ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is a Twin Cities born-and-raised journalist who now lives in Seattle with her husband, Rob, and daughter Kelly. USAToday.com named her one of the Top Pop Culture People of 2002. Her personal weblog, Pop Culture Junk Mail, dates to 1999. Entertainment Weekly named the site one of “100 Web sites you must know now,” and The New York Times has called it “one of the best places to explore pop culture online.” She didn't exactly name her daughter after Kelly Garrett on “Charlie's Angels” or Kelly Leak from “The Bad News Bears,” but there may have been some influence.

Former TV news reporter and producer Brian Bellmont is a public relations consultant in the Twin Cities, where he lives with his wife Jen and daughters Rory and Maddy. He’s an award-winning food writer and aspiring novelist, and is a fan of all things pop-culturey, from horror flicks to comic books, Broadway musicals to beach reads, terrible sitcoms to The Backyardigans. Over the years, he’s interviewed pop-culture staples like Adam West, Barry Williams, Loni Anderson, and Davy Jones; contributed to msnbc.com and dozens of other media outlets; and written the copy on the back of a bag of yogurt-covered raisins.