Attended Cornell University as English major; did graduate work at San
Francisco State and Cornell in literature; got a LL.D degree from Golden
U. School of Law, after which time I realized being a lawyer was a road to
early, ulcer-filled grave.
I began TV career as researcher for Carl Sagan
during 2.5 year production cycle for COSMOS, and that's where I became
acquainted with Geoff Haines-Stiles. Post-COSMOS, I was assoc. producer
co-writer of Emmy-winning series PLANET EARTH (which occasioned my first
to the Antarctic ten years ago), then Director of Research and assoc.
for PBS series of specials going out under the umbrella-title THE INFINITE
VOYAGE. Found time somewhere in there to work with GHS on two of his
THE ROCKY ROAD TO JUPITER and CAN THE NEXT PRESIDENT WIN THE SPACE RACE?
More recently, producer and writer of a CD-ROM enititled AMAZONIA,
commissioned by Paramount Communications for Smithsonian's Washington
National Zoo; segment producer for Discovery Channel currently-airing
program WORLD OF WONDER; research consultant for PBS program
FUTURE QUEST; and, as you know, field producer for LIVE FROM ANTARCTICA.
Much of what I've done has been science or science-policy and my specialty, if I have one (since I consider myself a fortunate dilettante),
translating arcane material into lay terms - a feat not usually associated
with my writing style, which has frequently been described as convoluted
and polysyllabic. In the interstices beneath all this lies a few
stories, probably not suitable for children's publication, but essential
to personal growth and the most essential element of all - having fun and
figuring out a way to get paid for it!
Hasta la penguino, or as my California friends would say: "have a nice
enjoy your life, die happy, and come back as something wonderful."