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 been writing about social justice issues for decades and have been participating in the social media movement to free Saudi blogger Raif Badawi since January of this year (a dozen columns, several of which have been re-posted on the RaifBadawi.org web site).
I currently live in Goshen, NY. Up until May 2014, I lived in New Paltz, NY, which I
first moved to in 1990, left in 1996, returned to in 1997, left in 2000, and returned to in 2006 have always loved. I have had many writing and copy editing jobs, including editing websites and creating 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 concerning people with disabilities as well.
All that said, I try to publish humorous columns a couple times a week.