art and Design in New York City. He attended Pratt Institute, working towards a degree in... MORE
Roger Sanchez is an American house music DJ. He is the eldest of two sons born to Angela Almonte and Hugo Rene Sanchez, immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Sanchez graduated from the High School of Art and Design in New York City. He attended Pratt Institute, working towards a degree in architecture, but took his father's advice to take a break from his studies to devote his full energy to DJing and see if he could make a career of it. Eventually he found success and began to play nightclubs in New York City, and later around the world. Along with fellow New York house DJs David Morales and Danny Tenaglia, Sanchez has become well known in the European party scene, especially on the Spanish island of Ibiza. He has maintained residency on there every summer since 2000. On October 28, 2009, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, with Ultra Records Sanchez placed at number 60. Sanchez has scored numerous hits in the European and World Charts with both his own music and the remixes he has created for an array of superstars including Kylie Minogue, Daft Punk, Madonna, The Police, No Doubt and Maroon 5. In 2003, he won his first Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording for his remix of No Doubt's "Hella Good". He hosts a weekly terrestrial and online radio show called Release Yourself, with 15 million listeners worldwide. Along with the radio show, Sanchez hosts a bi-weekly podcast, distributed internationally. In 2007 the podcast was awarded the first-ever Best Podcast Award at the International Dance Music Awards. LESS
It’s easy to make fun of Twilight. The series is a bastion of teen-girl squealing and poorly written prose about questionable relationships. Still, in the eight years since Little, Brown And Company first published Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novel, the book series has not only been made into five full-length movies, but has sold more than 116 million copies worldwide and spent 235 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. It’s a phenomenon and a cultural touch point that can’t be ignored. The Twilight series hasn’t just affected Meyer and her army of teen girl readers. It’s trickled up and down—to those girls’ moms, to older women and men looking for something soapy to read, and to the town of Forks, Washington, where the series is set. While Meyer had never been to the little town—population 3,692—before she wrote Twilight, the timber town has since become one of the biggest tourist attractions on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Since 2005, the town has seen hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to see where the books’ Bella Swan and Edward Cullen spent their days and nights mooning over each other, and where—maybe, just maybe, werewolves (well, shape shifters, really) and vampires live together in relative peace. Twilight has had a marked impact on the town, which found its main industry, logging, struggling with the downturn in the housing market. About 20 percent of the town’s residents live in poverty, and the average income for a family in town is only $38,844. But by 2008, the town got about 19,000 visitors, and by 2010, the town was pulling in 73,000 visitors a year. Twilight themed stores popped up and even the local grocery store started tagging select deli counter items as “Jacob’s favorite.” That silly little tween book series helped a struggling town flourish. It’s easy to see Forks’ Twilight pride. Nearly every sign in town boasts a vampire pun or a phrase welcoming fans of the Cullen clan. The town has even launched its own Twilight-themed festival, Stephenie Meyer Day, which draws both local families and Twilight obsessives. The fervor has even spilled over to La Push, Washington, home of fictional Jacob Black’s very real Quileute Indian tribe, and Port Angeles, Washington, the “big city” of 19,056 residents that Bella and her friends frequent for movies and prom dress shopping. Forks has hopped on Edward Cullen’s strong vampire back with open arms, opening not only stores devoted to the Twilight series, but convincing local resid...