Staff Spotlight on DJ — The Man of Many Words … and Hats

Q: Tell us a little about who you are…
My name is Daniel Joseph Souza. I’m a father of a 3-year-old English Springer Spaniel named Boomer, a brother to a soon-to-be-married baby sister, a son to the two most amazing and inspiring parents in the world, and, as of right this second, a person with the perfect life. Also, I like to wear hats.
Q: What do you do at Steve Spangler Science?
A: Speaking of hats, I wear a few of them for the company. I am a copywriter, marketing assistant, speaking assistant, and pretty much anything else that’s asked of me. Like I said, I like to wear hats.
Q: What do you like best about what you do?
I’m lucky enough to use my degree and do something I love on a daily basis in copywriting. And what’s more, I get to be incredibly creative in the copy I do for the website, emails, and a lot of the other stuff you read from our company. Oh‚ and I get to wear hats.
Q:  What is your favorite Steve Spangler Science moment?
  My favorite SSS moment, huh? There’s a ton to choose from, but recently I walked in on the product shoot for Crack Open Geodes. Bryan and Mattea (on our video team) were kind enough to do a bit of improv with me. We proceeded to convert a single Crack Open Geode into a “DJ Egg.” The new baby DJ hatched with a hat on and everything.
Q: What is something you wish every SSS customer knew?
I wish every SSS customer knew how much time and care goes into every single step of them getting their awesome science gear. From product development, to customer service, to marketing, to production, to shipping‚ we all care immensely about getting you the best product, whether that be the information you get on the website or the sweet Potato Gun you get from FedEx. Some of us even wear hats to show how much we care.
Q: What is your favorite science experiment?
 My favorite science experiment was one that I conducted my junior year of high school (shout out to Mr. Landis) in college-level chemistry. The experiment involved a reaction between potassium permanganate and glycerin and created this sweet purple flame. There was a point when that experiment went terribly wrong, but you had to be there. Also‚ hats.
Q: What do you like to do when not on the job?
I’m really all over the place when I’m not at work. I don’t think I can possibly understate it any more than that. I’m currently trying to write a fiction novel about a post-Civil War boomtown in Colorado. I love listening to music. I love my people. I also have an affinity for eating food. And yes, you are correct, I wear hats.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
Three things: 1.) Please, please, please use the Oxford Comma. B.) Are you having a bad day? Stop that. You’re awesome. III.) I love you. Hats.

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