Walt Pickut MS, RRT, RPSGT
ASJA - American Society of Journalists and Authors
AG - The Author’s Guild
SPJ - Society of Professional Journalists
Ernest Hemingway was not a content writer, but he knew what to do...and I like what he said.
"Write what you know, leave out unnecessary words, and don't do it to be famous."
I'm Walt Pickut and I write what I know -- in medicine and the natural sciences. I do it to help your clients to say what they want to say -- what they need to say.
I know their language, whether it's technical or plain English, having earned degrees in biology and chemistry (BA - Bloomfield College), medical physiology (MS - Fairleigh-Dickenson University), communication and mass communication (BS - Houghton College, and graduate training, State University of New York-Amherst).
My experience was earned in many years of hospital-based clinical care, diagnostics, therapeutics, hospital administration, and research in cardio-respiratory and in sleep medicine. In natural sciences, I collaborate with NASA and major universities at the Martz-Kohl Astronomical Observatory in New York State as member of the board of directors in our mission of public education and research. In addition, I have enjoyed a scientific collaboration with the world famous Sterling Hill Mining Museum in New Jersey since its founding in 1989.
As a teacher and communicator, I have held adjunct faculty appointments at New York University School of Medicine and the NYU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, and adjunct professor of Presentational Speaking for adult degree-completion students earning a BS degree in business administration at Houghton College, and undergraduate courses in broadcast journalism.
I have served as editor, contributing editor, and feature writer at the Jamestown Gazette since its founding in 2011, published various book-length non-fiction works—memoir and WWII history—as both ghostwriter and author, and supplied extensive content on healthcare and the sciences for online and print media.
Originally a New Jersey native, I now enjoy the country life of a freelance writer in New York's historic and scenic Chautauqua County far from the urban crowds.
Let's meet and talk about what Fresh Ink Writing can do to serve your clients. Contact Walt Pickut
MEDICAL & NATURAL SCIENCES
Plain English website articles and blog posts for people who want to better understand good health, illness, and options for medical treatment, and reader-friendly essays about the amazing planet we all share.
Please Note: Up-to-date, peer-reviewed references are always supplied, to be used according to client guidelines.
Practical Medicine for Patients
How to Calculate Grams & Milligrams [undated]
Respiratory Splinting: Splinting to Help You Breathe 08/14/2017
Procedures for Removing Water From the Lungs 09/04/2019
What Is the Purpose of Pursed Lip Breathing? 08/14/2017
4 Tried-and-True Home Remedies to Clear Your Lungs
Calories Burned in Plyometrics 07/18/2017
The Effects of Radon Gas on Humans, (Livestrong.com) 06/13/2017
Cited by Rab Petroleum Consulting & Services, S.C. in:
Is a Nebulizer Treatment Considered Oxygen Therapy? 07/27/2017
Diet and Nutrition
Crystal Light Side Effects 12/05/2018
Vegetables That Lower High Cholesterol 10/17/2013
The Physics Involved in Throwing a Discus 09/08/2011
The Differences Between Natural Peridot & Peridot Cubic Zirconia 08/14/2017
World Events & Politics
Community Rises to Challenge – Aiding the Embattled of Ukraine 04/02/2022
Doors Open…Or broken? 02/28/2022
Robert H. Jackson Center Commemorates Nuremberg & Reveals Cold War Secrets 10/25/2021
Instead of Elections 10/25/2021
Not a Sport 11/14/2016
Feelings have no IQ [page 3] 01/11/2021
COMMUNITY: DRUG AND ALCOHOL
Starting the Year on Roads to Recovery 01/29/2018
Not Smart Enough…Yet 01/29/2018
A HOLIDAY DIMENSION
Thankful: If or For? 11/22/2021
The Resolution Solution?
What’s a question? 05/16/2022
Women’s History Month 2022 - The Best is Yet to Come 03/07/2022
What is History? 03/07/2022
FARM & AGRICULTURE
The Farmer’s Bathwater 3/21/2022
Information About Football Games [undated]
Home Opener Debut! Tarp Skunks Baseball [et al] 06/07/2021
Time is precious… Waste it wisely – Hometown Baseball 06/07/2021
How the Blind See the Stars
Walter W. Pickut, “A Franklin Saga.” Mineralogical Record, 22:6, p. 265-466, November/December 1991
The First Counterspy: Larry Haas, Bell Aircraft, and the FBI’s Attempt to Capture a Soviet Mole
By Kay Haas and [as told to] Walter W. Pickut
The First Counterspy is the pulse-quickening and traumatic story of spy, counterspy, and an American family unwittingly caught in its web.
Until this case, the FBI had never recruited civilian counterspies to catch a Soviet agent. The first two were Larry Haas, a leading aviation engineer at Bell Aviation, and Leona Franey, head librarian at Bell’s technical library. The FBI pitted them against a Soviet agent, Andrei Ivanovich Schevchenko, a Soviet agent operating legally as one of the highest Soviet officials in the United States during WWII, and illegally as the secret head of a wide-ranging spy network hidden within the American aviation industry.
His target was Larry Haas, working inside Bell’s top secret jet aircraft project. The Soviet Union’s only higher priority was to steal America’s atomic bomb.
The First Counterspy lays out this exciting story, and later, the consequences of Schevchenko’s deadly threat against Haas, the counterspy who betrayed him. That threat was uttered in a mere fourteen seconds but generated lethal consequences that long outlived Schevchenko, tormented Larry Haas, killed his wife, and subjected his daughter, Kay (the co-author of this book), to decades of nearly fatal harassment.
And thereby hangs a tale of spy vs. spy intrigue against a backdrop of the home front during WWII.
Length: 120,000 words. Illustrated: 30 photographs.
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Jim Roselle: The Best Times of My Life
A Memoir by Jim Roselle as told to Walt Pickut
The story is out! Everybody wants to know the man who knows everybody: Meet Jim Roselle.
Jim’s life story is now in print. Like so many other great Americans, Jim was the son of immigrants who wanted to give their children a better life. This new, long-awaited memoir, The Best Times of My Life, follows Jim from his Great Depression era boyhood in a humble Jamestown neighborhood on Franklin Street to journalistic and broadcasting eminence interviewing the most famous people on Earth. Jim Roselle brought their stories, their adventures and their deepest thoughts into our living rooms, our car radios and even a few milking barns for 40 years from Chautauqua Institution and for 60 years on WJTN 1240 AM Jamestown. Share many of Jim’s successes and recognitions, including his 2010 induction into the New York State Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, and read his fascinating personal life story (https://hof.nysbroadcasters.org/2010-inductees/jim-roselle/).
In The Best Times of My Life, Jim recalls memorable and historic conversations like the one with a young Arkansas governor named Bill Clinton, the U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, and legendary songstress Judy Collins. Meet the woman who was once Britain’s top spymaster, the preacher who threw a birthday party for a Honolulu prostitute and the Israeli sniper who became America’s most famous sex therapist. Jim has unfailingly revealed the real people behind the fame and the celebrity. In The Best Times of My Life, eavesdrop on 40 of his more than 1,800 Chautauqua Institution interviews and hundreds of hometown broadcast conversations culled from the WJTN archives.
The introduction, penned in personal tribute by Jim’s good friend and well-known political satirist, Mark Russell, opens the book with the kind of folksy, homespun humor that animates many of Jim’s personal stories told in The Best Times of My Life. Jim never lost touch with his community and his lifelong friends—their stories are told with affection and with the same respect and admiration as any of his most famous guests. “I didn’t succeed alone,” Jim says. “Family and community made all the difference.”
The Best Times of My Life, by Jim Roselle, as told to Walt Pickut, a Jamestown writer and newspaper editor, is a collaborative success, compiling hundreds of hours of personal conversations with Jim and his hometown co-host, Russ Diethrick in transcriptions of recorded interviews and in-depth research.
This book outsold every other featured national and international guest speaker at the world-renowned Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater for all of 2014. It is now a timeless classic of personal-interview broadcasting technique by a master of the airwaves who never played softball when hard questions had to be asked, but unique for never in 60 years lowering the tone to the level of “gotcha” journalism.
This is a must-have for students and scholars of broadcast journalism and a unique and deceptively powerful technique for the personal interview.
Jim Roselle: The BEST Times of My Life, 192 pages, 6 ½” x 9” soft cover, including a special eight-page color photo section plus over 100 images covering seven decades of broadcasting. ISBN: 978-0-692-23930-8. Printed locally as a tribute to Jim by Falconer Printing & Design, Falconer, NY.
Copies available ($22.00) by contacting Walt at https://freshinkwriting.com/contact-us/.