I've been writing professionally for decades, beginning with music reviews and interviews with artists ranging from Grace Slick to Robin Trower in the 1970s. In the years since then I've expanded my fields of interest to include motorsports, the national space program, and other realms as an author, columnist, and writer.

Here is a small selection of articles and interviews that have appeared in a multitude of publications...

Garrett Reisman

Garrett Reisman Interview written for New Jersey Monthly, 2012

I spent the summer of 2011 at Kennedy Space Center, chronicling the STS-135 mission of Atlantis, the final space shuttle flight. While there I ran into Garrett Reisman, a popular NASA astronaut who'd moved into the private sector with SpaceX. SpaceX is the spaceflight venture founded by Elon Musk that is shaping up to play a major role in our future in space. Reisman's task at SpaceX? Overseeing development of the entity's first manned vehicle, one big task.

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Freddy Koella

Freddy Koella profile written for Vintage Guitar Magazine, 2005

Which songwriter has had the greatest impact on American culture? Many would answer that question with the name "Bob Dylan." As a guitarist myself, I always wondered what it would be like to play with Dylan, a man with hundreds of songs that are constantly in the process of being reinvented. To get the real story, I talked to Freddy Koella, the French guitarist who brought a bold and fearless approach with him when he took on the role of lead guitarist with Bob Dylan.

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Lonnie Youngblood

Lonnie Youngblood on Jimi Hendrix written for UniVibes: The International Jimi Hendrix Magazine, 1996

There isn't much doubt that Jimi Hendrix will be recorded in history as a great musical genius, one whose influence is far-reaching. I've often imagined that classical music historians would love to be able to interview associates of Beethoven; right now, while Jimi's friends and colleagues are still with us, we have the chance to record facts about Jimi from such firsthand interviews. Some of Jimi's very first recorded sessions took place with saxophonist/vocalist Lonnie Youngblood, but in the mid-1990s not much was known for certain about the sessions. Then, in 1996, a lengthy pre-Google search paid off when I was able to track down Lonnie in Harlem. Over the following weeks of conversation Lonnie filled in details of his own fascinating career in the glory days of the Harlem R&B scene and offered his recollections of the historic Hendrix sessions.

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Cream in Concert, London 2005 written for Vintage Guitar Magazine, August 2005

Over the years, my appreciation for the brilliant aggregation of the late bassist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist Eric Clapton only grew with the discovery of each new unofficial recording that leaked out, every one further contributing to the legend of the trio's brief-but-incendiary alliance in the 1960s. When Eric Clapton announced that a once unimaginable reformation would take place with four shows at London's Royal Albert Hall in May, 2005, there was a sense of anxiety among Cream fans. Could the band even begin to approach the imposing sonic heights they'd once attained? There was only one way to find out, and my wife Leigh Anne and I had long ago made a vow that if they played, we would be there, wherever "there" turned out to be. So, it was off to London...

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix Plays the Spectrum written for UniVibes: The International Jimi Hendrix Magazine, 1992

Every show that Jimi Hendrix played is significant, but for me none carries more significance than the Jimi Hendrix Experience show that took place at the Spectrum in Philadelphia on April 23, 1969 - the night I "got experienced" at the age of 13. Seeing Jimi Hendrix, as you might expect, was a turning point in my life. In fact, it wasn't until 25 years after I saw the concert in April, 1969, that I finally saw color photographs of the performance. So deeply were the memories of Jimi burned into my memory that what I recalled of Jimi's appearance matched perfectly with the photos. In addition to the original publication of this account and personal recollection, portions of it have since been used in two books about Hendrix: the wonderful Eyewitness: The Illustrated Jimi Hendrix Concerts 1969-1970 (Up From the Skies Unlimited, 1997) by respected Hendrix historian Ben Valkhoff, and Johnny Black's Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Experience (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1999).

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Kerry King

Slayer's Kerry King Interview written for Guitar Player Magazine, 1998

Musical respect can be hard to come by when you play the heaviest of metal. Regardless, Slayer is one of my favorite bands ever. I can't imagine anyone being unable to appreciate the daring stop-start rhythms, the intricate song construction, and - most of all - the pure power of Slayer. Witnessing this band is like standing in the face of a force of nature. At a time when so much of what passes for "rock music" is so weak, there has never been a greater need for the counterbalance provided by Slayer.

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Elmo Langley

Riding with Elmo Langley written for Circle Track Magazine, 1996

Before the big NASCAR marketing push in the 2000s, there was a time when the sport was full of colorful characters - some of whom worked for the sanctioning body itself. One of these was Elmo Langley, who'd raced in the 1960s and, after joining NASCAR, became its long-time pace car driver. Rarely was anyone allowed to ride to Elmo, but one hot Saturday at Pocono International Raceway I said to Langley, "Hey, Elmo - how about if I go out with you at some point tomorrow?" I expected a gruff, "No way." Instead, I got, "Sure - y'all come find me about noon, and I'll take you out to start the race..." Ironically, Elmo died behind the wheel of the pace car at a NASCAR exhibition race in Japan on November 21, 1996.

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Space Shuttle Liftoff

Why Go to Space? written for Philadelphia Daily News, 1990

I firmly believe that the need to discover is an important part of what it means to be human. Fulfilling that need is just one of many reasons that a vital national space program is essential. The opportunity to significantly shape the future of mankind is ours, but often the long-range vision to make a commitment to space exploration is in short supply. Perhaps the commercial space ventures taking their first steps will one day focus on exploration; for now, NASA says its goals are in the deep beyond - if funding is available. Unfortunately, we all know the expression, "that's a mighty big 'if.'" My editorial rebuttal here was written soon after I witnessed the Hubble Space Telescope carried into space by Discovery. I feel more strongly about the words I wrote now in light of the decades of stunning and fundamental discoveries made possible by that "gizmo that doesn't work," the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Frank Blank

Punk Calling written for Philadelphia City Paper, October 2002

And finally, a bit from me about me. In 2002, the Philadelphia City Paper - where I'd earlier been rock music columnist for more than a decade under my guitar-and-band alias Frank Blank - asked me to write about my own musical activities within the context of the Philadelphia punk and underground music scene, for a special Music Issue edition. Take a look back with me at a most interesting period of time...

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