One of the formative experiences of my working life was Disney’s 1982 motion picture, Tron, the first motion picture in history to use CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) as a way to build a world. I was the unit publicist on the film, which meant I managed (with a lot of help…


Rubber Lips asks Bulldog for the Straight Skinny on the Smoke from his Chopper.

“Speedy in the Hills,”says the Fatman, “Observing highway Sifey rules. Get Sloppy. Hit a Greaser Slick. Lurch! Pogo a Dip. Kunk! Spank a Possum. Whooshty! Sled off the Lip. Go OB. Squeesh! Shreds a Tire. Flip…


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I got a question today from a colleague about whether our story science accounts for the ‘seduction’ that’s inherent in stories. It does, in fact. We call it Magnetism. In 2018, Dr. Nazanin Tourani, who is on the faculty in the school of Business at Penn State, and I published…


I have quite a few friends who called out Thanksgiving yesterday as a day of mourning, which it understandably is for many Native Americans. White people bring smallpox and take our land? Hooray! Let’s eat! I can see what a wrong was done, too, where I grew up in Southern…


A few years ago, I was at a business dinner in Beverly Hills with half a dozen people. The dinner lasted long over drinks, with bonding and truthful talk about our work punctuated by big laughs. Near the end of the dinner, I noticed B.J. …


When I am working at Disney Studios in the early 1980s, a friend of mine at Warner Bros. needles me by calling it, The Land that Time Forgot. …


I need to get this down while I’m still vibrating from the experience.

What happened yesterday began a week ago, when a friend asked to look at my high school yearbook, which I’d recently learned I could access online via the website for the library in the town where I’d…


Red and White met in a Keith Haring painting in 1981 when Black introduced them. They realized they had the Swiss flag in common, and Red was like, call me, and White was like, I don’t call, I return. …


To hear people tell it, there are two sides to issues, the most recent example being the tragic-any-way-you-slice-it Charlottesville situation. It goes like this: On one side there’s Yadda-yadda-yadda; on the other there’s Blah-blah-blah. This divide is drawn out most glaringly by pundits and politicians, who needs easy binaries for…


They show no urgency. They are where they are meant to be, at all times. They can be quick without hurrying. Their tempo is the essence of their serenity.

Chances are they won’t be holding a lofty title or wearing a crown. This is by design. They could go there…

Mike Bonifer

Storyteller

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