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[Kinship] Webcam: Kinship II in Panama Canal
Missive from Roger Wolfson reporting the progress of his 42-foot Jeanneau Lagoon42 catamaran through the Panama Canal
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Roger Wolfson has risen to positions of prominence in the fields of entertainment, politics, news, and law. He is a professional television and film writer who has written for five network TV series. He currently runs a TV series on Crackle about the U.S. Embassy in Rome, and has sold eight original television series of his own, to studios including Sony, ABC, CBS, Universal Cable Productions, and A&E, and to networks including CBS, Bravo, and Lifetime. He has been staff for four U.S. Senators, written speeches for presidential candidates, been Vice President of Channel One News, founded his own strategic consulting firm, and worked as a civil rights attorney. As a writer, Wolfson arrived in LA in January of 2003. By July he was a staff writer on Ed Zuckerman and Paul Attanasio's CBS series, "Century City," starring Viola Davis. His episode, "To Know Her," became the first episode aired after the pilot. Wolfson then wrote for "Law and Order: SVU." During that time, he traveled across Ohio as a surrogate speaker for John Kerry's Presidential campaign. Wolfson went on to write for "The Closer,” where his episode "Fantasy Date" garnered Kyra Sedgewick her first Emmy Nomination. He went on to write for TNT'’s "Saving Grace,” starring Holly Hunter, and USA's “Fairly Legal.” Wolfson has developed TV series with producers Neal Moritz, Dennis Leary, Charlize Theron, Meryl Poster, Peter Tolan, and “Heroes” creator Tim Kring. He currently serves as speechwriter for Senators, presidential candidates, public figures, and CEOs. He has written speeches for the Democratic National Convention, for the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, for Ted Talks, and has written funding pitches for major corporations. Wolfson's first political job after law school was on Senator Joe Lieberman's Governmental Affairs Subcommittee. Next, Senator John Kerry made Wolfson the youngest Legislative Assistant he'd ever hired, and his first official speechwriter. Wolfson wrote or helped write dozens of speeches for Kerry, plus the first bill in Congress to outlaw cop-killer bullets, and multiple amendments to the Health Care Reform Act and the Welfare Reform Act. Wolfson also wrote Kerry's amendments to the Rescissions Bill that successfully restored $14 million for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and $100 million for the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program. Wolfson managed Kerry's successful efforts to win $90 million of funding for Youthbuild. Wolfson then became Chief Education Counsel for Senator Paul Wellstone, which meant simultaneously serving as Labor Committee Staff for Senator Ted Kennedy. Wolfson helped reauthorize virtually every major federal education law, from the $5 billion Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to the $12 billion Workforce Investment Act. During consideration of the $52 billion Higher Education Act alone, Wolfson developed thirteen major amendments to the law. He also wrote the first federal funding bill for Charter Schools. At the age of 32, Wolfson left the Senate, as one of the few staffers ever to work for (at the time) the most prominent Liberal, Moderate, and Conservative Senators in the Democratic Party. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NBC, and AirAmerica, and has lectured to forty different major organizations, bar associations, unions, and think tanks. He partnered with Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen and Oscar-nominated songwriter Bird York to create campaign ads. During the 2006 Writers Guild elections, Wolfson was a strategist for the Writers United” slate of candidates for board, and subsequently volunteering to help media operations for the Guild during the 2007-8 strike. He also was one of the earliest bloggers for the Huffington Post. As an attorney, Wolfson has worked for Littler, Mendelson, the largest labor law firm in the world, and Lieberman, Segalof, and Wolfson, the firm his mother and Senator Lieberman founded. At the time when he served as Vice President of Channel One News, it was the sole news program watched by a third of all American teenagers every school day. Wolfson has also taught screenwriting at Johns Hopkins University. While earning his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wolfson served as Associate Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Comparative Labor Law Journal. He earned a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Bachelors in Theater from Vassar, with highest academic honors. He is a graduate of the WGA Showrunners Training Program, and a (currently inactive) member of the bars of New York, Connecticut, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Supreme Court. While living on a ’42' Catamaran, which he sailed most of the way from New York to Los Angeles in 2003, Wolfson began offering a free series of lectures, salons, and concerts to the Los Angeles Community. In 2011, he migrated those events to an amphitheater he built alongside his house. The LA Times ran a front page, column one article about his events in June of 2013. Since 2012, Wolfson has held a volunteer appointment in Mayor Eric Garcetti's administration, as Commissioner of Animal Services for Los Angeles.
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Roger Wolfson
I have been friends with Roger Wolfson since the 90s when he was roommates with Mark Harrison on Capitol Hill and then later as an Associate of HHWinc, the first distributed virtual consultancy firm cum agency I had ever heard of, having neither brick nor mortar, ever. Without knowing it, I have learned so much from Roger. There's a lot of wisdom on him—and he's been wise since the 90s.
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Roger Wolfson on Fitness and Moderation
I was in my 20s when I met Roger Wolfson. He has always had a vision for his life even when he was in his young 30s. He's always nourished his mind, body, and spirit, and has never gained an ounce of fat (only muscle) while keeping a positive attitude even while the planet is burning around us. Think globally but act locally personified.
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Roger Wolfson On How To Write Your Own ‘Avatar’ via
Many experienced writers find science fiction to be a most exciting and creatively expansive form of writing – but we still don’t venture into it.
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