I just read a great quote from a writer named L.P. Hartley: "The past is a foreign country; They do things differently there."
He wrote it about 60 years ago. But I'd never read it. So, to me, it's like breaking news.
During the five years I spent as a writer for America's leading news anchor, Peter Jennings, he advocated approaching stories in America as if they were in foreign countries. When you approach a place as a foreigner, even if you think it looks familiar, you discover important things you may have missed. That applies to our own lives too.
Yet, as I look at the baby picture which I've used to introduce myself, some things feel familiar, and others very foreign.
I don't wear berets any more, because my mother is not alive to choose my clothes.
And, I'm proud to say, my bladder control is greatly improved.
But I feel like I still wear that same expression -- curious and eager to learn.
When that photo was taken, Fidel Castro had just begun his long reign in Cuba.
And my father, a professional standup comic, would go on stage in a fake black beard and machine gun screaming, Castro-like, "I am not a Communist. I never was a Communist. I never will be a Communist. I am a Russian democrat!"
If there is one thing I'd love you to read to get to know me, it's the obituary I wrote when my father died. You'll understand why when you read it. And it will help explain why I look for the humor in stories that don't necessarily seem funny on the face of it.
I am not going to lay out my resume here except to say that I spent the past 17 years as a Senior Executive Producer at CNN, where I also did quite a bit of writing for cnn.com, on air stories for numerous CNN shows, and where I've been hosting a weekly podcast called CNN Profiles with some of the most fascinating people imaginable.
I hope you enjoy sampling my work here on wavemaker.me. What you survey on this site is very much of my past and present.
But this is the place where I hope to impact journalism's future.
On Michael Schulder's Wavemaker, the future is a foreign country.
I'll do things differently here.