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Gerry Conway

Gerard Francis Conway is an American writer of comic books and television shows. He is known for co-creating the Marvel Comics vigilante antihero the Punisher and scripting the death of the character Gwen Stacy during his long run on The Amazing Spider-Man. At DC Comics, he is known for co-creating the superhero Firestorm and others, for writing the Justice League of America for eight years. Conway wrote the first major, modern-day intercompany crossover, Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man. Born in Brooklyn, New York City, Conway grew up a comic fan, he published his first professional comic book work at 16, with the 6½-page horror story "Aaron Philips' Photo Finish" in DC Comics' House of Secrets #81. He continued selling such anthological stories for that series and for Marvel's Chamber of Darkness and Tower of Shadows through the end of 1970, by which time he had published one-page, text short stories in DC's All-Star Western #1 and Super DC Giant #S-14, he published his first continuing-character story in DC's semi-anthological occult comic The Phantom Stranger #10.

He attended New York University for a time. Conway recalled breaking into Marvel Comics through Marvel editor Roy Thomas: I'd been writing for DC Comics for two or three years...but to paraphrase the joke about the actor's ambitions to be a director, what I wanted to do was write superheroes – Marvel heroes. Through friends I'd become acquainted with Roy Thomas, Stan Lee's right-hand man at the time, Roy offered me a shot at the Marvel'writing test.' Stan wasn't impressed, but Roy liked what I did, began throwing some short assignments my way, including scripting over his plot on an early Ka-Zar. Following his first continuing-character story for Marvel, with his script for the jungle lord Ka-Zar in Astonishing Tales #3, Conway began writing superhero stories with Daredevil #72, he went on to assignments on Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, both "The Inhumans" and "The Black Widow" features in the split book Amazing Adventures. He scripted the first Man-Thing story, in 1971, sharing co-creation credit with Stan Lee and Roy Thomas.

Conway would script every major Marvel title, as well as co-create the lycanthropic lead character of the feature "Werewolf by Night", in Marvel Spotlight #2. At 19, Conway began scripting The Amazing Spider-Man, succeeding Stan Lee as writer of one of Marvel's flagship titles, his run, from issues #111–149, included the landmark death of Gwen Stacy story in #121. Eight issues Conway and Andru introduced the Punisher as a conflicted antagonist for Spider-Man, as well as the Jackal; the Punisher went on to become a popular star of numerous comic books and has been adapted into three movies. Conway additionally wrote Fantastic Four, from #133–152. Conway in 2009 reflected on writing flagship Marvel characters at a young age: Precocity is a well-known curse. I wanted to be accepted by other writers and artists as an equal, which put me in some awkward situations – pretending to be more mature than I was and professionally; as it happened, I was pretty good at faking a maturity I didn't have, which had advantages and some disadvantages.

I think people forgot how young I was, expected me to perform at a level, beyond me. The result was, I was pretty stressed for most of my early career as a writer, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing —which was true. I wrote instinctively and from the gut; when my instincts were off, I didn't have the experience to either recognize it, or to compensate for it, with results that were more uneven. In the late 1972, Conway and writers Steve Englehart and Len Wein crafted a metafictional unofficial crossover spanning titles from both major comics companies; each comic featured Englehart and Wein, as well as Wein's first wife Glynis, interacting with Marvel or DC characters at the Rutland Halloween Parade in Rutland, Vermont. Beginning in Amazing Adventures #16, the story continued in Justice League of America #103, concluded in Thor #207; as Englehart explained in 2010, "It seemed like a radical concept and we knew that we had to be subtle and each story had to stand on its own, but we worked it out.

It's worthwhile to read those stories back to back to back – it didn't matter to us that one was at DC and two were at Marvel – I think it was us being creative, thinking what would be cool to do."Conway returned to DC Comics in mid-1975, beginning with three books cover-dated Nov. 1975: Hercules Unbound #1, Kong the Untamed #3, Swamp Thing #19. He wrote a revival of the Golden Age comic book series All Star Comics which introduced the character Power Girl. Shortly afterward, he was chosen by Marvel and DC editors to script the historic intercompany crossover Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man #1, a 96-page, tabloid-sized, $2 one-shot, at a time when comic books sold for 25 cents. He continued writing for DC, on titles inclu

Dave Carley

Dave Carley is a Canadian playwright. He has written for stage and television, his plays have had over 450 productions, have been produced across Canada and the United States, in other countries. His plays have won, or been nominated for, a number of awards, including the Governor General's Award, The Chalmers Award, The Dora Award, The Arthur Miller Award and the New York International Radio Festival Award, he was a founder of Friends of Freddy, an association for the appreciation of the Freddy the Pig series of books of Walter Brooks. He was an Editor of The Kawartha Sun, the founding editor of the Playwrights Guild of Canada magazine, CanPlay, editor of Scirocco Drama in the late 1990s. Before that, beginning in 1990, Carley was the radio drama script editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, he continues to write for the CBC, he was script editor for the Wendy Lill drama series Backbencher, wrote three episodes for the second season, which began broadcast in January 2011. Carley was born in Peterborough, where he attended Queen Alexandra Public School and Adam Scott Collegiate.

He received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Toronto and an LL. B. from Queen's University in Kingston. He is an active member in a number of organizations, including Playwrights Guild of Canada, Amnesty International as well as serving as Chair of the Dance and Opera Divisions for the Toronto's Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Dave was the winner of the 2012 Maggie Bassett Award, given for significant and sustained contribution to theatre in Ontario. Dave continues to write for the stage and a new work about the death penalty, Twelve Hours, premiered in March, 2014 at the Garden Theatre in Columbus, Ohio; the Columbus Dispatch called it "90 minutes of gripping theatre". Twelve Hours was published by Scirocco Press in Spring, 2015. More Dave's stage adaptation of A Splinter of the Heart, the novel by Al Purdy, was premiered by the Festival Players of Prince Edward County in August 2016. Dave's latest play, Canadian Rajah, is based on the life of Esca Brooke Daykin, eldest son of Charles Brooke, the second "White Rajah of Sarawak".

It premiered in January 2019 at Toronto. The brother of Gord Carley, author of Surviving Adversity, Dave Carley lives in Toronto. Canadian Rajah A Splinter in the Heart.

David Szatmary

David P. Szatmary is an educator, author on various subjects, an educational entrepreneur. Born in Milwaukee, Szatmary earned a baccalaureate degree from Marquette University and M. A. and Ph. D. degrees in American history from Rutgers University. In 1979–80, he taught in the History Department at the University of Arizona as an assistant professor. Based upon his academic work, he published Shays' Rebellion: The Making of an Agrarian Insurrection, which remains in print, he consulted on the Calliope production of the movie Shays' Rebellion, more was featured in a History Channel program about the rebellion and its importance to the formation of the U. S. Constitution. From 1980 to 1984, Szatmary managed a chain of music stores in Washington and California, helping to grow the business from three stores in Washington to ten stores on the West Coast. Combining his history expertise with his experience in the music business, he wrote Rockin’ In Time: A Social History of Rock and Roll, published by Prentice-Hall, now in its eighth edition.

He wrote A Time to Rock and taught classes at the University of Washington and University of Arizona on the same topic. He finished a book on the social history of jazz. In addition, he has authored more than 300 reviews of music and history books for publications such as Library Journal and contributed to multiple editions of the All-Music Guide. In 1984, Szatmary joined the University of Washington, the nationally ranked public research institution based in Seattle, Washington, in the university's continuing and professional education unit, University of Washington Educational Outreach. Credited with developing the first certificate program at the UW, he added 60 more certificate programs and helped establish more than 35 degree programs during the next 24 years. Since 1999, He served as Vice Provost of UW Educational Outreach, which includes UW Professional and Continuing Education. UW Educational Outreach serves as a gateway to the community, granting alternate points of access to the UW for nontraditional students, most of them working adults.

Under Szatmary's leadership, UW Educational Outreach emerged as a national leader in the field of professional education with a series of innovative programs and partnerships. In 2013, UW Educational Outreach served more than 50,000 students with more than 6,000 programs and courses; the organization attracted nearly 75,000 enrollments and posted gross revenues of nearly $138.6 million. By 2014, Szatmary oversaw a staff of more than 250 engaged in development and administration of the UW's evening undergraduate degree completion program, he had general responsibility more than 120 certificate programs in the areas of biotech/biomedical, building construction, business and information technology, engineering, health/social work and regulation, the nonprofit/public sector. In addition, UW Educational Outreach administers international programs, community partnerships, online learning and workshops, programs for youth and K-12 educators, English language programs. Szatmary has been an innovative educational entrepreneur by creating partnerships with other educational institutions and international organizations.

In 2003, he started R1edu.org, a consortium of 34 Research I universities and AAU institutions that provide online learning opportunities. And He initiated OpenUW, a series of 12 free, open-source online programs available to the public in partnership with the Learning Network, a Pearson-owned company. In 2005, Szatmary helped organize Actions, Growth: University Partners. ASG is a partnership of a dozen continuing education leaders at large nonprofit and for-profit universities in North America; the group collaborates on a variety of initiatives, including the development of joint educational programs. Current ASG programs include a certificate program in Biotechnology Project Management with the University of Washington and University of California, San Diego and a certificate program in Decision Making for Climate Change jointly created by the University of Washington, University of California, the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies Centre for Sustainability and Northwestern University.

Szatmary has forged partnerships between University of Washington Educational Outreach and organizations including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pearson/Prentice-Hall Publishing. Notable corporate partnerships include the UW-Boeing relationship. Szatmary has been instrumental in building a partnership with the United Arab Emirates Academy in Abu Dhabi. Since February 2007, University of Washington Educational Outreach has provided professional certificate programs in the IBDAA program for young job seekers; this partnership marks the first time the University of Washington has established a base abroad to teach foreign nationals in their home country. Szatmary has served as the principal investigator for more than $6 million in grants, allowing UW Educational Outreach to provide online programs in technology and other subject areas. From 2012 to 2014, he worked on a nearly $1 million grant from Educause and the Gates Foundation to develop a low-cost online undergraduate program in the social sciences.

Based upon his experience and accomplishments during the last 25 years, Szatmary has written articles and been asked to comment about different aspects of online learning and types of partnership and collaboration models. Szatmary became a leader in the development and dissemination of MOOCs, massive open online cours