CONTRIBUTORS

From Chicken Soup for the College Soul

Contributors

Carol Grace Anderson, M.A., is a national speaker and the author of the highly acclaimed new book: Get Fired Up Without Burning Out! Carol Grace went from growing up in a tiny eighteen-foot trailer surrounded by circus performers, to become a super motivator. This former psychology teacher had a role in a Paramount movie with Sandra Bullock, toured with Roy Clark, and has appeared on the Tonight Show. Through the big life challenges that she has won, she knows firsthand how to get fired up. Carol Grace shares her inspiring secrets and unforgettable stories with organizations across the country. Call Anderson Programs at: 888-32-GREAT.

Michele Bender is a freelance writer in New York City. She has written for many publications, including the New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, House Beautiful, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Fitness and Jump. This story is dedicated to her dearest friends: the Gaffield Girls. She can be reached at MBender878@aol.com

Diana Breclaw is the director of student activities at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Her professional career has also included working in student activities and residence life at Elmhurst College. But she holds a special place in her heart for her alma mater, Texas Christian University. She earned her master’s degree in college student personnel at Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she started the Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon to help sick children.

Alexander Calandra is a professor emeritus of physical science at Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught from 1948 until 1979. Dr. Calandra received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1935 from Brooklyn College in New York. During his tenure at Washington University, Dr. Calandra became known as a critic of the new math reforms, which were popular in the 1960s. In 1969, he also joined the faculty of Webster College as chairman of the science department where he worked to develop programs until 1980. In 1979, the American Association of Physics Teachers awarded him the highest honor in physics teaching, the Robert A. Milliken Award. He also was honored by the National Science Foundation for the programs he developed for non-science majors.

Dave Carpenter has been a full-time cartoonist since 1981. His work has appeared in such publications as USA Weekend, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, First, Woman’s World, the Saturday Evening Post, as well as numerous other publications. Dave can be reached at P.O. Box 520, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 or by calling 712-852-3725.

Natasha Carrie Cohen is majoring in psychology and English at Syracuse University, where she is currently writing a memoir and trying to catch life before it goes flying by and she misses her chance to be incredible. She can be reached at nccohen@mailbox.syr.edu To see more of her writing, check out her Alice in Wonderland Web page designed by Rich White at http://web.syr.edu/~ncohen

David Coleman is known nationwide as “The Dating Doctor.” He received the 1997 National Lecture Entertainer of the Year from the National Association for Campus Activities and the 1996 and 1997 Reader’s Choice Lecture Program of the Year from Campus Activities magazine. He was nominated for six straight years and is currently the number-one ranked entertainer in America by Campus Activities magazine. David received his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. He is the author of a self-syndicated column on relationships and a book entitled 101 Great Dates. He is currently working on two more books: Prescriptions from the Dating Doctor: Answers to the Most Common Relationship Questions andWhen the Heart Is Unavailable: Putting a Stop to Revolving Door Relationships (with Richard Doyle). David can be reached at www.datingdoctor.com or by calling 513-583-8000. He is represented in the college market by Umbrella Productions, Inc. at 407-649-6448.

David M. Cooney’s cartoons are published in a variety of magazines including Mutual Funds, the Lutheran and Presbyterians Today. Through the scientific journals that feature his work, his cartoons are seen in over fifty countries. David’s cartoons are also published in the New Breed, a cartoon feature distributed by King Feature Syndicate. His cartoons run in numerous newspapers under the title Twisted View. David lives with his wife and two children in the small Pennsylvania town of Mifflinburg. He can be reached at dcooney@sunlink.net

Jo Wiley Cornell is the mother of two young-adult college students and has been married for twenty-five years to her husband, Peter. She is a full-time faculty member in the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University, where she teaches informational writing. Jo also owns and operates The Write Choice, a writing/consultation business for grant proposals, business plans, employment and resume counseling, and the development and layout of mental health workshop/training materials. She has self-published two poetry chapbooks Shadows of My Mind and Shadows of My Mind, Revisited. She is currently working on and looking for a publisher for her nonfiction book, Tentacles of Depression: Understanding a Child’s Pain, a work that illustrates the devastation of clinical depression as seen through the eyes of a child. Jo can be contacted via snail mail at 3907 Wedgwood Dr., Portage, MI 49024, by telephone at 616-349-4006 or by e-mail at jo.cornell@wmich.edu

Cheryl Costello-Forshey is a writer and poet whose poems appear in other Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is in the process of finding a publisher for her first book of poems. Meanwhile, she is busy working on her second book. She also writes commissioned pieces for any occasion or for no particular occasion at all. If you are interested in having Cheryl write a personalized poem for someone in your life, or if you would like to contact her for any other reason, she can be reached at 36240 S. 16th Rd., Barnesville, OH 43713 or by calling 740-757-9217.

Joseph Danziger is an attorney. He and his wife, Randi, have one daughter, Jillian, a twenty-year-old junior at Penn State University. Joe’s story, “A Dad’s Change of Life” was written the evening following the day he and his wife dropped off their daughter at Penn State to begin her college experience.

Gunter David was born in Berlin, Germany and moved to the United States at age eighteen to study journalism. Gunter’s first career was as a reporter on major city newspapers for twenty-five years, including the Evening Bulletin of Philadelphia, which nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize. Gunter obtained a master’s degree in family therapy from Hahnemann University and Medical School in Philadelphia. He recently retired from Johnson & Johnson, where he served in the employee assistance program as family therapist and addiction counselor to employees and their families. Since retirement, he has become a published author of fiction and nonfiction. In 1997, he won first prize in the literary short-story category at the annual Philadelphia Writers Conference.

Mary J. Davis began writing when the “empty nest” syndrome hit. She also enrolled in college and earned two bachelor’s degrees. Mary writes magazine articles, short stories, Christian stories for children and teens, as well as Sunday school curriculum, devotions and greeting cards. Mary’s thirty books have been published by Rainbow, Legacy and Shining Star. She speaks at Christian Education Seminars, ladies’ groups and children’s rallies. Mary also presents writing workshops for children. Mary and her husband, Larry, have three grown children. She can be reached at P.O. Box 27, Montrose, IA 52639.

Kathy Johnson Gale knew even as a freshman at U.C.L.A. that she would someday be a writer. Her work has been published in numerous national magazines and anthologies, including Guideposts’ Best Loved Stories and the Institute of Children’s Literature Success Stories for the ’90s. Also as a freshman, she met her husband. They now live in Frankfort, Kentucky and are the parents of three daughters, the oldest a college graduate and the two youngest in college.

Zan Gaudioso is a freelance writer whose stories have appeared in newspapers across the country. Zan earned her degree in special education for the deaf and went on to teach sign language, as well as teaching deaf children and adults. She became part of a landmark program that was the first to utilize sign language in order to foster verbal language skills in autistic children. From there, with additional training, she went on to become a surgical nurse. With writing as an integral driving force in her life, she continued to write and be published in newspapers and in family medical journals. She is presently negotiating with a major network to bring to television a one-hour drama based on her true life story. She currently lives with her fiancé and their dog, Delilah, in Santa Monica, California. She can be reached at justzan@usa.net

Randy Glasbergen has had more than twenty-five thousand cartoons published in magazines, books and greeting cards around the world. He also creates The Better Half, which is syndicated to newspapers by King Features Syndicate. You can find more of Randy’s cartoons online at www.glasbergen.com

Miriam Goldstein’s body cast now resides in her basement, slowly dissolving under the combined assault of dampness and insects. However, Miriam herself has no plans for dissolution in the immediate future. She is a native of Manchester, New Hampshire and is currently attending Brown University, where she is double-majoring in biology and English. She enjoys wandering through tide pools, swamps and woods, haphazardly hammering bits of wood together as a theater techie, making sounds that vaguely resemble music on the flute and tenor sax, meeting unconventional people, and tweaking the nose of popular culture. She despises conformity and intolerance. She can be reached by writing c/o Martin’s Associates, 817 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03104 or by e-mail at khory@juno.com

Arlene Green is a thirty-one-year-old mother of four boys, all of whom are brilliant and handsome. She lives in Northern California with her family, two dogs and numerous cats. She is a computer programmer by trade and a mommy by profession.

Scott Greenberg is a nationally recognized motivational speaker, humorist and leadership-training consultant. He is also the author of the popular Jump Start Leadership Workbook series for students. Each year Scott works with thousands of people at schools, businesses and associations. He can be reached at 800-450-0432 or by e-mail at ScottGree@aol.com

Cynthia Hamond is a freelance children’s writer. This is her third story for Chicken Soup for the Soul. Cynthia volunteers at St. Henry’s as a teacher, lecturer and visits the homebound. She enjoys her school visits and answering her e-mail from readers. She can be reached at 1021 W. River St., Monticello, MN 55362 or by e-mail at Candbh@aol.com

Stephen Hopson has been deaf since birth. He graduated from Marist College with a B.S. in business/finance in 1982. After working on Wall Street for fifteen years, he is now a highly acclaimed inspirational speaker. He has spoken to thousands of corporations, colleges and associations about his humorous and inspiring journey in the pursuit of what his mother once told him were “pie-in-the-sky dreams.” Stephen specializes in teaching people his unique formula for success through the willingness to take risks, the ability to change and the willingness to accept ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience. Stephen will be coauthoring Chicken Soup for the Challenged Soul (working title) about people with disabilities. His first book, The Possibilities Are Deafening, will be released in late 1999 or early 2000. To schedule him for a power-packed presentation, contact your favorite speaker’s bureau or the Chicken Soup for the Soul Speaker’s Bureau at 805-563-2935, ext. 12. He can be reached directly at 35820 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 206, Harrison Township, MI 48045, by fax at 734-629-0480, or by e-mail at sjhopson@ibm.net

John Javna is an innovative and irreverent thinker whose books constantly break the mold of what an author, editor and publisher should be. His instinct for trends is impressive and his output has been both prodigious and popular. Since 1983, Javna has written, edited, created and/or published over fifty books. His 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth, the first book published under his own Earth Works imprint, was on the New York Times bestseller list in 1990 for thirty-two weeks—at #1 for seventeen of them—and has sold over 3.5 million copies. Javna’s next book, 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, stayed on the Times list for eleven weeks and sold 1 million copies. As for the ten books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers series—published yearly since 1988 by Javna’s other imprint, Bathroom Readers’ Press—sales have not only passed the 2 million mark, but have spawned a host of imitators and legitimized an entirely new book genre.

Paul Karrer has published over fifty articles and short stories. His story “The Babyflight” had over 300,000 copies published in A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul. He has taught in Western Samoa, Korea, England, Connecticut and currently teaches in California. He can be reached at 457 Archer St., Monterey, CA or by e-mail at pkarrer123@yahoo.com

Will Keim holds a Ph.D. in higher education with an emphasis in college student services administration from the Oregon State University. He completed his B.A. and M.A. in speech communication at the University of the Pacific in California. A four-year varsity letterman in baseball, Will has been selected as an Outstanding Young Man of America, Outstanding Professor of the Year, and was awarded the prestigious Durwood Owen Pi Kappa Phi Award for Outstanding Interfraternalism. Dr. Keim has lectured personally on over one thousand campuses across North America and has spoken directly to 2 million college and university students from every state in the U.S. and several provinces in Canada. His corporate clients include Delta Air Lines, AT&T, IBM, State Farm Insurance, Rotary International and the National Employer’s Council. Dr. Keim is married to Donna and the father of four children. He resides with his family in Corvallis, Oregon.

April Kemp, M.S., is an award-winning motivational speaker and sales trainer. She is dynamic with a high-energy delivery style dedicated to the education of audiences nationwide. Along with her husband, April developed a motivational software product, “Motivational Mind Bytes.” She can be reached at 800-307-8821.

Brandon Lagana is assistant director of admissions at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and is cofounder of the Student Association for Volunteer Opportunities at West Chester University, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Over the past eleven years, he has combined creatively his love of music and volunteering by performing at numerous churches, nursing homes and prisons throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Jeanne Marie Laskas publishes essays and articles in numerous national magazines, including Esquire, GQ, Allure, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Redbook, Reader’s Digest and others. Her column, Significant Others, appears weekly in the Washington Post magazine, and focuses on the trials of tribulations of relationships in the 1990’s. Her first book, The Balloon Lady and Other People I Know (Duquesne University Press, 1996), is a collection of essays and stories, and her second, We Remember (Morrow, 1999), is a series of stories about one-hundred-year-old ladies looking back on the century. A professor of creative nonfiction in the graduate writing program at Goucher College in Baltimore, Jeanne Marie has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.A. from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She is currently working on her third book, Fifty Acres and a Poodle (Bantam, 1999), about life on her farm in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania with her husband, three dogs, horse and a mule.

Lisa Levenson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She was editorial-page editor of the Daily Pennsylvanian, house manager of her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, and a member of the university team that appeared on the MSNBC game show Remember This? During college, Lisa also wrote for the commentary page of the Philadelphia Inquirer. A Pittsburgh native, she is currently a management consultant and freelance writer in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at lisalevenson@usa.net

Eric Linder graduated from the University of Florida after five years of friendship, late-night pizza and football games. He currently is teaching outdoor education to children in Dahlonega, Georgia. He enjoys laughing, spontaneity and thinking about “matters of consequence.”

Sarah Lockyer was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and has been writing for most of her life. She is currently enjoying a year off from school, but plans to attend a university in the future, majoring in journalism. She plays guitar and writes a lot of poetry in her spare time and loves to travel. She can be reached at 416-281-1707.

Paula Lopez-Crespin lives in Denver, Colorado and is a wife and the mother of two children. “I Passed the Test” is her first published work. She hopes to have several of her children’s books and a novel published soon.

Tony Luna is founder of Tony Luna Creative Services, a creative consultancy, as well as cofounder of New Media Marketplace, a digital production service. He is also an instructor at the Art Center College of Design in the field of creativity and business. Tony is a member of the board of directors of U.P., Inc. a nonprofit organization that encourages young people to enter education and employment in the entertainment industry. He can be reached at 819 North Bel Aire Dr., Burbank, CA 91501.

Elsa Lynch is a single parent currently residing in Missouri. She graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. Elsa recently left her position in customer service and is planning to take the plunge into full-time freelance writing. She can be reached at Elsa@socket.net

Hanoch McCarty, Ed.D., is a highly sought-after motivational speaker whose corporate training programs focus on strategies that build employee and customer loyalty, as well as freeing creativity and maximizing personal productivity. His work uses the bottom-line power of kindness and integrity. He can be reached at Learning Resources, P.O. Box 66, Galt, CA 95632, via e-mail at kindness@bigfoot.com, or by phone at 209-745-2212.

Robert Tate Miller is an internationally published writer who has also worked as a television promotions writer/producer. He has written four screenplays and a number of essays on his early years growing up in a small North Carolina mountain town. He can be reached at 950 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Beth Mullally is the editorial-page editor and a columnist for the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, New York. She is also a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest and author of the book the Best of Beth, a collection of her columns. She and her husband, Bob Quinn, have two sons, two dogs, two cars, two televisions— and two mortgages. She can be reached at (914) 346-3181 or by e-mail at bmullally@th-record.com

Megan Narcini transferred from Virginia Tech to the College of New Jersey in January 1999 to major in nursing. Although she has been writing since her early teens, this is her first published work. She would like to thank her family, friends and her high school creative writing teacher, Ms. Olsen, for supporting her dream to write. She can be reached by e-mail at tigereyz@theglobe.com

Kristi Nay really enjoyed attending Westmont College (a Christian college in Santa Barbara, California). She majored in English literature because of her love of reading and writing, which she inherited from her family. She graduated in 1983, but later returned to Westmont to get her teaching credential, and then taught for four years at the Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy. She left teaching to start of private, nonprofit bed and breakfast in 1989, called Shepherds’ Keep, for tired Christian pastors and their wives. She and her husband Steve now operate Shepherds’ Keep in Colorado. They have been married fourteen years but didn’t meet until they had both graduated from their respective colleges. (He attended Fresno Pacific whose basketball team is a rival of Westmont’s). Steve is a technical writer and, hence, makes a great editor for Kristi’s pastime of writing. She can be reached at GoodPirate@aol.com

Kent Nerburn is an author, sculptor and educator who has been deeply involved in Native American issues and education. He has served as project director for two books of oral history, entitled To Walk the Red Road and We Choose to Remember. He has also edited three highly acclaimed books on Native American subjects. Kent won the Minnesota Award for his book, Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads in 1995. Kent holds a Ph.D. in theology and art and lives with his family in Bemidju, Minnesota.

Vicki Niebrugge has successfully combined academics with the corporate and association arena. She is an associate professor at Cleary College of Business in Ann Arbor, Michigan, teaching in the management department. She is also an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, author and consultant with the NOVA Group. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Eastern Michigan University and a J.D. from the University of Toledo.

Dorri Olds is an illustrator and graphic designer in New York City. She illustrated the children’s book, Irving Goes to Town (PPC Books), and book covers for Avalon Books. Her design work includes brochures, newsletters, logos and books. Ms. Olds’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous New York City galleries and private collections.

Varda One is a self-explorer who translates her discoveries into essays, poems, short stories, plays, novels, songs and pamphlets, many of which have been published worldwide. Her hobbies include reinventing herself by doing the impossible; her values are growth, enjoyment and usefulness. Her work also appears in A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Kevin Randall has been a leadership trainer and public speaker for the past seven years, having spoken at the National Association for Campus Activities National Convention, NACA Great Lakes Regional Conference, and to high school students across Michigan. In 1997, Kevin developed his most requested presentation, entitled Leadership as a Lifestyle, and has presented this session to rave reviews at high schools, colleges and conferences nationwide. For more information about Kevin Randall or his leadership programs contact, Randallkev@hotmail.com

Eva Rosenberg, M.B.A., E.A., affectionately known as “TaxMama” to her tax clients and fans, writes a weekly newsletter, Ask TaxMama. She is a moderator of the Internet’s HelpDesk, a popular speaker on tax, marketing and Internet topics, and the visionary behind the world’s first universal gift registry, My Wish List. Visit her at http://taxmama.com

Christa F. Sandelier received a B.S. in horticulture from Delaware Valley College in 1996 and an M.S. in counseling from Shippensburg University in 1999. She is originally from Clayton, New Jersey and currently is a residence director at Shippensburg University.

Richard Santana , Ed.M, was born in California and became the third generation of his family to join one of the largest gangs in California. After several years of hate, drugs, and violence on the streets, he experienced a transformation, which he credits to education. In 1995, Richard graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Human Development and Psychology. He offers a valuable opportunity to understand the complexities of diversity in the workplace, schools and communities. For more information, call 510-336-1780 or e-mail him at mr.chocolate@earthlink.net

Adam Saperston is an emergency medicine physician who loves sharing stories about life and transformation. He has had the privilege and opportunity to make a difference by speaking at universities and high schools. He is currently completing a book about his experiences as an ER resident and student.

Eric Saperston has spent the last six years traveling the country in a 1971 Volkswagen bus with three of his friends, a golden retriever and a video camera. The purpose of their travels is to bridge the generation gap and open up a dialogue between those in our country who want to learn and those who want to teach. Currently, they have captured 380 hours of footage and have interviewed over 175 of our nation’s greatest teachers such as former President Jimmy Carter, actor Henry Winkler, musician Jerry Garcia, Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis and astronaut Kathy Thornton. Eric and his team are currently making a film with Walt Disney Studios about their adventures, writing a book and on a national speaking tour. “The Journey,” as it’s known, can be reached by calling 805-377-7378 or by e-mail at Pushthebus@aol.com

Harley Schwadron is a self-taught cartoonist living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who worked as a journalist and public relations writer before switching to cartooning full-time in 1984. His cartoons appear in Barron’s, Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal and many others. He can be reached at P.O. Box 1347, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 or by calling 313-426-8433.

Cynthia Stewart-Copier is a successful business owner, author and speaker. She has had the opportunity to speak to audiences around the world. She is an important story contributor to the New York Times bestselling holiday book, Christmas Miracles, and appeared in December with Barbara Walters on The View. Cynthia and her story were a featured part of a half-hour segment devoted to the book. She will have two stories in the forthcoming book, Mother’s Miracles. She has had many stories published, with the most recent in Dreambuilders magazine, a magazine for successful business owners. Cynthia’s newest book, Dreams of My Own (Internet, April 1999), was inspired after attending Mark Victor Hansen’s and Jack Canfield’s seminar, “How to Build a Speaking and Writing Empire.”

B. T. Thomas was educated in the Philadelphia school systems. She was married to Ronald Mark Thomas and has one daughter, Stacee Marie (Thomas) Nettles. She is “Mom-Mom” to two lovely grandchildren, Ronald Marc and Morgan Alexis. She completed her masters of ministry in biblical studies and has now received her doctor of divinity from the Jameson School of International Ministries. B. T. has been involved in international missions since 1982. She has two self-published books, From the Heart of a Blessed Temple and Grandma’s Quilt: Her Stories and Ours. She has taken early retirement to pursue her writing and missions endeavors.

JeVon Thompson has been one of America’s premier power speakers since 1980. A member of “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities” and a recipient of the 1974 Merit Award, JeVon is a Milton College graduate with a B.A. in psychology. As a musician, he worked with Handy Award winner Luther Allison and completed a student apprenticeship with the Duke Ellington Band. His lectures and seminars on personal power span across the United States, Canada and throughout the Caribbean. He has been featured on ABC’s All My Children, a nationally televised Oprah Winfrey special with Michael Jordan, and hosted a Tele-Link special, Keep Our World Tobacco Free. He is the producer of four educational videos, including the national bestseller, Waking Up from Dope. His writing credits include the novel Crutches and co-authorship of Teen Power Too.

Rosa Torcasio resides in Norwalk, Connecticut. She is a junior at the University of Connecticut where she majors in human development and family relations. Her career goal is to work with less fortunate children and allow them the opportunities to advance both academically and socially. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family: her parents, Francesco and Antonia, and also her sister, Serafina, and her brother, Vincenzo. She would like to dedicate this article to her Nonna Serafina: “Grazie per tutto Nonna— mi manchi tanto e ti voglio tanto bene.” Rosa can be reached by e-mail at MammaRo@aol.com or BellezzaRo@aol.com

Glenn Van Ekeren is a dynamic speaker and trainer dedicated to assisting people and organizations in maximizing their potential. Glenn is the author of Speakers Sourcebook, Speaker’s Sourcebook II and the Popular Potential Newsletter. Glenn has a wide variety of written publications and audio and video presentations available. He can be reached at People Building Institute, 330 Village Circle, Sheldon, IA 51201 or by calling 800-899-4878.

Kevin Van Gundy is an international business consultant and professional speaker who helps companies create and care for customers. Currently, Kevin sits on the board of several companies and is actively involved with the startup of two others. He lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, with his wife Lauryn and their four children. In 1996, he was selected by the U.S. Government-funded Citizens Democracy Corp to travel to the former Eastern Bloc country of Bulgaria to start one of its first advertising agencies. Kevin is a recent graduate of the Masters in Public Administration Program at the Colorado University at Denver. He is deeply involved in politics and has already run for public office twice. His focus is on the subject of generativity and he spends a great deal of his time motivating young people to become involved in the American political system and to vote! He is in the final stages of writing his first book, Titanic: An American Allegory, which is scheduled to be published in fall 1999 by Pendant Publishing, Inc.

Tal Vigderson was born in San Diego, California. Tal has an undergraduate degree in film from San Diego State University with distinction in his major. He has had careers in photography, entertainment marketing research and teaching in several grade levels, including special education in a junior high school in south central Los Angeles. Tal attended law school at Loyola of Los Angeles and passed the California Bar. He is currently working as an entertainment attorney in Los Angeles representing filmmakers, writers, directors, producers, Internet companies and major studios in various forms of transactional work. Tal likes to travel and enjoys tennis, hiking and photography. He can be reached at TOV3@aol.com

Daneen Kaufman Wedekind is from Bridge City, Texas. She enjoys writing and is a columnist for an online parenting magazine, All Mixed Up. A mother, a nurse and a writer, Daneen finds the greatest joy in her children, Kristofer and Kameron. She considers the two most precious gifts in her life to be the hugs of her children and the written word. She gives special thanks to God for the ability to write, and to Mark for the ability to love again.

Joan Wiberg is a cartoonist and illustrator living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Her cartoons have been published in national magazines for adults and children.

David Wiemers is a writer and producer of many of your favorite television shows, including Major Dad, Harry and the Hendersons and DuckTales. A member of the National Speakers’ Association, he’s also a humorist who gives hundreds of presentations yearly. He can be reached by e-mail at info-plus@earthlink.net

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