I’ve been so busy with the Aspie Dialogues and getting into the Autism at Work Initiative, that I realize I’ve been neglecting the Aspie Epilogue something awful, lately.
I actually meant to post this a couple months ago, but I think we all know my dirty, little secret with this site:
I get distracted from it very easily.
Never mind that, though. I’m here, now, and boy, do I have something awesome for you all! (And it’s not the gratuitous amount of commas in that last sentence.)
Back in May (This is that late, I know. Other projects. What can I do; I can only spread myself so thin…), I attended Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia with some friends of mine.
Oh, yeah! I also met a Power Ranger. Go figure!
You may ask yourselves, “What does any of this have to do with the Aspie Epilogue, Jon?”
I’m getting to that…
You see, I also met Charles Martinet. He’s better known as the voice of Nintendo’s Mario. Hey! That goes back to the title of the post! How about that!
Yes, I met Mario Mario’s voice actor in the flesh. I was also extremely lucky enough to have received this very special message from the Mushroom Kingdom’s favorite plumber, himself:
I happen to know from my prior experience working with the Kinney Center that Nintendo’s games were a giant hit with the teens with ASD whom I had the distinct pleasure of working with. For whatever reason, Mario always resonated with these teens, and they could not wait to go home and play some Nintendo when they got home. So much so, that the Kinney Center eventually bought a Wii to use on location as positive reinforcement.
I, for one, would like to echo Mario’s words above. You guys make the Aspie Epilogue and the Aspie Dialogues what they are. Without you, we are nothing.
So, it is with this, that I would like to award Charles Martinet with the HONORARY PUZZLE PRIDE AWARD 2015.
You guys are more Super than the Super Mario Bros! You’re #1!