Enough to Be Dangerous: One Agent's Life in TV News and Rock & Roll
Mort Meisner (Author) Elizabeth Ann Atkins (Editor)
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As a child in racially turbulent Detroit, Mort Meisner witnessed an attack on a black boy as white parents shouted the n-word and threw rocks to protest bussing to integrate his elementary school in 1960.A short time later, seven-year-old Mort stood helpless and crying as white teens yelled slurs at his Jewish mother while attacking her. This - and the vicious beatings that his father inflicted on Mort, his brother, and his mother inside their run-down home - instilled in him a deep disdain for hatred, violence, and discrimination. Then, a passion for sports and storytelling inspired Mort to study broadcast journalism at the University of Detroit by day, while working as a rock 'n roll promoter for famous musicians by night. The wild hedonism of the 1970s rock scene, along with the tragic and troubling chaos of his childhood, laid a unique and bold foundation to launch Mort's career as a renegade for positive change in the TV news industry. Enough to Be Dangerous chronicles Mort's against-the-odds success, and his courageous quest to call out sexism and racism in newsrooms in St. Louis, Chicago, and Detroit throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In this hard-hitting memoir, Mort exposes rampant racism amongst TV news managers who dubbed black male reporters as "garbagemen" and assigned them the worst stories of the day. Mort fought to change this, but at times realized he was fighting an impossible battle against a racist system, even when he took his case to the EEOC. Mort also spoke up and out against degrading treatment of female reporters and anchors. And he was never afraid to take his complaints to the leaders of America's major media networks. With stories that will make you laugh, cry, and cringe, Mort bares his soul on the pages of Enough to Be Dangerous, by sharing his struggles with cocaine addiction as an attempt to soothe wounds inflicted by his parents' abuse and the wrongs of the world. He also shares poignant moments about his family, and revelations about the power to heal. Now a leading broadcast news talent agent for journalists across America, Mort Meisner invites you to dive into his timely insights and experiences that echoes today's headlines about journalism, racism, and sexism. The book balances the somber stories with scenes that titillate with sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll. When you read Enough to Be Dangerous, you'll get an unforgettable peek into a life fully lived and a legacy that's leaving a powerful imprint on TV news and people everywhere.
Atkins & Greenspan Publishing
October 01, 2020
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.49 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author
Mort Meisner is a news industry expert who delivers sharp, insightful commentary about the state of journalism and the world. As founder of Mort Meisner Associates, he is a highly sought-after speaker and commentator, who draws from three decades of experience working in big-city newsrooms across America-and cultivating many talented reporters and anchors who deliver the news today. He achieved against-the-odds success in powerful leadership positions in broadcast news after surviving physical abuse from his father, and recovering from a cocaine habit. Now he applies all of the above as a top broadcast news talent agent. Mort's career began in music, when he promoted some of the biggest names in rock music as a journalism major at the University of Detroit. From there, he embarked on his journalism career that took him to major network stations in Detroit, Chicago, and St. Louis. He Emmy Award-winning teams and made it his personal mission to change a culture of racism and sexism in newsrooms. Now at the helm of Mort Meisner Associates, he places some of the most outstanding on-air talent in the industry. Mort is a devoted family man who enjoys baseball, Bruce Springsteen concerts, and continuing to play an influential role as a speaker and commentator.
Elizabeth Ann Atkins is a best-selling author, award-winning TV host, actress, and journalist who teaches how to unlock one's infinite potential to live and love in peace and purpose. Elizabeth's and sister Catherine M. Greenspan created Two Sisters Writing & Publishing, which has written and published 32 memoirs, novels, business books, poetry books, and journals since its creation in 2016.The company also hosts monthly writing contests and the Two Sisters Writing Club, and showcases their blog, A Tale of Two Sisters. Elizabeth and Catherine have written and published dozens of books, including their mother's book, The Triumph of Rosemary: A Memoir, by Judge Marylin E. Atkins. Their mother wrote the book herself, chronicling her controversial, interracial marriage to former Roman Catholic Priest Thomas Lee Atkins. Elizabeth has a master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan.She has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Montel Williams Show, NPR, and many other programs. As America's Book Coach, she helps aspiring authors achieve their dreams of becoming published authors.The bestselling author of 40 books, Elizabeth also co-hosts MI Healthy Mind, a weekly TV show aiming to shatter the stigma of mental illness, addiction, and abuse. Elizabeth's new book, The Biss Tribe: Activating Your Goddess Power, inspired her popular podcast/YouTube show, The Goddess Power Show.She is also a certified meditation teacher and wellness advocate.
Steph Ruopp is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a writer who can happily say that she has dipped her toes, and sometimes her entire foot, into blogging, fiction, creative non-fiction, copywriting, screenwriting, and hieroglyphics projects. (The hieroglyphics part is not true, thus proving that she does, in fact, write fiction.) Writing has been the one consistent thread in her ever wavering life. She might even say that it's the thread that's held it all together, though that may well be fiction too. Whatever the case, she's available for writing projects. You can reach her at [email protected]