Foo at Randyland in February 2019
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
|Residence||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Known for||Occupy Wall Street, Randyland|
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Foo Conner was born in Charleston, West Virginia. He grew up on a small subsistence farm right outside of the city in Mink Shoals, West Virginia. His father was a photojournalist for United Press International and taught Foo the craft at an early age.
Although he has been called Foo since childhood, Conner officially changed his name to Foo in 2018. Foo squats an otherwise abandoned house to advocate for housing rights. Touring bands often play there. In February 2016, babies born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania were gifted prints of Foo's artwork.
Career[edit | edit source]
Conner got his start producing free punk rock festivals at Skatopia. The anti-authoritarian atmosphere of his events caught the attention of Rolling Stone. Upon hearing the call to protest, he became a core organizer for Occupy Wall Street movement speaking out against Economic inequality.
On the weekends he co-hosts the G3AR YouTube channel, where they build super hero gadgets and test them similar to the Mythbusters. The channel has amassed over 500,000 subscribers. In 2016 he added to his many roles becoming the co-director of Randyland, an outsider art museum promoting happiness.
Occupy Wall Street[edit | edit source]
In 2011, Foo helped plan the Occupy movement online. He would move to Zucotti Park in the fall. Though a leaderless movement, Conner would be recognized as a core organizer  and speak on behalf of the movement. During his time at Occupy, Conner played rolls in the social media strategy and coordinate street protests. Towards the end, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges told Conner, "a real activist would get into the news". Conner would use his experiences and that advice to go on to found Jekko, a news website covering current events and technology news.
Journalism[edit | edit source]
Foo is a prolific journalist covering upwards of five hundred events a year through social media. Conner's society photography is reminiscent of late American photographer Bill Cunningham who took candid photos and traveled to events by bicycle. The uniqueness of the style has led other society columns to occasionally mention if Conner attends an event. In 2016, he was nominated for Blogger of the Year at Style Week Pittsburgh.  He is known for his gonzo journalism "activistartist-journalist" style. His work aims for a neutral point of view. This applies to his technology commentary too, which he has been doing for over a decade.
See also[edit | edit source]
Others articles of the Topic Pittsburgh : Innovation Works, The Oakland Review, Yinztagram
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References[edit | edit source]
- "G3AR - 'GreekGadgetGuru". Social Blade Analytics. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- O'Neill, Brian (October 5, 2017). "Old journalist meets new journalist. Ain't that tweet?". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
Conner squats in an otherwise abandoned North Side house and bikes to about 600 events a year, shooting photos and writing for his website, Jekko
- Cullen, Lynn (August 15, 2018). Lynn Cullen Live with Foo Conner (Radio broadcast). Pittsburgh City Paper. Event occurs at 00:49. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- Green, Ashlee (February 1, 2019). "The Tao of Foo: How this Northside entrepreneur Uses Tech to Build Community". The Northside Chronicle. 35 (2). Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- Twyman, Hugh (6 April 2016). "Hughshows w/ Morgan Erina". Hughshows. Season 1. Episode 2. Event occurs at 19:30. PCTV 21. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
- Malak, Lisa; Allen, Shaina (Jul 21, 2016). "Start with Art". WFRV. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
- Trib Staff (January 17, 2015). "Silver Eye's Photo Exhibits Tell Strong Stories". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
Foo Conner, former event organizer for Skatopia...
- Binelli, Mark (August 1, 2008). "Welcome to Skatopia: Eighty-Eight Acres of Anarchy in the USA". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- Gerbaudo, Paolo (October 11, 2012). "Chapter 4: The Laborious Adding Up to the 99%". Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism. Pluto Press. p. 129. ISBN 978-0745332482. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
Foo Conner, one of the core organizers, managed to leave before police encircled the camp. After meeting up with others at the office space, Conner helped direct the dispersing crowd to a common re-gathering area.
- Bonk, Carley (June 29, 2018). "Randyland, an ever-changing art space with a familiar face". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- Hanz, Joyce (January 28, 2019). "After Randyland's Namesake Loses Partner, Friends Chip in with Crowdfunding". Tribune Review. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
- Clozel, Lalita (July 4, 2012). "Occupy Movement Holds National Gathering in Philadelphia". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
Foo Conner, who helped plan the initial Occupy Wall Street movement on the internet.
- Bauernebel, Herbert (October 19, 2011). "Wall-Street-Rebell bläst zum Banken-Sturm". Bild (in German). Retrieved February 25, 2019.
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- "Occupy Wall Street Protesters Return To Zuccotti Park After Thousands-Strong Times Square Turnout". Associated Press. New York, NY. October 15, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
- Baron, Jennifer (September 14, 2014). "NEXT Up: Foo Conner". NEXT Pittsburgh. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- Watson, Aaron (October 9, 2017). "Foo Conner, New Media Pioneer of Pittsburgh". Going Deep with Aaron Watson. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
- Trib Staff (September 20, 2014). "City's Plan for Strip Flummoxes Vendors". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
- PQ Staff (June 18, 2017). "Mattress Factory Celebrates 40th Anniversary". Pittsburgh Quarterly. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
- Bauknecht, Sara (August 20, 2016). "Style Week Pittsburgh heads Downtown for annual Style Awards". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
- Heilman, Jeff (August 7, 2018). "The Art and Soul of Pittsburgh". Passport. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
Conner, an activistartist-journalist with punk-vagabond spirit
- 8. Lee, Jennifer (December 15, 2010). "Coming to Grips With Lugging an iPad". The New York Times. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- Shah, Nidhi (May 14, 2016). "16 Experts Predict the Future of Virtual Reality". Arkenea. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
- Linder, Courtney (January 28, 2019). "Apple or Android? For Software Developers, it's Usually Both at Work, One at Heart". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
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