New thoughts,
ready and waiting to explode.

Flashback: Chicago Comicon, 1976

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
As another comics convention nears in Chicago, a look back at my coverage of the first big Comicon in the city. (Someday, I hope for a bigger scanner.)

Science fiction writer Greg Bear in 1994: The Internet's future

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Science fiction writer Greg Bear in a 1994 interview with me, on the future of the Internet:

"It's going to be a huge intellectual telephone line, with graphics and library materials, all available at a few minutes' notice. That, I think, will be revolutionary. ... We have a lot of people from the entertainment industries thinking it's going to be a lot of the same old, same old -- where they can simply market movies in new ways, and I don't think it's going to be that way at all. ... The people who are loosely called Generation Xers are going to have their say on this. And I think we may not be able to predict what they're going to do with it."

Wynton Marsalis, interviewed in 1994

Sunday, March 1, 2015
The time in December 1994 Stan West and I interviewed the great Wynton Marsalis -- and I disobeyed Ramsey Lewis' advice and asked Marsalis about Kenny G.

Douglas Adams and Terry Jones: One of my favorite interviews, ever

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Swapping stories with my friend Mike Gold this afternoon, I told him one of my favorite interviews of all time put me in the same room with "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" creator Douglas Adams and Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones in 1997.

Mike said Neil Gaiman would appreciate hearing it, and I realized this particular interview didn't have much of a home on the Internet. So here it is.


Help wanted: Experienced PR professional

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
My friend and former WXRT News colleague Marj Halperin's looking for ...

" ... an experienced public relations professional to join our team as a consultant January through July 2015. ... Strong candidates must have proven experience in media pitching and story placement, and the ability to show recent (18 months or newer) examples of stories placed with local Chicago-area media on behalf of paid or non-paid clients."

Apply here.