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Gary Adams was the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) baseball team for thirty years. He is the school’s all-time winningest baseball coach and was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. At the time of his retirement, Adams was second in collegiate baseball history for sending the most players to the major leagues. He lives in Bear Valley Springs, California.
Lou Adler is the legendary producer of the Monterey International Pop Festival. He has also produced for Sam Cooke, the Mamas and the Papas, Johnny Rivers, Barry McGuire, Scott McKenzie, Merry Clayton, Spirit, and Carole King, whose landmark album Tapestry earned Adler Grammy Awards for Album and Song of the Year. In 1975, Adler produced the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and in 1978, he produced and directed the movie Up in Smoke, starring Cheech and Chong. Adler owns the world-famous Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. He lives in Malibu.
Robert Altman’s photographs have appeared on the covers and in issues of such publications as Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, People Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and SF Weekly. He studied photography under Ansel Adams and was soon after hired as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone, later becoming their staff photographer. Cameron Crowe used many of Altman’s photographs in his film Almost Famous. Besides the U.S., Altman has exhibited globally in cities such as London and Paris. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, the San Francisco Public Library, and the Library of Congress.
Jaime Andrews—The co-author of Things You Can Do While You’re Naked has dedicated her life to shedding light on important world matters through her creative writing endeavors. She has focused her passion on such topics as: World peace, global warming, and international disease epidemics. Despite the magnitude of these issues, Andrews has now decided to tackle the biggest issue of all: NAKEDNESS. Much like global warming, people’s fear of nakedness is plaguing modern day society. Through Things You Can Do While You’re Naked, this distinguished author hopes to trigger a new revolution—Naked Freedom!
Larry ArnsteinThe co-author of The Ultimate Counterterrorist Home Companion, The Bad Driver’s Handbook, and The Dog Ate My Resume squandered a perfectly good college education by becoming a writer for such TV shows as Saturday Night Live and Not Necessarily the News, for which he has won two Writers Guild of America awards. He is currently avoiding useful activity as one of the three writer/editors of Ironictimes.com, an online satirical weekly. He encourages young writers to pursue their dreams, but also to learn a more dependable trade, like armed robbery.
Zack ArnsteinThe co-author of The Ultimate Counterterrorist Home Companion, The Bad Driver’s Handbook, and The Dog Ate My Resume has recently graduated from college with no idea what he’ll do with his life. This means he has plenty of time to tell you what you should do with yours. Also having not yet made any major life decisions, he has not yet made any major mistakes. He is currently working on his resumé.
Judy ArtunianThe co-author of Movie Star Homes is an accomplished writer who has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from haircuts to Internet technology. Judy is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune’s personal finance, small business, and career sections. Her work has also appeared in Glamour, The Miami Herald, Readers Digest’s New Choices and scores of trade magazines. Before becoming an independent writer, Judy was a public relations and marketing communications professional. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy, an architectural preservation society, for 15 years and has served as a volunteer for the organization. She also belongs to Hollywood Heritage and frequently attends preservation and film history presentations and tours. She lives in Southern California.
Billy Al Bengston is an American artist and sculptor who lives and works in Venice, California. His work is found in many public and private collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), LACMA, MOCA (Los Angeles), MOMA (New York), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York). Less famously, he is/was the original “Moondoggie.”
John Bengtson is a business lawyer and film historian who discovered the magic of silent comedy at an early age. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin, Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton, and Silent
Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York
Through the Films of Harold Lloyd. Bengtson has presented his work on Buster Keaton as keynote speaker at events hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. He is a featured columnist of the Keaton Chronicle newsletter, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his two daughters.
Garry Berman—The author of We’re Going to See the Beatles is a lifelong Beatles fan. He has been a regular contributor to Beatlefan magazine, and is the author of Best of the Britcoms: From Fawlty Towers to Absolutely Fabulous. He lives in Westampton, New Jersey.
Michael BohdanThe author of What's Buggin You? is a licensed, professional pest control operator with over two decades of experience. A former Regional Director of the Texas Pest Control Association, Bohdan holds a degree in zoology and operates a pest control service in Plano, Texas. His Cockroach Hall of Fame has received national media coverage, and is featured in the book Offbeat Museums. He makes his home in Dallas area.
Justin Borus—The co-author of Opening Lines, Pinky Probes, and L-Bombs has conducted extensive “research” for the “Girls & Sports” comic strip while on location in such fertile environments for new material as dingy bars, exotic nightclubs, blind dates and serious relationships. Borus currently lives in Denver and will continue to spend his time investigating the intricacies of dating, relationships and sports until these great cosmic mysteries are solved.
Linda BowmanThe author of the Free Stuff series of books is a professional bargain hunter. She has appeared on television talk shows, syndicated radio shows, and has been a featured expert columnist in such publications as Bottom Line and Money Worth. She makes her home in the Los Angeles area.
Kristi Meisenbach BoylanThe author of both The Seven Sacred Rites of Menopause and The Seven Sacred Rites of Menarche is the former publisher of The Parent Track Magazine. She began writing about women's issues and the relationship between spiritual growth and fluctuating hormones after her own menopausal transformation, resulting in the widely praised The Seven Sacred Rites of Menopause. For The Seven Sacred Rites of Menarche, Meisenbach Boylan drew upon her experiences as the mother of a twelve year old girl. She lives in Richardson, Texas.
Brian Chidester is a staff editor for Yahoo. com and the co-editor of Dumb Angel #4: All Summer Long. He has been a segment producer for documentaries by the BBC, PBS, Showtime, and the Carl Wilson Foundation.
Tiffani Chin, Ph.D., is the coauthor of Tutoring Matters: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About How to Tutor. She is the recipient of the Spencer Foundation Fellowship for Research in Education. Her research focuses on children’s experiences in schools and has led her to spend 3,000 hours observing in elementary school classrooms, interviewing parents and students, and observing parent-teacher conferences.Tiffani is also the founder of EdBoost, a nonprofit corporation that provides educational services to families. She lives in Los Angeles.
Louis Colaianni The co-author of How to Speak Shakespeare is an authority in Voice, Speech and Shakespeare Performance. His innovative approach to phonetics and stage accents is used by dozens of theatre schools throughout the United States. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has served on the faculties of the American Conservatory Theatre, Ohio University, and Hunter College among others. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Sean CraneThe author of American Hydrant is a native of Connecticut, and has worked as an advertising copywriter at agencies in Boston, Denver, New York and Detroit. In 2002, he took a break from the ad world, moved into the back of his Subaru, and embarked on a 10-month journey across all 50 states. Along the way he shot the photos for American Hydrant, his first book. A graduate of the University of Richmond in Virginia, Crane is presently living in Detroit and working on his next project.
Mark Cromer is a journalist living in his native Southern California. He has written for an array of newspapers and magazines including Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, The Tribune, London Daily Sport, Details, New Mobility, Rehab Management and others. He also works as a media consultant for Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, one of the top medical rehabilitation facilities in the nation.
Mr. Cromer was inspired to write Health Care Handbook--A Consumer's Guide to the American Health Care System after witnessing hundreds of patients endure lengthy and costly hospital stays which could have been avoided had the patients been more knowledgeable and proactive in their own health care. As Mr. Cromer states in his introduction to the book, "My tenure at Casa Colina has raised my consciousness about health care several levels, completely reinforcing the idea that as consumers we not only have rights but, perhaps more importantly, we have responsibilities. And that the more we fulfill our responsibilities as patients, the more likely we will be able to understand and enjoy our rights as health care consumers.
"Indeed, there are few places where the old adage of 'Knowledge is Power' is more true than in the world of health care. It is my hope that Health Care Handbook will give you the knowledge and the power to obtain the best health care the American system has to offer."
Carol DausThe author of Past Imperfect is a veteran freelance writer who specializes in health care and lifestyle issues. For the past 20 years, she has had articles published in a variety of consumer and trade magazines, including Health, Parenting, and Coping. She makes his home in Orange County, California.
Davis & DavisThe authors of Childish Things have collaborated on a variety of photography, video, sculpture, and installation projects over the last ten years. In addition to a recent solo show at the Heather Marx Gallery in San Francisco, Davis & Davis have exhibited at the Ulrich Museum of Art, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Downey Museum of Art, and the Huntington Beach Art Center, and at scores of universities, galleries, and art centers across the country. Their work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Ulrich Museum of Art, California State University Los Angeles, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, and the Kinsey Research Institute. Davis & Davis are married and live in Los Angeles.
Sally DeLellisThe author of 5,000 Reasons to Smile . . . for Chicks received her Master of Arts in English Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and has taught writing and language arts to high school students in New Jersey. She currently lives in northern New Jersey where she enjoys her friends, shopping, good food, and smooth Cosmopolitans.
Erika Dillman plans on living to 100, but started planning her own farewell fiesta at age 40 to make sure she gets the funeral she wants and deserves. She is the author of 10 books, including Outdoors Online: The Internet Guide to Everything Wild & Green and The Little Yoga Book, The Little Pilates Book, and The Little Strength Training Book from the popular “Little Book” series. She wishes she lived in London and wintered in New Zealand.
Damon DiMarco is the author of the oral history collections Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 and Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines in Iraq, and the coauthor of The Actor’s Art and Craft with William Esper. DiMarco has taught acting and directing in the theater arts department of Drew University. As an actor, he has appeared in TV programs, commercials, independent films, and regional theater. He lives in New York City.
Jessica Doherty—The co-author of Things You Can Do While You’re Naked has dedicated her life to shedding light on important world matters through her creative writing endeavors. She has focused her passion on such topics as: World peace, global warming, and international disease epidemics. Despite the magnitude of these issues, Doherty has now decided to tackle the biggest issue of all: NAKEDNESS. Much like global warming, people’s fear of nakedness is plaguing modern day society. Through Things You Can Do While You’re Naked, this distinguished author hopes to trigger a new revolution—Naked Freedom!
Kevin Dolgin is a professor of marketing at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He writes the column “Kevin Dolgin Tells You About Places You Should Go” for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and regularly contributes to Opium Magazine. His stories have been published in numerous literary journals, including Absinthe Literary Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, CrossConnect, and Night Train. He lives in Paris.
Patrick Ecclesine is a commercial photographer whose images for DreamWorks, Fox, Warner Brothers, TNT, TBS, CNN, CBS, and CW have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and on billboards and bus benches around the world. He currently lives in his hometown, Hollywood, just around the corner from the street on which he was born—Sunset Boulevard.
Mona Shafer EdwardsThe author of Captured! Inside the World of Celebrity Trials is a courtroom artist whose illustrations have been featured on programs and networks such as 20/20, A&E Biography, ABC, CNN, and Entertainment Tonight, and in numerous publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek. She has illustrated several fashion books including Inside Fashion Design (Prentice Hall), The Complete Book of Fashion Illustration (Prentice Hall), The Fashion Coloring Book (HarperCollins), and The Fashion Handbook (Watson-Guptill). Edwards has also created feature film storyboards and sketch art for such films as Moulin Rouge and has taught fashion sketching classes at UCLA and other academic institutions.
Chris Epting—The author of Hello, It’s Me has published numerous other books, including James Dean Died Here; Led Zeppelin Crashed Here; Marilyn Monroe Dyed Here; Roadside Baseball; and The Ruby Slippers, Madonna’s Bra, and Einstein’s Brain. He has contributed articles to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Westways, Travel + Leisure and Preservation magazine. Epting is also the national spokesperson and consultant for Hampton Inn’s Save-a-Landmark program, which recently won the Preserve America Presidential Award. He lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife and their two children.
Andrew Feinstein—The co-author of Opening Lines, Pinky Probes, and L-Bombs currently resides in Los Angeles where he previously worked in the animation department for Warner Bros. Feinstein has also worked for Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon. When he’s not sitting at his drawing table penciling the next “Girls & Sports” comic strip, Feinstein spends his time lining up a date for Friday night, watching lots of sporting events and tirelessly practicing his jump shot, which, like his dating skills, still needs much improvement.
Fleming is the author
of the national bestseller High
Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess, and
co-author of the New York
Times bestsellers Three
Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper, A
Goomba's Guide to Life, and My
Lobotomy. A former staff
writer for Newsweek,
Variety, and the Los
Angeles Herald-Examiner, and
a frequent contributor to Vanity
Fair, the New
York Times, the Los
Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine,
and LA Weekly, Fleming
teaches journalism at USC. He lives with his wife and two daughters
in Silver Lake.
Richard J. Foster is the current president of United States Aquatic Sports, the umbrella organization that represents all U.S. aquatic sports (swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, and diving) in the international governing body. He has also served as a board member of the United States Olympic Committee and as president of USA Water Polo for twelve years. A practicing attorney, Foster specializes in sports law and has represented numerous Olympic and professional athletes. He also teaches a graduate-level sports law course at Long Beach State University. He lives in Long Beach, California.
Frizzell began his career in
music as a teenager, accompanying and performing alongside his older
brother, music legend William “Lefty” Frizzell. In 1981
he recorded his first number-one country hit, “You’re the
Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly West. In 1982,
David hit number one on the country charts with his solo single, “I’m
Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home,” which was nominated
for Song of the Year at the 1982 Grammy Awards. He continues to
record and perform at venues around the world to this day.
Ben Fong-Torres is a rock journalist, author, and broadcaster. From almost the magazine’s inception, Fong-Torres was a writer for and senior editor of Rolling Stone. His book with The Doors (The Doors by The Doors) was published by Hyperion in November 2006.
Martin GrayThe author of Jackson Pollock: Memories Arrested in Space and Blues for Bird is also one of the world's foremost scholars of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poetry and the editor of the Penguin Classic annotated edition of Tennyson's Idylls of the King. In addition to his works on Jackson Pollock and Charlie Parker, Gray has published poems on Gilles Villeneuve and Amedeo Modigliani, and has taught at several major universities across Canada. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Betsy J. GreenThe author of Discovering the History of Your House . . . and Your Neighborhood is a former staff editor of World Book Encyclopedia and associate editor of Reader's Digest. Green is a noted house historian who has been researching and writing about house histories for over ten years. She has taught house history research at adult educational programs throughout the Chicago area, and has written nominations to list buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Green also regularly presents programs to libraries, historical societies, and community groups.
Paul Haddad is a television writer and producer who has worked with Discovery Networks, Fox Sports, the Travel Channel, and VH1, among others. His articles have appeared in such publications as Filmmaker, LA Sports & Fitness, and Los Angeles Times Magazine. He was featured in ESPN Films' Emmy-nominated 30 for 30 documentary series in an episode recapping the phenomenon of Fernandomania. He lives in Los Angeles.
Mark S. HalfonThe author of Can a Dead Man Strike Out? has published two books on moral philosophy- Integrity: A Philosophical Inquiry and Norms and Values-as well as articles and book reviews in professional journals. He is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Nassau Community College in New York.
Cindy HigginsThe author of How to Find Your Family Roots and Write Your Family History is a professor of journalism at Rockhurst University and the author of Kansas Breweries and Beer. She makes her home in the state of Kansas.
Doolittle Hoppes grew up an
Air Force brat and developed a passion for preserving military and
aviation history. The granddaughter of General James H. “Jimmy”
Doolittle, she has written two books: Calculated
Risk, a biography/memoir
about her grandparents and Just
Doing My Job, a collection of
19 stories from World War II. Her lecture series keeps her busy
touring the United States and Europe. Jonna works for the Department
of Defense at Los Angeles Air Force Base. She has appeared on
numerous television programs including the History Channel’s Man, Moment, Machine and a special documentary on Jake DeShazer. She lives in Newport
Francis E. KazemekThe author of Exploring Our Lives holds an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Literacy Education. He is presently a Professor of Education at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Kazemek has taught elementary through university level students and has been involved in adult literacy education for the past twenty-five years. Kazemek began conducting writing workshops for Senior Adults in 1980 and has continued to do so in cities across the country, and in a variety of contextslocal colleges, nursing homes, churches, community centers, etc. In recent years he has developed oral history and other projects which foster intergenerational storytelling and writing between school children and Senior Adults. He presently resides in Buffalo, Minnesota, just outside of Minneapolis.
Drew Knowles is a photographer and writer with insatiable interests in ruins, ghost towns, cemeteries, automobilia, and Route 66. Knowles is a member of the Texas Photographic Society, the Society for Commercial Archaeology, and the National Historic Route 66 Federation. He is the author of Route 66 Adventure Handbook.
Judy Gail Krasnow—The author of Rudolph, Frosty, and Captain Kangaroo is a professional storyteller, historical portrayal artist, Chautauqua scholar, singer-songwriter, speaker, and author. The younger daughter of Hecky Krasnow, Judy was often at her father’s side as he produced quality records for children. She sang backup and acted on many of Hecky’s projects with stars of the era, such as Captain Kangaroo and Art Carney, and even once performed on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show. She lives in Jackson, Michigan and Miami, Florida.
Jeff KraftThe co-author of Footsteps in the Fog is an avid Alfred Hitchcock fan who has seen every available Hitchcock film. A long-time Bay Area resident, Kraft graduated from UC Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Public Policy. He lives in Oakland.
Harvey Kubernik has been a noted popular music journalist and record producer for over 30 years. A former West Coast director of A&R for MCA Records, Kubernik is the author of four books, including Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon (Sterling). Kubernik’s writings on popular music have been published nationally and internationally in the Los Angeles Times, MOJO, Goldmine, Musician, Melody Maker, Crawdaddy!, the Los Angeles Free Press, and many others. His work has also been included in several book anthologies, including The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats (Hyperion) and Drinking with Bukowski (Thunder’s Mouth). Kubernik has penned liner notes on dozens of albums by a diverse group of artists including Elvis Presley, Allen Ginsberg, Carole King, and the Ramones. He lives in Los Angeles.
Kenneth Kubernik is a contributor to Variety and is a former editor of Music Connection magazine. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times and MIX magazine, where he also served as a contributing editor. Kubernik served as an editorial consultant on Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon (Sterling). As a keyboardist and record producer, he has worked on several internationally acclaimed jazz recordings. He lives in Los Angeles.
Terry László-Gopadze—The editor of The Spirit of a Woman is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She worked for several years with youths in East Los Angeles, many of whom were involved in gangs. László-Gopadze also ran personal development workshops and groups in West Los Angeles for women, singles, and adolescents. She later expanded her work to include such diverse groups as cancer patients, Alcoholics Anonymous, university students, women’s groups, and health centers. Offering workshops on storytelling, shamanism, forgiveness, courage, intuition, healing, and creating destiny has been her passion and joy. She lives in Del Mar, California.
Andrea Lankford a former National Park Service ranger, has performed firefighting, law enforcement, and life-saving wilderness medicine in Cape Hatteras, Zion, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. As a ranger, she won several awards for her work as a criminal investigator, and she implemented the "Heat Kills. Hike Smart" public education program that generated media attention and is credited with preventing heat-related deaths at the Grand Canyon-a program that continues to save lives today. Her masochistic adventures include thru-hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, kayaking from Miami to Key West, cycling from Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean, and being the first to mountain bike the 800-mile Arizona Trail. Haunted Hikes is her third book. Andrea currently lives in Southern California with her skeptic husband, a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service.
Steve LedouxThe author of How to Win Lotteries, Sweepstakes, and Contests in the 21st Century has won more than 500 sweepstakes and contests and has collected tens of thousands of dollars in winnings. He was been a winning contestant on Wheel of Fortune, has won all-expenses paid trips for two to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Jamaica, and Las Vegas, and has won a year's supply of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. His knack for winning has led him to be featured on over 100 television and radio shows, including interviews on the Howard Stern Show and The View. He lives in Studio City, California.
Aaron LeventhalThe co-author of Footsteps in the Fog was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His passion for photography and suspense films led to his collaboration with co-author Jeff Kraft. Leventhal lives in the East Bay area.
Simon Lewis is a film and television producer and writer. His Hollywood
experience includes managing writers, directors, and stars for Blake
Edwards Entertainment, as well as producing Look Who’s
Talking, variety specials starring Howie Mandel, Age Old
Friends (an Emmy Award-winning international co-production for
HBO), and critically acclaimed films such as The Chocolate War.
He lives in Los Angeles.
Bob LoeffelbeinThe author of Offbeat Golf is a professional duffer himself, who once taught physical education and journalism at Stanford and USC, and holds a Masters Degree in Recreation Management. He now enjoys a full-time career as a writer, with some 3,500 articles and 12 books to his credit. He makes his home in the state of Washington.
Leon Marcelo has been a horror fiend since first reading Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” at the tender age of thirteen. His writing has been featured in Deep Red, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Chiller Theatre, Ultra Violent, Horror Biz, Carpe Noctem, Morbid Curiosity, and Virus (Germany). He is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where his work concentrates on composition and rhetoric and, of corpse, Horror in literature and film.
Dan MartinThe co-author of Atomic Wedgies, Wet Willies, & Other Acts of Roguery is vice president of Homegain, an online realty portal. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family, where he aspires to be a “Wedgie King.”
Cynthia MartoneThe author of Loving Through Bars has been a public school administrator in a remote Eskimo village in Alaska, and in Rochester, New York where she was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award for the State of New York. She has spoken at both national and state conferences as well as written about children who have parents in prison. Her work has appeared in Education Week, Journal of School Administrators Association of New York State, and The Teacher Magazine. She now resides in Erie, Pennsylvania where she is principal of Villa Maria Academy High School.
Dirk MathisonThe author of The Book of Good Habits is a veteran journalist and former West Coast Editor of People magazine. He makes his home in the Los Angeles area.
Brandt MaxwellThe author of The Largest U.S. Cities Named After a Food . . . and Other Mind-Boggling Geography Lists is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Kansas. Maxwell has traveled extensively throughout the world, having visited more than 50 countries and 49 of the 50 U.S. states. This book is the result of his life-long passion for a variety of geographical topics. He lives in San Diego, California.
Michelle Mazzulo has been a District Manager for the nationally renowned KinderCare Learning Centers for 22 years. She holds a master’s degree in early childhood education. Michelle also comes from a family obsessed with the English language, solving crosswords and word jumbles on a daily basis and having weekly Scrabble marathons. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bob McCoyThe author of Quack! Tales of Medical Fraud from the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices is the founder and curator of the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices in St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis. This is the nation's largest public display of "quack" medical devices and was founded in 1987. Mr. McCoy's past occupations include soap salesman, mill steel salesman, and family planning clinic administrator. He is a hobby printer, licensed humanist minister, and a member of the Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. It is as a skeptic that McCoy has worked to expose health fraud, and the museum is an entertaining and informative means of doing just that. He has been awarded the Special Citizenship award from the FDA for his work in exposing health fraud. McCoy is married with three grown children and five grandchildren.
Robert McKimson Jr. is
the son of legendary animator Bob McKimson. A licensee of Warner Bros. Consumer
Products and the possessor of an extensive collection of his father's and
uncles' work, McKimson has given lectures all over the world about his famous
family of animators.
Ted MeyerThe author of The Butt Hello and Cats Around the World has been a professional designer and illustrator for over 20 years and is the owner of the graphic design company Art Your World. A successful painter, Ted's work has been shown in galleries around the world. Ted is also the author of Shrink Yourself, published by St. Martin's Press. He currently resides with his two cats Steven and Steven in a large loft in downtown Los Angeles.
Michael Mondavi cofounded the Robert Mondavi Winery with his father in 1966 and founded the Folio Wine Company in 2004. He received the World of Food and Wine Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 and the Who’s Who in Food and Wine Award from the James Beard Foundation in 1997. He lives in Napa, California.
Lucile C. Moore, PhD, is the author of A House Rabbit Primer and numerous articles on the history, folklore, and care of rabbits. In the course of her combined professional and personal lives she has cared for over 750 domestic rabbits of various breeds, and currently shares her home with fourteen house rabbits. She lives on ten acres outside Kanab, Utah, among a host of jackrabbits and cottontails.
Jennifer M. NicholsThe author of Exotic Travel Destinations for Families published travel articles on global family adventures in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Kansas City Star, and Diversion Magazine. She traveled to 55 countries and lived in Europe and Central America, and her two teenagers traveled to 27 countries on 5 continents.
Bill NicholsThe author of Exotic Travel Destinations for Families has been the travel partner and writing collaborator of Jennifer M. Nichols for the past 31 years. As a child he traveled domestically with his family, but after marrying Jennifer, he began his global explorations. He has now visited 58 countries. When he's not globetrotting, Bill works as a marketing strategy consultant. He lives in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.
Mike OldhamThe co-author of Movie Star Homes is the managing member of a wholesale distributor which he founded in 1991. Mike studied business and was awarded an M.B.A. and a B.A. (finance and marketing concentrations respectively) from California State University Fullerton. He is a member of Hollywood Heritage, and lives in Southern California.
Jim Pauley is a recognized expert on the Three Stooges filming locations,
having written articles on the subject since 2001 for the Three Stooges
Journal, a publication by the Three Stooges Fan Club. Pauley has also
presented on this topic at the Hollywood Heritage Museum and the Stoogeum, a
Three Stooges museum in Pennsylvania. Pauley lives in Philadelphia.
Lynn Phillips is a media tramp who writes and edits for film, television, print, and interactive media. She was a staff writer for the groundbreaking satirical nighttime soap opera, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and has written for a wide array of publications, including Glamour, The Harvard Lampoon, The Realist, The Nation, Nerve, and Newsweek International.
Michelle Phillips is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained fame as a member of the Mamas and the Papas, co-wrote their hit “California Dreamin’,” and is the last surviving original member of the group. Phillips has also had a successful career as an actress, appearing in dozens of television shows and feature films, including Dillinger, The California Kid, Valentino, Fantasy Island, Star Trek, Spin City, and Knots Landing. She is the author of California Dreamin’: The True Story of the Mamas and the Papas. She lives in Los Angeles.
Bob Pletka is the creator of My So-Called Digital Life and an associate superintendent of Vista Unified School District in Southern California. He has been a teacher in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, an associate professor in education at National University, and a director of instruction and technology for Covina Unified School District. He also served as a city commissioner for the city of Murrieta. Bob lives with his wife, 10-year-old son, and 13-year-old daughter in Southern California.
Sandra Mizumoto PoseyThe author of Cafe Nation holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from CSULB and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Folklore & Mythology from UCLA. Her previous book, Rubber Soul: Rubber Stamps and Correspondence Art was published by University Press of Mississippi as part of their Folk Art & Artists series. Those interested in her varied work may wish to visit one of her many websites: www.spiritualitea.com, www.americanfolk.com, www.yardsalesearch.com, and of course, www.cafenation.net. She makes her home in the Los Angeles area.
Domenic Priore is the author of Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock ’n’ Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood, Beatsville (with Martin McIntosh), and Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece. He has written documentaries for Paramount Pictures Inc. and American Movie Classics (AMC).
Cal Pritner, Ph.D.The co-author of How to Speak Shakespeare has chaired theatre departments at Illinois State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and served as the founding artistic director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Dr. Pritner has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He lives in New York City.
Peter Rainer is the
film critic for the Christian Science Monitor, a columnist for Bloomberg
News, the president of the National Society of Film Critics, and a regular
reviewer for FilmWeek on NPR. Previously, he was the film critic at the Los
Angeles Herald Examiner, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles
magazine, New York magazine, and New Times Los Angeles, where he
was a finalist in 1998 for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. In 2010 he won the
National Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Online Entertainment Critic.
Yvette Reche—The author of French for Le Snob was born and raised in France and began her career teaching elementary school. After moving to Canada, Reche received her postgraduate degree in French/English translation from the University of British Columbia and taught French at the high school and college level for 12 years. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.
Alan RidenourThe author of Offbeat Food is a veteran freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Weekly, New Times, and numerous other publications. He is the head of the Los Angeles chapter of the Cacophony Society. A transplanted midwesterner, he makes his home in the Los Angeles area.
David L. Robb is an award-winning freelance journalist who has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times. He is the author of Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies. His work has been featured in Daily Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He lives in Los Angeles.
Roberts is an acquisitions
editor for Arcadia Publishing. He was a film critic and columnist for
Copley Los Angeles Newspapers and Copley News Service and has
contributed to Daily Variety,
DGA Magazine, and The
Hollywood Reporter. He is a
past coordinator of film programs for the UCLA Film & Television
Archive, and is the author of the Encyclopedia
of Television Film Directors, The Great American Playwrights on the
Screen, Mitchum: In His Own Words, and Movie Talk from the Front
Lines. He lives in Carson,
Saul RubinThe author of both Offbeat Museums and Offbeat Marijuana is a veteran journalist, having written for several top newspapers in the Los Angeles area. He currently teaches journalism at Santa Monica College. A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, he makes his home in the Los Angeles area.
Tanya Scholes is the author of The Art and Design of Contemporary Wine Labels. She is a floral designer who worked in the advertising and design industry for more than 10 years, during which time she gained a fine appreciation for graphic design, typography, photography, branding and packaging. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Jeffrey Schwartz earned his master’s degree in education, became an award-winning social studies teacher, and created a popular rock-and-roll history course for middle school and high school students in Los Angeles. In 2008, Lance Armstrong awarded Schwartz the LIVESTRONG Award for the programs that he developed in support of students and families battling cancer in Southern California. Schwartz currently lives in Santa Monica, where he works as a music historian and the archive director for the Chuck Boyd Photo Collection.
Nancy ShavickThe author of Nancy Shavick's Tarot Universe is also the best-selling author of four books on reading the Tarot cards: The Tarot, The Tarot Reader, Traveling the Royal Road: Mastering the Tarot, and The Tarot Guide to Love and Relationships. Nancy’s first astrology book, Reach for the Stars: Write Your Own Horoscope, was published by Avon Books in 1994. A native of New Jersey, she makes her home in the San Francisco Bay area.
Alain SilverThe co-author of L.A. Noir is also the author of The Samurai Film and has co-written fifteen other books, including Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, and two screenplays. He has written numerous articles for the Los Angeles Times, DGA Magazine, Film Comment, and Photon. He has also produced nine independent features and over fifty soundtrack albums. Silver is a member of the Directors Guild of America and Writers Guild of America.
Amy Jordan SmithThe author of Life Is Short. Eat Biscuits! is a marketing and advertising professional who writes and directs television commercials and videos. She is also the creator of the dog Zen/humor web site www.eatbiscuits.com. Amy lives in Key Biscayne, Florida, with a new puppy, Elvis.
Kathy Smith is the author of Rabbit Health in the 21st Century, which she wrote after losing her beloved rabbit, Smokey, to cancer. The medical challenges of another very special bunny, Murray, led Kathy to begin using alternative treatments in conjunction with traditional veterinary care.
Eliezer Sobel has led intensive creativity workshops and retreats at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, the Open Center in New York City, the Lama Foundation in New Mexico, and similar venues around the United States. He was also the editor in chief of The New Sun magazine in the late 1970s, the publisher of Wild Heart Journal, and his articles, short stories, and poetry have appeared in the Village Voice, Yoga Journal, Tikkun, Quest, New Age Journal, and many others. Sobel was awarded the prestigious Peter Taylor Award for his novel, Minyan: Ten Jewish Men in a World That Is Heartbroken. He is also the author of Wild Heart Dancing. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Steven SobelThe author of Collecting Sins is a native of Southern California, where he has spent the better part of a lifetime collecting sins. This is his first novel. He makes his home in the Southern California area.
Jack StevensonThe author of Dogme Uncut has contributed articles about American cult, underground, and exploitation cinema to American film magazines as disparate as Film Quarterly and The Big Reel. He also contributed to many of the leading European film journals, and his texts have been translated into nine languages. He is the author of Lars Von Trier (British Film Institute), and has also written about Dogme for Danish, German, and Czech film journals. Born and raised in upstate New York, today Stevenson resides in Allerød, just north of Copenhagen.
Chris Strodder works in Marin County schools and libraries. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool, Swingin' Chicks of the '60s, the young adult novels Lockerboy and The Wish Book, and a collection of short stories, Stories Light and Dark. He lives in Mill Valley, California.
Greg Tananbaum—The co-author of Atomic Wedgies, Wet Willies, & Other Acts of Roguery is president of The Berkeley Electronic Press, a publisher of online scholarly journals. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family, where he aspires to be a “Wedgie King.”
James Teitelbaum has been a leading figure in the Tiki revival since the early 1990s. He launched the venerable Tiki Bar Review Pages web site early in 1995, wrote the book Tiki Road Trip (Santa Monica Press, 2003), and has been the been involved in the production (to varying degrees) of Tiki events such as Exotica 2000, Exotica 2003, Tabu Tiki Nights (monthly in 2004 and 2005), and Hukilau 2005 and 2006. He lives in Chicago, where he works in the music industry, writes, and teaches.
A. Travis-Henikoff is the
author of Passings and Dinner with a Cannibal,
which was honored by Choice magazine as one of its “Outstanding Academic Titles” of
2008. As an independent scholar
specializing in paleoanthropology, she has worked with the Getty
Conservation team on the preservation of artifacts at the Egyptian
Museum in Cairo, Egypt, and participated in an archeological dig
alongside J. Desmond Clark, Tim White, Nicholas Toth, and Kathy
Schick under the auspices of the Institute of Human Origins. She sits
on the board of directors for the Stone Age Institute, and has given
lectures on paleoanthropology at Loyola University (Chicago) and Rush
University Medical Center (Chicago). She
divides her time between Chicago, Illinois, and Jackson Hole,
James UrsiniThe co-author of L.A. Noir has contributed to various publications including Cinema, Femme Fatales, Mediascene, and Photon. Together, they are the co-authors of eleven books, among them the Film Noir Reader series, Film Noir: An Encyclopedia Reference to the American Style, and The Noir Style. They both live in Santa Monica.
Coy Watson, Jr.The author of The Keystone Kid made his motion picture debut in 1913 when he was nine months old. Before he could walk or talk, Watson had appeared in several of Mack Sennett's popular "Keystone Cop" comedies, earning him the nickname, "The Keystone Kid," and establishing him as Hollywood's first child star.
J. P. Wearing is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Arizona. He is the author of more than 12 books, including Bernard Shaw and Nancy Astor, G. B. Shaw: An Annotated Bibliography of Writings About Him, and The London Stage, as well as over 50 articles in such publications as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004). He has held a Killam Post-doctoral Fellowship in Canada, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a four-year research award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lives in Lynn Haven, Florida.
Mary K. WitteThe author of Redneck Haiku is a true Okie, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and raised on a farm in Porter—Oklahoma’s peach capitol. She has a degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University, the agricultural college of Oklahoma and country singing star Garth Brooks’ alma mater. She lives with her husband, their sons, and their dog Susie in Fresno, California, where their mayor’s nickname is Bubba.
Kenneth Wong The author of A Prayer for Burma was born and raised in Rangoon, Burma, where he cultivated an addiction to aromatic Indian tea and an aversion to totalitarianism. He came to America at the age of twenty-one, not long after the 1988 massacre. After an unfulfilling decade in the financial industry, he decided to jump off his career path and begin making a living as a writer. He currently works as an editor for Cadence, a trade magazine dedicated to computer-aided design. Kenneth lives in San Francisco, California, surrounded by eccentric friends and boxes of books.
Kathy Zuckerman is the real life inspiration for the fictional character of Franzie “Gidget” Lawrence from the 1957 novel, Gidget, written by her father Frederick Kohner. She was named No. 7 in Surfer Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People in Surfing. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California.