About me

I am a former member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious 5,
also known as Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious 5.



Some of our hit songs include “White Lines, “The Message” and “Beat Street” to name a few!

Starting in 1979, I ran several nightclubs for over 17 years
and helped to create the glam metal scene in NYC from 1985 – 1993!

The clubs I worked: Exiles Electric Circus, Am/Pm Bowling Club, Peppermint Lounge, East of Eden, The Palace, Elan, Hell Fire, Cat Club, Visage, Nirvana, Pizza A-Go-Go, Club Burgundy (West Hampton), Bay St. in the Hamptons (Sag Harbour), Ruff Sexx, Sanctuary Rock and Roll Church (Limelight), Kitten Club (Kenny’s Castaways), Palladium, Pyramid, Jammin on 42 St., Virgin Outlaw Club, Gunn Club, The Grand (former Cat Club), Sex Once a Month (Dancerteria), Sex in the Basement (The Tunnel), & Webster Hall.

Me with Blacky Lawless & MTV host, Julie Brown
Tommy Gunn & Tommy Lee

I Then became a 3D animator, working for such companies like Newtek, SGI, Intergraph etc.

tommy Gunn artwork

I got into web development while working at BSA advertising, where I became the Technology Director for 17 locations in America and overseas… I helped developed sites for Microsoft, Bank of America, Cisco, Sara Lee etc.

After 6 years of being in the corporate world (but never looking corporate), I left to become a fisherman, eventually getting my 100 ton vessel master captain’s license…

…so I became a tuna boat captain, getting my butt kicked in storms for 5 years!

I quit after having my son, I needed to be safe and around, so for the next four years I was a stay-at-home dad.

I then became a real estate agent, winning awards(!), but after a while it became too time consuming and took away too much time from me and my kid, so I went back to being a full time stay at home dad.

And then just teaching my kid how to hack life…

He became the youngest drone instructor in the world!

I also got him into music…

So by the age of ten I was teaching him how to cook… 6 months later he was able to make it into the 25th slot on Masterchef Junior’s season 4… out of 8000 kids who tried out for the show!

He lasted for about 8 episodes, losing out in a team challenge, but later went on to win $45,000(!!) in the Uncle Ben’s national cooking contest.

Afterwards I wanted to teach other kids and adults how to cook the dishes you saw on on the food competition shows to kids in schools. I also teach privately to adults and kids.

I also work in the science field of Microscopy.

I create and invent filters to see microorganisms under the microscope. I taught Jesse about microbiology and he became my partner for a while when in the 8th grade. We have been recognized in the science world for our films that we do with microorganism. We were recently in a competition placed 3rd in the world amongst Research centers, university labs and PhD’s from around the world for our work. We developed a way to see locomotion from cilia in microorganisms and be able to see how they affect the water around them.

In third place are Tommy and Jesse Gunn for their video of a Stylonychia (microorganism) creating a water vortex using its cilia. The microscopic creature is creating this vortex in order to capture its next meal.

The 2019 judging panel included:

  • Dr. Denisa Wagner, Edwin Cohn Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the head of the Wagner Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital.
  • Dr. Rita Strack, Senior Editor at Nature Methods.
  • Tom Hale, Staff Writer at IFLScience.
  • Ben Guarino, Science Reporter at The Washington Post.
  • Eric Clark (Moderator), Research Coordinator and Applications Developer at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University


1st Place
Dr. Philippe P. Laissue

University of Essex
School of Life Sciences
Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
Emerging Acropora muricata (staghorn coral) polyp (coral tissue in green; algae in magenta)
Custom-built Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy
10x (Objective Lens Magnification)

2nd Place
Dr. Richard R. Kirby

The Plankton Pundit
Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
Vampyrophrya (parasite) tomites swimming rapidly around within the body of the dead copepod host
1x (Objective Lens Magnification)

3rd Place
Tommy Gunn & Jesse Gunn

New York, New York, USA
Stylonychia (microorganism) creating a water vortex using its cilia
10x (Objective Lens Magnification)

4th Place
Dr. Hunter N. Hines
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
Two freshwater tardigrades feeding on another tardigrade
Differential Interference Contrast
10x (Objective Lens Magnification)

5th Place
Dr. Kate McDole & Dr. Philipp Keller
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Janelia Research Campus
Ashburn, Virginia, US
Developing mouse embryo, showing the progression of neural tube folding and closure
Light Sheet, Fluorescence
16x (Objective Lens Magnification)