Sunday, May 24, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location To Be Announced
It’s hard to believe May 2020 will mark ten years since the LOST finale aired. As fans, we continue to debate the questions that linger. And we will take a fresh look at old – and new – theories during our 2020 panel.
But we’re also going to take a look at the legacy of LOST. The impact it has had on the TV landscape since 2010. Has there been a show to come close to replicating the magic that was LOST? We’ll also discuss the question on everyone’s mind … should they revisit LOST?
At LOST 2020, we’re convening an expert panel to take a look at this and so much more. But not only will we have a panel of LOST experts and superfans (and hopefully a special guest – stay tuned!), we’ll be heading into the audience, microphone in hand, to get your input and questions.
PANELISTS (in alphabetical order)
Like many fans, LOST holds an dear place in my heart. The show came into my life at a very critical time, as I was on a path of self-destruction. The story completely captured my imagination and helped me get back in touch with my humanity. Ever since it has been a part of me.
Northeastern Pennsylvania is where I reside, about 2 hours from New York City. When not being mistaken for Jorge Garcia, I manage a private horse farm and design jewelry. A necklace of mine was featured on HBO’s True Blood.
Attending LOST 2014/2017 were two of the greatest weeks of my life. I made friends there that I will have for life. Meeting more of my fellow LOSTies this time around is one of the many reasons I am returning to The Island.
“LOST truly changed my life. I couldn’t NOT write about it, and so every week I would spent an unhealthy amount of time pulling together episode recaps and analyses for my blog, Long Live Locke, which was republished on one of the largest LOST fan sites, DarkUFO, for Seasons 4 – 6. This experience gave me the push I needed to leave Corporate America and start a writing career in 2007. In 2008, folks at the DVD/game rental-kiosk company Redbox, who were fans of Long Live Locke, asked me to become Redbox’s film critic and movie blogger, which I still am to this day. My book Zero-Sum Game was published by Wiley in 2010, and even though it was about my time going through a crazy merger and had nothing to do with LOST, I still thanked Damon and Carlton in the acknowledgements for inspiring me to follow my true passion. I am proud to be celebrating over a decade of freelance writing now, and even happier that I had a chance to thank both Damn and Carlton in person at LOST concerts in LA in 2016 and 2018.
My picture is from the first time I visited The Island (Oahu) in 2008. Minutes after I’d landed, the awesome Ryan Ozawa (The Transmission podcast) tipped me off that LOST was filming downtown. I was lucky enough to get there in time to watch them shoot several scenes of Season 5’s “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham.” That’s when I got to meet Terry O’Quinn and tell him about my site named in honor of his character. (Or rather my husband told him, because I was too stunned to speak for the first few minutes.) I’ve gotten to see and talk with him two other times in Chicago since then, too!
When I’m not attending some sort of nerdy fan convention, I live in Chicago near Wrigley Field with my husband, our son Desmond (8, and yes, he’s named after our favorite brotha!), our daughter Summer (almost 5) and our black lab Wrigley (so original). I am counting down the days until the kids are ready for LOST!”
“My wife Jen and I launched “The Transmission,” an early “LOST” fan podcast, in 2005. Thanks to Apple adding podcast support to iTunes that summer, and the good fortune of living on The Island, our show found an incredible and wonderful audience that grew into part of a massive global community. Gathering updates from “LOST” filming sparked many spoiler debates and earned a brief blacklisting by the production. But sharing our take on each episode, tidbits from the set, and our own geeky glee (including pilgrimages to Comic-Con) was a joy, and the people we grew to know over the years are still good friends. After a shortlived daily pop-culture show, we retired from podcasting, but still revel in assorted fandoms, and in seeing more movies and TV shows filmed in Hawaii.
When not geeking out, I have a day job in real estate, cofounded an ag-tech startup, and serve as a sci-tech commentator for various Honolulu media outlets. More importantly, Jen and I are proud parents of three incredible kids, and deeply appreciate our island home.”
Josh Wigler is a writer and podcaster for The Hollywood Reporter, host of LOST: Down the Hatch and more on Post Show Recaps, co-author of the Survivor audiobook The Evolution of Strategy, and occasional Wanda Shirk impersonator on The Wiggle Room. Follow him @roundhoward.
Cancer Gets LOST Co-Founder & Executive Director
“My primary passions in life are pop culture and charitable endeavors, so it is a dream come true to be able to raise money for cancer charities by channeling fandoms toward the greater good through Cancer Gets LOST. CGL is a non-profit that I co-founded with Jared Wong, and oversee entirely as the Executive Director. Our mission and focus is to raise money for a wide variety of cancer charities via live and online auctions of rare and signed TV/film memorabilia. To date, we have raised and then donated just over $300,000 to myriad cancer organizations!
When I’m not running CGL in every second of my spare time, I attend several fan conventions a year and moderate actor panels at many. I’m a fairly normal nerd with a full-time corporate day job as a professional archivist. My wife Lisa and I enjoy traveling and watching our favorite shows together. Especially because I don’t pause episodes to take notes every few minutes, like I did when LOST was on the air!”
Any additional guest announcements will be announced as we get closer to the event.