A Writer, obsessed with truth, resisting retirement

My time in high school

Attended high school in the

Overall high school experience
10/10. I was peaking in those years, sad to say. I was self-actualizing, unimpeded. Not long after, I ran headlong into social realities and my own weaknesses, which have crippled my potential.

Grades in high school
Mostly A's. 


Favorite subjects
Visual Arts, Physical Education, History / Social Studies, English, Football, photography, and anything involving writing. Journalism.

Struggled with...
Math. It is alien to me.

Favorite extracurricular

Life since high school

In my youth, I assumed money would automatically accompany good work. It does not. It must be consciously pursued.

Attended college / university at

Majored in

Post-graduate education or training
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in the City of New York, MSJ, and a fellowship in producing at the American Film Institute, Center for Advanced Film Studies.

Places lived in US
California, New York

Places lived outside the US
Yes. London.

Current occupations / past occupations
I am a writer, producer, and director in television and film. Mostly writing.

Industries I've worked in
- Information (e.g. Publishing, Film, Broadcast, Telecommunications, Libraries)
- Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Did your education prepare you for your career or occupation?

Has your education or career/occupation trajectory ever changed? How?
Yes. It was generally upward, (advancing in responsibility and income) until I turned 40, then it levelled off, and has now plummeted.

A little introspection...

To me, being successful means...
To achieve what I set out to achieve, while making enough money to not have to worry, and being able to help others who have not been so fortunate.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
In my youth, I assumed money would automatically accompany good work. It does not. It must be consciously pursued.

My greatest accomplishment to date and what I’ve learned from it
Saving a life. Or at least making the final moments of a stranger's life not alone. I never followed up to find out which. 

My biggest mistake or regret so far and what I’ve learned from it
Something I never mention, and which I believe does not deserve the fuel of my reflection. I believe the darkness feeds itself, and needs no help from us.

An unexpected event that significantly changed my life and how it impacted me
I met [name omitted]. We've been together 32 years. I cannot even begin to summarize how that moment has impacted my life, but I know that without him, I have no life. 

Anything else you'd like to share?
In my day, we had Vietnam to contend with. We were required to register for the draft, and serve if called. I was a conscientious objector, and faced the Draft Board. I said I believed in National Service, just not killing for Capitalism. I was awarded the IA-O noncombatant status, and expected to serve alternative service -- but was never called. I think that we all should serve in some way, two years, working to improve conditions in our country and ensuring that the ideal of equal opportunity is real. Especially with the privileges and advantages we receive as children of Palo Alto, we need to give back.

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My favorite spot in or around Palo Alto

Rosatti's Alpine Beer Garden.