Welcome to the web abode of a freelance writer who's had the good fortune to invent scripts, books and lyrics for a variety of wonderful characters.
I suppose it all started with N.C. Wyeth's incredible illustrations in the Scribner's Children's Classics. Long before I could read the books, I sat on the floor of Detroit's Thomas Jefferson Library and let those pictures whisk me off on imaginary adventures of my own concoction.
Adjacent to the library stood the Alger theater, with its invitations to further fanciful outings through countless Saturday matinees.
I cringe to recall that my first childhood storyboards came at the expense of baseball cards that are worth a fortune today!
Jump-cut to corporate life, where an MBA degree landed Human Resources positions with two companies using television as a training vehicle. I was able to write and direct some award-winning educational dramas, comedies and musicals.
Then, in the L.A. airport, following a seminar sweep of the west coast, a TIME magazine cover story on Steven Spielberg led me to impulsively resign an officer's position to allow full-time pursuit of those activities I enjoyed most.
Ironically, while writing and directing an analogy between the evolution of a task force and four strangers trapped in an elevator, I learned that a children's show in which PBS had an interest was looking for writers.
That show just happened to feature a friendly purple dinosaur, and - with friend and fellow writer, Steve White - I helped introduce Barney & Friends to a now international audience. The rest is proverbial "history".
A cameo appearance as Mr. Deliveryman on a Barney episode confirmed that I should stick to writing!
Since then, I've been grateful for opportunities to contribute to a wide variety of terrific children's fare.
And those N.C. Wyeth illustrations that started all this? They now surround my office walls...
...along with a BARTON FINK poster, because every writer needs a reminder of the crazed elation of a USO dance after typing FADE OUT!