Mark Schweickart

Profile Updated: September 30, 2016
Mark Schweickart
Residing at: Sunland, CA
Homepage: www.marqmusic.com
Spouse/Partner: Madeleine St.Michael
Occupation: Film/Video Equipment Sales
Children: Derek, born 1982, Graduated UC San Diego 2004. Currently freelancing in the movie-making world as colorist, More…editor, etc. with ambitions to be a serious director.
Mark Schweickart

Yearbook

Yes! Attending Reunion
Grade School Attended:

St. Michael's

What did you do after Watterson?

1966-76 I was a married-too-young-hippie-English-Lit/Film student at OSU (under grad & grad school).
1976- Moved to Los Angeles to check out film biz opportunities. Got a job in a camera equipment rental company. Divorced 1978.
1980-Remarried. 1982- son Derek was born. Divorced 1986. Stayed with the same camera rental company for 22 years. (My work continuity far more stable than my married life.) 1999- changed jobs (finally) and now work in a small manufacturing company making camera dollies and jib arms for the film/video market. Check us out at www.Porta-Jib.com.
2004-Remarried, I think I got it right this time because it's either "third time's a charm" or "three strikes and you're out." So far it's been far more charm than strikes, so I am optimistic for the future (what little we have left, that is). As for Bishop Watterson values, such as Catholicism, rightward leaning politics, and love of football, I am afraid I gave up on those about Junior year back then, and have not regretted those choices since. So making a trip for the 45th reunion for the chance to attend a football game and Mass, obviously is not much of an incentive, although it would be fun to see old faces again (pun intended). Update-- Just returned from the 50th Reunion, which was a completely delightful experience. Everyone was super-nice and reminiscing was a blast (unless you were a spouse, and then you were probably bored stiff. Few of us subjected our spouses to that. A wise move.)

Tell us a little about what you've been doing lately:

I took up Swing Dancing in the late 90's and that was how I met my current wife, Madeleine, so that was not only good exercise and fun, but life-changing in a most positive way. But now that 16 years have gone by, the old legs and knees are just that--old, so we have not been dancing nearly as much these days. Since Maddy had been a theater major and born performer, she decided that at the very least she should teach me a little about playing the guitar. Having never had a music lesson, other than listening to a nun in grade school blowing into a pitch-pipe, I had my work cut out for me. Surprisingly, I have taken to song-writing as a hobby in a big way. I guess all those English Lit classes way back when at least gave me a sense of storytelling and poetry to build on. The results have not been professionally produced, but nonetheless I put a bunch of my work up on a website. If you care to listen and/or comment. go to: www.marqmusic.com. Use Safari or Firefox. Chrome and Explorer do not support the quicktime files used in making the website.

In 2014 I wrote a slightly fictionalized memoir called "The Hat Fluffers of Buckingham Palace" which recounts my life up to age 18. It is available on Amazon as an e-book download at their Kindle store, or as a paperback in the Books section. I hope to have an audio book version of it on Audible.com in late 2016. There is quite a bit that you will recognize in these pages, and although I became a lapsed-Catholic in my Watterson days, I think it will bring back fond memories of our Catholic grade school and high school experiences even if you didn't share my problems of wavering belief. If you check it out, please write a review for me on the Amazon site--unless you hate it, in which case please keep your hostile opinions to yourself, :-).

This year, 2015, brought a minor change. I decided to acknowledge my age and signed up for Social Security and move to a more part-time arrangement at my job. I am hoping to have more time to devote to artistic projects. My son, Derek, and I finished a short film that we collaborated on this past year. I was the writer, and one of the producers, and he handled the directing and organizing everything else. It is a 30 minute musical drama called "Dreaming Don't Make It So," that is competing this year (2016) in a few short-film competitions. A DVD of this was included in the swag bag at our 50th Reunion, so I hope those of you who were there will check it out. Write me comments about it, or "Hat Fluffers" if you read that. I am always looking for feedback. My direct email address is: sparto@ca.rr.com. I would love to hear from you.

I also have completed a screenplay for a 6-part mini-series. It is a bio-pic about the life and times of Fréderic Auguste Bartholdi, the man responsible for the creation of the Statue of Liberty, an iconic piece of Americana that most of us have an affection for, but know so little about how it came to be. It is quite a fascinating tale, so I am hopeful this project might get some traction.

My two latest writing projects are plays. The first is called "An Evening with Jessie," which is a one-woman show recounting the life of Jessie Benton Frémont, who, along with her explorer/'49er gold striker,politician/CivilWar General, John C. Frémont, led an extraordinary life in the 19th century. The challenge here, among other things, was to see if I could write convincingly in the voice of a woman, and a 19th century woman at that. She led one of those lives that makes most feel as if we have been standing motionless in comparison.

The second play is called "Return to Spoon River," which incorporates some of the monologues from the Edgar Lee Masters' 1914 master work, "Spoon River Anthology" (now in public domain, yea!) "Spoon River" monologues are a staple in drama classes, so I thought it might be fun to incorporate a few of them into a new play set in the present, and perhaps appeal to high school and university drama departments.

Who knows, I may actually sell something some day. But in the meantime, I think these writing attempts are not a bad hobby to have.

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Jan 05, 2017 at 8:27 AM

Mark, have a wonderful birthday. I am so glad we rec0nnected. Thank you.

Joe

Oct 10, 2016 at 8:07 AM

I want to thank everyone who worked to pull off this 50th reunion. THANKS! I want this to go to everyone but can't figure out how to do it. Please forward this is possible. By the way, Mark, what DVD??:?? Can I get one??? Thanks also for a signed copy of your book. Peace, Joe G

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Posted on: Jan 12, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Have a great birthday, Mark

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Jan 05, 2016 at 8:22 AM

Mark, have a great birthday. Joe

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Posted on: Aug 29, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Excellllleeent! Now you can get back to your nefarious ways. Bwahahahaha!

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Posted on: Jul 09, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Bob, well this might not be the best way to make the TV evening news, but we are all sending our thoughts that your procedure will be successful. Hang in there, so we can see you at the reunion next year.

Jul 05, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Hope you are wonderfully successful! JOe

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Jan 05, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Have a great birthday, Mark!!

Joe

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Jun 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Posted on: Jun 17, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Hey Street Rat,

I stupidly went to get the link was going to send you, and may have either posted this message incompletely or not at all. If the latter, I was saying that I just published a slightly fictionalized memoir of of my first 18 years that you might identify with. The link on Amazon is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KQ6CJLQ. If you like it, please write me a review, unless it is too harsh, then keep your Philistine comments to yourself.

Mark

Jan 05, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Happy Birthday! Joe\