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Columbia Filmmaker Documenting Success

  David Thorpe is a Columbia, South Carolina native who is making a name for himself as a filmmaker in New York now that his latest documentary has not only been picked up by the Independent Film Channel but has also received major media attention from such entities as the New York Times and NPR's Terry Gross, host of Fresh Air.

Mike Switzer interviews Thorpe, whose new film is entitled “Do I Sound Gay”

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.