Woody Weingarten can’t remember a time when he couldn’t talk — or play with words. His first poem was published in high school, but when his hormones announced that adulthood had arrived, he decided he’d rather eat than create rhymes (or even blank verse). So he switched to journalism And whadda ya know, the bearded, bespectacled guy has used big, small and hyphenated words professionally since jumpstarting his career in New Yawk City almost 60 years ago. Today he’s an author, columnist, reviewer-critic and blogger — despite allegedly being retired. During his better-paid years as a wage slave, he was an executive editor and writer for daily and weekly publications in California, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York for more than five decades. He won writing awards for public service and investigative pieces, features, columns, editorials and news. In collaboration with his wife Nancy Fox, who’s now been free of breast cancer for 20 years, he’s completed an original musical revue, “Touching Up the Gray,” which is still in need of a producer. Woody, whose previous wife died when her breast cancer spread to vital organs, also has published weekly and monthly newspapers, and written a national column for “Audio” magazine. A graduate of Colgate University, he owned a public relations/ad agency, directed a congressional primary campaign, served as media liaison for a psychiatric hospital, managed an advertising publication, and worked as a legislative aide. The father of two and grandfather of three, he’s lived in San Anselmo, California, for 28 years. He figures he’ll stay.
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