Biography

As a child in Jersey City and later in the seaside town of Asbury Park, New Jersey (USA), I intended to be a storyteller in the forms of films/TV, comics and/or books. When I was ten, my comic strip featuring “Kooky Sam” was published each week in the Asbury Park Sunday Press. I was (accurately) profiled in the “National Enquirer” and was a guest on the TV show “To Tell The Truth” as the youngest professional cartoonist in America.

I discovered the existence of Ayn Rand at age 12 when my brother was reading “The Fountainhead” for school and told me about it. I read “For The New Intellectual”, “The Virtue of Selfishness” and “Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal” between the ages of 13 and 16, finding that she agreed with me almost completely, but she had figured out some things I hadn’t thought of yet. I read her other books later.

I was a fan early on and continue to love the works of Walt Disney, Chuck Jones and Charles Schulz. My other favorites include authors Ray Bradbury and Harper Lee, and filmmakers Robert Stevenson, David Lean, Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, Cecil B. DeMille, George Lucas, Ron Howard, Victor Fleming and Robert Mulligan.

I made short films (including animation and live action) while attending New York University’s Film School. Since then, I have written articles published in the Asbury Park Press and other periodicals, produced programs about music for Queens Public Television in New York, and worked as a professional caricature artist at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Some motion picture footage I shot and edited in the 1970s of my home town is included in a documentary film titled “Greetings from Asbury Park.” It concerns the terriblei mpact of eminent domain laws on individuals,and is directed by Christina Eliopoulos.This film will be shown at film festivals and in theaters in 2007 and 2008, and eventually become available on DVD.

To see if I would enjoy doing it, I recently self-published my comic book, “Arena Comics”, and as a result I was interviewed by “Scene Missing” Magazine. I am finishing up a spec TV pilot script, moving forward on a specscreenplay,and have numerous ideas for other writing projects, and possibly another comic book issue eventually. I also am a professional proofreader and copy editor, having worked for Hyperion Books.

Recently I helped to designa version of a cartoon character mascot for a PBS-affiliated TV station.

I am currently the host of a series of internet radio programs, or “podcasts,” called “The Zigory Show” (You can listen to it at http://zigory.solidvox.com), in which I interview experts in various fields. I am also planning a new series; details to come.

I’m passionate about my time with my wife and children, including making a happy environment where our twins may play and learn. And, I love exploring movies from the silent era to around 1967, although a few more recent films are also good (especially those by George Lucas, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg). Basically, movies went downhill after Walt Disney died. I wonder if there is a connection.

To contact me, send an email to gregoryzeigerson@yahoo.com or zigory@comcast.net .

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