Words on Wheels, Writer's Digest

As a budding freelancer, Writer’s Digest had been one of my most-studied magazines for years, teaching me the craft and providing monthly doses of motivation. The photo was taken on the Indianapolis 500 Speedway, and that map was my standard postcard that I sent to folks during my travels… updated with a route of the…

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This article dovetails with the CBS Morning News piece… I pedaled the Winnebiko into Huntsville on May 24, 1984 with a film crew in tow. Sadly, I am missing the continuation of the text, but the photos by Jimmie Morris are excellent. (I especially love the one above, with that enigmatic figure in the background.…

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This is quite a substantial article for an on-the-road interview; it was a 92-mile day between my overnight stops in Lafayette and Lake Charles. I like the way the author captured the sense of movement — not just a snapshot.  by Angela Gott Jennings Daily News May 17, 1984 Imagine a vehicle equipped with a computer, a…

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I have always loved this article in the media binder… mostly because of that delightful photo above. I was staying in the home of a Baton Rouge mayorial candidate, and one day I went for a ride with his wife and kids (in the trailer just out of frame). I find the image absolutely endearing…

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I spent a delightful few days in Baton Rouge in early May, 1984 – visiting my aunt, staying with the mayor’s family, getting to know an interesting audiophile, and even having a bizarre cultural encounter that spawned a fun book chapter. Somewhere in there, WBRZ Channel 2 television got wind of my adventure, and this…

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This article by John Hillkirk was hugely pivotal in my early media coverage… and it set the stage for a series that I wrote for USA Today over the next few months. The idea of staying connected with a portable computer while traveling was just starting to filter in to public consciousness, and my quirky…

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This 1984 article was in one of my unexpectedly favorite towns. All I knew about Hammond before arriving was a song by the Roches, but before long I had met a fellow cyclist who remains a friend to this day, over 3 decades later. I stayed for two or three weeks, relaxed, getting to know…

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I had a most enjoyable visit in Slidell, Louisiana – including a visit to the National Weather Service center where my host worked. This led to a chapter in the book called “The Winds of Change.”  These two articles were published on the same day, and a longer one appeared earlier in the Slidell Daily…

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One of my fond memories of Slidell was getting a tour of the National Weather Service facility… which ended up becoming a chapter in the Computing Across America book. This is the local newspaper coverage of my visit to town in April, 1984… a couple of others are here. Timeline date adjusted to compensate for…

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Above: cyclist-writer Steve Roberts and his recumbent bicycle (Photo by Joe Rayos) By Joe Rayos Pensacola News March 30, 1984 Corporate America, watch out. The administrative workplace of the future just might be the “Winnebiko,” especially if Steve Roberts has anything to say about it. Roberts is a freelance writer who has taken the newest…

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