Adam Curry (VJ) - MTV
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Updated: 07/30/2006

Name: Adam Curry

Birth Name: Adam Clark Curry

Born: September 3, 1964 in Arlington, VA

Claim To Fame: You may not remember the name, but you certainly remember Adam as one of the first video jockeys, known as vee-jays on MTV. He was on the air from 1987 to 1994.

Family Life: Married to Patricia Paay since 1989. They have one child, a daughter Christina.

Info: Adam left MTV in 1994 and founded OnRamp, Inc., a Web design and hosting company. He eventually grew the company to 40 employees and sold it to THINK New Ideas, Inc., another company that he co-founded. He became Chief Technology Officer of THINK. In 1996, as the Internet was undergoing its legendary "bubble", the company made an initial public offering on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol THNK.

It subsequently grew to employ over 400 people and have offices in seven countries, and was absorbed into Answerthink, Inc. in a later merger.

Trivia: In 1993 he was a deejay on the radio show "Adam Curry's Top 30 Hit List"

Did a radio show with Jeroen Kijk in de Vegte

Is a pilot and owns his own Cessna 182 RG.

In the mid-1990s, Curry was a World Wide Web entrepreneur and one of the first celebrities to personally create and administer a Web site.

Was born in Arlington, Virginia, but lived in Amsterdam from 1972 to 1987.

Worked at a Dutch pirate radio under the pseudonym "John Holdon"

In the 80's long before anyone really knew about the Internet, he registered the then-unclaimed domain name "" in 1993 with the idea of being MTV's unofficial new voice on the net. Although sanctioned by MTV Networks, when Adam left to start his company OnRamp, MTV sued him for the domain name, which led to an out-of-court settlement.

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Where Are They Now: A couple of years ago, Adam helped pioneer podcasting. In fact he's knows as 'the podfather.'

He splits his time living in England and in San Francisco.

As of June 2005, Curry hosts a show on Sirius Satellite Radio, entitled "Adam Curry's PodShow", running from 6 to 10 p.m. EST on weekdays.

That same year he started the iTunes podcast PodFinder, a guide to podcasts for new listeners. His podcasts are some of the most popular on the net.

Controversy: Some controversy was caused by four edits Curry made to Wikipedia's podcasting article during 2005, which appeared to boost his role in the creation of podcasting by removing mention of early work by others.

Adam later apologized, saying he had not understood how to use Wikipedia editing functions and had been unaware of some of the prior work done by Kevin Marks.

Dave Winer, another controversial internet celebrity, has accused him of exaggerating his contributions to podcasting and claiming to invent things he had not.

One thing is for certain, Adam continues to be innovative and is well-respected for his on-line achievements.

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