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Born: New Kensington, PA, 3/26/1947 at 3:26pm... is that  cosmic or what

Weight: 7 lbs 4oz

Gender: Male Sign: Aries with Leo ascendant (heavy-duty fire signs!

Disposition: Narcissistic

Early Childhood Development: Yes  






1956: Moved to Philadelphia area

Active in scouting, suburban street gangs, theatre and music



1965: Graduated from Haverford High School


1965 - 1967: Attended Kutztown State College, at which point I entered the military and returned in 1969.  I received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1971. Elected to Who's Who in America's Colleges and Universities (1970-1971) for work in educational television.





1967-1969: Active duty military service, US Navy Reserve 

Rank attained: Petty Officer 3rd Class (E-4)Duty Station:  USS New Jersey (BB62) Recipient: National Defense Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Service (US) with two Unit Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Medal (issued by RVN, a country which has since gone out of business) and a Presidential Unit Citation (Nixon was the President, and he went out, too

Duties: Chipper and painter (most likely due to my art school experience), magazine petty officer (knowing that I would some day edit a magazine?) and a television director and producer with assignments to AFRTS.



1971-1972: Art instructor at Medill Bair High School, Pennsbury School District, Fallsington, PA. 

I had been hired in anticipation of developing a district-wide closed-circuit TV system. When funding was denied, I chose to take a position in commercial TV.


Television and Radio (Denver, CO):

1972 -1975: Worked in management and media sales for KWGN-TV (Continental Broadcasting) and KLZ-FM (CBS). In 1977 I briefly returned to radio as consultant to KFML-FM during a format shift, but mainly to get more use out of the suits I had been bought and to let the perm grow out (...hey, it was the 70's)


1975-to 1997: Freelance in radio and TV production as writer, director and voice talent.





Print Media (Denver, CO):

During 1975-1980, I created a comic strip, Hyper & Associates, which ran until I became editorial cartoonist for four weekly publications - Rocky Mountain Journal, Colorado Statesman, La Voz, and Brief Times. During this period I was art director for Denver Monthly Magazine, as well as their featured humor columnist, and wrote and illustrated for a variety of national magazines... 

and all before computers I might add!



1981- 1997: Returned to Philadelphia as head-writer for 'WHAT IF', a short-lived syndicated television series. In that same year I began a feature-cartoon, 'Eavesdrawing', for a weekly paper ('Welcomat'... hey, I didn't name it, I just cashed the checks!) that ran for 17 years until the newspaper changed ownership and format. I also began a relationship at The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent as editorial cartoonist that is still in force today, and presently syndicated to 35 other newspapers internationally. In 1981, I became an instructor at The Art Institute of Philadelphia until 1985, when I left to take over the art director/graphics editor position at the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent for two years.



1994 - Present

Also known as "The Glass Years", began with an six-month apprenticeship with Paul Friend Architectural Glass in Haddonfield, NJ. As that drew to a close, I was introduced to Joe Porcelli with GLASScraftsman Magazine.  Because of my experience with publications, I was offered a position in Porcelli's glass studio and consulting with the name and format turnover of his magazine from Professional Stained Glass to GLASScraftsman.  Soon thereafter, I took over the position of managing editor, and with a brief hiatus in 2003-2005 to develop ArtGlassInfo - a website and digital publication with Wardell Publications, where I served as Editorial Director. In 2005 I returned to GLASScraftsman and continue in that position today.


During this period, I was also tapped to become Artist-in-Residence with Crystal Rainbow Studios in Dania Beach, FL, owned by Linda Abbott, and continued informally under the new owner when Linda sold the business.  I have briefly repeated that position with Gingerbread Stained Glass House in Hollywood, FL.  I continue to do private commissions, write and teach at local and national venues.



Shows & Exhibitions    

1975 - Central Bank of Denver (Denver, CO)

1975 - Represented by Randi's Art Gallery (Cherry Creek, CO)

1977 and 1978 Interpretation Theatre's Cartoonist Retrospective (Denver, CO)

1981 thru 1984 - Faculty Shows, Art Institute of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

1985 - Montreal Salon International de la Caricature (Canada) **

1986 - Cartoon Aid Olympics Project (Seoul, ROK)

1988 - 1st International Cartoon Festival (Budapest, Hungary)  **

1990 - Cartoon Aid's Kidz International (London, GB)

1990 - Olympia & York Cats & Dogs Cartoon Show (NY,NY)

1994/96/99 - The Best Cartoons of Nippon (Omiya, Japan) Purchase Award, 1999  **

2001 - Beyond the Comic Image, Temple Judea (Philadelphia, PA)

2001- 2003 Represented by Yes Gallery, (Wilton Manors, FL)

2002 - City Link, 'Best Of' Gallery Show  (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

2002 - Significant Others, Broward Community College (Davie, FL)


** Permanent Museum Collections


All of my 'works on paper' are collected in the Jewish Archives of Philadelphia, at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies




Awards & Honors  (and another chance to wear those suits)


1963 - 2nd Place, Delaware County Humane Society Poster Contest (PA) (I was in the 10th grade...Yo, you gotta start somewhere!)

1971 - Who's Who in America's Colleges and Universities

1978 - Collection Award, Department of Health, Education and Welfare (Washington,DC)

1986 - Rockower Award for Distinguished Commentary

1986 - Philadelphia Art Director's Club Award for Publication Design

1987 - Rockower Award for Layout and Design

1987 - Noah Bee Award of Excellence for Editorial Cartooning

1989 - Rockower Award for Editorial Cartooning

1991 - Speakers Forum Series, Temple Beth El, (Cherry Hill, NJ)

1990 - Smolar Award for Editorial Cartooning

1999 - Noah Bee Award for Editorial Cartooning

2000 - 100 Distinguished Alumni, Kutztown University (PA)

2002 - "Best Of" (finally, stained glass!), City Link Newspapers (FL)

2006 - Society  of Professional Journalists (Philadelphia Chapter) Editorial Cartooning

2007 - Rockower Award for Editorial Cartooning


Aw, com'on!  We'll be here forever!

Forget it!!!!

I have had over 5,000 cartoons published, most of them in multiple newspapers on any given week.  At the apex of syndication, there were 70 publications subscribing to my features, today there are still 32. (Times change, what are you gonna do?) 


I have written hundreds of articles in the areas of humor, political humor and stained glass.  My cartoons have been reproduced in academic books on the Middle East, psychology, child development and other subjects. I have been the subject of dozens of articles, interviews and quoted or cited in newspapers and magazines for many years and on a variety of subjects.


I have been privileged to author three books in the genre of stained and art glass:

9x9 Lives Cat Design Projects, published by Wardell Publications

Glass-itecture: The Style Handbook, published by Glass Press

Feng Shui & Art Glass, published by Wardell Publications


...but my biggest thrill 'in print' is being the namesake of two minor characters in the STARFIST science fiction series, written by David Sherman and Dan Cragg. When you've got a guaranteed enlistment slot waiting for you in the 25th Century Confederation Space Naval Forces, you know you've made the big time!