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Why do we write? I suppose we do it in order that our voices be heard. I've been writing stories since I was kid (the first that I can remember concerned a young girl who was taken by a tornado to a strange land, and no, I didn't give L. Frank Baum credit! But geez, I was only five years old!).

Background Information

Michael Karol is an award-winning New York-based entertainment journalist and author. His books include his newest, The Lucy Book of Lists; Lucy A to Z: The Lucille Ball Encyclopedia; The Lucille Ball Quiz Book; The ABC Movie of the Week Companion; Sitcom Queens: Divas of the Small Screen; The TV Tidbits Classic Television Book of Lists; and the novel KISS KILL: A Vampire's Tale. He has interviewed a long list of performers, producers, and writers over the years, including blues legend Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson; artist, writer and producer Peter Brown (he sang “Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me?” and wrote Madonna’s “Material Girl”); songbird Phyllis Hyman; actors Gale Storm, Susan Lucci, Denise Nickerson, John Noble, Jane Connell, Kaye Ballard, Eva La Rue, Doris Singleton, Kathryn Joosten, Cameron Mathison, and David Hedison; and behind-the-scenes movers and shakers like Wonderfalls creator Bryan Fuller; House, M.D.’s creator and executive producer, David Shore; I Love Lucy’s film editor, Dann Cahn; and director William Asher, who helmed I Love Lucy and Bewitched, among other classics. Michael is currently editor of Soap Opera Weekly and copy chief of Pixie, a fab tween magazine. His literary influences include Shirley Jackson, George Baxt, and Stephen King. 

Birth Place
New Brunswick, NJ USA

Michael has won many editorial and graphics awards, including a 2003 Eddie Award for Soap Opera Weekly, presented by Folio: magazine: Silver Winner for Outstanding Editorial Work, Consumer Entertainment; Cahners Publishing's Editorial Medal of Excellence in 1996 for his column "How'd They Print That?"; a 1992 Certificate of Merit from New York's Community Action Network (CAN) for his story about drugs in the workplace, "The Lows of Being High"; the Neographics Silver Award in 1981 and 1984; the Print magazine Regional Design Award in 1985 and 1988; the Art Direction magazine award in 1987 and its Certificate of Distinction in 1992; and the Art Director's Club 65th Annual Exhibition Merit Award in 1986. In addition, he has been a finalist in the prestigious NEAL writing competition in 1993 for "The Lows of Being High," and in 1996 for "How'd They Print That?"

Additional Information

In 2008, Lucy A to Z: The Lucille Ball Encyclopedia, was totally redesigned and edited to make it easier to read and find information. More than 50 new entries were added, and every original entry was re-edited and, in many cases, changed or added to. I also added 50 pictures, many of them exclusives, and many not seen for years (including the cover shot, a gorgeous Technicolor-like masterpiece by Harry Warnecke that is in the National Portrait Gallery). The ABC Movie of the Week Companion was re-edited in 2009, with 20 pictures added and all the text expanded and re-edited. In early 2011, I published my fifth (!) book about Lucille Ball, The Lucy Book of Lists, celebrating Ball's centennial on August 6, and the 60th anniversary of I Love Lucy in October.

Favorite Links

A Tribute to Lucille Ball: The Lucy Web Show
A tribute to the most beloved comedienne of our time, Lucille Ball, with news, archives, exclusive pictures and features, and a special collectibles section featuring fan Q&As.

I Love Lois (Lane)
A tribute to "Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane" and the comic book artist most closely associated with her, the late, great Kurt Schaffenberger.

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