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ABILITY Magazine Archives in shiny silver and purple letters.

It’s a little dusty, enter the ‘Past Issues Page’

Also below are a few past articles, interviews and just good reading that shouldn’t be missed:

Dean Kamen — Segway and iBOT Inventor

Circa 2002 Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined—his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology’s virtues and by so doing to change the American culture. ... Read more

First Lady Laura Bush – Interview by Chet Cooper

Circa 2004 Throughout the years, various symbols have come to represent causes embraced by the nation. A yellow ribbon tied around a tree hangs in remembrance of our military servicemen and servicewomen overseas; a pink ribbon serves to increase awareness surrounding breast cancer and urges women to undergo regular mammograms. And what about the ... Read more

Virginia Madsen and Elaine Madsen — “I Know Woman Like That”

Virginia Madsen is a Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated actress known for her work in Sideways, The Astronaut Farmer, and The Number 23. Her mother, writer-director Elaine Madsen, has a wide range of creative projects on her list of achievements, including a new book of poetry and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary. In ... Read more

Richard Pimentel — Guide to Getting a Job

This guide is for applicants who may need to discuss a disability-related job issue in an employ­ment interview. I’ve written it in an easy-to-follow, question-and-answer format. My hope is that it will help qualified persons with disabilities take advantage of more employment opportunities, help employers make more informed hiring choices, and reduce the level ... Read more


Circa 1997 Right away, it’s obvious that press interviews aren’t one of comedian Richard Pryor’s favorite things. But he’s hip to the drill; when you’ve got a new book on the market, hyping it goes with the territory. Pryor Convictions and Other Life Sentences (published by Pantheon) is a memoir that takes readers from ... Read more

George Carlin: Private Property

Circa 1995 Jane Wollman Rusoff: Tell me, what has psychotherapy done for you? George Carlin: It’s actually decreased my fortune by half. No, I think I learned quicker, with a little guidance, things I might have learned anyway. Unfortunately, I had to shoot my first two therapists because I thought they knew too much. ... Read more

Charles — Genius of the Soul (Archives)

If you’re looking for Ray Charles on an evening where he plays two 55 minute shows, you can probably find him in one of two places: seated in front of a piano or chessboard, In fact, the trim, 5’9” legendary “Genius of Soul” feels at home in front of either board, regardless of how ... Read more

Earl Bakken — Setting the Pace

A young boy sits in a dark theater staring wide-eyed. Completely fixated, he is entranced by the flickering images of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. Gripping the arms of his seat as electricity flashes across the expansive screen with a thunderous clatter, the boy gapes as the creation—and his own imagination—come alive. A dreamer is born. ... Read more

John Callahan — The Cartoonist

circa 2001 The immediate thing most first-time viewers probably notice about “Pelswick,” the bright, 13-year-old protagonist of the Nickelodeon cartoon series that premiered last fall, is that he uses a wheelchair. It doesn’t take long, however, to discover that what really stands out in the plucky character are his fearlessness, wry sense of humor and talent ... Read more