Put Your Hands Up: The Secret Life Of MTV’s Craig Goldstein

I must’ve gone to camp and college with at least ten kids named Craig Goldstein.  None of them, I’m certain, would describe themselves in this way:

– “Jewish guy” (uh, we know)
– “Likes BBQ, country music and firearms” (firearms?)
– “Registered  Democrat but votes for Ron Paul”
– “MTV tech blogger”
– “New Jersey Police Officer” (wha?)

Wait, firearms? (OK, let’s get back to that in a minute.)

One of the things I love about working at MTV Networks is that there’s a surprise around every corner. It keeps the days fresh. And most of the time, the surprises are actual people. For example:

– Did we know that two guys from the ad sales pricing and inventory team could jam out?

– Or that MTV’s head of Pro Social and Public Affairs, Jason Rzepka, is really DJ Applesauce?

– Or that Peter Kay explores sonic anachronism in the privacy of his own home, then publishes his creations on the interweb?

Last year, I found Craig Goldstein scouring the convention floor at CES and, sensing I was overwhelmed by all the technology, he was kind enough to shepherd me around a bit. No surprise, he works our production technologies group. What I didn’t know is that Craig also writes for MTV’s “guy’s blog,” called Clutch, where he writes about video games, Father’s Day gifts, and gadgets.

OK, back to the firearms thing.  Seriously, we work in Times Square, which is pretty much shut down daily by suspicious packages and terrorist threats.  So, Craig, WTF?

Maybe this explains it:  Craig Goldstein just became a freakin volunteer cop. Yes, a cop. In New Jersey, no less.

Mofo comes to work and teaches corporate tools like me how to make our iPads work, not to mention trying to stay ahead of the world on technology, then goes home to Maplewood, NJ and, like,  fights crime?

Yes, yes indeed — mofo is packin heat! And here’s the proof, bitches:

Lesson: Don’t fuck with Craig Goldstein!

I don’t know about the rest of my colleagues here at MTV Networks, but I for one feel much safer knowing that Craig, as Sgt. First Class Joanne Harrison of Maplewood puts it, “…underwent intensive training in almost all aspects of police work…including lessons in traffic control, crowd control, foot patrol, criminal law, court procedures and demeanor, processing evidence, seizure, due process, HAZMAT awareness, first aid and more.”

“HAZMAT awareness!”

Follow Craig on twitter and he will protect you: @techmywifeplz


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