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David Houston  

700 Fulton Street, M-1

Farmingdale, New York 11735

telephone 516.293.2638

DH@davidhouston.net 

COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

Writing, Editing, Presentations

Technical Training and Reference Guides; Business Proposals; Sales Material; Correspondence; Slide Shows; Business and Theatrical Presentations; Narratives; Voiceovers; Web Design Editing and Maintenance  

Summary

Seventeen 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

Related Professional Experience

Olsten Corporation, Melville, NY, 1983 – 2000

Technical Writer and Office Automation Specialist with the title “Manager of Special Services Product Development” 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.

  • Wrote, 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) .

  • Wrote, designed, and produced Olsten reference guides and quick-reference cards for all popular software – both for training and as sales tools.

  • Developed, wrote and designed dozens of skill evaluations to test office software users in ordinary and esoteric software.

  • Created PowerPoint training and sales presentations—for self and co-workers.

  • Following 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. 

  • Traveled to Olsten branches to present training in the company's testing software. 

  • Language 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

  • Author 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 Books. 

  • Screenwriter: 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! and 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-in-chief, editor, columnist, regular contributor: Starlog, Future Life, TV Show-People, magazines, and West Coast editor, Daily TV Serials (Starlog Group and Norden Publishing – four years).

  • Managing editor and contributor of monthly articles and cover stories: Journal of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (four years)

  • Reporter: Metalworking News (Fairchild Publications – two years).

  • B.Klein and Co. Advertising (direct-mail promotions and directories – two years), editor and art director.

  • Theatrical set designer: designed and supervised building of 60+ sets for plays and musicals, largely in Equity summer stock companies and including the 1973 off-Broadway revival of Ayn Rand’s Penthouse Legend; also designer and cameraman for a year at WFAA Channel 8, Dallas.

Actor, 1989 - 2010

  • Local TV commercials, documentary narrative, leading roles in regional theater, etc. (see Theatrical Resume).

Education

In Texas: University of Texas, Austin and Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth Fine Arts major; courses in literature, creative writing, painting, commercial art, theater, stagecraft 

In 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 Bank — Courses in set design, philosophy, psychology, esthetics, advertising, writing, acting, website maintenance, voiceover technique

Copyright © 2003, David Houston

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