Okay so I write a column in a newspaper called the Tri-Valley Herald and I have finally succumbed to the enchanting lure of all things possible via the blog. Why today? I was simply going to post a reply to a blog I was reading (by Sandra Kay, at http://www.shesayswithasmile.blogspot.com) and I had to create a user name and sign up before I could post the reply. Next thing I know I'm selecting a name for my blog and a URL.
So I chose "In A Word" as the blog title because that's the name of a literary TV show I host with Kathy Cordova. The show broadcasts to several cities in our region (visit www.tv30.org) and has been on the air about six years. While I was the original host and the show's creator, Kathy joined me after a few years and we have a wonderful time interviewing authors and conducting a book club and generally promoting all things literary. Since I came up with the title "In A Word" for the show, I figured why not call my blog by the same name. It seems to have staying power.
Blogosphere, here I come.
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Jim Ott is the CEO of UNCLE Credit Union, a mid-sized credit union with 90 employees and five offices primarily serving the Tri-Valley region of San Francisco's East Bay Area. He also has taught English since 1996 at Las Positas College in Livermore, and has written for the Tri-Valley Herald since 1999. He served as Pleasanton's Poet Laureate from 2001-2003. He is a trustee with the Pleasanton Unified School District, the Chairman and a founding board member of the Las Positas College Foundation, a past Chairman of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton-North, and he has volunteered with many non-profit organizations. He has appeared on KQED FM radio and in the Wall Street Journal. His poetry has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and small literary presses. He is married to Pamela Ott, Economic Development Director for the City of Pleasanton.