Celebrity Interviews

Amy Purdy — Medal Winning Paralympian

By her own admission, Amy Purdy loves a challenge. A Paralympian snowboarder—she holds a bronze and a silver medal—she’s confronted and conquered her own impossible many times over. But snowboarding wasn’t always a given for her. A nearly lethal case of Bacterial Meningitis at 19 left Purdy fighting for her life. In a two-and-a-half ... Read more

Senator Tom Harkin – ADA author and ABILITY Magazine columnist

After 40 years in Congress, ABILITY columnist Senator Thomas Harkin retires in 2015. During the decade he spent in the House of Representatives, and 30 years in the US Senate, he’s unparalleled in the attention he’s brought to disability related issues, and the legislation he’s helped get passed to make America accessible to all. ... Read more

Austin Basis — Beauty and the Diabetes

CW’s hit show Beauty & the Beast is far from the Disney animation film you might remember as a child, rather it’s a fantasy, sci-fi, action series with super-soldiers from an experiment gone dreadfully wrong, as they turn into uncontrollable beasts. Every beast needs a close confidant and that is J.T. Forbes a loyal ... Read more

The Cracks of Life – Geri Jewell

It was more than 20 years ago that Chet Cooper and actress Geri Jewell first met at her home in Southern California, when he went to interview her for this magazine. They reconnected recently at an assistive technology conference in San Diego, where she was the keynote speaker. Later, over dinner, she talked about ... Read more

Rick Howland — His Lost Girl Fantasy

Rick Howland picked a fine time to visit the east coast: The Canadian actor arrived shortly before Hurricane Sandy devastated the Atlantic seaboard in late October, and was still drying off when we spoke to him. Howland co-stars as Trick on the SyFy TV network show, Lost Girl, a supernatural crime drama about a ... Read more

Kurt Yaeger — Sons of Anarchy

An interview with actor, director and professional athlete Kurt Yaeger is best known for his recurring role as Greg “the Peg” on the FX series, "Sons of Anarchy".

Daryl Chill Mitchell

Aug/Sept 2010 Daryl “Chill” Mitchell is something of a Renaissance Man. His career as an actor, director, producer, writer, musician, public speaker and comedian might strike others as overwhelming, but to Mitchell it’s all part of the game. For years, he enjoyed recurring roles on shows like Veronica’s Closet, Ed, and The John Larroquette ... Read more

Malcolm Smith — A Ride Down Memory Lane

Circa 2010-11 Meeting up with Malcolm Smith stands as one of the most unique interviewing experiences of my life. Seated in the large showroom of Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside, CA, I find myself mulling over a variety of ways to approach my introduction. Do I start off with, “Hey, how have you been? ... Read more

Shoshannah Stern — Ready for Prime Time

Circa 2006 I was reclined, watching this show on cable just to wallow in entertainment, taking it in for white noise or a lullaby. Then a captivating girl, deaf like me, appeared on screen, rebuking the clumsy advances of a high school boy and bringing looks that kill to uncharted brazenness. The show airing ... Read more

Brian Wilson — A Powerful Interview

Circa 2006 When we consider the most iconic, influential and well-known music groups in American pop culture, one name that undoubtedly comes to mind is The Beach Boys. This harmonious sensation, featuring the musical talents of Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, swept the 1960s generation with memorable hits including ... Read more

Marlee Matlin – An Interview

Circa 2006 Marlee Matlin has received many important awards and has had many laurels bestowed upon her over the years, but here’s an honor that’s a little out of the norm: This year, she was named the godmother of a cruise ship-specifically, the Ms Noordam, the newest luxury vessel in the Holland America cruise ... Read more

Linda Dano — Depression Is Another World

Circa 2006 Emmy Award-winning television star Linda Dano, lauded for her long-running role as Felicia Gal the large screen to the small. But America knows her best as the celebrity of daytime drama, a dynamite performer on shows like “All My Children”. “As the World Turns””One Life To Live” and “General Hospital”. Throughout her ... Read more

Fran Drescher — An Interview

Circa 2005 Throughout history, passion has lead people to do remarkable things and achieve extraordinary heights. An unfettered passion for equality and freedom brought an end to slavery; doctors passionate to find cures for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis teeter on the brink of medical breakthroughs. And behind every great movement, there ... Read more


ABILITY Editor-in-Chief Chet Cooper caught up with William Kennard, the youthful Chairman of the powerful Federal Communications Commission, during ceremonies marking the arrival in Los Angeles of the ADA Torch Relay Volkswagen van convoy. Kennard was keynote speaker at the event, which took place June 19 in the Bradley Terminal of Los Angeles International ... Read more

Bob Dole Interview with Chet Cooper

In a speech to commemorate Franklin D. Roosevelt on the 50th anniversary of his death, Senator Robert Dole spoke before the U.S. Senate. Dole called Roosevelt a “disability hero.” Dole, as a champion of the ADA himself, was a fitting speaker to describe FDR as not only the first elected leader in history with ... Read more

Vint Cerf – The Father of The Internet

Often called the “Father of the Internet,” Vinton (Vint) Cerf was one of the early pioneers of inter working computer programs. However, he doesn’t really consider himself the father. “That’s not quite right,” Cerf says of the title, “I was part of a team working with Bob Kahn on the ARPANET, the predecessor of ... Read more