When I lived in Queens between the ages of 15 and 18, attending Flushing High School, I lived on a street called Kisenna Boulevard. Today the co-op apartments on the street are inhabited by Chinese people. When I went back to Flushing a couple of years ago to settle my mother’s affairs, I discovered that the neighborhood was a more interesting place with Chinese restaurants and shops, and now Main Street was teeming with people, like downtown Shanghai, I imagined. When I was a boy I lived in what was primarily a Jewish neighborhood and I spent a lot of time visiting my school mate Michael Miller’s apartment, also in the co-op. Michael’s father and mother were well-educated lefties and their home was filled with books and magazines. What attracted me most was the pile of Popular Photography magazines, which I devoured. I knew only a little bit about photography, but I had started taking pictures when I was 12. I became a surrogate member of the Miller family and hung out there many hours – and a good part of the time I spent reading those old copies of Popular Photography which, by hook or crook, taught me a lot about technical photography. Little did I know that someday I would be an editor at Popular Photography. (more…)
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The Society for Information Display (SID), the leading global organization dedicated to the advancement of electronic-display technology, today announced the winners of its 13th annual Display of the Year Awards. This year’s honorees represent exciting advances in providing consumers with a superior viewing experience, whether handheld, in the home, or on the big screen. RealD was honored with the Society’s 2008 Silver Award for Display Application of the Year.
Steven Okazaki wrote an article in the December, 2007 issue of Documentary Magazine.
It’s titled Making Lenny Lipton Proud!
Puff the Magic Dragon, the children’s picture book, hits #1 this month according to Publishers Weekly.
I originally wrote the poem Puff the Magic Dragon as a college freshman in 1959, which became the song made popular by the group Peter, Paul and Mary. It was released as a children’s picture book this last July and is now being translated into fourteen languages.