P.O. Box 992
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Objective: Work in communications and computers
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Resume last updated: Wednesday, December 27, 2016.
Technology, operating systems--I work every day with both PCs and
Microsoft Windows '95/'98/XP/2000 Professional and 2000 Server/XP:
MS Office for Windows which includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, FrontPage, Publisher.
Ulead DVD Movie Factory 3 and Toast Titanium 7.1.3: burning CDs and DVDs.
Apple Macintosh system 7 through OS X -- Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard and Yosemite (10.10.5):
Claris Works a.k.a. AppleWorks a.k.a. iWork which now includes Keynote, Numbers and Pages.
MS Office 2011 for the Mac which includes: Outlook email, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
iLife '09 which includes: iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand.
iTunes 12.3.1 and iOS 6.1.6 for iPhone 4, iPod Touch v.4 (released 9/2010), and iPad with FaceTime video conferencing now possible between any combination of iPhone 4 II have an iPhone SE) and/or iPod Touch v. 4 and newer Macs.
Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper back up programs which make an external FireWire hard drive bootable. Time Machine for version back ups.
Final Studio 2 (nonlinear video editor) which includes: Final Cut Pro 6.0.6 (used FCP since FCP 2.x), Motion 3, LiveType 2, Soundtrack Pro 2, Color, Compressor 2 , Cinema Tools 4, DVD Studio Pro 4 (Professional DVD authoring), and QuickTime Professional 10.4.
I lead the Final Cut Pro Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Professional Videographers of the North Bay (PVNB).
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection: combines CS 4 professional versions of InDesign, Photoshop Extended, Flash Professional (ActionScript 2.0 and 3.0, can output to Flex 3), Illustrator, Soundbooth, and Encore CS3 ( Professional DVD authoring which can already author Blu-ray Discs and publish SWF content to the web), AfterEffects Professional, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Fireworks, Contribute, OnLocation, etc.
Example: using Adobe Media Encoder to compress video files for my InDesign authored web pages, and then Flash encoded these pages with ActionScript 3 to create my May 2010 multimedia newsletter "Coach Says,"
Adobe Flex Builder 3
Discreet Cleaner: for encoding web videos to play in all the earlier major video players: RealVideo, Windows Media Player and QuickTime examples
Sony HVR-Z1U: digital HD video camcorder.
iPhone SE via Verizon
Sennheiser evolution wireless 100 G2: wireless microphone receiver/transmitter set.
Azden dual-barrel professional shotgun microphone
Digidesign's Mbox 2 Mini with Pro Tools LE mobile Audio Workstation: digitize, edit and filter out unwanted sounds.
iPodTouch v.4: candid video shoots.
Example: topical satire video which I shot, directed, edited footage
from both Z1U and iPodTouch v. 4,
and also starred in (shot myself and 2 co-stars)
for Cinema Sports at Mill Valley Film Festival 10-10-2010,
exporting versions for Flash Player, iPhone/iPod/iPad mobile devices and Apple TV (fills 720p digital TV screens): "Danube Dan"
Professional software--desktop publishing:
Example: used an earlier version of InDesign and Acrobat to author full screen, dynamic multimedia PDFs for my 2009 newsletters "Coach Says."
My Studio MX 2004 with Flash Professional resource web page: online tutorials, CDs and books.
Sorenson Compression Suite 4.1 for Windows: Squeeze for Macromedia MX, Spark Professional -- compressing QuickTime movies for playing on the web inside Flash .flv video files; also outputs these formats: AAC, AIFF, DV, DVD, FLV 1.1; HD for MP1, MP2, MP4, RealMedia, and Windows Media 9; plus: MOV, MP3, MPG (MP1 and MP2), MP4 AVC (H.264), RM, SVCD, SWF, VCD, WAV, and WMV with quality superior to the original media company's own compression products at a smaller files size. Way cool!
Before moving to Marin County, my home office was connected to Internet through WiFi 802.11b 3mbps+ (twice T-1 speeds) as 7th node of West Sonoma Co. Internet Cooperative Corporation; here is my equipment list: Linux Distro on 128MB Compact Flash Card in a VIA EPIA 5000 Mini-ITX, Pentium III Class Motherboard .
Video conferencing and one-on-one computer tutoring internationally from the desktop at 30 frames-per-second:
I can also tutor clients on Mac or PC via one-on-one via video conferencing with iChat AV using my iSight web cam or Intel PC Camera Pro Pack using the aim.com free software solution.
And/or I can tutor clients on via Timbuktu Pro Remote Control Software which allows me to see the desktop and manipulate the mouse of clients who also have the software on their Mac or PC. Of course, Leopard (OX X 10.5.8) and later on the Mac now includes this functionality as a Mac-to-Mac solution.
Typing/Key stroking: 65 words per minute
Business Management: Office Efficiency — problem solving, scheduling, human resources, budget, evaluation, payroll, promotions, publicity and multimedia web design, videoconferencing over the Internet
English taught at Junior-Senior High School on through University levels: Language Arts, Drama, Journalism, Video & Film
Public Speaking: Humor, Improvisation, Delivery, Gesture, Vocal Techniques
coaching, semi-private seminars for
business speakers, entertainers
- booked and marketed entertainers: problem solving, scheduling, evaluating, coordinating
publicity, and meeting a payroll
Related Professional Experience
My comedy background really helped in November 1999 when Oracle asked me to be their on camera talent "Virtual Man" to perform 21 video commercials which I had to read from a TelePrompTer as I re-wrote the original script on-the-fly.
The TV ads were 90-seconds each.
These spots promoted all the major "dot com" web sites then using Oracle 7, 8i, etc., databases (some are now "dot gones"):
CD Now, Diamond Multimedia, Liz Claiborne, Micros Systems, Travelocity, Cisco Systems, eGM, e-Toys, Open Interactive, HomeGrocer, Chevron, Telia, etc.
Biggest hit of the day was my impression of Joe Pesci ("Goodfellas") doing a Miadora spot pushing a Mafia pinky ring.
(BTW: there is no Mafia.)
All 21 spots were shown at Oracle Week in Los Angeles to promote their video-on-demand ITV Video Server.
100 speeches to business associations, service clubs, colleges
and chambers of commerce.
Meeting Planner endorsements
1,200 pages of workbooks and recorded 21 hours of audio
tape on public speaking.
over 200 stage, film and stand-up comedy reviews
in the San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle and
Sonoma County newspapers, magazines.
ACE Project Applying Computers in Education
Co-sponsored by Intel, Microsoft & Hewlett Packard
Multimedia, Digital Camera & Office 2000 on Windows '98
40 hours training at Montgomery High School, Santa Rosa
and Information Sciences, 43 units
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA
of Fine Arts: Playwriting
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Ph.D. studies in residence -
Dramatic Literature, Theory, Criticism and
Passing the 5-day Ph. D. comprehensive written and oral exams "with flying colors" qualified me as expert.
of Arts: English. Minor: Acting
Bachelor: English. Minor: TV & Film Directing
San Francisco State University, California
subject Vocational Education (full-time) 1-year Preliminary (renewable
for up to 5 years) authorized to teach in 13 subject areas, still
a record for the most areas authorized for any Regional
Occupational Program (ROP) teacher in California:
Computer Applications, Computer software operation, Electronic publishing, Event and conference planning, Journalism occupations, Marketing, Multimedia production, Office occupations, Performing arts occupations, Printing and graphics occupations, Small business ownership and/or management, Stage technology, and Theatrical occupations.
Long Term Single Subject Teaching Permit;
Authorized Field: Business
Substitutes TCC, TB Test expires 1/2003
Assault Response Training (PART) Certificate
Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
Time Adult Credential
Subject Matter Areas:
Drama, English, Film and Creative Writing
College Instructor Credential, Valid for life. No. 63636
Subject Matter Areas:
Language Arts and Literature;
Theater Arts and Related Technologies.
Teaching Experience at Schools and Colleges
New Technology High School
School High School
Santa Rosa City Schools at Elsie Allen High School
Allen High School, Santa Rosa, California
Computer Literacy 1 & 2: keyboarding, MS Word 5.1 for MAC,
MS Works 3.0 for MAC: word processing, spreadsheets, charts,
databases, merging documents; HTML web page design by hand
Substitute: English, Public Speaking
All grade levels but mostly high school.
California State University, Hayward
Instructor: Business seminars which I created --
Making the Audience Like You: The Hero/Manager as Role Model
How to Tell a Joke in the Work Place
Delivery: Vocal Tricks That Sell Your Ideas
Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet
San Mateo County Community College District
Same program of Business seminars as taught at Hayward State (see above)
Santa Rosa Junior College
Same program of Business seminars as taught at Hayward State (see above)
State University, Rohnert Park, California.
Instructor: Stand-Up Comedy Workshop co-sponsored
by English & Theater Arts Depts.,
first in U.S.A. offered for college or university credit.
Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA.
Instructor: taught Acting, Styles of Acting,
Shakespearean Speech, Stage Movement, Improvisation,
Theater Games, TV Comedy Skits & Stand-Up Comedy
Vista Adult Education Center, Sebastopol, CA
Instructor/Director/Publicist, etc., for The REP
(Redwood Empire Players) semi-professional theater group:
West Coast premieres of Broadway and Off-Off Broadway plays.
Later, REP Revue: cast created and I edited/directed their original monologues, skits and song.
Toured professional venues throughout Northern California for 65 performances.
State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Instructor: taught Playwriting.
Defense Education Act (NDEA)
Fellowship in Playwriting,
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
Extended through summer of 1970:
Some Ph.D. library research at Harvard University,
made Life Member.
L. Kushel Company
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Work: 707-528-5020, Elsie Allen High School,
599 Bellevue Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
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