Steve Ditlea


Most widely-published freelance print & digital journalist you've never heard of, proud of it.

Hard-boiled reporter and editor, dedicated to clarity, accuracy and fun for any audience.

"Zelig Gump" Ditlea has interacted with, written about, and/or befriended John Wayne, Bob Marley, Steve Jobs, Danielle Steel (nee Schulein, elementary school classmates), Robert De Niro, Fleetwood Mac, Isaac Asimov, Aretha Franklin, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Frank Capra, Willie Nelson, J. Presper Eckert, Rita Hayworth, Judy Collins, Harry Dean Stanton, Gen. Charles de Gaulle, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix (what a nice guy), Yoko Ono, National Lampoon Crew (P.J. O'Rourke, Mr. Mike, Jeff Greenfield), Stevie Wonder, Andy Warhol, Karen Black, Pink Floyd, Biff Henderson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (SCOTUS decision in favor of), Howard Cossell, Brian De Palma, Bo Diddley, Margaret Mead, Alice Cooper (toured with), James Kriegsmann, Paul Allen, Paul Auster, Roger McGuinn, Peter Workman, William Buckley Jr., Coca Crystal, Pete Seeger, Bill Gates, Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith, Dr. Timothy Leary (close friend in later years), Marvin Minsky, Donna Summer, L. M. "Kit" Carson, Robert Jarvik, Robert Moog, The Moody Blues, Jerry Wexler, Jerry Nadler, Jerry Garcia, Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Tim Berners-Lee, Henny Youngman (two fan letters from), KISS, Lynn Goldsmith, Mayor David Dinkins, Melvin Van Peebles, Denny O'Neil, Robert Siegel, Dan O’Neil, Boy George, John Van Dusen Lewis, Scott Adams, Peter Lewis, Shari Lewis, Mr. James Brown, Paul Weintraub, Frank Zappa, W. Edwards Deming, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Robert Mitchum, Arlo Guthrie, Maggie Kuhn, Kenneth Koch, Cheech Marin, Bob Dylan, Clay Risen, Sam Peckinpah, Emilio Fernandez, Peter Max, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Ed Asner, Ted Richards, Rob Stoner, Deborah Harry, Andrew Sarris, Larry Flynt, Gladys Knight, Ted Nelson, Jim Franklin (the man who made Austin weird), Cab Calloway, Ray Bradbury, “The Most Interesting Man In The World”—Jonathan Goldsmith, Doobie Brothers, Susan Blonde, Michael Gross, Raelyn Nelson Band, Blair Sabol, Robin Williams, Jaron Lanier, Esther Dyson, Bob Guccione Jr., Joyce Wadler, Hunter Carson, Susan Berman (murder victim), Jim Gardner, Chris Frantz, Linda Ronstadt, Ray Benson, Jim McBride, Stan Lee (cut up his credit card), Steve Wozniak, Rev. Al Sharpton, John Paton Davies, Phil Ochs, Tom Wolfe, Jerry Rubin, SHA NA NA, Marty Scorsese, Richard Pryor, Elton John, Donald Trump and Marla--sound like "We Didn't Start The Fire"?--oh yeah, Billy Joel!

Technology reporter for Inc., Upside, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, Technology Review, et al.

Music maven for Penthouse, Rolling Stone, Circus, Country Music, SPIN...

Medical reporter, feature writer for New York Daily News.

Scriptwriter, lecturer.

Specialties: Mature big-picture understanding, personality-driven science writing, boldfaced names coverage, health and medical developments, technology trends and uses, business sagas and start-up tales, computer history, virtual reality, technology marketing, consumer electronics, product testing and reviewing, popular culture, movies, music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, black puma-like cats, especially Sheena, who could have been a punk rocker...

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