On October 12, 2006, Eric Shivvers’ custom painted U2 jeans granted him access to sit on Oprah Winfrey’s couch minutes before the queen of television talk interviewed Bono, lead singer of U2, about his quest to rid Africa of AIDS with his Red Campaign. Asked by an associate producer why he was a die-hard fan of Bono, Eric explained, “because he’s passionate about his causes. He believes what he’s doing socially is for the betterment of all of us.” Sitting on Oprah’s couch that day was the closest Eric had ever been to his idol without a crush of fans. I’m a Fan - How I married U2 into my life without going to the altar is an inside look at one of U2’s most passionate fans, Eric Shivvers. Eric, a fan of the Irish band for over 25 years, takes us on his journey. From the collapse of his parent’s marriage to sitting on Oprah’s couch shortly before Bono takes the stage for a taping, Eric shares with us his parent’s divorce, his battle with depression, his mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other life issues while U2 sits in the background playing the sound track to his life.
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About the Author
After college, Eric packed up his life and moved to Chicago to pursue his career as a graphic designer. He started in the back of a print shop, hand-setting type, and eventually moved into the advertising world building ad campaigns, Web sites, designing logos and executing direct mail pieces. All along the way, he never lost his passion for U2. In fact, he had a creative idea of custom-painting clothing for them and made it into their inner sanctum, one of Eric’s greatest achievements as a graphic designer. Over the past twenty years, Eric has custom painted jeans, which have been auctioned off at the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinema Against AIDS event as well as various New York charity events sponsored by amfAR.
Eric is a freelance graphic designer, residing in Chicago, where he spends his free time with his wife checking out great food haunts as well as seeing the next generation of musicians who pass through the Windy City.