Category Archives: Hijinks

Lots of Leaps, Not Much Faith

It happened the summer after my junior year in college. I was interning in the L.A. office of Hughes Aircraft Company (or, in intern parlance, “Huge Aircrash”), which had arranged summer housing in Loyola Marymount University dormitories. LMU dorms were … Continue reading

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Bullets in the Bonfire

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and my father is from Vulcan. If you need a tricorder jury-rigged or a Class M planet analyzed for its ability to support life he’s your man. But if it relates to … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Hijinks, Youthful Follies

Brad and Me

“How would you like to be Brad Pitt’s stand-in on a movie called The Devil’s Own?” the casting director asked me. I don’t see the resemblance but who am I to argue? As an aerospace engineer, this couldn’t be further … Continue reading

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Businessman Behaving Badly

Interview that accompanied the release of my book, The Little Book of Bad Business Advice: Tired of pretentious business advice books filled with obvious platitudes? Then check out the Machiavellian maxims in Steve Altes’s The Little Book of Bad Business … Continue reading

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And the Emmy Goes to… Me?

As this photo shows, I once accepted an Emmy award. Okay a regional Emmy, but still… it’s the same winged chick holding the atom. That’s pretty random.  How the hell did that happen? you might say.  Well, it all started … Continue reading

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