We would like to know about our notable grads who are still very active in their careers.
Here are a few of them!
of Tender Age: A Memoir
(2006), is a portrait of growing up in 1950s
has had short fiction and essays published in collections; most recently
she was of one hundred writers who contributed to a collection of short
stories, poems, script excerpts, and essays:
Dirty Words: A
Literary Encyclopedia of Sex (2008).
It is R-rated rather than X, and according to Elle
magazine “…it is wicked fun to read.”
is now working on a Civil War novel.
An excerpt appears in the Fall/Winter, 2009, edition of the
Richard O. Benton
Richard O. Benton, HPHS Class of 1956, author, publisher,
novelist. Began writing seriously in 1999, shortly before retiring from
what I call the “Corporate Sector, i.e., working for somebody else.
During late 1999 and into June of 2000, I wrote I Wish I May, A Tale
of the Fourth Millennium, a classic sci-fi. After going the
traditional route with as much success as the vast majority who also
collect a shoebox full of rejection slips, I got wind of a relatively
new phenomenon known as self-publishing. In December of 2002, I went
through 1st Books Library, later known as AuthorHouse.
Subsequently, I worked on book two, Moonlight Man, which was
billed as a thriller, finished it in about a year, but didn’t publish
it until 2009, a few months after I formed Storycraft Publishing.
During this period I worked on other book projects.
Currently The Mission, a story of apocalypse and redirection of
the pitifully few humans who remain, is going through its final edit
before a March 2010 publication date. Evading Desolation is about
two young street kids who flee
In early 2003, with seven others, I formed The Litchfield
Writers Guild, a critique group with a social flavor, and became its
president. The Guild has been an excellent experience for me for seven
years now and shows no signs of slowing. We have produced six public
performances to date, known locally as A June Coffee House. In 2007 I
compiled and published LWG, Anthology of The Litchfield Writers Guild
for the group. Also during that time I wrote several hundred short
stories, articles, autobiographical memoirs composed as individual
stories, intending to publish them as story collections, a couple of
stage plays, dabbled in poetry and became storyteller for an assisted
living facility and a local nursing home. In this same period I joined
the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association and now sit on its
Board of Directors.
Donald graduated from
Dr. Johanson has spent many years exploring, discovering, and studying some of the most significant fossil finds in the search of human origins. Two of his well-known discoveries were of a 1.8million-year-old fossil skeleton of Homo Habilis and “Lucy,” a 3.5 million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis fossil.
A prolific author, Dr. Johanson has often appeared on television in
National Geographic and Nova programs.
In 1981, he founded the
Selected by NASA in May, 1980, Dr. Chang-Diaz
became an astronaut in August, 1981.
From October, 1984 to August, 1985, he was leader of the
astronaut support team at the
Dr. Chang-Diaz is the Chairman, C.E.O., and
President of Ad Astra Rocket Company in
Dana Backman graduated
from HPHS in 1973 and pursued a college career in astrophysics.
He was a professor of physics and astronomy at
Dana Backman became the
manager of SOFIA E/PO in June 2003. The SOFIA E/PO program is
subcontracted by USRA to the SETI Institute and the Astronomical Society
of the Pacific. It is located in
Backman co-authored with Michael A. Seeds:
on Astronomy 2007
Exploring the Universe
Foundations of Astronomy 2010
Maria Perez-Brown graduated from HPHS in 1979 and
received her B.A. at Yale in 1983 and a law degree from
TV, the nation’s leading network targeting millions of 18–34-year
old Latinos with entertainment
in English, partnered with Maria’s production company, Dorado
Entertainment, to develop and produce programs.
She also developed several
drama and sitcom scripts for Touchstone Television. In 2006, Perez-Brown
produced the 20th Anniversary of the Hispanic Heritage Awards
Maria also served as executive in charge of production for the Nickelodeon series The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo and was the creator and executive producer of Taina, a live-action comedy series for Nickelodeon about a 15-year-old Latina caught in between two cultures, that of her traditional Latino family and the world of her school and friends.
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