Rockin’ and Rollin’ with Dlhalper!

Dlhalper has had such a fantastic journey in the world of rock music! She has seen so much through her broadcasting career and has even rubbed elbows with music celebrities ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Rush. She is a true humanitarian who spends time helping an autistic child and encouraging and supporting underprivileged children – in between classes. Dlhalper found us while doing her doctorate and never left. Thanks to the gentle persuasion of C.Hainsaw, we are privileged to have her as a Supervisor at Answers.com. She has made almost 4,000 contributions, with over 1,000 of them being answers!

What is your first name? Donna

What is your occupation? I am a professor and an author.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My username is Dlhalper. It is my first two initials, and my last name. It is short for Donna Lee Halper. I wanted to capitalize my initials, but they ended up lowercase. I decided to just leave them that way.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I come from the greater Boston area. I love Boston. We have lots of amazing historical places, awesome libraries and museums, and excellent ice cream. These days, I live in Quincy which is seven miles south of Boston and the birthplace of two U.S. presidents.

How did you discover Answers.com?

Around 2006, I was searching for something online (I truly do not recall what), but the search led me to an incorrect answer that I found on Answers.com. I wondered how to correct it, and gradually began doing more corrections as my schedule permitted. At the time, I was busy studying for my PhD. Once I finished my degree, I had more time to answer and correct more questions.

What enticed you to join our community?

I come from a media background, working first as a radio announcer, journalist, and researcher, and later as a media historian, author, and professor. Since I used to do a lot of proof-reading and fact-checking, whenever I see incorrect information online, I find myself wanting to fix it!  Now that I am a full-time professor, it is even more irritating because I know how many students “google” something and cite it without checking if the source is accurate. For students, getting to an answer first often takes precedence over getting that answer right. As I became more familiar with how to get the best results from online research, I decided that I might be able to contribute something to Answers.com.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

There are two things I really enjoy. One is correcting wrong answers—not because I am some know-it-all, but because when I can fix an answer, I feel I am contributing to Answers.com’s reputation for accuracy. I also enjoy some of the advice questions, like those from kids who want to meet Justin Bieber, or who wish they could get some girl or guy to like them. We were all young once and we all had crushes on some celebrity. It is nice that kids feel they can come to us with their questions and get taken seriously. Services like Answers.com did not exist when I was growing up, and in a very impersonal society, a friendly and accurate answer can really make a difference for someone.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to become a part of our community?

It’s fun! It’s also challenging or at times even frustrating, but more often than not, it’s fun and very gratifying, especially when you finally track down an answer that was difficult to find. You can answer as many or as few questions as you’d like, and not only can you focus on what you know, but you can also learn something new in the process. Answers.com lets you help other people, and you can do it from the comfort of your home, your laptop, smartphone or whatever device you choose. I definitely recommend it.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

Being patient. Some of the answers are sarcastic or rude or the person who answered obviously thought that he or she was being clever. I try to be tactful and remind myself that some of the people doing this are kids and yelling at them won’t teach them to do it the right way.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

When I was a kid, options for women were still limited, and I was told by many people that I’d never be anything in life. As it turns out, I was the first female DJ at Northeastern University in Boston, and one of the first women hired everywhere I worked during my radio career. While in radio, I discovered the rock group Rush (they later dedicated two albums to me). I am the author of five books and many articles. I got my PhD at the age of 64. I am a big sister and I just celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary!

What is your favorite type of music?  What is your favorite band or artist?

I am a rock and roll fan.  I love classic rock because I used to play it on the radio, but I also love some of the current music. I enjoy folk, jazz, and even some country. Obviously, since the members of Rush are my friends, they are my favorite band, but I also appreciate a wide range of artists having been a DJ and a music director. I am more song oriented than artist oriented. If a song has excellent lyrics, that’s a big plus. Pop music is still the soundtrack of my life.

What is your favorite song?

Two songs have special meaning for me:  “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty, and “Working Man” by Rush.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I collect stamps, as well as old books, magazines, postcards, and memorabilia that pertain to the history of broadcasting. I love to read – both online and in hard copy – and I love good conversation. I am also always on the lookout for new places to find home-made ice cream!

What is your favorite quote and why?

“You are not expected to complete the task, but neither are you expected to walk away from it.”  Ethics of Our Fathers, the Talmud. I like this quote because it reminds us that although we may not be able to achieve every goal, we can’t use that as an excuse to not even try.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

  • One is Arnie Ginsburg. He was a DJ I loved when I was growing up who defied the stereotype of his profession with his loud squeaky voice.
  • My mother, who was probably the most patient and spiritual person I ever met.
  • I was also inspired by a professor in college who encouraged me to pursue a career in radio.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would like to visit the Congo where I am supporting an adorable 9 year old whom I’ve been sending to private school since she was 5. Few girls in the Congo are able to get a good education, and when I read about how her family really wished she could be educated, I offered to help. The family and I have been friends ever since. It would be fun to finally meet all of them.

Do you want to add anything?  Additional comments:

My thanks to the Supervisors who served as my mentors. I hope I’m making you proud of me!

Answers.com meets Justin Bieber

After a four-hour wait, our meeting was very brief. Mere seconds, in fact.

“Hi, I am from Answers.com,” I said, walking up to Justin Bieber. “We answer questions about you everyday…”

Before I could finish my sentence, I was whisked off the stage. Though the “VIP” photo op was so short, it was still enough to leave many fans crying and hyperventilating.

Bieber, who appeared a bit tired, made his rounds in New York City this week on the Today Show, the View, David Letterman and Macy’s, just down the street from the Answers.com offices, where he promoted his new perfume. His fans followed his every step.

“When I say Justin, you say Bieber! Justin! Bieber! Justin! Bieber!” the girls chanted inside Macy’s.

Screaming fans, mainly tweens and children as young as four years old, stood in the stand-still line for three to four hours before they were able to redeem their VIP passes to meet the star. One of them, a 14-year-old from Saudi Arabia, purchased 100 bottles of his perfume to give to friends back home. She had already used half of the bottle of fruity, floral scent herself.

“I have seen his movie Never Say Never 155 times and I know everything about him,” my new Bieber-obsessed friend said.

The fans excitement was contagious. So much so that I followed them after the photo op at Macy’s to AMC Cinema where Bieber arrived to support his girlfriend Selena Gomez in the premiere of Monte Carlo.

Bieber teamed with the company Give Back Brands for his promotion and all proceeds from his perfume Someday will go to charity.

To see how much the Answers.com community loves Justin Bieber check out his category for yourself.

Answers.com gets a VIP pass to Justin Bieber!

It is a rare day that an Answers.com employee doesn’t encounter one of the 63,000 questions asked about international teen sensation Justin Bieber on the site. So when Justin Bieber fans were just a block away from Answers.com headquarters Wednesday to stand in line to meet their idol, we couldn’t help but see them for ourselves.

Teens came from Uptown Manhattan and Brooklyn and as far away as Norway and Florida, at Macy’s Herald Square to purchase his new perfume “Someday” and get a VIP pass to see the star Thursday. Our summer intern, Brooke, went to meet the Bieber Fever-ed Fans and somehow got so swept up in the commotion that she, too, will be seeing Justin Bieber on Thursday!

One group of teens from New Jersey said it was their fourteenth attempt to meet him. They were successful at 12 attempts and have seen him on the Today Show and at a book signing at Barnes and Noble.

One teen from Long Island said she heard about the contest last night and said she decided to “Never say never” by taking a chance to come wait in line and buy a ticket.

A family of five stood in line as their youngest daughter simply wept. They were in New York City on vacation from Norway and the daughter appeared to have missed her chance to see Justin Bieber.  But no, she was actually just crying because she was so happy her biggest dream was coming true.

Men in business suits were seen standing in the line. No doubt to purchase the tickets for their Bieber-obsessed daughters.

One teen from Washington, D.C. took the bus down Wednesday morning with his mom to buy tickets and surprise his girlfriend with them. Justin Bieber is her favorite, he said.

Only 325 VIP passes were available for fans to purchase. The VIP ticket included a perfume package of Bieber’s new perfume “Someday”  and a pass to meet the star and get a professional photo with him on Thursday. Check the blog tomorrow for a photo of Brooke with the teen idol!

Here are some of Answers.com’s most popular Justin Bieber questions:

What is Justin Bieber’s official fan phone number?

What is Justin Bieber’s official fan mail address?

How old is Justin Bieber?

How tall is Justin Bieber?

Who is Justin Bieber currently dating?

Does Justin Bieber have siblings?

A 2010 Year in Review… in poetry.

The giant disco ball is set up in Times Square,
Wind gusts and sniffles abound everywhere.
The last calendar page is ready to tear,
And Uggs are officially the preferred footwear!
So as 2010 gets buried in snow
(Or actually not, if you’re in the hemisphere below)
This is the time to reflect, create a New Year’s vow or two,
It’s the Answers.com 2010 Year in Review!
We’ll travel month by month, so sit back and enjoy
Horrible, wonderful, and insane; this is the real McCoy…

January

Haiti was hit by an earthquake, Richter measured 7.0
Strongest magnitude recorded there, from tectonic plates below.
With donations from celebrities like Giselle and Sean Penn,
The Red Cross, FIMA and even the U.N.
Help came swiftly and people opened up their hearts
We are the World was re-sung and topped all the charts.
JD Salinger was finally caught, by that Catcher in the Rye,
You were a recluse but a genius; it’s sad to say goodbye.
The longest annular eclipse of this millennium was hot,
So was Senator Scott Brown, winning Ted Kennedy’s spot.
Jay Leno retired from The Tonight Show, Conan took his place
Six months later he was ousted – ouch, slap in the face!

February

Steve Jobs announced the release of the stylish iPad,
The competition from Tampax could’ve hurt just a tad.
After 44 years the Saints finally reached into their soul
Beating the Colts at NFL’s 44th Super Bowl.
Beyonce’s a winner too, six awards on Grammy night,
First time for a woman – you go girl! Pretty tight!
Toyota wasn’t so lucky, recalling nine million cars,
For sticky accelerators that were not up to par.
Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili dies while training,
Olympics ban the Canadian luge for the athletes remaining.
Obama wants to finally end Don’t ask, Don’t tell
The Supreme Court is iffy; California says ‘swell.’

March

Tiger Woods finally admits to cheating on his wife,
It wasn’t a car accident after all, that threatened his life.
Gatorade didn’t buy it, nor did AT&T,
They dumped him as sponsors; everyone but Nike.
Chile is smacked with an earthquake, a tsunami then rises,
While the southern U.S. gets hit with blizzards of monstrous sizes.
At Sea World, Tilikum kills a trainer named Dawn
He’s an orca after all, you can’t blame his brawn.
Apolo Ohno speed-skated to his eighth Olympic win,
Ends up on a Wheaties box; then you know you’re truly in!
GM announces it will stop making the Hummer,
Tree-huggers cheer while manly men grunt ‘bummer.’
The 82nd Academy Awards were lively and fun,
Sandra Bullock scored ‘Best Actress,’ then adopted a son.
Up and Avatar were movies that globally sold,
If you’re blue and cartoony, you bring home the gold.

April

The lava erupted out of Mt. Eyjafjallajökull, headed south
Which was faster than the name could escape from our mouth.
Air travel was halted, Europe was distressed,
In Arizona, the Anti-Immigration Bill was the mess.
The BP oil rig explosion kills 11 in the Gulf,
Nobody could cap it, not even Gandalf.
Pelicans were dying, sea turtles were in strife,
Gas prices were the concern – but at what cost to life?
Duke wins the NCAA championship, they’re now the best
Russia signs an arms reduction treaty with the U.S.
Obama’s health care reform bill officially makes the cut,
Democrats are joyed, Republicans go nuts.
Polish president Kaczynski and his wife die in a plane,
Lindsay Lohan’s ankle bracelet falls out of its range.
In China and West Virginia there are explosions in mines.
NFL drafts begin – yup, it’s come to be that time.

May

The Afriqiyah A330 airbus crashed near the sea
Coming up from South Africa, bound for Tripoli.
The aftermath was scary, just shrapnel and fire,
But miraculously emerged one lone Dutch survivor.
‘Lookin at Lucky’ and ‘First Dude’ are names of horses
That placed 1st and 2nd at the Preakness courses.
Gary Coleman laid to rest, (child star from Diff’rent Strokes),
He had a tough life from the media, his wife, his folks.
Faisal Shahzad parked his car conveniently in Times Square,
Fully equipped with a bomb, including an ignition flare.
A vigilant pedestrian called in and he was forced to abort,
Don’t think you can mess with the people of New York!
Speaking of justice… Elena Kagan was appointed
As Obama’s first pick; hope he won’t be disappointed.

June

Roy Halladay earns MLB honor and fame,
The true-blue Philly threw his 20th perfect game.
The Indianapolis 500 is won by a Scotty,
Dario Franchitti, whose dad owns a chain of gelati.
FIFA took over full force; Shakira Wakka Wakkas,
Beckham was injured, but we still had our Kaká.
Vuvuzelas were blasted; the sound is annoying ‘like whoa’!
But hotties Ronaldo and Cruz were able to soften the blow.
Eclipse was released, fans are spreading the love,
Which team do you play for: Edward or Jacob?
After 25 years, Larry King leaves CNN,
The first phone-in TV talk show has come to an end.
Japan’s Prime minister resigns, Hatoyama can’t pass the test,
While England drinks itself silly at a summer beer fest.
China ends ties to the dollar, which could prove quite tragic
Hogwarts is no longer exclusive to wizards with magic -
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter finally opens its doors,
So muggles can actually play quidditch and even the score.

July

Hurricane Alex hit Mexico, but was quickly silenced,
Hurricane Mel Gibson was charged with domestic violence.
Paul the Octopus is a sports fan, psychic and gifted,
Each Mundial team that he chose won just as predicted.
Spain beat Holland 1-0; Red is the clear winner,
No Leffes now, just Sangria en el victory dinner.
When George Steinbrenner died, the Yankees lost their dad
Giuliani, Yogi Berra and New York City were ever so sad.
Justin Bieber’s video Baby became the most YouTubed ever,
His hair might be silly, but what’s behind it is clever.
BP caps the gushing oil well after 86 days,
The fish high-five with their fins, jump up, do the wave.
Serena Williams takes Wimbledon, LeBron signs with the Heat,
The U.S. and Russia swap spies as soon as they meet.
Chelsea Clinton marries Mezvinsky, clad in Vera Wang,
It’s interfaith so lechaim and amen they sang.

August

The 62nd Emmy Awards boasts Jimmy Fallon host,
Mad Men was the series that took home the most.
In the Arizona state primaries, the winner’s John McCain,
He may not be president, but as Senator he reigns.
Kaymer won the PGA Championship, took home the purse,
But on PlayStations everywhere, he doesn’t come first.
Debates ensue on Ground Zero, where the Twins Towers stood,
On whether a mosque should be built near this precious ‘hood.
The owners contend it’s freedom of expression,
Families object; it’s more than a constitutional question.
Proposition 8 was struck down, overturned – then appealed
(I’m gonna need some Pepto by the time this case is sealed.)
Former Senator Ted Stevens died in a crash from the air,
The WHO declared the end of the H1N1 scare.

September

Tragedy turned happy when Antoine Dodson made the news,
He fights off a Bed Intruder and then tops off iTunes.
Keenan Cahill is self-made, lip-syncing ‘teenage dream,’
He looks younger than his age, but he really is 15.
Sesame Street is in trouble – parents give a tough time
Over Katy Perry’s cleavage (though Elmo didn’t mind).
The sheep are running wild; the Kiwis don’t know where to perch,
A 7.2 earthquake hit New Zealand, out there in Christchurch.
Reggie Bush returns the Heisman; he was a steroid-taking man,
Sarah Shourd is the hiker who gets released from Iran.
Terry Jones decides for everyone that it’s Quran Burning Day,
Pastor, to spread God’s word, this just ain’t the right way!
British Police arrest five men over a threat to the Pope,
Lady Gaga wore a meat dress, while PETA tried to cope.
Continental merged with United – it’s the only way to fly
Kenny McKinley of the Broncos has finally said goodbye.

October

A cholera outbreak in Haiti hits the region wide and far,
Rehydration is the key to make the disease say au revoir.
A record was broken by the international space station -
For the longest time humans lived in galactic habitation.
The Social Network was released, every Facebook fan attends.
Is Mark Zuckerberg the good guy, or did he screw over his friends?
33 miners were trapped in Chile in the San Jose mine,
Just as the town gave up hope, they got a note – ‘hey, we’re fine.’
Food and water were sent daily through a pulley in the ground
69 days later, all emerge – without a single frown.
Halloween is finally here and the costumes that all score
Involve The Situation and the whole cast of Jersey Shore.
Indonesia has three disasters; Mother Earth can be so mean
The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded for Graphene.

November

Obama visited the Far East to promote better trade relations,
Offered to remove Sudan from the list of terror-sponsored nations.
Prince William asks Kate Middleton to be his dear princess,
With Diana’s diamond ring, it shows the love she represents.
In the 106th World Series, the Giants beat the Rangers,
Trader Joe’s recalled cilantro that could cause potential dangers.
Reps took over the House, fulfilling Obama’s fear and dread,
While the Democrats have re-elected Pelosi as their head.
The Deathly Hallows was released, part 1 of the adventures,
When the second half is out, the cast will all be wearing dentures.
Miley Cyrus is now legal, she had her Sweet 18,
Bon Jovi goes on tour, lookin’ good in skinny jeans.
North Korea’s Kim Jung Ill decides to shell Yeonpyeong,
South Korea’s swift response said, ‘We’re ready, bring it on!’
WikiLeaks unveiled a collection of top secret U.S. files,
On Dancing With The Stars, Bristol Palin was all smiles.

December

Leslie Nielson, we will miss you, you left us way too early,
Call him Dracula or Agent, but please don’t call him Shirley.
Angry Birds is all the rage – kill those pigs, they’re all corrupt,
At Level 3 you get the blackbird; with a tap, it self-destructs.
FIFA’s next World Cup in Russia, in the year twenty-eighteen,
Then it’s on to Qatar, where their plants produce benzene.
In the U.S. once again, Aiden is the most popular boys’ name,
For girls no more Isabella – it’s Sophia that now reigns.
Mark Madoff committed suicide; so sad it makes you steam,
Now he’s the latest victim of his father’s ponzi scheme.
Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper is guilty, he finally gets his time
Derek Jeter makes more millions, it’s with the Yankees that he signs.
NASA discovered bacteria which on arsenic can thrive,
Replaces it for phosphorous; not the usual, but it’s alive.
WikiLeaks is constantly Googled – in SEO it’s leadin’
But it’s founder Julian Assange is still accused of crimes in Sweden.

Wishing you an excellent 2011

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Vive Bieber!

The Anglos have it. The French have it. Even Google France has it… So maybe it’s time you did, too.

Ready for it? Ready for… la fièvre Bieber?!

Justin Bieber fever. Well, Answers.com has it covered; not sure whether to laugh or cry or put on a purple hoodie.

This post is dedicated to Julie, the Community Coordinator ‘merveilleux’ for Answers.com Français!

Top 10 insanely crucial facts about Justin Bieber.

Justin BieberLooking for some new music? Do you like it young, fashionable and straight off of YouTube?

Justin Bieber was one of 2009’s youngest singing sensations (15 years old), plucked from YouTube and an instant hit. Oh, and he likes the color purple.

But don’t stop there. There are all kinds of things to know about Bieber. And where better to learn the answers to your burning Justin Bieber questions than right here? Oh, that’s right, Answers.com.

Top 10 insanely crucial facts about Justin Bieber.

  1. What kind of shoes does Justin Bieber wear?
    Hint: They are high, but not heels.
  2. Who is Justin Beiber currently dating?
    Not you. Nyah nyah.
  3. What is Justin Bieber’s middle name?
    Alex? Chris? Peter? Only one way to find out for sure.
  4. Will Justin Bieber’s voice change?
    Will the moon align with the sun? Will the crow pick at your garden?
  5. What color does Justin Bieber hate?
    That’s strong language, but I suppose I’m not a big fan of chartreuse, myself.
  6. Is Justin Bieber a Twilight fan?
    Oh god. Say it isn’t so…
  7. What is the story behind the song ‘Where Are You Now’ by Justin Bieber?
    Get ready to get emotional.
  8. Who discovered Justin Bieber?
    Marie Curie?
  9. Does Justin Bieber wear makeup?
    The good ones always do.
  10. Who was Justin Bieber’s first kiss?
    His momma on his newborn bum… Oh, that kinda kiss.

There are literally thousands more questions in the Justin Bieber Q&A category, so check it out and get your fill of underage musical holiness.