Magazine and newspaper writing
(For Discover Prescott magazine)
Robert Shields: Do You Believe in Magic?
Robert Shields believes in two things: humor and magic. As a one-man creativity machine, he has spent his life sharing his sense of wonder with people both on stage and off. You know him: he’s the Shields of The Shields & Yarnell Show. He’s the mime you saw time and again on the Johnny Carson Show, the Merv Griffin Show, in commercial advertisements, in Disney shows, on the Muppet Show and on numerous television specials. He’s the world famous mime whose outrageous sense of humor took the art of miming to new heights as popular entertainment. He’s also the man who taught Michael Jackson the robotic moves that turned Jackson into a multimillion-dollar spacewalker. . . .
(Informational essay for Gale Research Company’s law website)
“We felt that the project would make a difference, that it would help to bring people back into the political process and into active voter participation.”
Director of Public Information Adelaide Elm
Project Vote Smart is a success story that began in 1988 as an experimental project of The Center for National Independence in Politics—a national, non-partisan, 501 (c) (3) organization. The project arose from a perceived public need for unbiased political information. It also put forth a question: Would the American public respond to the opportunity to learn more about candidates for whom they may be voting, about their own elected officials, and about today’s important political issues? To learn the answer, Project Vote Smart began by concentrating its research efforts on the 1990 races being run in Nebraska and North Carolina. . . .
(For the Sarasota Herald-Tribune “Hotline” column)
Low-Vision Optics: Seeing is Believing
Currently, there are between 3 and 13 million people in the United States who have low-vision problems. According to the Healthcare Education and Research Foundation Inc., because of increased lifespan many more middle-aged people, as well as senior citizens, are affected by such conditions as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other ocular diseases. But 85 percent of legally blind people have some usable vision, and though low-vision patients cannot have their vision corrected with regular eyeglasses, research has shown that they can be helped through the use of low-vision devices. In recent years, optometric scientists have produced several types of low-vision lenses, including microscopic lenses, wide angle lenses, and bioptic and trioptic lenses. . . .