About Me

I’ve spent much of my adult life being an aspiring animator, and not getting an inch closer to that goal. In 1979 I had a job as a production assistant to a stop-motion animation director named Bob Franz. We did the breathing Neo-Synephrine bottles, the Nytol capsules that turned from N position to Z position, and we even auditioned to do the puppetry animation of the Pillsbury Dough Boy — my big debut. I have that 3/4″ Umatic cassette around here somewhere. But when I was laid off from that, I went into print, and have languished there since. Yeah, that long. We also did the only American commercial for Rubik’s Cube, which was pulled a week later, made unnecessary by what would today be called viral marketing.

The smartest thing I ever did was marry my wife. No matter what the future brings, bad or good, I’m taking her with me. The dumbest thing I ever did was not go to either the School of Visual Arts or NYU Film School when I was accepted to both in 1977. New York City was grimy and dangerous in those days, or so was my excuse.

In 1982, I was an Amway distributor. I lost about 10 months, $1000 and a few not-closest friends, but gained a skepticism I treasure today. I’m not sure how else I would have gotten it. I also attempted to sponsor a guy as he was mugging me. That’s a blog post someday.

In 1991, my boss at the time, in Mount Vernon, NY, lent a desk and a phone to the Libertarian candidate for president of the United States, one Andre Marrou. Don’t know what happened to him, but the days I commuted with him and discussed strategy would have made a fascinating blog. I have him his copy of P.J. O’Rourke’s A Parliament of Whores. He have me a book about Burma-Shave signs. Didn’t even sign it.

I hate the word “utilize”. There’s no instance where the word “use” can’t be utilized in the same place. I love the word Plavix.

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3 responses to “About Me

  1. Great About page! Just catching up on open tabs/posts/sites when I really should be running. You’re witty and smart and honest – all great. The fact that you really seem to cherish your wife is top notch in my book. Good stuff here Rick.

  2. Good to meet you. Love your writing

  3. Hi Rick:

    It’s Roz from Say It With eCards. It’s NEVER too late to go after your dreams! Having a great life partner can ONLY HELP! That in itself… “is the gift of a lifetime!” Congratulations!

    It took me a lifetime and entrance into the Internet to find my life’s passion.

    I am NOT professionally trained in digital art and did not come from a religious background. It still mystifies me I am designing Judaic eCards.

    My point… GO FOR IT! Use your life’s experience to support you, that’s what I did. I did not come from an emotionally supportive family, so my passion in life is to make others feel good using my designs and eCards to make that happen.

    Shalom.

    Roz Fruchtman

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