About Author: Continuation
Between the 6th and 10th
grades I took a stab at writing and acting in short plays. I
always thought that I was an extravert and so I enjoyed acting.
However, the fact that I enjoyed writing even more was an early
clue of my hidden introverted personality. The problem with my
plays was that they were composed almost entirely of gratuitous
sex and foul language, and since nobody liked to read plot less
plays that were strictly vehicles for my sordid imagination, I
was not encouraged to continue in playwriting.
My 8th grade English
teacher thought I had the wildest imagination she’d ever seen,
but often lamented that I was so incapable of expressing myself
clearly—or appropriately. Nevertheless, at the end of the 8th
grade, I received a glowing evaluation for my book report on
Vance Packard’s The Hidden Persuaders. This showed me
that I could write, and probably also planted a social
scientific seed in my mind that resulted in my eventually
obtaining a doctorate in sociology 14 years later.
school, my writing languished because I became very interested
in the tennis team and in the various choirs of the school.
Since I excelled in both of these areas, most of my extra time
was taken up there rather than in extra curricula writing
pursuits. What little extra time I did have, I devoted to a
rock and roll band, which, while not very popular, nevertheless
had the distinction of being the first group to play a folk mass
in North America—not bad for a band of five Jews.
graduated cum laude with an unusual combined degree in geography
and sociology, I initially struggled at Boston University with
my writing. Occasionally, some brilliance showed through,
however. In one phenomenal philosophy paper, for example, the
teacher couldn’t believe I wrote it because, as he told me, from
my class participation he was “convinced I was a moron.”
In graduate school, I had the
great fortune of taking a class with an erudite writer, whose
dissertation read like an exciting novel from cover to cover.
His class on writing for public relations, an area in which I
obtained my master’s degree, gave me the goal that writing
should be elegant, as well as eloquent. He also taught me about
the Law of the Seven Rewrites.
professor in my doctoral program showed me that good writing
demands that the writer stay close to the audience. When he
thought that my 429-page dissertation, about the paradigmatic
nature of language and how it manifested itself in various parts
of a social system, met that standard, he allowed me to defend
it. He also allowed me to write three appendices to my
dissertation, which, while not central to the thesis itself,
nevertheless infuse my writing still to this day.
Throughout my varied
professional life, including work in universities, a think tank,
a museum, a military reserve unit, and in business, I have
written journal articles, newspaper articles, screen treatments,
feature stories, and exhibition catalogs, along with a whole
host of counter cards, letters, sales catalogs, brochures; and I
have also contributed to the content of books. Perhaps my
crowning achievement so far has been my executive producer role
in the historic documentary, “Hibel’s Russian Palette,” which
garnered a Cultural Award from the American Association of
Museums, and was aired on nearly 100 public television stations
and countless cable and network stations across the country.
[Can you begin a
sentence with a conjunction? I don’t know. I just did.], I
thank Publish America for granting me the publishing
accomplishment of their forthcoming book, “The Red Sox and the
Devil’s Handmaiden.” Return to
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