This week we gathered at The Rib House in East Haven Connecticut, to brainstorm ideas for the chapter on “working”, and in keeping with my self-congratulatory nature, I’m proud to report that I was able to feature several musical interludes in the episode, none of which is a far-too-obvious choice by Huey Lewis and the News.
I was joined by journalists in transition Susan Campbell and Barbie Douglas, businessman and Connecticut new media mogul Lon Seidman, John Broker (the guy you shouldn’t call at high tide – you’ll just have to listen), and my old pal from The Park School of Buffalo, architect and author Duo Dickinson.
Susan Campbell retired from… er, quit her job as a columnist at the Hartford Courant, where her work was recognized by the National Women’s Political Caucus, New England Associated Press News Executives, the Society for Professional Journalists, the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the Sunday Magazine Editors Association. Her column about the shootings at lottery headquarters in March 1998 was part of The Courant’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage.
The mother of two adult sons, and the grandmother of seven, she has a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, and a master’s degree from Hartford Seminary.
John Broker is General Manager for H2H Media. He’s been a dedicated sports professional for over 10 years in progressive endeavors including broadcast, marketing, events, high performance athlete development, and athletic organization development. He has also been on-air talent for domestic and international live rugby telecasts.
John is also the coach of Yale University Men’s Rugby. Prior to entering the sports field, he worked as a Project Manager in the A/E field, developing operational plans for communities to address infrastructure needs through transit solutions across the United States.
Duo Dickinson has written seven books on architecture. His latest, “Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want”, was published by The Taunton Press in November 2011.
He has been the contributing writer for home design for Money Magazine, is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and a contributing writer in home design for New Haven magazine. He has written articles for more than a dozen national publications including House Beautiful, Home, Fine Homebuilding and was the “At Home” editor for This Old House.
Barbie Douglas is a New York City native and has worked in print and broadcast journalism since she was 12 years old.
A UConn Certified Master Gardener and Certified Usui Reiki Master, she is also a published poet and anthology writer, and dabbles in astronomy, yoga, Buddhism, kayaking, The Naderist Manifesto, Asian culture, science and education, urban homesteading, Thai cooking, inviting dissent, trout fishing, browbeating ultra-conservatives, thrashing AT&T, the loopy things that politicians say, and animal and women’s rights. She lives in Guilford and East Windsor, Connecticut.
Lon Seidman is the co-founder of the Independent Media Network LLC, a new venture that helps publishers grow by connecting advertisers to unique and independently produced content. The network has nearly 80 member sites in Connecticut generating over 4 million page views monthly.
He is also a writer for CTTechJunkie.com, covering Connecticut’s connection to technology. The site’s coverage of the commercial space industry won a first place award from the CT Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in May.
The Rib House “…was established in the spring of 1983 and remains a family owned business to this day. From our staff to our customers the local neighborhood atmosphere is felt as soon as you walk in the door. Little has changed over the last 29 years which is why our customers keep coming back. The consistency of our food to the second generation wait staff you’ll always get a great meal and a friendly face. Every Saturday you can enjoy the Prime Rib Special, with cuts to please everyone’s hunger you better come early or call ahead to get your piece.
Take out is a major part of our business. Customers can enjoy the same great BBQ meal at home as well as in house. Catering is another area that the Rib House has established a great reputation for doing. On premise or off we will provide your guests with a meal to remember and at a price that you can afford.”