My name is Mark Aldrich. I am a one-time winner of the New York Press Association’s Best Humor Columnist award in its annual “Better Newspaper” contest. This blog, “The Gad About Town,” is about many topics, from social habits to baseball to art and movies. I am a gad about town.
I have written about social justice issues for decades and have been participating in the social media movement to free Saudi blogger Raif Badawi since January, 2015 (several dozen columns, a few of which have been re-posted on the RaifBadawi.org web site).
I currently live in New Paltz, NY. There are many writing and editing jobs on my resume, even some full websites and technical instruction manuals. In the early 1990s, I became a writer and performer with a radio comedy group, the Magnificent Glass Pelican, which continues to produce and perform improvisational comedy.
I was diagnosed with a form of spinocerebellar ataxia in 2012, which was revised to spinal muscular atrophy in 2014. My mobility is impaired, and I write about issues that concern people with disabilities as well.
All that said, I try to publish humorous columns a couple times a week.
Mark Aldrich is a journalist, award-winning humor columnist, and writer/performer with the Magnificent Glass Pelican radio comedy improv group, now in its thirtieth season:
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