Editor/Writer/Podcaster: Bill Glovin

Memoir/Book Writing

Flying Under the Radar

A memoir for Jerry Gottesman

In 2006, Jerry Gottesman, the founder and chair of Edison Properties, asked me to produce a memoir that traced the privately-held company's role in the history of the High Line, the popular park-like viaduct  that spans one-and-a-half miles in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.

The High Line was once a railway line that mostly carried meat products from slaughterhouses to outlying areas. Among his many business achievements, Jerry, who passed away at the age of 87 in 2017, pioneered  storage parking and mini-storage in Manhattan and today, still operates both businesses under the High Line. He also organized the Chelsea Property Owners Association, a group that sued for the viaduct's demolition. The association  dropped the suit when Mayor Bloomberg's Administration changed the area's zoning from industrial to residential.

The Page Turner

A memoir for Victor Parsonnet, M.D.

While Victor Parsonnet is best known for his pioneering work as a cardiac surgeon and impact on Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, he grew up around classical music and chaired the board of the New Jersey Symphony for many years.

Victor thought he might publish a book, and I worked on editing his essays on any number of topics: childhood memories, his family's historic ties to Beth Israel Hospital (where he served as director of cardiac surgery), his educational and medical training experiences, and some of his pioneering kidney and cardiac work. Among my favorites was this essay on Dame Myra Hess, a renowned concert pianist. Victor, who was always very self-effacing about his writing and musical abilities, sat alongside Hess on some of the nation's great concert stages and made sure that she was in sync with the music.

Click Victor to read how he once fell asleep on stage with Hess.

Click High Line to read the history of his involvement with its evolution.