Here’s my other item from today’s “Whatever Happened to…?” feature:
Then: While he worked as resource development coordinator for Roanoke City Libraries, Laker had a reputation for creating innovative, crowd-drawing events. That became overshadowed by his personal penchant for quirky publicity stunts, especially in 2011, when he pulled a complete strip act during an event at 202 Market that caused the restaurant to have its liquor license temporarily suspended. Reprimanded by his employer over an accusation that he improperly promoted his own band in a library video, he challenged the reprimand in court, while offering to resign in exchange for severance pay. He lost the challenge. In September, he left the library.
Now: Laker remains in Roanoke. In the months since resigning, he has done some traveling while gearing up for his next big venture. He has launched a new public relations firm, Silver Seas PR, with ambitions to help artists, musicians and authors throughout the country get media coverage. He’s being helped by Roanoke County novelist Gina Holmes, who was impressed with Laker’s efforts on behalf of her books, and her fellow Christian writer Jessica Dotta of Columbia, Tenn. Laker already has helped one Florida author land a television interview for her new e-book, he said.