Burt Prelutsky

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. He is the author of “Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals are from San Francisco.”

For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker… and rarely cheats at either.

He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Duke. His personal web site is www.burtprelutsky.com

Joseph C. Phillips

As an actor, Joseph Phillips has appeared on Broadway (Six Degrees of Separation), television (Cosby Show, The District) and in films (Strictly Business). That’s the short list.

As a writer Mr. Phillips has had essays published in Newsweek, Los Angeles Daily News, Essence Magazine, Upscale, USA Today, Jewish World Review, Turning Point, College Digest, BET.com and the Indianapolis Recorder. His column “The Way I see It” appears weekly in The Columbus Post, The Los Angeles Wave, Akron Reporter, The Michigan Chronicle, The Michigan Front Page, The Chicago Defender, the New Pittsburgh Courier, The Tri-State Defender and the web daily’s Blackamericatoday.com, Blacknews.com, EURweb.com and PoliticalVanguard.com.

He is also an accomplished cook. For his complete CV, check out his website at www.josephcphillips.com.

Joseph C. Phillips is the author of “He Talk Like A White Boy.” Now available wherever books are sold.

“At his best, riffing on the difficulties of not conforming to stereotypes in a nation that refuses to shed them, Phillips is thought provoking and moving….Phillips’ opinions (e.g., on faith, character and the pitfalls of affirmative action) may be the driving force behind his writing, but it’s his lived experience that is likely to persuade readers of all colors—black, white, red, or blue—that he has something to say.”

–Publishers Weekly

 Jim Bass

headshot_bass.jpgAlthough sometimes cranky when contradicted, Jim Bass does not bite, at least not hard enough to leave marks. His checkered career includes stints as a newspaper reporter (brief), owner of a public relations agency (not brief enough), advertising copywriter and multimedia producer. He has started two web businesses, and created dozens of websites since getting into the business in 1994. He has three children, one 31-year-and-counting marriage, one mortgage, two dogs, two cars and infinite opinions.

A reformed liberal who confesses to voting for Jimmy Carter (cue primal scream), he defines himself as “secular christian” and a “republitarian” who believes in free markets and small government. He lives in Ventura County, California and considers himself lucky to be an American. And even more lucky to realize how lucky he is. His website is www.bassworks.com.