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 John Wayne, Stevie Wonder, Margaret Mead, Danielle Steel (nee Schulein, in elementary school together), Jerry Nadler, Jerry Garcia, W. Edwards Deming, Ted Richards, John Gabree, Joan Baez, Dennis Quaid, Tim Berners-Lee, Mayor David Dinkins, KISS, Denny O'Neil, J. Presper Eckert, Rita Hayworth, Willie Nelson, John Van Dusen Lewis, Woody Lewis, Peter Lewis, Shari Lewis, Maggie Kuhn, Judy Collins, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Timothy Leary (close personal friend in later years), Cheech Marin, Bob Dylan, Sam Peckinpah, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Kenneth Koch, Paul Weintraub, Ed Asner, Deborah Harry, Frank Capra, Paul Auster, William Buckley Jr., Marvin Minsky, Jerry Wexler, National Lampoon Crew (P.J. O'Rourke, Mr. Mike, Jeff Greenfield), Andrew Sarris, Bob Marley, Tom Wolfe, Isaac Asimov, Leo Braudy, Esther Dyson, Ted Nelson, Jim Franklin, Daniel Bell, Aretha Franklin, L. M. "Kit" Carson, Karen Black, Peter Max, Ray Bradbury, Jaron Lanier, Elton John, Bob Guccione Jr., Joyce Wadler, Susan Berman (only notorious murder victim known), Bill Gates, Alice Cooper, Brian De Palma, Steve Jobs, Jimi Hendrix (what a nice guy), Charles de Gaulle, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Chris Frantz, Stan Lee (what an a-hole), Henny Youngman (a fan letter from), Mr. James Brown, Rev. Al Sharpton, Fleetwood Mac, Marty Scorsese, SHA NA NA, Don Johnson. Melanie Griffith, Richard Pryor--sounds 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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