Past Projects by Bill Cotter

Magazines and Newspapers

While my recent work has been oriented towards books I have written a number of magazine and newspaper articles over the years, and have been quoted in others. Many of the clippings are buried away in boxes or filing cabinets so this list is incomplete, but I'll update it as things turn up.

Advertiser, The

Advertiser, The

Louisiana Book News: Head outside to read these book suggestions (3/20/09)



Creative Computing

Creative Computing

I wrote several articles featuring early computer games, which included the source code so readers could play them on their own computers. The January/February issue, seen here, included the games Chase and Roadrace. I need to find some of the other issues.

I also wrote a review of Microsoft's Adventure game for the May 1980 issue.



Disney twenty-three

Disney twenty-three

Long before the Internet and social media arrived on the scene, kids growing up in the '70s spent their Sunday nights in front of the TV watching "The Wonderful World of Disney." This fondly remembered anthology show - traditional television storytelling at its best - brilliantly connected Disney to families who may have lived thousands of miles from the nearest Disney park.

This is the official Disney fan club magazine. I wrote the article "What a Wonderful World," which looked at the transition from The Wonderful World of Color to The Wonderful World of Disney, for the Spring 2015 issue.



Investor's Business Daily

Investor's Business Daily

Disney Reanimated: How Eisner Brought The Magic Back (3/16/14)



Journal of Mormon History

Journal of Mormon History

I contributed the photographs for the article "The Mormon Pavilion: Mainstreaming the Saints at the New York World's Fair, 1964-65" in the Fall 2009 issue. The magazine is available as a free download from their website.



Minnesota History

Minnesota History

I contributed photos for the cover article "A Viking in New York: The Kensington Runestone at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair" in the Spring 2012 issue. A free download is available at the Minnesota Historical Society site.



Movie Collector's World

Movie Collector's World

I wrote a regular column called "Laser Visions" covering the laser disc industry, featuring reviews of new releases and players. The column ran from 1985-1990. I also wrote other articles about the entertainment industry, including film reviews and celebrity interviews.



New York Archives

New York Archives

I contributed all of the photos for the cover article "A Most Popular World's Fair" in the Summer 2011 issue.



Orange County Register

Orange County Register

Disney vision (7/17/05; with later updates and reprintings)



Persistence of Vision

Persistence of Vision

Persistence of Vision was a historical journal, issued on a rather irregular basis, on many aspects of Walt Disney and his namesake company. I wrote an article on the Mickey Mouse Club serials for issue #10 in 1998.



Queens Tribune

Queens Tribune

World's Fair Book Finds Missing Pieces (7/18/08)



Seattle Met Magazine

Seattle Met Magazine

The February 2012 issue celebrated the 50th anniversary of Century 21, the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. I contributed a picture of the famous Bubbleator elevator.



Starlog

Starlog

Starlog was a long-running magazine that covered science fiction topics on film and television. I was thrilled to write a number of articles for it, as this often allowed me to sit down and meet some of the people who had created shows I had really enjoyed. For several years I was listed as an "LA Correspondent" on the masthead. The articles marked with an asterisk were co-written with Mike Clark. Downloadable copies of the articles are provided where available. I still need to find the issues for a few stories: "Airwolf is Still Flying High", "The New Model KITT is at a Dealer Near You", (Kitt at Universal), and "Best of Starlog" issues.

Starlog #40

Starlog #40 - November 1980

An Interview with Fred Freiberger (Part 2) *



Starlog #48

Starlog #48 - July 1981

Bill Mumy *



Starlog #68

Starlog #68 - March 1983

The World of "Wizards and Warriors"



Starlog #74

Starlog #74 - September 1983

Shark's Alive! The Terrors of Jaws 3-D *



Starlog #79

Starlog #79 - February 1984

David Hasselhoff: Crusading as the Knight Rider

KITT - An Exclusive Look Inside

This issue generated an interesting letter to the editor, which appeared in issue #91:

Your magazine came to my attention after a packet of publicity clips was sent to my office by the Universal Studio Publicity Department. I must confess that at first, with the title, STARLOG, I thought this was yet another "Enquiresque" tabloid which would be telling me how to lose 50 pounds a week by eating corduroy jackets, or the fact that Pia Zadora was actually an alien who is subverting all mass media with her lack of talent. However, I was surprised to learn that instead, it is an extremely readable magazine with a serious love affair with science fiction.

Besides writing to compliment you on your magazine, I must tell you that a seemingly strange juxtaposition of TV leading men caught my eye with much interest. Having produced Tales of the Gold Monkey last year, and currently producing Knight Rider, I was pleased and surprised to see the stars of both those shows in a "composite" photograph on the cover of STARLOG #72.

Having the dubious distinction of not only producing these shows, but also having written for such "oldies but goodies" as Six Million Dollar Man and The Man From Atlantis (not to mention having written that hard-to-forget classic, The Bionic Boy), I am obviously quite fascinated with science fiction, and look forward to further editions of your magazine. I would also like to thank you for the recent cover story on our show, Knight Rider (issue #79). It was, in my opinion, one of the most intelligently written and beautifully researched articles on the show to date.

Congratulations to you and writer Bill Cotter on a highly professional and thorough job.

Tom Greene
Producer, Knight Rider
Universal City, CA


Starlog #88

Starlog #88 - November 1984

V - The Series



Starlog #105

Starlog #105 - April 1986

Complete Guide to V



Starlog #114

Starlog #114 - January 1987

Guy Williams: Relaxed, Retired & "Lost in Space" (assist to Mike Clark)



Video Review

Video Review

Restored Version: The Happiest Millionaire (12/84)

Critic's Choice: Jack Lemmon (6/85)



Yellowback Library

Yellowback Library

I wrote two articles for this wonderful monthly magazine that describes itself as "A magazine for the collector, dealer and enthusiast of juvenile series books, dime novels, and related literature."

#86 (August 1991) - The Hardy Boys Serials

#342 (December 2012) - Confessions of a Kindle Lover



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