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Portrait of Eric MintonABOUT ERIC MINTON, whose idea of the good life is reading Shakespeare while sipping from a cup of Lapsang Souchong or a goblet of Petite Syrah. I love to cook, I love to travel, I love music, I love baseball, and, most of all, I love my wife, Sarah, in multidimensional ways.

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While a sophomore in high school, I began my 45-year-plus professional journalism career when a weekly newspaper hired me as a sportswriter. I have worked as a reporter, entertainment correspondent, feature writer, copy editor, and city desk editor for four daily newspapers, and as a contributing editor and writer for more than two dozen magazines. Most recently I was Editor of The Reserve Officers Association magazine and Editor for three congressionally chartered national commissions: on the Structure of the Air Force, on the Future of the Army, and on Military Aviation Safety.

Photograph of Eric Minton between two young walruses who are kissing him on his cheeksBeing married to a U.S. Air Force officer, I pursued my journalism career with freelance assignments and contract work as I followed my wife to 10 geographical locations over 30 years. My articles have appeared in more than 100 publications, including textbooks. I have written on a wide range of topics, from the U.S. military, disability rights, assistive technology, and disaster preparation to theatrical arts, the amusement industry, photography, travel, music, and sports. I specialize in writing profiles of people, places, and passions. My extensive coverage of issues surrounding people with disabilities resulted in my appointment to the communications subcommittee of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. I also produced an online business-to-business newsletter for the amusement industry, "The Loop," covering theme parks, waterparks, family entertainment centers, and zoos. Being a professional roller coaster writer resulted in my making several appearances on television thrill ride documentaries.

In 2011, I founded Shakespeareances.com, a website dedicated to Shakespeare in performance and to his ongoing pop culture relevance. For the site, I write stage, film, and book reviews, commentaries, and news briefs and manage a global listing of Shakespeare productions and the Shakespeare Plays Popularity Index. In 2018 I completed the Shakespeare Canon Project, seeing 42 Shakespeare-penned plays at 42 North American theaters in one year. Expanding on the real-time journal I posted on Shakespeareances.com, I am writing a book, Where There's a Will: Shakespeareances Through the American Way, chronicling that journey.

Photograph of Eric with his arms around his wife, Sarah, and his cheek leaning on her head.I have a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Humanities in Disability Studies from Wright State University. The son of an Air Force chaplain, I was born in North Carolina and grew up in five states and Turkey. Later, married to Sarah J. Smith, who has since retired as an Air Force colonel, I was the commander's spouse for three military units, conducting outreach and morale programs for the military community and serving as spouse liaison during unit deployments. We now live in the Washington, D.C., area.

 

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