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The author’s first love was the lady in Sir Walter Scott’s opus; a chapbook about her merited an A+ in English. Music manuscripts passed over by a publisher motivated him to compose the class song for graduation.
Twenty years of railroading, military service and broadcasting followed. He dashed off shoestring commercials for budget television clients, scripted industrials, and TV documentaries about the gold rush and railroading and coauthored Land of Legend, a history book.
Readers Digest rejected his true story about the passenger train wreck he almost caused as signal operator by pushing the wrong button. The account is a sidetracked cliffhanger. Liability for lives, he balked at it, at the burden, and quit railroading. His license to operate radio stations turned into television directing. Sitting there in the dark he’d watch a zillion things at once and talk fast—no wrong buttons.
Fleeing video for the corporate client universe, he tagged credits to films about atomic bomb production and security; ski patrol safety; broadcasting; mental health; the Air Force Academy; and shoots for national clients.
Career change: Ad agency copywriter, graphic artist; award winning spots, jingles, sightseeing Denver in a Day history guidebook, tech monographs. Next, an art gallery, a challenging enterprise for a restless creative to unveil the worlds of detectives, miners, pre-historics, and politicians. His attic is stuffed with unpublished novel and short story manuscripts.