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Remembering designer Charles Pollock

By |November 18th, 2017|

In the fall of 1971, I began my college studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I had applied to and been accepted to both Art Center in Los Angeles and Pratt, but Art Center emphasized automotive design, and I wanted a a complete Industrial Design curriculum offered by Pratt.

My first year involved taking the required […]

Man on Fire: The Strange Death of Robert Ludlum

By |July 12th, 2017|

I recently started reading Stuart Woods’ Fast and Loose. Woods is the author of dozens of thrillers and that got me thinking about one of the giants of the genre: Robert Ludlum. While researching Ludlum, I was shocked when I learned how he died and the mysterious unsolved circumstances around it.

Last year, I wrote an […]

Experiencing Star Wars (1977) in 70mm

By |December 24th, 2016|

The Star Wars saga created by George Lucas has proved to be an enduring film franchise for nearly 40 years. I have seen most of the films in the series, including the premier of the original in 1977. With the release of Rogue One this month, I thought it would be fitting to write about […]

Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049

By |October 9th, 2016|

In the last week of June in 1982, I sat in a new Orlando movie theater designed only for films released in 70mm. I had seen Star Wars in 70mm in Manhattan five years previously, so I had high expectations. The film I was about to watch was director Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, based on […]

Why must James Bond go on forever?

By |August 6th, 2016|

I am going to borrow a tradition from my Personal Spaceflight Advisors Twitter account, where I have Off-topic Sunday. On that day I will tweet several comments having nothing to do with personal or commercial spaceflight. I recently came across an article that triggered a similar thought for my blog posts. So, […]