In addition starring in his own DIY reality show and creating a line of chandeliers and wall sconces, Vanilla Ice aka Rob Van Winkle, has been really busy being a stand-up citizen since his rap career fizzled. In fact, he’s been such an upstanding member of his hometown for the last decade, that The Chamber of Commerce in Wellington, Florida, has named him their Outstanding Citizen Of The Year. They’ve chosen Van Winkle to receive this town’s highest honor for his “spirit of giving and dedication” to the village and his “wide open” heart. “He’s the ambassador of Wellington and a family man, puts kids in school here, among community, well-known, friendly,” said Wellington Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michela Perillo-Green. Gone are his days of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle raps and clandestine shtups with Madonna. But seriously, word to his mother. He turned out real nice. [Broward/Palm Beach New Times]
Unfortunately, an opportunity was completely squandered and Ice — nee Robert Van Winkle — did not name his lighting company Lights Lights Baby. Check out a couple of different videos featuring Ice talking rather passionately about lighting at the link. [Laughing Squid]
So, yeah. Rob Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, was a Father’s Day gift expert on “The Today Show.” How did I not know about his show “The Vanilla Ice Project” on the DIY Network? Adding to my Hulu queue right now. Yes, he did say, “Word to your father.” And may I remind you that this man once had sex with Madonna? Now he wears a blue tooth (well, it’s technically a spy cam) and says things like, “Simple as a pimple.” That is all.
Necessity, and extreme fandom, are the mothers of invention, right? That’s exactly what prompted German mom Joanne Conklin to knit these totally out of control New Kids on the Block and Vanilla Ice sweaters for her teenage daughter. Before she knew it, she’d launched a full on NKOTB knitwear empire. “We were living in Germany at the time and bands like New Kids On The Block were huge with the teen set,” says Joanne. “However, there were no fan T-shirts to be found anywhere, so I decided to knit sweaters. I made one for my daughter, then her friends, and word-of-mouth spread and the next thing you know I’d knit over a hundred of them, selling all but about six of them.” And you can understand why. After all, these are no mere cableknit jawns [This will be the last time I allow Julie to use her obscure Philly slang in a post, FYI. -- Editor], but rather, works of Joey McIntyre-inspired magic. More sweater bliss after the jump! [Craftzine] Keep reading »
“I did ‘Ice Ice Baby’ when I was 16. So I can kind of relate a bit … Sold over a hundred million records. And I had a weekend that lasted about three years, and I didn’t know who I was, what’s my purpose in life … So my prediction about Bieber is that he’s going to go through one of those weekends that lasts a few years because he’s had such success as a child act. You know, then something else new will come along and he’ll be forgotten and he can try to put all the pieces back together, so it’s going to be entertaining to watch.”
– Mr. Robert Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice talks about his rise/fall to/from fame. But then Ice tweeted something about this quote being fabricated by the Huffington Post. It does seem like a rather bitter comment. But really, the important question is: will the Biebs also boff Madonna? [Popdust] Keep reading »