I’ve been a film and music fan ever since I can remember. I love the Marx Brothers, Brian Wilson and Orson Welles.
I enjoy reading about silent movie history and have come to have a tremendous affection for Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, Lillian Gish, Mabel Normand, John Gilbert, D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, Thomas Ince and many of those long-forgotten and whose films have been lost forever.
As far as music, I enjoy listening to The Who, Richard Thompson, Mark Knopfler, Steely Dan, Dylan, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and the Boss. Many others, too.
I collect books. The family ranch’s library is overflowing with printed hardcover and paperback books, alike. I’m not a ebook snob. There’s a place for ebooks. I have a Kindle and have several books on it, which I read, in pieces, from time to time. Most of the books I like are old and out of print, so most are not available as ebooks.
The Internet Archive is a wonderful website.
I am working, finally, after a layoff at the publishing company, where I worked for seven years. It’s hard in this economy to find suitable employment, so I’m grateful to have been given an opportunity by my current employer, where the benefits are nice and there is chance for advancement. If I had had this position when I was thirty years younger, I might have been able to retire.
So, marketing and publicity have been my background. I’ve written for and edited books on writing stories, comics and music. I edited Songwriter’s Market 2009 (published by Writer’s Market) and it still contains valuable information, and the good news is, it’s probably available at really cheap prices.
I’ve written for magazines, including Comics Buyer’s Guide, Goldmine, CNA (a craft retailer magazine), Memory Makers, and others. I’ve had regular columns in Cincinnati alternative newspapers on TV and books.
I’ve interviewed, for publication and on the podium, Peter Yarrow, Rod Serling, Penn Jillette, Commander Cody, John Howe, Marv Wolfman, Will Eisner, Peter David, Orson Scott Card and Morganna, the Kissing Bandit.
I was in a comedy duo called The Act, with Scott Levy. I was in a comedy troupe called Dr. Browndog’s Monkeytime. Clips of Monkeytime can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/DickBeaks?feature=mhee
Married to Kim, three sons. That’s all you get.