Hot Slut Of The Day!
Big Hy (born name: Hyman Strachman), a 92-year-old World War II vet and retired stockbroker from Long Island who spends most of his time burning thousands of copies of bootleg movies to send to the troops overseas. While my supposed techie literate ass can barely burn a DVD without messing up, 92-year-old Big Hy burns thousands a month with ease like a boss. Proof that pepaws usually do everything better including burning DVDs!
In a New York Times profile on Big Hy, he says that when his wife of over 50 years died in 2003, he a came across a website where soldiers stationed overseas can request stuff they'd like to have from the states. Big Hy noticed that a lot of the requests were for movies and that's when the copyright bandit was born. Big Hy buys bootleg DVDs of movies from a dude at a barbershop near his apartment. The DVDs were either recorded in the theater with a camera (audience coughs included) or they're leaked studio cuts.
When Big Hy started out, he would copy each DVD one at a time, but now he has a $400 duplicator that burns 7 copies in minutes. At the height of his operation in 2007 and 2008, Big Hy sent out 80,000 discs a year. Big Hy estimates that he's probably sent out over 300,000 discs total since he started in 2004. Before you start thinking that Big Hy is making money from this to support his caramel square addiction, that shit ain't true. Big Hy is only doing it out of the goodness of his patriotic heart and in fact he has spent $30,000 of his own cash on discs and postage. Big Hy has never sold a copy and destroys the main disc as soon as he's finished with it. The troops give thanks to Big Hy by sending him notes and pictures.
The MPAA told the Times that they're grateful their movies can bring a little entertainment to the troops and it doesn't look like they're going to go after Big Hy for snatching their shit.
Big Hy says that now that the war is winding down, his days as PepawFlix to the troops are coming to an end and he'll have to find another hobby.
When I first read this story, I was like, "So that's what the old man from Up! is doing nowadays." Speaking of Pixar, they should really make a movie about Big Hy (voiced by Ed Asner, of course) and then he can buy a bootleg of it at his barbershop and burn thousands of copies for the soldiers in Afghanistan!