PETA VP Dan Mathews Is Committed

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Posted April 17, 2007 by Ray Harkins

In case you haven’t heard, PETA VP Dan Mathews has penned his memoirs—actually it’s a collection of wild stories that are outrageous and funny, just like Dan. Committed: A Rabble-Rouser’s Memoir which is on sale now is a must read if you want to know about the history of PETA from someone who was a huge part of it. The book is filled with tales about his escapades on behalf of animals with and without the help of some of his famous pals—think Pamela Anderson, Morrissey, Tommy Lee, Andy Dick, folks like that. Here’s a short story that Dan wanted to share with y’all about how he first met Pink.
Interestingly, I first got hooked up to Pink not through PETA but because of a girl I knew who worked in a trendy thrift shop, named Laura. Laura is one of my west coast punk chick pals, who also knew Pink, and when Pink exploded into the charts a few years back she hired Laura to help manage her. Laura knew that Pink was a dog nut, rescuing strays, but hadn’t thought much about veg and fur and such, so she hooked us up. I first met Pink at her birthday party at a roller rink where she made sure to offer veggie dogs. That’s when she mentioned to me that Prince William had invited her to play at his b-day bash. I told her he had just returned from a hideous hunting trip, so she instantly wrote a letter saying she’d only play if he stopped hunting, and gave us the letter to publicize. Pink always hated doing press, but as soon as reporters started asking her about animal rights, she loved it and we’ve done many things since, such as an anti-KFC campaign called “Kick the Bucket“.
Dan’s on tour right now doing signings for his book and meet and greets and such, so please go out and meet him. He’s truly one of a kind and you’ll have a great time. Oh, and don’t forget to buy the book! You’ll love it, I promise.
New York, NY
Tuesday 4/17
Barnes & Noble Chelsea
675 6th Avenue (at 22nd St.)
7:00 pm
Boston, MA
Wednesday 4/18
10-24 School St.
12:30 pm
Chicago, IL
Thursday 4/19
Borders Lincoln Park
2817 North Clark St.
7:30 pm
Milwaukee, WI
Friday 4/20
Harry Schwartz Books
2559 North Downer Avenue (at East Webster Place)
7:00 pm
Portland, OR
Monday 4/23
Powell’s Books
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
7:30 pm
Seattle, WA
Tuesday 4/24
Redmond Town Center
7:00 pm
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday 4/25
San Francisco Commonwealth Club
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor
12:00 pm
**This is a ticketed event**
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday 4/26
1360 Westwood Blvd
7:00 pm
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday 4/28
LA Times Book Festival
UCLA, Barnes & Noble Stage
12:00 pm
Miami, FL
Wednesday 5/2
Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL
8:00 pm
Virginia Beach, VA
Thursday 5/3
Barnes & Noble
4485 Virginia Beach Blvd.
7:00 pm
Washington, DC
Wednesday 5/9
1801 K Street NW
6:30 pm




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