Richie Frieman is an award winning author, illustrator and columnist, as well as inventor, entrepreneur, and former professional wrestler. Richie was born in Richmond, Virginia on April 21, 1979, moving to Baltimore, Maryland in 1981 where he grew up and currently lives. He attended The University of Maryland College Park (UMD), graduating in 2001 with a degree in Fine Arts
(Graphic Design concentration). During his time at UMD, Richie dove head first into a career in the arts, immersing himself in all areas of illustration, painting, graphics, sculpture and literature. Upon graduation, Richie began what has become a very “adventurous” artistic career.
Frieman has been featured on Fox News Entertainment, airing nationally and internationally (four times), featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, FHM Magazine, Huffington Post, Sharp Magazine, Shape Magazine, MO.com, HOW Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore’s Child Magazine, Patch.com. The MRKETPlace Magazine, The Daily Journal, Baltimore Examiner, Lucy Magazine, The Jewish Times, Under 30 CEO Magazine and Terp Magazine, amongst dozens of other online media resources, regarding his work as an artist and entrepreneur.
Life as a Writer…
PensEyeView.com has allowed Frieman to interview and cover over 1,100 different musicians, artists and visionaries from all over the globe – a different one every 48 hours, along with covering reviews on style, food, CDs and live events. Richie written reviews on such artsts as Three Doors Down, LIfehouse, OneRepublic, OAR, Henry Rollins, Lisa Loeb, Lonestar, Cake, The Wailers, Third Eye Blind, Puddle Of Mudd, Brett Dennen, Mat Nathanson, and many others. As well, regarding style, Frieman has also covered such fashion brands as Bonobos, LL Bean, Warby Parker, TapouT, BD Baggies, Tokyo Bay and many more for the PensEyeView Style section.
In 2008 Frieman was awarded a Laureate medal at the 2008 Computerworld Honors Program (formerly known as the Smithsonian Award), nominated by the CEOs of Research In Motion (RIM), the creators of BlackBerry, for the work he’s done with PensEyeView.com.
2008 also gave Frieman his chance to release his children’s picture book he wrote and illustrated entitled, “Terple – The Sky Is Just The Start”, which was named a finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards National Book Awards. In March 2012, Frieman released his second Terple book, “Terple – Always Dream Bigger” a rhyming goodnight picture book that is the winner of the 2012 Gelette Burgess Award for Best Poetry/Rhyming Children’s Book. Also awarded a Seal of Approval by theLiterary Classics Book Awards. ”Terple Always Dream Bigger is a cleverly captivating bedtime storybook. When Terple has trouble falling asleep, he finds a note tucked under his door with a message full of hopes and dreams for a wonderful life yet to come. Comforting words of encouragement and fabulous quotable tidbits are found throughout this lovely book which is sure to be cherished by parents and children alike.” (Literary Classics Seal of Approval recommendation)
Frieman has done several book signings and readings for charitable organizations such as Cystic Fibrosis, Habitat for Humanity, Karma Dogs, Maryland Food Bank, The Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and the world renowned Kennedy Krieger Children’s Hospital –speaking to children about how they too can fulfill their dreams.
Frieman is also known as The Modern Manners Guy for QuickAndDirtyTips.com (Macmillan Publishing) – a humorous weekly column and podcast about manners and etiquette. Millions of people in over 200 countries have improved their lives with the help of Frieman, with his hilariously insightful columnist known as the Modern Manners Guy on the Quick and Dirty Tips network. Frieman’s Modern
Manners Guy column is noted as one of the Top Educational Podcasts on iTunes. Frieman has published one book through Macmillan Publishing for manners called “Quick And Dirty Tips For Life After College” and has a new book coming out Fall 2013 under St. Martin’s Press titled, “REPLY ALL…And Other Ways to Tank Your Career”
Along with launching www.PensEyeView.com, Frieman is also a busy entrepreneur with his hands in many different aspects of business. This year, Frieman launched a baby clothing company, called Charm City Babies which is a vintage, rock n’ roll and pop culture inspired baby onesies company. And always wanting to give back, Charm City Babies is working with charities across the globe to donate one article of clothing for every one they sell off their online store. Charm City Babies is dedicated to making a difference in the world and hopes everyone will keep the trend to #makeadifference popular.
Last year Frieman launched his first of many patented inventions – Collar Keeps. A unique fashion accessory that keeps dressed shirt collars always looking sharp and creased, after they have worn out or lost their “appeal”. Visit www.CollarKeeps.com for more.
Life as a Professional Wrestler…
Frieman has been a fan of professional wrestling ever since his bubby turned on the TV in his grandparent’s house to watch Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, King Kong Bundy, Nikolai Volkoff and Jimmy Snuka to name a few. Frieman’s bubby had no idea that one day, her grandson would step into that same ring to entertain fans. Frieman started wrestling Greco Roman in elementary school under the tutelage of the legendary Maryland wrestling coach, Guy Pritzker. After taking a few years off, Frieman returned in middle school and later wrestled for Pritzker for four years at Owings Mills High School, where the team spent four years undefeated, winning county, regional and state titles.
Frieman’s love for the sport stuck with him after graduating high school… but in another light. In 2000, Frieman began training with his childhood friend and soon-to-be tag team partner Ken Harmon, under pro wrestler Otto Shtark in Baltimore. Frieman (and Harmon) turned pro officially in July of 2000, choosing the name “The Thrill From Israel” Buster Maccabi, beating Harmon (then known as Hacksaw Bull Harmon) in their debut match. Frieman and Harmon would fight again in a rematch, with Harmon taking the victory. It was shortly after that match, that promoters wanted Frieman and Harmon to form a tag team (their dream since kids) and in only their third match as pros, they defeated former WCW star Morgus The Maniac and Shtark to win the All American Wrestling Federation (AAWF) World Tag Team Titles. Their tag team named Xtreme Pandemonium, would later go on to win multiple tag team titles in AAWF, along with Ground Breaking Wrestling (GBW) and Eastern Wrestling Alliance (EWA). Xtreme Pandemonium became an instant hit and toured around the Mid Atlantic area for eight years. Frieman would also capture a singles titles in GBW as would Harmon in EWA.
Frieman officially retired in January of 2008, after losing a “Loser Must Retire” match to Harmon, after a surprise split. The match ended when Harmon was handed a bag of baking soda from EWA World Heavyweight Champion Jim Christian, while the ref was knocked out, that Harmon would use to throw into the eyes of Frieman. After hitting a now blind and diverted Frieman with a high impact move, nearly breaking Frieman’s jaw and rendering him unconscious, Harmon would pin Frieman, ending his career.
However, in typical pro wrestling fashion, Frieman would have the last laugh. While Christian and Harmon celebrated in the ring, Frieman woke up and although Harmon was able to escape the ring, Christian was left answering a very upset Buster Maccabi. Frieman dropped Christian with a DDT and then finished him off with a frog splash from the top rope. While on the top rope, before jumping off, Frieman saluted the crowd for one last time. On impact the crowd – which along with EWA fans, consisted of Frieman’s friends and family (including his wife who was pregnant with their daughter) – stood and applauded. Frieman shook hands and hugged his friends and fans before heading back to the locker room.