keeping with Stan's renaissance punk attitude Stan has written travel,
sex, human interest, humor, science, opinion and space articles. He
tends to write for magazines reflecting his current living environment/situation/career
goal. Click on the pages to read these diverse writings that obliquely
tell Stan's journey through life and many towns and many careers.
Springs Life is a glossy magazine covering - well - Life in Palm Springs
and its surroundings. When the editor of Next Magazine moved to Palm
Springs Life, so did I.
Nudist was a profile of the Terra Cotta Inn - a clothing optional
resort - and yes -in the interests of journalistic integrity I did
stay there - this is at the result - a humorous look at a couple's
first stay at a nudie place.
For Thought profiled Tanya Petrovna and her Native Foods restaurants
- vegan cuisine hoping to change the world one forkful at a time.
Magazine is a Desert Sun glossy monthly covering what's next in the
Palm Springs area. I wrote for them while I lived in La Quinta trying
to do the happy family writer-in-exile thing.
Chicken Salad began life as a history/survey of the restaurant
mainstay, but I couldn't write a boring old food story so I used the
angle that the Chinese Chicken Salad were a rock supergroup and spun
the story from a music perspective. It "played" out well.
In The Desert was a summary of the few eateries in the land of
meat and potatoes that cater to non-carnivores, expanded to offer
advice for dietary adventurers who want to take a walk on the green
British Are Coming was an article "taylored" for my
colonial background and Monty Python-influenced wit. It was the story
of how the desert in the height of the summer heat has become a popular
holiday destination for dreary weather weary Brits. I had a blast
writing the article, even interviewing long-time desert dweller, Patrick
Macnee of The Avengers fame. I got my day in the sun also, being used
as the cover model and throughout the article. I was the only one
crazy enough to done a suit, bowler and brolly in one-hundred plus
Not was my attempt to have a bit of fun with all the doomsayers
predicting The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) as 1999
turned into 2000 by comparing the current hype yo what happened in
Y1K. I wrote the article in November and it was published in February
of the new century, and I was right - the world didn't end - on a
global scale - but ironically - on a personal level there was much
falling apart - at which - like Soft Cell says - there are many "skilled
at the art of falling apart..."
Way is the inflight reading material on American Airlines - which
was the favored carrier for travel by the rocket science company I
worked for at the time - so naturally I sent American the results
of spending much time on their planes.
The Manor Born (Or Rented) grew out of extensive business travels
in England. I spent many weeks on rocket science business at a wonderful
country hotel - The Priory near Oxford. Apart from consuming much
port and single malt while discussing the day's rocket mishaps, I
learned that the Priory was listed in an amazing book - the Johnansen's
Guide - which looks like the Merchant-Ivory film site selection bible.
So - in between breaks from rockets I visited as many as I could and
this article was the result.
Vegetarian's Worst Nightmare was a result of being in Brazil to
support satellite maneuvers. Our gracious hosts took us out to a typical
Brazilian eatery, and it was more like being in a slaughterhouse.
The experience, combined with watching the movie, Babe, helped turn
me vegetarian, and this article resulted.
Reader is a local beach paper for the South Bay area of Los Angeles.
Every year they sponsor a contest aimed at finding the best local
writing and photography. One year I won in the Public Interest category
when glowing news coverage of a "sport" fisherman's killing
of a shark really pissed me off.
Woman Murdered By Gang resulted from when I lived in a loft apartment
overlooking Hermosa Beach and the ocean. I found myself torn between
the beauty of the beach environment and the crappy way we humans treated
it and the creatures who call it home. That angst resulted in this
award-winning article and me moving away from the beach to the desert.
Magazine was a science fact/fiction magazine published by Penthouse
magazine. I became a traveling spokesperson/editorial writer for Omni
using my space industry cred to publicize the magazine and my causes
- such as raising money to keep the Viking lander on Mars operating
despite NASA budget cuts.
Search Of Creativity grew out of my concern that NASA was dying
from lack of visionary thinking, that there weren't enough bright,
shining, young engineers (like me) in positions able to shape future
programs and set creative, imaginative, challenging goals. Guess what
- twenty years on it's still the same ...
is a Norwegian erotic fiction/fact/photography gorgeously produced
monthly. I spent many weeks in Oslo on rocket science/satellite business
and discovered the magazine. I met the publisher over lunch at the
Grand Cafe where Ibsen sat and Munch brooded. Nine-to-Five resulted.
is a story of workplace sex and devotion in the fashion industry.
The pictures accompanying the article are pretty hot, but the text
is all in Norwegian, so if you're not versed in the language don't
worry - I've included the English text as well.
Life was a popular magazine about - well - what life would be like
in the future. As a student I looked for every way to help us "remember
the future," and that included writing to popularize the amazing
projects I was being exposed to which NASA seemed at a loss to glamorize.
an Astronautics student at Stanford University I became involved in
many of the early space power/settlement studies conducted at NASA
Ames Research Center. Solares
was a novel concept using orbiting mirrors to beam sunlight down to
solar farms. It was a very "cool," environmentally friendly
way to boost the efficiency of solar energy, but it never emerged
from the study phase thanks to much energy inertia in this country's
Age Review was a sometimes monthly news magazine reporting on space
happenings. While an Astronautics student at Stanford I worked as
the editor writing some twenty feature articles and producing ten
magazines before graduation took me out into the space industry, rather
than writing and dreaming about it. While a professional engineer,
I still consulted on the magazine, passing on an insider's perspective.
editor of Space Age Review I covered all aspects of the past, present
and future space program including articles about searching
for extraterrestrial life, exploring
tourism, and the
selling of space. Here's a selection of my favorites, including
I wrote to subscribers when I left the magazine for the aerospace
industry. It reveals my starry-eyed enthusiasm and optimism that decades
of fighting the bureaucracy hasn't dulled, just honed.