I sold a lot of free-lance magazine pieces over the
years (more than 300 is my best guess) to publications ranging
from Good Housekeeping to Penthouse. About half of them
began with a phone call from an excited editor with a "brilliant"
story idea; for the rest, I have no excuses. Along
the way I was bullgoose editor of the five national magazines
listed below. All of them attempted to make science understandable
and/or interesting to a wide audience. All were startups
or in serious need of major surgery. Only one is still in
print. Again, no excuses.
Science Digest, 1987-88.
Psychology Today, 1982-83.
OMNI, founding editor, 1978-80.
Science Digest, 1974-75.
Saturday Review of Science, 1970-73.
I wrote a fair amount about the making of television
science documentaries for The New York Times in the early
80s, but it was my pal Richard Hutton who actually got me
working on them. Back then he was always saying "the
plural of anecdote is not data." He knew that television
tends to suggest that it is.
The Brain (1984). Writer/creative consultant
for eight hour-long PBS programs The New York Times called
"the best series of its kind ever on public television."
The Mind (1988). Writer/creative consultant
for nine-part sequel to The Brain, aka "Brain Too."
Firepower (1987-95). Writer/creative consultant
for military technology series; more than 50 half-hour episodes
have aired on the Discovery channel.
Firepower 2000. Writer/creative consultant
for series of hour-long documentaries on the future of warfare
that premiered on the Discovery channel in 1997.
Start to finish, five of the six books listed below
were produced in remarkably short periods of time which
is why I liked working on them. One, the Ross Perot, went
from verbal proposal to bound copies in only 19 days.
Big Dogs, Little Dogs (GT Publishing, 1998).
Author of companion volume to A&E tv special on the
history and science of the bond between humans and dogs.
Loyalty and Betrayal: The Story of the American
Mob (Collins San Francisco, 1994). One of three writers.
Ross Perot: In His Own Words (Warner, 1992).
Edited and managed desktop production; written by Tony Chiu.
The Nobel Century: A Chronicle of Genius (Chapmans,
1991). Wrote physics chapter and edited all science sections.
Rand McNally Getaway Guide: Great Escapes (Rand
McNally, 1990). Wrote and desktop published.
Life-Spans or How Long Things Last, with Richard
Hutton (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1979).