Steve Ditlea


Most widely-published freelance journalist you've never heard of, proud of it. Insatiably curious 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 (in elementary school together), , KISS, Jerry Garcia, Rita Hayworth, Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Jim McBride, Ralph Nelson, Ted Nelson, Willie Nelson, Raelyn Nelson, W. Edwards Deming, J. Presper Eckert, John Perry Barlow, Robert De Niro, Tim Berners-Lee, Columbia President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mayor David Dinkins, John Van Dusen Lewis, Woody Lewis, Peter Lewis, Shari Lewis, Maggie Kuhn, Cab Calloway, Phil Ochs, Timothy Leary (close personal friend in later years), Cheech Marin, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Sam Peckinpah, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, David Lehman, David Shapiro, Kenneth Koch, George Stade, Hart Perry, Paul Weintraub, Linda Ronstadt, Phil Proctor, Marvin Minsky, Jerry Wexler, P.J. O'Rourke, Mr. Mike, Jeff Greenfield, Doug Kenney, Andrew Sarris, Bob Marley, Da Liu, Daniel Bell, Aretha Franklin, L. M. "Kit" Carson, Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Bruce Dern, Roger McGuinn, Peter Max, Ray Bradbury, Jaron Lanier, Elton John, Bob Guccione Jr., Joyce Wadler, Susan Berman (only known murder victim), Bill Gates, Alice Cooper, Brian De Palma, Steve Jobs (what a piece of work), Jimi Hendrix (what a nice guy), Yoko Ono, Ted Richards, Denny O'Neil, John Gabree, Andy Warhol, General Charles de Gaulle (insulted), Chris Frantz, Stan Lee (cut up his credit card), Mr. James Brown, William F. Buckley, Henny Youngman (at the Friars’ Club), Frank Capra, Jerry Nadler, Rev. Al Sharpton, Fleetwood Mac, Marty Scorsese, SHA NA NA, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith, Richard Pryor, Donald Trump and Marla--sounds like "We Didn't Start The Fire"?--oh yeah, Billy Joel!

Technology reporter, editor for Inc., Upside, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, CyberTimes, Technology Review, Consumer Reports, 914INC. et al.

Music journalist for Circus, Penthouse, Rolling Stone, New Ingenue, The New York Times, Playgirl, Country Music, SPIN.

Cinema chronicler for Columbia Spectator, SHOW, TV Guide.

Medical reporter, feature writer for New York Daily News, Poughkeepsie Journal, White Plains Journal News, USA TODAY Network.

Media columnist for AdWeek, Publishers Weekly, Marketing Technology.

Book author, editor for Scholastic Publishing, Workman Publishing, Microsoft Press, Que Corporation.

TV movie writer for ABC/Disney; VR lecturer for Program Corporation of America.

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, 00s, 2010-2021 not so much, drop-dead one-liners, black puma-like cats, especially Sheena, who could have been a punk rocker...

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Milestones: '68 New York Times front page photo above the fold. '69 Columbia Spectator feature on Brian De Palma, Robert De Niro; '72 First band interviewed for Circus: Fleetwood Mac. '73 Rolling Stone published prediction of Willie Nelson stardom; SHOW magazine location piece spotlit John Wayne. '76 Discovered Bill Gates, Steve Jobs--put Jobs on first business magazine cover for INC. '81. '96 personality coverage for CyberTimes, New York Times' pioneer effort in online publishing, '01 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rules in favor of freelancer(s) in Tasini v. New York Times filed in '93, check arrived '18; '06 In OR for early minimally-invasive knee replacement with Dr. Haas its inventor; '22 First opinion piece for USA TODAY Network--on herd journalism. TK Journalism Advocate.

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