I started writing for newspapers as a teenager. At large Chicago daily newspapers I was a reporter and a metro, financial and features editor. At a small Chicago newspaper I was a publisher/editor. In 1980 I joined the faculty of the journalism school at Northwestern and taught writing, reporting, economics, liberal arts, public relations, marketing, etc., until 2011. My education ended with MBA. In addition to all types of news journalism, I have written for magazines, newsletters, books and the web. I am a director of Paddock Publications in Illinois and have been on boards of not-for-profits and commercial publishing. I am a nonfiction person but read much fiction and poetry. The mechanics of poetry are a mystery to me. Judy and I have two children, three grandchildren and homes in Winnetka, Ill., and Ephraim.
Anne Emerson, Jerod Santek and Maggie Peterman were among the first to hook me on Write On. Then I witnessed what the organization does for the young. Write On is a catalyst and an essential part of Door County’s matrix of creativity: theater, painting, sculpture, photography, journalism, music and formal education. If you subscribe to the premise–as I do– that writing is thinking, then you have to believe in what Write On accomplishes.