Fulton Street, M-1
New York 11735
Technical Training and Reference Guides; Business Proposals; Sales
Slide Shows; Business and Theatrical Presentations; Narratives; Voiceovers
Web Design Editing and Maintenance
years experience as writer, editor and designer of office-software
training and on-the-job technical support material.
Reporter and editor for engineering publications plus several years
experience as editor-in-chief, contributor, columnist and editor of
science fiction and show-business magazines.
Author of published fiction and non-fiction books (illustrator of
two of them). Adept at
desktop publishing and document preparation though all phases to
camera-ready form, on paper or electronic media. Excellent presentation skills with ability to prepare and
deliver multimedia presentations.
References, writing samples
and rates available upon request
Olsten Corporation, Melville, NY,
1983 – 2000
Automation Specialist with the title “Manager of Special Services
for one of the world's largest temporary staffing services ($5 billion), which
merged with Adecco in 2000 to form the largest international human-resources company.
designed, desk-top published, and produced training manuals for use by
Olsten staff, temporaries, and client staffs—in office software
such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, MultiMate,
Wordstar, Mass 11, QuarkXPress, etc. (many versions over the years) .
designed, and produced Olsten reference guides and quick-reference
cards for all popular software – both for training and as sales
wrote and designed dozens of skill evaluations to test office software
users in ordinary and esoteric software.
PowerPoint training and sales presentations—for self and
needs-analysis with client, organized, supervised and published
special training and testing materials – e.g. a “basic training”
course in computers plus office etiquette and daily procedures, for
Mutual of Omaha; a Technical Help Desk training for Keane; advanced
PowerPoint editing for AT&T.
to Olsten branches to present training in the company's testing
expert for Office Automation, Technical Services, and Light Industrial
departments: edited and proofread memos
of supervisors and associates.
Writer, Editor, Screenwriter, Novelist,
Designer, 1960 - 2010
of 14 published books, including Joan Crawford biography Jazz
Baby — St.
Martin’s Press; the science-fiction novels Gods
in a Vortex, Wingmaster, and Alien Perspective —Tower Books; mystery Shadows
on the Moon —
Leisure Books; novelizations of several
popular films including Swamp Thing —Tor
science-fiction comedy Attack from Mars, eclipse documentary Voyage to Darkness and early-TV sci-fi retrospective They
Went to the Stars. Playwright:
Great Scott and Zelda,
Lillie Alone, Murder and Madness and Poe
and the dramatic-reading
scripts for The Dickens!
Mark Twain: Telling Tales.
Writer and Director of more than 20 "Literary Entertainments" 2000 to
2010, including programs of Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Teddy
Roosevelt, Abe Lincoln, Dorothy Parker, Fred and Adele Astaire, and
Noel Coward and Cole Porter.
editor, columnist, regular contributor: Starlog,
Future Life, TV Show-People, magazines, and West Coast editor, Daily
TV Serials (Starlog Group and Norden Publishing –
editor and contributor of monthly articles and cover stories:
Journal of the American
Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
Metalworking News (Fairchild Publications – two years).
Advertising (direct-mail promotions and directories – two years),
editor and art director.
set designer: designed and supervised building of 60+ sets for plays
and musicals, largely in Equity summer stock companies and including
off-Broadway revival of Ayn Rand’s Penthouse Legend; also designer
and cameraman for a year at WFAA Channel 8, Dallas.
1989 - 2010
TV commercials, documentary narrative, leading roles in regional theater, etc. (see Theatrical
of Texas, Austin
and Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth
Arts major; courses in literature, creative writing, painting, commercial
art, theater, stagecraft
New York City: Lester Polikov Studios, Nathaniel Branden Institute
[current Objectivism websites include
http://www.theobjectivist.com], The New
School, Hedgerow School of Acting in Manhattan with Rose Schulman, Computer Resources, The Voice
in set design, philosophy, psychology, esthetics, advertising, writing,
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, website maintenance, voiceover technique