(Updated 6/9/21) I answered the call of journalism for 40 years, most of the time covering technology, engineering and business. While I’ve run large magazines and newsweeklies, reporting and writing are what I enjoy most. I have plied my talents at the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, PC Week (now eWeek), EDN, Design News, Electronic Business, Bio-IT World, Health-IT World, the Lowell Sun, Haverhill Gazette and Newburyport Daily News. My blogging credits include Thinking Tech at SmartPlanet.com, Green Engineering at engineering magazine Design News, and for many years my personal blog, The Dodge Retort.
I would have liked to have been around when Boston supported seven or more newspapers and steam locomotives still pulled trains, but that era was nearly over by the time I entered the world. Still, I managed to be a newsman and columnist for more than 40 years, most significantly for PC Week/eWeek, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and several Merrimack Valley (Mass.) daily newspapers (see Career Timeline). I retired professionally in 2015 and since then have spent time on public service.
I have served on the West Newbury Open Space Committee(OSC) since 2014, the past two years as chair during which time we conserved three parcels totaling 80 acres with another 51 acres in the offing. The OSC works closely with Essex County Greenbelt.
I also served as campaign manager for Wendy Reed, who was elected to the West Newbury Select Board in May, 2021. In 2019, I managed the digital and social media presence for Rick Parker, who was elected to the Select Board in a hard fought campaign with record voter turnout.
As admin, I grew West Newbury People, a Facebook community, from 450 to 1,557 members. Also, I was a West Newbury call firefighter from 2009-2014 and left when I hit the mandatory retirement age.
On the charitable side, I rode in the Pan Mass Challenge from 2011-14 and raised $30,851 for Dana Farber Cancer Institute, achieving “Heavy Hitter” status all four years. I will cycle in my sixth Prouty cycle ride this summer and in doing so have raised more than $20,000 for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. My wife and I have also made substantial donations to the Stepping Forward capital campaign at Anna Jaques Hospital, Essex County Greenbelt and Community Giving Tree where my wife Ann Dooley serves on the board. We donate regularly to local charities including Jeanne Geiger, Emmaus, Lazarus House, Pettingill House, Krempels, Our Neighbor’s Table, Pennies for Poverty and others.
The Dodge Retort
TDR is my third blog, preceded by a yearlong stint at Thinking Tech at CBSi site SmartPlanet.com (defunct) and two years at Green Engineering (born Design Engineering-at-Large) at engineering magazine Design News where I was editor-in-chief from 2006-09.
Until my retirement, I was the community manager at the EnterpriseCIOForum.com, a custom online web community for Chief Information Officers sponsored by Hewlett Packard and produced by IDG. After five years of that, I pulled the plug on full time employment. In actuality, I retired, but was afraid to admit it. I occasionally wrote articles for the Boston Globe magazine until 2018, but now it’s 2021 and I am retired except for public service and recreation.
Who should read TDR? My 2021 answer is anyone who feels like it for the occasional posts I make now. The 2015 answer was those wishing to take advantage of technology insights accumulated during my 37 years following engineering, IT and business. Topics included consumer electronics, social networks, Newburyport history, IT, tractor repair, products that fail, IT, the reinvention and challenge of newspapers, trains and eclectic other subjects. As always, your comments are welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org
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