Walt Pickut MS, RRT, RPSGT
ASJA - American Society of Journalists and Authors
AG - The Author’s Guild
SPJ - Society of Professional Journalists
NASIH - North American Society for Intelligence History
Ernest Hemingway told us all,
"Write what you know, leave out unnecessary words, and don't do it to be famous."
And that's what I can do for your clients and customers in the fields of medicine and the natural sciences, either in technical language or in plain English.
For your benefit, I bring earned degrees and clinical, teaching, and research experience to my writing -- including in the fields of medical physiology, natural sciences, communications, and print, online, and mass communication.
My medical work has included hospital-based clinical care, diagnostics, therapeutics, administration, and research in cardio-respiratory and sleep medicine. In natural sciences, I collaborate with NASA and major universities at the Martz-Kohl Astronomical Observatory in New York State. In addition, I have engaged in scientific collaboration with the world famous Sterling Hill Mining Museum in New Jersey since its founding in 1989.
Faculty and adjunct appointments have included NYU School of Medicine and Physical Therapy programs.
Communication experience includes on-air program host (radio), and college-level teaching in broadcast journalism and presentational speaking. I currently serve as a freelance contributing editor for The Jamestown Gazette, a regional weekly in Jamestown, New York, and have also published extensively on healthcare and the sciences online and in print media.
As an author, I have published book-length non-fiction works in the genres of memoir and WWII history. Please see below.
Originally a New Jersey native, I am now enjoying a country writer's life in New York's historic and scenic Chautauqua County, now blessedly far from the "madding urban crowds," while more closely connected to the world than ever before through these Internet media.
Let's meet and talk about what Fresh Ink Writing can do to serve your clients. Contact Walt Pickut
Portfolio - Writing Samples - Walter W. Pickut
MEDICINE & NATURAL SCIENCES
Plain English website articles and blog posts for use by healthcare providers, DME suppliers, patients, and readers who want to better understand good health, illness, and options for medical treatment.
Essays about the amazing planet we all share, natural sciences, and the cosmos.
Clients Please Note: Up-to-date, peer-reviewed references are always supplied, to be used according to client guidelines.
Practical Facts for Patients
Calories Burned in Plyometrics (Healthfully.com)
Respiratory Splinting: Splinting to Help You Breathe (Healthfully.com)
Procedures for Removing Water From the Lungs (Livestrong.com)
What Is the Purpose of Pursed Lip Breathing? (Healthfully.com)
Is a Nebulizer Treatment Considered Oxygen Therapy? (Healthfully.com)
Where Funny Comes From - Laughing for Your Health - Editorial (Jamestown Gazette)
Diet and Nutrition
Vegetables That Lower High Cholesterol (Healthfully.com)
Crystal Light Side Effects (Healthfully.com)
The Physics Involved in Throwing a Discus (Sports.com)
The Differences Between Natural Peridot & Peridot Cubic Zirconia (Healthfully.com)
How the Blind See the Stars (Nautilus)
Walter W. Pickut, “A Franklin Saga.” (Mineralogical Record)
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/.