Athletes, Authors

Suzy Favor Hamilton

July 28, 2016
Suzy Favor Hamilton

Like many great athletes, Suzy knew what she wanted to do with her life early on. She began running when she was just nine years old, and soon found recognition for her hard work. In high school, she won three National Junior titles; an achievement recognized in 2010 with her induction into the US National High School Sports Hall of Fame. Further titles and awards came pouring in throughout her college years, where Suzy won a record nine NCAA Titles and 32 Big-Ten Championships while attending the University of Wisconsin. She won the Honda Cup and Babe Zaharias Awards for Top Female Collegiate Athlete in the country and was named by the Big-Ten Network as the top female athlete in conference history.

Suzy competed in the Barcelona, Atlanta, and Sydney Olympic Games and, as a professional, won seven USA National titles, set two American Records, and in 2000, was named USA Track & Field’s Female Distance Runner of the Year.

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Authors

Robert Eggleton

July 25, 2016
Robert Eggleton

In the 1970s, Ursula LeGuin coined the term “social science fiction” to describe a subgenre of science fiction that, rather than focusing on the mechanics of technology or futuristic weaponry, instead explores the manner in which social evolution and a changing world impact human relationships. In 2012, author Robert Eggleton crafted an intricate examination of child abuse, poverty, and mental illness in his acclaimed novel Rarity from the Hollow and, in the process, penned one of the finest examples of the social science fiction genre. A semi-autobiographical tale of adventure, romance, pain and humor, the book has drawn comparisons to Robert Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams.

A children’s advocate for over 40 years, Eggleton previously worked for the West Virginia Supreme Court, for whom he investigated children’s programs, published models for serving disadvantaged children in the community instead of in large institutions, and worked diligently to reduce adolescent delinquency and child abuse. Today, he is a recently-retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel, and its release followed publication of short stories in Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction.

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Authors, Comedians, Screenwriters

David Misch

July 21, 2016
David Misch Funny

When it comes to comedy writing, few men have compiled more impressive resumes than David Misch, who has lent his unique voice to legendary sitcoms including Mork & Mindy, Police Squad! and Duckman, served as a guest writer on Saturday Night Live and worked as a special consultant on The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Raised in Highland Park, Illinois, Misch attended Pomona College and, after graduation, moved to Boston, where he wrote political satire, hosted a live music radio show and performed as a comic folksinger and stand-up comedian at colleges, coffeehouses and nightclubs. His song “Somerville” was released nationally by Fretless Records, and in 1976, Misch was named “Best Comedian in Boston” by Boston Magazine. Misch then moved to California, where he wrote for Mork & Mindy and co-wrote Leave It To Dave, the pilot for David Letterman’s first talk show. In 1982, Misch served as the Executive Story Editor on the iconic Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker series Police Squad!, starring Leslie Nielsen as intrepid detective Frank Drebin, and in the mid-’90s, Misch worked as a writer and producer on the the USA Network’s quirky animated series Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man, which featured the voice of Jason Alexander as the title character.

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Musicians

Richard Lynch

July 19, 2016
Richard Lynch

You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician as authentic as Richard Lynch, whose traditional country music fully embodies his hay-raising, farm-dwelling lifestyle. An all-American, blue collar country man, Lynch has poured his heart and soul into the countless chart-topping hits he and his band have produced. His music is 100% real country, evoking some of the great classics who influenced him, like Hank Williams and George Jones. For three decades and counting, Lynch has written, sung, and performed his songs with passion and dedication, building himself up into an independent country music sensation. While his musical roots are grounded in pure country, his songs also showcase elements of western swing, rockabilly, outlaw country, and hard driving honky-tonk.

Lynch, based in Waynesville, Ohio, released his first full-length album, The Last of a Dying Breed, in 2013, and was nominated as Best Male Country Artist by the Independent Country Music Association in 2014. His most recent album is 2015’s A Better Place, a 12-track production that garnered critical acclaim, particularly for its first single and title track. The album was named the Pure Country Album of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, while Lynch was declared Humanitarian of the Year, and his band named the Traditional Country Band of the Year. A Better Place was produced by renowned songwriter Billy Yates, and features the work of several talented musicians who have previously worked with artists including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Reba McEntire.

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Authors

Skylar Nightingale

July 6, 2016
Skylar Nightingale

As an imaginative third grader growing up in upstate New York, Skylar Nightingale penned her first story—a since forgotten tale about a Dr. Seuss character—and won a writing contest at school. From there, her love for the craft only grew, as she spent her days dreaming up new characters and drawing inspiration from songs, news reports, and stories from those around her. Starting out, Nightingale’s writing was an outlet for self-expression, and a means of personal growth. Now, a more mature writer, she uses her stories to entertain and help others by providing readers with a brief escape from their own lives.

A romance author who writes both young and new adult romance, Nightingale applies her vast imagination to developing unique and fully fleshed out characters who introduce readers to new perspectives and experiences. As a romance reader herself, she understands the genre inside and out, and knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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