I have scratched together a living, in one way or another, as a writer for more than 50 years now. I was a free-lance writer during the early stages of the Vietnam War. I was the Southwest Division Overnight News Editor for United Press International back when UPI was a legitimate news gathering organization. Following that, I went to the Dallas Morning News where I became the first person to write about rock 'n' roll on a daily basis for a Texas metropolitan newspaper. I later became the News' entertainment editor. Following some stints with a couple of prominent PR firms, I had the extraordinary good fortune to team with two communications legends, Ken Fairchild and Lisa LeMaster, as part of one kick-ass media consulting/crisis communications team. That was followed by short stays with the City of Dallas, as its public information officer; the Dallas Northeast Chamber of Commerce where I had the good fortune to meet and work alongside some of this city's business and political titans; and editorial director for QuestCorp Media until that company went out of business. Now officially retired, concentrating on this blog.
Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman had a profound influence on my life and values. I was more than just his student, I felt like I was his disciple. As he talks about in this interview, he left Dallas and Temple Emanu-El more than 20 years ago, but I still miss him, his lectures, his sermons, his teachings and his friendship. You can get a small inkling of what he stands for in this interview, but you will not be able to sense the power, the energy and the dynamic qualities that he possesses here. For that, I guess, you'll just have to schlep on out to the Hamptons. That being said, there are far worse places to be.