About Me

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...Family Ties" to Home improvement" to "Frasier." (I've also read many books, some of them in hardcover).

I grew up in Chicago, went to college at the University of California at Berkeley, and got my Masters at Northwestern. Then I followed my dream to become a serious writer… by driving to Hollywood and getting a job writing questions and "ad lib" jokes for the game show, "Hollywood Squares."

I wrote spec scripts in my spare time while I was toiling away at "Hollywood Squares," and after a few years sold my first to a show called, "Love, American Style." After that, I was lucky enough to continue to write for many comedies for the next 30 years or so.

However, I always had an interest in writing essays and columns. An early "My Turn" column for "Newsweek" about the evils of Nintendo resulted in my being a guest on "Oprah." I assume that she will support me if I ever run for President.

I have been a weekly humor and opinion columnist since 2001. I have written columns for "The Kansas City Kansan," "The Denver Post," "The Santa Monica Daily Press," "The San Francisco Examiner," Crawford Texas' "The Lone Star Iconoclast," and the "The Jewish Journal." My column has also run on line on CBSnews.com and "The Huffington Post," and I wrote a sports column for SportsLine.com. It has also been syndicated to hundreds of papers and sites.

During the movie and television writers' strike, I wrote and produced a video for the Internet to help raise money for non-writers who were hurt by the strike. The video starred Bob Newhart and is called, "The Challenge." It dealt with "one of the most difficult tasks in modern society – opening a new DVD." The video and I were named as honorees by the "Webby" awards.

I was also recently honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for a column I wrote about the NCAA final four tournament.

In this age of suspicion, I feel compelled to give you a guarantee about me. I swear that I have never written a column or a script while on steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. All right, once I took a swig of some Human Growth Hormone, but it gave me gas.